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

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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