Are You Ready For The Country? (USA)


I have three more nights until I head off to the Americana Music Conference in Nashville. They are also having an awards night at The Ryman on Thursday and I have a ticket for that included in my registration fee.

Afterwards, I plan to visit Muscle Shoals, Tupelo and Oxford before flying to Austin for three nights, then to New York for five nights (including a Bruce Springsteen gig at Giants Stadium) and then San Francisco for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Finally, I’ll then grab a car and drive up to Portland, Oregon and Eugene to see Bob Dylan.

I know it seems like a hell of a lot of flights but my entire internal aifares only come to US$537! The flight from New York to San Francisco on Virgin America is only US$119 direct. I have discovered that if you do not mind having  a stopover you can, as I have done with three legs of the trip, get bargain basement prices. Hotwire only does return airfares but Expedia is quite good and gives you a range of options.

So far I have not organised a single interview but I imagine that they will come up as I go along. I will probably record an hour in a studio in Oxford with Ace Atkins and am looking forward to that.

Pat and I have been talking about the tour for next year and it looks like the New Orleans leg is just about booked out. I am trying to restrict the numers to 25 but might have to add a few rooms if there is additional demand.

I reckon we’ll start the tour next year in Nashville and spend two nights there, a night in Oxford, two nights in Memphis and a night in Clarksdale and then maybe one night in Greenwood prior to catching the Spirit of New Orleans to Jazz Fest. This is subject to change depending on availability of buses and hotels.

We only plan on taking a small group of maybe 8 people from Nashville so first in first served. Similarly, the hotel rooms in New Orleans are going to go quickly.

I’ll write again before I go.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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