GrassRoots Music Tour 2019 – Places Open

Read about how to join our fully-guided USA music tour September 2019

Photo: Americana Honors and Awards Show – Getty Images for the Americana Music Association®



Listening Through The Lens presents

The GrassRoots Music Tour 2019

9 – 30 September


Arrive Nashville downtown independently

Nashville Tennessee – 7 nights

Americana Music Festival and Conference

Americana Honors and Awards Show (premium seats)

Knoxville Tennessee – 1 night

Asheville North Carolina – 2 nights

Earl Scruggs Centre

Biltmore Estate

Two live shows

Bristol Tennessee/Virginia – 4 nights

Live Show

Rhythm and Roots Reunion Festival

Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Clintwood Virginia – 1 night

Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Centre

Paintsville Kentucky – 1 night

Loretta Lynn’s Butcher Holler

Country Music Highway Museum

Lexington Kentucky – 2 nights

Red Barn Radio Show

Explore Lexington or free day

Bill Monroe Family Home and Grave

Owensboro Kentucky – 2 nights

International Bluegrass Museum and Hall of Fame

Live Show

Drake Vintage Music & Curios

Nashville Tennessee – 1 night

independent departure from Nashville 30 September a.m.


This itinerary is subject to minor alteration due to changing circumstances beyond the control of Listening Through The Lens.



The tour guide Rob Dickens –



• Experienced Guide

• All accommodation (incl. breakfasts)

• Full badge registration for all 6 days at Americana Festival

• Americana Honors and Awards Show (premium ticket)

• One year membership Americana Music Association

• Tickets for all 3 days at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

• Admission to four live shows plus Biltmore Estate, Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Earl Scruggs Centre, Ralph Stanley Museum, Country Highway Museum, Butcher Holler, Bill Monroe Home, International Bluegrass Museum and Hall of Fame

• Vehicle Transfers from September 16 to September 29



• Tips, gratuities

• Transport during Americana Festival [we will have a perfectly-located hotel, most venues a 15-20 minute walk away – other options are Festival Shuttle (free), Uber and taxi (at own expense)

• Transit costs pre-Tour and post-Tour

• Some public gigs may emerge during Tour, at own expense, optional to attend

• Travel insurance (this is compulsory for all participants)

• Meals and beverages

• Additional transport required due to emergency situation


Tour Numbers

This will be a small group.  Final numbers determined according to vehicle logistics.  Places filled on a first-come basis.



AUD $4,900 per person twin share basis (contact me for single room supplement price and/or price in US$).  Deposit due NOW (see below), half balance due 28 Feb 2019, remainder 31 July 2019. 



A deposit of AUD $490 per person is required to hold your place.  The deposit, payable to Trans Otway Travel, will be refunded if tour does not proceed or is full.  In all other cases the deposit is non-refundable.


About our 2017 Tour

Read about what we covered in our three-week Total Tennessee Tour HERE


About our 2018 Tour

Here are links to some of our visits and activities on last year’s tour (all photos thanks to LTTL’s Jim Jacob)


AmericanaFest, Nashville

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Bristol Virginia/Tennessee

Roots n Blues n BBQ, Columbia Missouri

Echo Mountain Studio, Asheville North Carolina

The American Jazz Museum

Radio Bristol, Bristol Virginia/Tennessee



Testimonials for Rob Dickens

“You were a wonderful tour leader – so well organised, quiet, kind, patient, considerate and knowledgeable – with so many interesting contacts and friends who clearly respected you and whom you shared with us. Each day was highlighted by the fact the activities, events, sights and travel were all so well sorted. There was no indecision or time wasted by us, perfect.

I now appreciate and understand so much more the road that the music has taken, what has and is involved in creating it, the differences in areas, the roles that family, community and conditions have played in its development, and so on. Music will never be taken for granted again

We can never thank you enough for these experiences and the wonderful memories we have been left with. What a magnificent, trouble-free, well organised expose of Americana, bluegrass and blues music! We look forward to doing it all again with you in the future”- Len and Janette

“An absolute phenomenal trip, three fabulous weeks of touring and experiencing a variety of music festivals and events throughout a number of the southern States of the USA with another seven like-minded people. The team at LTTL, as well as being great leaders, has got it right. With a carefully planned itinerary, wonderful accommodation, and including enough downtime for some R&R, makes this tour a truly unforgettable life experience. Cannot thank you enough, for the warmth, wisdom, professionalism and humour you portrayed in leading us down paths less travelled and wait now in anticipation for details on next year’s adventure” – Sandra

“Rob put together a great trip.  His knowledge of each location, venues and the artists was top notch and greatly contributed to a rewarding and enjoyable experience” – Keiran


“His tour was a new experience for me and I appreciated Rob’s organisational skills and his special care of all members of the group.  We had plenty of freedom to do our own thing while still adhering to the itinerary. The breadth of music and the musicians’ skills were impressive.  Thank you for giving us such a great experience” – Peter and Renate


“The trip was a joy to participate in.  Rob was an excellent host and having visited all places previously added a lot to the smooth operation of it all.  A nice blend of music across a lot of genres.  Happy to recommend Rob’s future music trips” – Philip


“A perfect mix of great live music and heritage attractions” – Jim


“Loved all of it!  Great itinerary and well organised with experienced tour leader.  Lots of great locations and musical experiences and people we met.  Like minded music fans in the group.  Thank you for the fun time” – Trish



Who might you see at our festivals?

Musically, what to expect???  Full line-ups for both festivals will be announced over time.  But, as a guide:

Here’s who we saw perform at AmericanaFest 2018:

Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys, Drivin n Cryin, Jason Eady, Jim Lauderdale, Amanda Shires, The Black Lillies, Brent Smith, Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed, Israel Nash, Paul Thorn, Tony Joe White, Anderson East, Brandi Carlile, Buddy Guy, Courtney Marie Andrews, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, I’m With Her, Irma Thomas, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, John Prine, k.d. lang, Lilly Hiatt, Lucero, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Margo Price, Mary Gauthier, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Robert Earl Keen, Rosanne Cash, Tyler Childers, Alejandro Escovedo, Asleep At The Wheel, Earls of Leicester, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Kaia Kater, Paul Cauthen, Romantica, Sam Morrow, Whitehorse, AHI, Becky Warren, Benjamin Jason Douglas, Brian Henneman (Bottle Rockets), Cedric Burnside, Eliza Gilkyson, Ellen Starski, Kevin Gordon, Paul Burch, Robby Hecht and Caroline Spence, Sunny War, Trisha Ivy, The War and Treaty, The Wild Ponies, The Accidentals, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Jim White, Lera Lynn, Max Gomez, Micah Scott, Michael Logen & Lizanne Knott, Mike Farris, Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis, SHEL, Strung Like A Horse, Tim Bluhm, Larry Cordle, Mike Rogers, Val Storey


Bristol’s Rhythms and Roots Reunion:

Announced for 2019 so far The Steel Canyon Rangers, Mike Farris and the Fortunate Few, The Black Lillies, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, Jason Eady, Jim Lauderdale, Chuck Mead, Scythian, Carolina Blue, The New Respects, Lost Dog Street Band, The Reeves Brothers

Who we saw in 2018 – Cruz Contreras, The Cordovas, Molly Tuttle, Scott Miller, The Waybacks, Bill & The Belles, Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen with John Jorgensen, Dale Watson, Devon Gilfillian, Josiah Leming, JP Parsons & The American Bandwagon, Lauren Morrow & The Whisky Gentry, Marcus King Band, Missy Raines & The New Hip, Ruen Brothers, The Steeldrivers, Tim Easton, The War and Treaty, Birds of Chicago, Goodnight, Texas, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Old 97s, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers



Read about how to join our fully-guided USA music tour September 2019



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