John Howie Music Tours & Cruises


Take a musical journey with us from New Orleans to Chicago and beyond. As we head out on Highway 61 and the Mississippi River, you will follow the historic migration of blues music, visiting the iconic blues music destinations of: New Orleans, Natchez, Greenville, Clarksdale, Memphis, Nashville, Louisville, Chicago. Join Jules in jam sessions or just take in the music and atmosphere as we go - plus an optional extension tour to New York!

Some tour highlights:

  • New Orleans - you will walk down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter and enjoy the music, food and atmosphere at authentic local juke joints, enjoy a performance by Jules at the Bombay Club, go on a paddlewheeler music cruise on the Mississippi and go out into Cajun country on a swamp tour
  • Nashville - hear great blues music at the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar in the Printer's Alley nightclub district. You will attend Al Green’s Full Gospel Tabernacle Church service, including amazing live gospel music and go behind the red light at one of Nashville’s professional recording studios! Join Jules and the Nashville Redeemers in the studio to record and produce a song and take home a CD of your performance.
  • The tour includes the 2017 Chicago Blues Music Festival, the largest free blues festival in the world. Current headline performers include Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Teronzo Cannon, Vickie Baker, Charlie Love and Johnny Rawlins. Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, the late B.B. King, Bo Diddley, and Koko Taylor. More about the Blues Tour...

Travel with award winning blues musician Jules Boult - Highway 61 Blues Music Tour

Our music tour will be a memorable experience. Visit historic music venues, towns and regions. Enjoy musical performances, local food and delicacies, travel on a paddlewheeler, stay in heritage hotels. Visit Blues and Jazz museums and soak up the musical heritage as we travel along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Chicago via Highway 61 and optionally, then onto New York.

Be entertained with private shows and join in the gigs as they happen, so bring your musical instruments and be part of the show!

"Wow....I hoped it would be and it was my 'Blues Tour of a lifetime' !!!
But it was also a great overview of the US and we covered a lot of ground and saw lots.
It gave me an insight into the country, it's culture & it's friendly people.
Not just for blues fans, a fantastic trip for music fans wanting a snapshot of a vast & diverse country."

Dave Best - member of the 2015 Blues Music Tour

Entertainer Jules Boult is a Melbourne blues music identity. He carries a deep knowledge of the heritage of blues and its many styles, made famous by the likes of Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, B.B King and Lightnin' Hopkins. This is a chance to play in the venues of the famous Blues musicians when we jam with Jules and friends, sing along or just soak up the atmosphere. More about the blues tour... Also in 2017 we have the Blues Cruise to New Zealand with Jules and guest musicians, find out more...

Call today to book a place on this tour. Phone Travelrite toll free on 1800 033 436

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John Howie Music Tours & Cruises are run in partnership with Australian company Travelrite International. Travelrite is Australia’s leading operator of special interest tours.

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