GrassRoots Music Tour 2020 – Itinerary

Places and events for our 2020 Tour


The setting for one of the AmericanaFest 2019 events – Photo: LTTL

GrassRoots Music Tour 2020

1 to 21 September


The tour will offer a close-up experience of festivals, live shows, scenic attractions, the civil rights movement, music heritage spots and more, spread over 5 States in the US South. It will be fully escorted by an experienced tour leader.

The next Listening Through The Lens musical adventure in the USA will kick off in Music City Nashville, Tennessee on 1 September 2020 and wind up in Nashville on 21 September.

The Itinerary

Nashville, Tennessee

Americana Music Festival and Conference (6 days)

Americana Honors and Awards Show

National Museum of African American Music

Asheville, North Carolina

Live Music and Arts Precinct

Recording Studio Visit or similar

Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion (3 days)

Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Chattanooga, Tennessee

River Cruise, Scenic Attractions and Live Music


Exploring the Civil Rights Movement, Music History and Sightseeing


Scenic Stopover in Georgia

Wilkesboro North Carolina

Blue Ridge Heritage Museum and Sightseeing


Place Numbers

This will be a small group to ensure maximum enjoyment, cohesion and satisfaction.  Any expression of interest lodged will ensure first call.


Over the next four weeks, the full itinerary and costs will be released

Tour Guide

Please contact the tour guide, Rob Dickens at with any questions. Here are some testimonials for past tours led by Rob:

“So many fantastic highlights and experiences.

We certainly have a new appreciation for songwriters, musicians and singers. We learnt so much.  Your knowledge and experience was very broad and John and I took it all in.  Your relaxed, no fuss attitude really rubbed off on us and it was a treat for us to not have the worry about all the finer details of the trip.  It certainly was a holiday”Glenda and John

“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

The Last Tour

Here are some articles about our 2019 adventure:

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

Earl Scruggs Centre

Live Show In Asheville

Americana Festival

Asheville Sights


Places and events for our 2020 Tour

Places and events for our 2020 Tour

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