There is surely nowhere on earth that has given rise to as many world-conquering genres, platinum-selling artists and iconic record labels as America’s Deep South.
There are plenty of countries around the world that are inextricably linked with the music they produced: Jamaica and reggae, Italy and opera, Brazil and samba, to name just a few. But there is surely nowhere on earth that has given rise to as many world-conquering genres, platinum-selling artists and iconic record labels as America’s Deep South.
The music of the South is as complex as its history, bound up in the story of slavery and the Civil War. Influences range from the rhythms of Africa to the folk styles of the British Isles, and the mixing of cultures and musical traditions has produced a huge variety of genres, including jazz, blues, country, bluegrass and soul.
There is a well-worn tourist trail for musical pilgrims touring the Deep South, visiting famous sites such as Elvis’s home at Graceland and the French Quarter of New Orleans, but the standard whistlestop itineraries often only scratch the surface. The Deep South is far more than just a musical museum, and remains at the forefront of innovation and experimentation, with new genres continuing to cross-pollinate at a dizzying rate. Here are four of the most exciting tours showcasing the music of the Deep South…
This article is just a snapshot of the incredible musical diversity on offer in the Deep South. Alternative options include tours visiting bohemian Austin, Texas, home to more than 100 live music venues, while others swing south through Florida to Miami, where house and techno fans flock every March for the Winter Music Conference. Whether you’re a rock ‘n’ roller, a honky-tonker, a hip-hopper or a hands-in-the-air raver, you’re sure to find a Deep South tour at a tempo that suits you.
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Start:Memphis International Airport
Finish:Louisville International Airport
Group size:14 - 24
Tour Operator:Tours of Distinction
Physical Rating:3+ hours walking per day
Start:Las Vegas International Airport
Finish:Las Vegas International Airport
Group size:12 - 18
Start:Boston/Logan International Airport
Finish:Boston/Logan International Airport
Group size:14 - 20
Physical Rating:1-2 hours walking per day
Group size:4 - 12
Tour Operator:Intrepid Travel
Finish:Salt Lake City
Group size:4 - 13
Group size:1 - 12
Age range:15-99 years
Group size:6 - 13
Age range:16 to 99
Physical Rating:Leisurely / Moderate
Start:New Orleans, Louisiana
Finish:New Orleans, Louisiana
Group size:5 - 35
Tour Operator:Best Single Travel
Group size:1 - 20
Age range:Minimum age of 7 years for this trip.
Tour Operator:G Adventures
Physical Rating:3 - Average