GrassRoots Music Tour – Postponed Until 2023

Music Tour Resumes 2023


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Listening Through The Lens


The GrassRoots Music Tour 2020

1 – 21 September

Music Tour Resumes 2023


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

Athens, Georgia

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

Live Show

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 full 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 –



• Experienced Guide

• All accommodation (incl. breakfasts)

• Full badge registration for all 6 days at Americana Festival

• Americana Honors and Awards Show (premium ticket)

• 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


Tour Numbers

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


Getting There

Trans Otway Travel can help you with getting to Nashville and back.  Contact Rob for details.



AUD$5,900 per person twin share basis (contact me at for single room supplement price and/or price in US$).

Deposit due NOW (see below), half balance due 31 Mar 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:

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

Earl Scruggs Centre

Live Show In Asheville

Americana Festival


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:




Asheville Sights


Music Tour Resumes 2023

Music Tour Resumes 2023



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