Places Closing – GrassRoots Music Tour 2019

Places closing mid July for our 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

A small group to maximise comfort and enhance our music experience.



AUD $4,900 per person twin share basis (contact me for single room supplement price and/or price in US$).

Deposit of $2450 due now, remainder 31 July 2019. 


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???  The line-up for Bristol Rhythm and Roots is out (see banner below).  The first-round artists for AmericanaFest have been announced.



Part of AmericanaFest will be the Honors and Awards spectacular.  Here’s who has been nominated and likely to perform on the night.


Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots Reunion:

Announced for 2019!:




Places closing mid July for our USA music tour September 2019 

Places closing mid July for our USA music tour September 2019 



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