Press Release

Oklahoma’s rich musical heritage is becoming ever more popular with travelling music lovers – from jazz aficionados to rock’n’rollers; dedicated Country & Western lovers to modern day country music fans. Music and the Sooner State have gone hand in hand for more than a century – apart from being the birthplace of legends like folk music hero Woody Guthrie, the ‘Singing Cowboy’ Gene Autry, and the man credited with being at the birth of the ‘Tulsa Sound’ Leon Russell, it is still ‘back home’ to a host of top country artistes like Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Vince Gill and of course the new ‘Queen of Country’ Carrie Underwood!

Such is the interest generated by names like these, that Oklahoma soon caught the attention of music-focused tour operator Travelling Time. Based in Perth, Scotland, Travelling Time has a loyal and growing UK ‘fan base’ of its own. The team have arranged music-themed escorted tours and holidays for many years, and now after nearly a year in development, Travelling Time has added three brand new tours to the 2019/2020 schedule – ‘Heartland Harmony’, ’66 & Buddy’ and ‘Buddy & All That Jazz’. These fully escorted tours are on sale now and are already selling well to music fans from around the UK.

Travelling Time’s founding owner (and regular tour escort) Lynda Malia, has put her love of music and knowledge of America’s long-famous destinations in the deep south to best use while developing the new tours; commenting, “Our clients love all types of music and travelling to ‘new’ destinations in the USA. They are always keen to visit areas rich in musical heritage – Oklahoma fits the bill perfectly! My coach driver (an Oklahoma native) and I travelled around the State on a research trip last December.”

“During our stay, we met some fantastic people, visited exciting venues and attractions and enjoyed learning about the history of towns like Pawhuska, Ponca City and Sulphur. With such a rich and diverse musical heritage, Oklahoma has so much to offer fans of all music genres. In just a few days we visited Leon Russell’s newly refurbished Church Studio, and the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa; Blake Shelton’s Ole’ Red in Tishomingo and many more fantastic music venues.”

“It was not all about the music of course; Oklahomans embrace their cowboy and American Indian culture as well – which we found to be both fascinating and memorable. No trip would be complete without a tour of Oklahoma City’s Stockyards City, and breakfast at the ‘Cattlemen’s’. And of course, the Sooner State boasts over 400 miles of the iconic ‘Mother Road’ Route 66 – with it’s quirky museums and roadside diners – what more could you ask for?”

“We had only planned to do one tour featuring Oklahoma – but 2019 is the 60th Anniversary of the ‘Day the Music Died’ and Buddy Holly fans had been asking us to arrange an escorted tour to Texas and New Mexico to celebrate Buddy’s life and music – after our visit we knew that Oklahoma and Route 66 had to feature in those tours as well!”

Kansas/Oklahoma’s UK&I Destination Awareness Manager, Matt Bates adds, “We’re delighted to be working with a partner of the reputation and calibre of Travelling Time. The combination of Lynda Malia’s experience and knowledge with Oklahoma’s rich and varied musical pedigree – and not least, our warm OK welcome – is an exciting one … and, watch this space – we’re already working on plans for an escorted music tour into Kansas cowboy country for 2020, taking in legendary Dodge City!”


Heartland Harmony
This fabulous 14 day, fun-filled tour showcases the wonderful music and history of America’s Heartland. It features Oklahoma City and Tulsa OK, along with Chicago IL, St Louis MO, Branson MO and Dallas/Fort Worth

66 & Buddy
Celebrating the life and music of Buddy Holly and visiting iconic locations on Route 66 (the ‘Mother Road’ – conceived in Tulsa, and whose longest fully-drivable stretch traverses the state), Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico

Buddy & All That Jazz
Celebrating the life and music of Buddy Holly; exploring vibrant Oklahoma City and its ‘live’ music scene; taking in the jazz on Bourbon Street, New Orleans, and enjoying Texas and New Mexico …