USA Grassroots Music Tour 2019

Listening Through The Lens presents
The Grass Roots 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.

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

AUD $4,900 per person twin share basis (contact me for single room supplement price and/or price in US$). Deposit being half balance due 30 May 2019 or within 3 days of booking, remainder 31 July 2019.

A deposit of AUD $2450 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.

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 were 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 above). The artists for AmericanaFest will be announced over time, the first instalment very soon. As a guide, here’s who we saw perform at AmericanaFest 2018:
Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys, Drivin n Cryin, Jason Eady, Jim Lauderdale, Amanda Shires, The Black Lillies, Brent Smith, Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed, Israel Nash, Paul Thorn, Tony Joe White, Anderson East, Brandi Carlile, Buddy Guy, Courtney Marie Andrews, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, I’m With Her, Irma Thomas, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, John Prine, K.D. Lang, Lilly Hiatt, Lucero, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Margo Price, Mary Gauthier, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Robert Earl Keen, Rosanne Cash, Tyler Childers, Alejandro Escovedo, Asleep At The Wheel, Earls of Leicester, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Kaia Kater, Paul Cauthen, Romantica, Sam Morrow, Whitehorse, AHI, Becky Warren, Benjamin Jason Douglas, Brian Henneman (Bottle Rockets), Cedric Burnside, Eliza Gilkyson, Ellen Starski, Kevin Gordon, Paul Burch, Robby Hecht and Caroline Spence, Sunny War, Trisha Ivy, The War and Treaty, The Wild Ponies, The Accidentals, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Jim White, Lera Lynn, Max Gomez, Micah Scott, Michael Logen & Lizanne Knott, Mike Farris, Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis, SHEL, Strung Like A Horse, Tim Bluhm, Larry Cordle, Mike Rogers, Val Storey.

For more information or to book, contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email