Tuesday, March 19, 2019


6th Straight Sellout Featured Comedy, Music, Beautiful Ports of Call

All photos credit: StarVista LIVE

The 2019 Country Music Cruise is in the books, and the 2,000 cruisers enjoyed sun, surf, sand and non-stop music for seven days through the Atlantic and Caribbean. Presented by StarVista LIVE, the premiere company producing seven star-studded, music-themed cruises, this sixth consecutive sold-out journey was highlighted by headliner Jeff Foxworthy and some of the biggest names in country music.

The 2019 Country Music Cruise boasted a lineup that also featured The Oak Ridge Boys, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Ricky Skaggs, Joe Diffie, The Bellamy Brothers, Shenandoah, Jimmy Fortune, Johnny Lee, David Ball, TG Sheppard, Jeannie Seely, Wade Hayes, Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys, the Elvis tribute artists and a special Grand Ole Opry at Sea.

Popular television and radio personality Lorianne Crook and cruise host Jason Venner presented each headliner in the intimate All Access Pass Live Interview. Each session gave exclusive insight into the lives and careers of the artists and gave audience members the opportunity to ask questions of their favorite stars.

The nightly Songwriter Sessions saw many of the artists joining songwriters Erin Enderlin and Shawn Camp to tell stories behind hit songs they had written and then perform those songs as they were originally composed. Impromptu jam sessions popped up virtually every night after all the official performances had ended.

David Ball (r.) joins singer/songwriters Erin Enderlin (c.) and Shawn Camp (l.) during one of the nightly Songwriter Sessions on board the 2019 Country Music Cruise.

Country music legend Jeannie Seely renewed her wedding vows with husband Gene Ward during the cruise, and Country Music Cruise guests had unprecedented opportunities to meet and mingle with the stars aboard what has been called the ultimate country music party. Super Bowl-winning coach Barry Switzer told the story of his moonshiner father at one of the two Grandaddy Mimm’s Moonshine tastings. Cruisers socialized with their favorite artists at theme nights, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, jam sessions, meet and greets, autograph sessions and more. The non-stop entertainment extended to excursions and performances in Key West, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.

Jeannie Seely and husband Gene Ward renew their vows on board the 2019 Country Music Cruise

StarVista LIVE’s recently announced partnership with the T.J. Martell Foundation has already raised close to $100,000 for the music industry’s leading foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer.Autographed guitars sold at live auctions on The Country Music Cruise and Southern Rock Cruise, silent auctions with framed autographed photographs and lyric sheets, an exlusive brunch on Half Moon Cay featuring an unplugged performance by Shenandoah and Jimmy Fortune and the Washington DC Best Cellars Dinner all supported the T.J. Martell Foundation’s initiatives. In addition, StarVista LIVE will make a donation to the Foundation for every cabin booked on any of the company’s music-themed cruises using the exclusive code TJMARTELL.

The 2020 Country Music Cruise, featuring funnyman Larry The Cable Guy, Randy Owen, Tracy Lawrence, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis and more, is already close to 70% sold out. Setting sail January 25, 2020 from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Maarten, San Juan and Half Moon Cay, fans are encouraged to book cabins now at www.countrymusiccruise.com.

Fans pack the pool deck for one of many performances on board the 2019 Country Music Cruise

Johnny Lee performs on the pool deck on board the 2019 Country Music Cruise

Best-selling author and journalist Deborah Evans Price leads the Country Faith Seminar with (l. to r.) - Howard Bellamy, David Bellamy and Jimmy Fortune

Chuck Mead (l.) and Wade Hayes (r.) perform on the Grand Ole Opry at Sea event on board the 2019 Country Music Cruise

Patty Loveless performs on the 2019 Country Music Cruise Mainstage

Ronnie Milsap performs on the Mainstage of The 2019 Country Music Cruise



JERROD NIEMANN made his triumphant return to the road this weekend for the opening dates of his LIVE IN CONCERT: JERROD NIEMANN TALLBOYS AND SHORT STORIES headlining tour in Kansas City, MO (3/15) and Indianapolis, IN (3/16).

Niemann kicked off the first of many intimate tour stops with one goal in mind – to go back to his roots – and he did just that. Not only did both shows bring him to cities he hadn’t visited in several years, but they also took him back in time musically. Delivering a curated setlist, the prolific tunesmith led a sea of fans in rowdy sing-alongs of career favorites, which spanned over the last two decades and included everything from his #1 smash hits, “Lover, Lover” and “Drink to That All Night,” to his most recent patriotic release, “Old Glory.”

Keeping with the theme of revisiting where it all began, Niemann capped off each show by channeling his inner ‘80s Country star. The Liberal, KS, native paid homage to those who came before him by putting his own spin on iconic Country classics, including George Strait’s “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” and Alabama’s “Mountain Music” – tunes that helped mold him into the artist he is today.

Niemann will continue to fuel the LIVE IN CONCERT: JERROD NIEMANN TALLBOYS AND SHORT STORIES TOUR with back-to-back shows in Lincoln, NE (3/28), Minneapolis, MN (3/29) and Burlington, IA (3/30).

For additional information on JERROD NIEMANN and his LIVE IN CONCERT: JERROD NIEMANN TALLBOYS AND SHORT STORIES headlining tour, please visit https://jerrodniemannofficial.com/ and reach out to him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Announced dates, cities, and venues 


15 | Knuckleheads – Kansas City, MO

16 | 8 Seconds Saloon – Indianapolis, IN

28 | Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE

29 | Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN

30 | Burlington Memorial Auditorium – Burlington, IA


5 | Seward County Activity Center – Liberal, KS

6 | Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City – Sioux City, IA

20 | StarDaze Festival – Star City, AR


2 | The Shelton Gin Bar – Palestine, TX

3 | The Backyard Bar & Grill – Waco, TX

4 | League City Music Festival – League City, TX

5 | Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill – Dallas, TX

9 | Sidewinders – Roanoke, VA

10 | The Eagles Nest Rockin’ Country Bar – Chesapeake, VA

11 | The Windjammer – Isle of Palms, SC

12 | The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill – Myrtle Beach, SC

16 | The Bluestone – Columbus, OH

17 | Joe's Sports Bar – Chicago, IL

18 | The City Center – Champaign, IL

23 | Plaza Theatre – Glasgow, KY


Country music fans who were tuned into last night's edition of American Idol on ABC likely recognized a familiar face and voice. During the show, country hitmaker Billy Dean accompanied Idol contestant Chloe Channell to the audition studio where he backed her on guitar as she performed Keith Urban's "Stupid Boy."

Dean, Channell's musical mentor, was instantly recognized by Idol judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry. Bryan highlighted his success as a country singer, while Richie delivered a history lesson on his and Dean's past with the legendary singer Kenny Rogers.

The judges were pleased with Channell's performance, advancing her to Hollywood for the next round of the national singing competition.

Following the performance, Bryan and Dean crooned his hit tune, "Only Here for a Little While."