It was the most important event in the History of Country Music. In 1927 in the mountains of Virginia, a talent scout for the Victor Talking Machine Co spent 8 days making the first ever musical recordings. Known as the ‘Bristol Sessions’ that event has also been called “The Big Bang of Country Music,” bring your group and see Country’s origin at the hallowed Carter Family Fold, and its glory at the Grand Ole Opry.
“Rockin’ the Boardwalk” is a U.S. Tours signature group travel event that occurs every two years. It has a melodic and romantic focus featuring three straight nights of Pop and Rock music from the 60’s, at venues near the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.
This is a celebration of Country Music History, a Spectacular Event is set in the beautiful mountains of SW Virginia where country music was born. Follow us onto “The Crooked Road,” a 300 mile long Heritage Trail that crosses the frontier of the recording industry, with the memory of Virginia’s Country Music Legends.
The heart and soul of American Music beats in the history of Nashville, Memphis and the Kentucky countryside These are the places where the inspiration for our uniquely American Music styles were born and where they grew to maturity. You’ll hear Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Rock n’ Roll and Soul. Why, you’ll even have the chance to write and perform a song of your own.
Listen as American Patriots rail against the tyranny of King George. Come see the places where they argued loudest for Freedom. Walk in their footsteps, hear their words, dine in their taverns – It’s a frolicking great adventure in American History. In these seven days your group tour will touch on a myriad of historical topics, from Colonial unrest at the Boston Tea Party Ship in 1773, to the final conflict at Yorktown in 1781. You will have heard the words of Patriots and shared a mug of ale, and perhaps you will gain a new appreciation of the hardships endured in our pursuit of liberty.
Start with a tour of Harpers Ferry National Park where a visit is like stepping into the past. Then enjoy a narrated excursion on the Potomac Eagle and view historic farms and lush mountain greenery. Then it’s on to Winchester, VA for a Patsy Cline tour. Learn of Patsy’s music career, her childhood home and dreams of becoming a Country Music Star. This package also includes a tribute singer who will sing some of Patsy’s favorite songs. End your trip with a scenic ride on the Western Maryland Railroad through the spectacular scenery of the Allegheny Mountains.
It’s a walk down cobblestone streets, admiring colonial homes with garlands of fresh apples, magnolia and pine. It’s the sound of a fife-and-drum concert, traditional carolers, the ringing of jingle bells on a horse-drawn carriage.
Wrapping itself around the mountains of SW Virginia, is a heritage trail preserving the region’s musical history, and deep back in the hills is a winding stream where people say the music began. What is true for sure, is that people here enjoyed their front porch music at the end of the day and gospel on Sunday morning. It was peaceful and harmonic, until one day, circumstances conspired to create what Johnny Cash called “The Big Bang of Country Music” – the day that music records were born.
This 13 day itinerary explores the Distant Heavens and Deep Blue Sea. You will learn of man’s efforts to conquer both, while discovering his impact on Nature. This may be the ultimate Educational Tour, whether you’re planning an extended student tour or a you’re retiree re-discovering life – there are lessons and learning, laughter and merriment here for everyone.
Smiles along Virginia’s Blue Ridge combine with historic harmonies of America’s Original Music. To see the Carter Family Fold is to listen to history – it was the beginning of Commercialized Country Music. To experience the Floyd Country Store’s Friday Night Jamboree is to share the joy of old-time music in both dance and melody. This tour requires a little walking and a lot of toe-tappin.