Road Widow (n.)

A person whose spouse or significant other is a touring musician, crew member or artist. Sometimes irrational and emotional, but mostly always supportive.

Musician’s wife, band wife, musicians wives, band wives, wives of touring musicians, tour widow


Road Widows launched in October 2009 by Chris B – a musician’s wife in Nashville whose husband had started touring significantly the previous year. She quickly learned that this lifestyle is one full of false perceptions, crazy unreliable schedules and many lonely days and nights.

The stories that often aren’t shared in the music world are the ones of the women left behind. The wives, girlfriends and mothers who continue to live life at the home they share with their road warriors – a life lived independently of the one their partners are living on the road. But these women often need support if they’re going to survive the road widow life.

And so Road Widows was born. It was created after realizing that in banding together, this foreign lifestyle is possible. All with the love shared in our relationships and the support of other Road Widows.

We have three awesome bloggers. Learn more about them on our About the Authors page!

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  1. I love this. One of my clients told me about your site and it is wonderful yo read about people that are going through the same things that I am. My husband just starting touring in Aug. and it has been really hard. Thank you for your great perspective I love it. Keep it up.

    • So glad you found us and happy it helps! We really want to create an online community of Road Widows and maybe even take it offline eventually. Please keep in touch and feel free to comment or share your experiences anytime. We’re all here for each other. And, share this with any other RWs you know too!

  2. WOW! I didn’t know anything about you guys! I found you by someone linking from here to my blog. Immediate fan here and will be following you regularly. Also, thanks so much for adding me to the blog roll. Nice to “meet” you and perhaps our paths will cross IRL.🙂

  3. Finally! A blog I can relate too! I have spent entirely too much time on google searching for a blog like this, and the majority of what I found was other women complaining about their husband/significant other’s late night bar gigs; A cake walk I would kill for! Lets see, I’m going on about two years with my music man, album number two was released mid June and its been nothing but tour, tour, and more touring! Not to mention he just got booked for another 2 month tour for OCT/NOV! Dont get me wrong, this endless touring is a great thing, but oh.my.gracious I NEED A HOBBY! Maybe a sewing machine, or a small animal, SOMETHING to entertain my mind other than work and Chelsea Lately. Maybe this can be my new hobby, we shall see :]

  4. Just found your site through a friend.. I also work in the music business, but my husband (we are newlyweds) is a tour manager and is gone 180+ days a year! Love that I have stumbled upon this site. Would love to know more about you all!

  5. My husband goes on and off the road as a sound engineer and just recently finished an album – touring not the horizon. AGAIN. good to meet you!

  6. As you know I’ve been following you on Twitter since last year and love what you do! You inspire me so much as a fellow musician’s wife. Just wanted to stop by to let you know that as a brand new blogger (a week old), I LOVE your blog and as a result I just nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award!! Yay you! Here’s the link:


    Abundant blessings…


  7. I❤ LOVE❤ this blog! Well done ladies! I'm also a musician's wife and while my hubby hasn't started touring yet, he is in the process of finishing up his first album and hopes to start touring in the not-too-distant future. I have always supported his dream and I always will. His talent is undeniable. He is truly so incredibly gifted and I actually said that before I became biased … LOL! However, I can't deny the fact that I have a few underlying worries too, as our lives have started to take on changes associated with the music biz. For much of the first first decade we were together, he had become incredibly frustrated with music, due to so many negative experiences dealing with bands and all that can go along with it, so he had all but given up music for many years and barely picked up his guitar during that time, until he had a vision of sorts and realized that this is what he is meant to do (which I have always known). Needless to say, our lives have been turned upside down already and as the dramatic changes take place, while we watch what has been little more than a dream for the past 15 years, suddenly take flight and become our reality! I'm truly SO proud of him and really very excited (and a little scared). I have a LOT to learn because I'm as new as a newbie can get. I look forward to reading more of your educational and inspiring posts. 🙂 Thanks!🙂 Ginny

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