Join our fully-guided USA music tour September 2020
Listening Through The Lens
The GrassRoots Music Tour 2020
1 – 21 September
Arrive Nashville downtown independently 1 September pm
Nashville, Tennessee – 1 night
National Museum of African American Music
Chattanooga, Tennessee – 2 nights
River cruise, sightseeing and live music
Birmingham, Alabama – 1 night
Civil Rights Museum
Montgomery, Alabama – 1 night
Hank Williams Museum and Grave
Rosa Parks Museum
Sightseeing and shopping
Asheville, North Carolina – 2 nights
Arts precinct, special visit tba and live music
Wilkesboro, North Carolina – 1 night
Heritage Museum incl. Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, plus sightseeing
Bristol Tennessee/Virginia – 4 nights
Rhythm and Roots Reunion Festival (3 Days)
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Nashville, Tennessee – 7 nights
Americana Music Festival and Conference (6 days)
Americana Honors and Awards Show (premium seats)
independent departure from Nashville 21 September a.m.
The initial line-up for the 2020 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion has been announced!:
This itinerary is subject to minor alteration due to changing circumstances beyond the control of Listening Through The Lens.
The tour guide Rob Dickens – firstname.lastname@example.org
• 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
• River Cruise plus admission to four live shows and Birthplace of Country Music Museum, National Museum of African American Music, Civil Rights Museum, Hank Williams Museum, Rosa Parks Museum and Heritage Museum
• Vehicle Transfers from September 1 to September 14
• Tips, gratuities
• Transport during Americana Festival [we will have a perfectly-located hotel, most venues a 15-20 minute walk away – other options are ride share 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)
• Other meals and beverages
• Additional transport required due to emergency situation
This will be a small group. Final numbers determined according to vehicle logistics. Places filled on a first-come basis.
Trans Otway Travel can help you with getting to Nashville and back. Contact Rob for details.
AUD$5,900 per person twin share basis (contact me at email@example.com for single room supplement price and/or price in US$).
Deposit due NOW (see below), half balance due 28 Feb 2020, remainder 31 July 2020.
A deposit of AUD $590 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.
The Last Tour
Here are some articles about our 2019 adventure:
Testimonials for Rob Dickens
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
Here’s a recap on the Bristol festival in 2019:
Join our fully-guided USA music tour September 2020