2019 Highway 61 Blues Tour of America

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 2019 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.

The Highway 61 Blues Tour of America - conducted by John Howie Music Tours - was conceived in response to the growing desire of local blues music enthusiasts to experience authentic blues music first-hand in its traditional heartland!

You will be part of a incredible journey through America's cultural and musical heritage. Traversing a stunning landscape, you will be immersed in the unique musical genres that emerged, more than a century ago, from the melting pot of culture found in the southern states. It was right here that the music evolved into many genres - blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll, funk and the popular music of today. We take our tour members to the cities, towns a nd haunts made famous by giants of blues lore such as - Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Jellyroll Morton, B.B King, Louis Armstrong, Elvis and many more.

Travelling from New Orleans, through the Mississippi Delta and on to Chicago, you will have the privilege of experiencing up-close live performances, in iconic venues by some of the finest musicians to have made blues music their life. Following the migration of blues music along the Mississippi River, there will be historic towns to explore, famous juke joints and honky-tonks to jive in and time to pause at significant locations that are now indelibly etched into the fabric of the American story; places at the forefront of issues like slavery and civil rights. You will also visit many of the popular cuisine hot spots and tourist attractions available along the way. Arriving in the bigger cities, guided tours conducted by experienced guides are also offered, giving you intimate local knowledge and enhancing your blues music tour. For a full description of the tour and fun to be had, download the full itinerary.

About Jules... Jules Boult - Australian Blues & Jazz entertainer, Jules Boult, is the celebrity host / musical director of the 2019 Highway 61 Blues Tour of America . He is an award winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist. Jules’ musical career has taken him across Australia, the United States and Europe. Since 2011 he has released five albums to critical acclaim and been awarded a coveted Australian Blues Music Award. In 2015 and 2016 Jules toured the US, from New Orleans to New York via the Mississippi delta, performing & recording with various musicians including Kermit Ruffins, Mississippi John Horton, and The Oakridge Boys. Jules’ music, and effortless performance style, are true to the blues tradition.

Comment from Radio Presenter Matthew Frederick. (106.7 PBS FM) He has a unique understanding of the American songbook, and sees the links between genres that most people ignore. He understands the cross fertilization between blues, gospel, country and pop – and uses it to create. Matthew Frederick.

Jules is a musical explorer - Join Jules on this musical adventure as we travel, explore and listen to real live blues played in the very heart of the land that shaped a genre of music that is as vibrant today as it ever was.

Comment from Radio Presenter HELEN JENNING, PBS FM

Melbourne multi Instrumentalist/singer/songwriter, Jules Boult has produced a brilliant debut release bursting with a fresh & original take on his penchant for early Jazz, Blues & old time music. Well crafted music & witty, emotive lyrics delivered with ease and a smile. A gem!"

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