There’s plenty of Country Music there all year round, but it’s behind closed doors in the studios and Record Companies. Unless you're there when it's Festival time, you'd never know how much fun it can be. That’s why we go in June, when it's time for
Fan Fair, when the stars come out to play... with the fans.
February 1, 2004: I’m sure many folks have been waiting on details for Fan Fair 2004, however, having a break last year, and just starting Bellbird Music here in Australia, we have a very full calendar in 2004, and feel we can not do a great job organising a tour to Fan Fair 2004 (now CMA Music Festival). and have decided not to take a group tour to the USA.
With our other endeavours occupying so much attention now, we have decided that we have had some great times with truly friendly people and are not planning any more tours to the USA, but who knows what is around the corner?
We'll leave these pages posted as a guide to what you can expect if you are planning a trip yourselves. Our great mates the Howie Brothers continue to run an extensive and friendly group tour to the Festival and you can check their current details on their website at www.musictours.com.au if you wish. Please tell them we sent you and they'll really look after you. - Ron & Rosie January 2006.
And Rosie Adsett (your escorts)
1997 Tour Diary | 1999 Tour Diary | 2000 Tour Diary | 2000 Photos | 2001 DiaryIn Nashville in June, your stay includes Over 30 hours of today’s biggest and newest Country Music Stars performing on the Fan Fair stage. You'll see them in concert and have your chance to meet many of them personally in the exhibit halls where you’ll find Fan Club booths and stands hosting TV shows, music magazines, and Record Companies, and that's where the artists meet their fans, make pictures and sign autographs. You can visit the Grand Ole Opry, the brand new Country Music Hall Of Fame and the historic Second Ave area where you'll find the Ryman Auditorium (the old Grand Ole Opry), the Wild Horse Saloon and Miss Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Ernest Tubb's Record Shop and lots more country music heritage and living history.
All part of your Fan Fair Experience in Nashville in June each year.
Music City, USA.
The Home of American Country Music is host to such Country Music icons as the Grand Ole Opry, The Country Music Hall Of Fame, the Wildhorse Saloon, and many small live performance venues like the Bluebird Cafe and the Douglas Corner cafe. The historic RYMAN Auditorium has been completely restored and live shows are now regularly scheduled. But it’s the Music Publishers, and Record Companies that make this the HUB of Country Music in the USA. FAN FAIR is the showcase of the American Country Music Industry. You get the benefit of our friends and contacts in Nashville when it comes to that real Country Experience.
Our previous tours have been overwhelming successes and we'll do our best to maintain this high standard. Over the years we’ve been able to meet the top stars of Today and Yesterday’s Music. We've even had Moe Bandy get on board our coach just to welcome us to his show in Branson. Over the years our crew have met everyone from Garth Brooks to Brooks & Dunn, had photos with Boxcar Willie at his theatre and with Brenda Lee guesting at Mel Tillis’ in Branson. Engaged in a chat with Pam Tillis from the stage, met Alan Jackson and Vince Gill backstage at the Opry, been entertained in the lobby of the Opryland Hotel by Troy Cassar-Daley and toured the American back roads and byways with our own Tania Kernaghan because we think that
Getting there is half the fun...
that's quite apart from fun on the road with our Nashville mates, Miss Bill and Pat the Driver... Along the way we have traditionally included the following favourite stops ...
Jack Daniel's Distillery just a couple of hours south of Nashville, has been a favourite with travellers on the tour ever since we added it in 1995. Sammy & the boys always give an entertaining tour and usually join us on the hilltop at sunset for our Private party. It’s a scenic neck of the woods, just as you see it in those TV commercials, green and leafy, slow and deliberate, and the little town of Lynchburg (where you can get Jack Daniels ice-cream) is right out of the picture books.
Graceland is just as Elvis left it in 1977. The Jungle room, the handball court, and the Record Room with hundreds of Gold and Platinum Albums on the walls. Elvis’ grave is there right alongside his whole family. The Platinum tour of the Mansion, the Plane and Car Museum is all included in the tour when we're in Memphis.
As the birthplace of the Blues, Memphis is always filled with music and always a lot of fun. Stroll Beale St at night and take in all the sounds of another Music city. Visit B B King's Restaurant or the Elvis Presley Cafe. See the Sun Studio's where all those hits of the 50's were recorded. Check out the incredible Peabody Hotel. We stay just a block or two from Beale Street.
Dollywood we often drive across Tennessee to the Great Smoky Mountains to the fabulous Dollywood Theme Park, with singers and dancers, comedians and musicians. Enjoy different shows on 8 stages of authentic music of the Appalachians. Relax and watch over skilled craftsmen as they demonstrate old-time skills or experience any of the major rides - from mild to wild. Take a ride in a Steam Train through the woods and keep your eyes open for bears and the Parton clan who work in the park.
It’s always a great bunch of people who travel with us, and although we come from all sorts of backgrounds from Council workers and students to Bank Managers and International businessmen, and all age groups from 17 to 70, we’re all there for the music, and all determined to have a great time. Call us on 07 3221 3000 anytime if you have any query about the tour, we’re happy to help you.
Travel with the folks who know Nashville and know Country Music
Extensions are easy to arrange if you'd like to travel further around the USA while you're there, like New Orleans, Las Vegas or extra days in LA. email Ron or Rosie for more details or how to book your seats.
Tour Diary | 1999
Tour Diary | 2000 Tour Diary
| 2000 Photos | 2001
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