Montgomery Gentry, Diamond Rio, Phil Vassar & Halfway To Hazard Added To Country Cruising Festivities




Country Music Cruise Experience Set For January 14-19, 2017
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 4, 2016) – Country Cruising has already announced the names of some of the artists that will be taking to the high seas in January 2017, with a trio of the hottest artists today – Kelsea Ballerini, LOCASH, and Chris Young, in addition to Nashville cast members Charles Esten and Clare Bowen. The cruise’s organizers continue to go the extra mile by providing a wide array of talent on the Brilliance of the Seas® with the latest group of entertainers for the cruise representing some of Country Music’s all-time greatest hits from the past two decades. Joining the cruise are Montgomery Gentry, Diamond Rio, Phil Vassar, and Halfway To Hazard.

Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, Montgomery Gentry has been a force in Country Music since their 1999 debut hit “Hillbilly Shoes.” With over 30 plus charted singles, the duo recently celebrated a major career milestone as Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry were inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. Montgomery Gentry has earned countless CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY awards and nominations with undeniable blue collar anthems like “Hell Yeah,” “My Town,” and “Hillbilly Shoes.” They’ve notched five #1 singles ("If You Ever Stop Loving Me," "Something To Be Proud Of," "Lucky Man," "Back When I Knew It All" and "Roll With Me") and will soon celebrate their seventh anniversary as Grand Ole Opry members.

Grammy and Dove award-winning band Diamond Rio have sold over 10 million albums earning three platinum and five gold records and won the Country Music Association’s Vocal Group of the Year award four times and two Academy of Country Music Awards in the Top Vocal Group of the Year category along with thirteen GRAMMY® nominations. The band debuted on Arista Records in 1991 with “Meet in the Middle” and became the first group in the history of country music to have a debut single reach No. 1. They continued to place 32 more singles on the Billboard chart, including “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “Beautiful Mess” and “One More Day.” The band known for playing every note on every album has released ten studio albums (including a Christmas album), two Greatest Hits compilations and their first-ever live project, Diamond Rio Live.

Lynchburg, Virginia native Phil Vassar has written many of the biggest hits of the past two decades – with cuts like “Little Red Rodeo” for Collin Raye, and “My Next Thirty Years” for Tim McGraw. However, in 1999, the singer hit the top ten on his own with the rollicking “Carlene,” and has not looked back. He topped the chart on his own with “Just Another Day In Paradise,” as well as with “Love Is A Beautiful Thing.” Vassar will be releasing a new studio album this summer.

Comprised of David Tolliver and Chad Warrix, Halfway To Hazard made an instant connection with Country fans in 2007, while on tour with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill & Jason Aldean. Together as well as separately, the pair have enjoyed cuts from acts such as Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, and Jerrod Niemann. After taking a break from the scene for a while, the duo are back with their most recent single, Heaven on Down the Highway and are finishing up their 3rd studio Album.

Country Cruising will set sail on January 14, 2017 from Tampa, and will stop in Key West before making its’ voyage to Cozumel, Mexico. The ship will arrive back in Tampa on January 19. Country Cruising offers the Country Music fan an amazing experience – a five night cruise, with accommodations and all meals taken care of during the event, as well as autograph sessions, photo opportunities, daily musical performances, and songwriter workshops. The Brilliance of the Seas® ship is a beautiful Radiance-class ship that combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas, and wide-open spaces. With acres of glass enclosing the nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, guests never be at a loss for an incredible view.

Pricing begins at $1299 for interior rooms, and packages are also available with ocean and balcony views as well.
 Photo by Kristin Barlowe

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