GrassRoots Music Tour 2023 – Itinerary Out!

Music Tour Resumes 2023

Listening Through The Lens


The GrassRoots Music Tour 2023

6 – 25 September

We will be experiencing two major music festivals, delving deep into the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian traditions, live music at iconic venues Floyd Country Store and Carter Family Fold. We will spend time in Music City Nashville and Bristol (recognised as the birthplace of country music). Plus other live shows, taking in important museums and gorgeous surrounds, time for shopping and sightseeing, and checking out the fun of Dolly Parton’s Dollywood.


Music Tour Resumes 2023

Arrive Nashville downtown independently 6 September pm

Nashville, Tennessee – 1 night

Tour Gathers

Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia – 4 nights

Live show tbc

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion 3 days

Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Asheville, North Carolina – 2 nights

Arts Precinct


Live show tbc

Wilkesboro, North Carolina – 1 night

Blue Ridge Museum and Hall of Fame

Floyd, Virginia – 2 nights

Sightseeing and Shopping

Blue Ridge Institute and Museum

Two shows, Floyd Country Store

Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia – 1 night

A. P. Carter’s Grave Site

Live show, Carter Family Fold

Knoxville, Tennessee – 2 nights

Cradle of Country Music Walking Tour

Sightseeing and Shopping


Titanic Museum

Nashville, Tennessee – 6 nights

Americana Music Festival and Conference 6 days

Americana Honors and Awards Show at the historic Ryman Auditorium

independent departure from Nashville 25 September a.m.

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


Will be provided soon, including deposit information.


The experienced tour guide will be Rob Dickens –

Tour Numbers

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

Expressions of Interest

Want to get first-hand news, before LTTL public posts?? It’s recommended that you contact Rob to lodge asap.

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

Music Tour Resumes 2023


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