What would you have done to see the early days of Eric Church, Justin Moore, or even Gary Allan‘s careers? Country music fans who played their cards right were able to see one of the new underrated talents on the Blake Shelton Cruise last week with JJ Lawhorn. The 19-year old signed to Average Joe’s Entertainment in 2011 and he’s your good ol’ Southern boy – who isn’t afraid to make sure everyone knows it, too. The singer, who was raised on a family farm, stole the spotlight in one of the many atrium shows on the NCL Pearl last week.
JJ might not be a name that country fans are familiar with yet, but they soon will be. He’s hitting the road with Colt Ford on the “Answer To No One Tour,” and with his gritty songwriting style and rocking vocals he’ll soon be taking over radio. Fans who are looking for someone along the lines of Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, or even Eric Church should keep their eyes peeled to this newcomer.
We had the chance to get to know JJ during the Blake Shelton Cruise, and as the week went on, word about his performance had spread to the passengers. His final show was a packed one- with two levels of the atrium watching the young singer with the rock-styled vocals. His influences on his writing are obvious: he calls Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and Waylon Jennings his influences in his official bio. JJ is a rebel, one of the new branches of Nashville that’s finally getting the spotlight thanks to the success of Brantley, Eric, and Gary.
“Proud To Be Here” singer Trace Adkins has returned to NBC’s The Apprentice in the first-ever all-star season. The Showdog-Universal artist is one of several fan favorites brought back for a return to the series hosted by Donald Trump. Each celebrity will compete against each other to earn money for their favorite charities. Trace has chosen American Red Cross for his charity. He’s the only country artist on this season, however, former winner John Rich will appear as an advisor at some point in the season.
Trace previously competed in the first season of The Celebrity Apprentice. During his set last week on the Blake Shelton Cruise, he admited that because of his appearance on this new season his new album had to be pushed back to next year. His new album will feature his current anthemic single “Tough People Do”.
“All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” is produced by Mark Burnett in association with Trump Productions. Mark Burnett, Donald Trump, Page Feldman, and Eric Van Wagenen are executive producers. Sadoux Kim, Johnny Petillo, and Michael Dietz are co-executive producers.
The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice airs Sundays at 8 pm EST on NBC.
While our very own Jessica Crans is trying to figure out what to pack today before we leave for Miami tomorrow for the Blake Shelton Cruise Sunday, as an experienced cruiser I thought it was appropriate to put together a little piece on what fans should bring and pack for the cruise. While you’re pacing around your room trying to figure out what to bring and not to bring, and trying to double check your checklist, make sure you read this to make sure you really are just bringing what you need – then you can bring home more than what you came with.
Take a second to take a breath and watch Blake Shelton’s latest music video and relax for a minute before reading the rest.
You’re okay now? Good. Lets start off talking about clothing. We’ll be on the Cruise for seven days, (eight days if you’re coming down a day early to Miami like we are), so make sure you have six casual outfits. If you’re like most people and plan on wearing the same pair of pants, or shorts, for a few days then just pack multiple shirts – but remember shorts are NOT allowed in the dining room. What exactly is a cruise casual? Jeans, polo shirts, khakis, t-shirts, tops, and cute dresses for the ladies. Of course, yes, wear your cowboy boots and show your country pride! Comfortable shoes are a must for the cruise, especially when you’re at port. You do a lot of walking and don’t realize it until you’re finally laying down in your bed at night.
It gets quite windy and cool at night on the ship, so please remember to pack a light jacket or something a little warmer to wear at night if you’re going to be walking on the outdoor decks. That’s one thing a lot of people don’t realize – yes, it will be warm during the day, but at night it gets pretty chilly. Not Canada cold, but it’s pretty windy in the middle of the ocean. So make sure you have something to wear at night. During the day make sure to have something light to wear – shorts, a dress, and most importantly, your bathing suit.
Frankie Ballard, Jon Pardi and Miss Willie Brown are teaming up for a small Fall tour! The 12-city “Tie One On” tour kicks off October 4th in San Diego, California. It’s a package tour, and one that Frankie is especially excited to be a part of.
“I have always wanted to do an old school package tour. That’s what all my musical heroes did back in the day. Piled into two Cadillacs and hit the highway! At least we get to do it on a bus. Jon and the Miss Willie Brown clan are great people and I’m honored to share these dates with them…there’ll be no shortage of fun, hell, we’re tyin’ one on right?!
Check out the full list of dates below and let us know if you’re planning on going to any of them! What artists would you love to see team up together for a tour?
Frankie will be joining us on-board the Blake Shelton Cruise this October! The 7-night cruise is the biggest country music line-up to ever set sail! Blake will perform on two nights on the cruise, as will special guest Trace Adkins. Frankie will be performing along with some of the brightest, and newest, stars in country music. Make sure you mention Keepin’ it Country when you book your new reservation to receive a special gift from us on-board! Space is running out, and so is time, so make sure your book your cabin today at blakesheltoncruise.com
Logan Mize is a name that country music fans will soon be hearing a lot of. The talented singer-songwriter left behind a football career for Nashville and hasn’t regretted it since. He’s not someone who’s worried about getting his name in big lights, or becoming the next Jason Aldean… he just wants to make music that can be heard and appreciated. Spend a few seconds on his YouTube page and you’ll quickly see why his “Nobody In Nashville” record hit number forty-nine on the Billboard Country Albums Charts, and number fifteen on the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart.
He’ll be joining us on the Blake Shelton Cruise in October; the largest country music live event to ever set sail. He’s one of multiple great performers announced for the cruise, and definitely one that fans need to check out. In our interview, Logan shares a few things he’ll be packing, how excited he is for the cruise, and we really get to know the singer – down to who he sees himself as an artist.
Check out our exclusive interview with Logan Mize below and get to know one of Nashville’s brightest independent stars:
Congratulations to RPM artist Maggie Rose, who will be making her Grand Ole Opry debut this Friday at the Grand Ole Opry House. Also in the line-up for the night will be Jean Shepherd, Restless Heart, Jimmy Dickens, Bill Anderson and more! Tickets are still available for Maggie’s appearance.
Maggie will be joining us on the Blake Shelton Cruise this October! There’s still limited rooms available for the country music party of the year! If you mention Keepin’ it Country when you book your new reservation we’ll send you a free gift on-board! Check out the amazing line-up of the biggest live country music event ever to set sail at blakesheltoncruise.com and book your cabin before its too late!
I’m what you can consider to be a veteran cruiser. I’ve been on cruises at all times of the year on different cruise lines: from Disney Cruises when I was a young teen, to Royal Caribbean, and even for last New Years Eve on Norwegian. I’ve put together a list of ten things new cruisers might not remember, or know to bring, to get ready for the biggest live country event to ever set sail.
The Blake Shelton Cruise embarks from Miami for a 7-night party with some of country music’s rowdiest, and biggest, fans on October 14th to the 21st this year. Blake will perform twice on the cruise, with so many special guests performing that I can’t even list them all! If you mention Keepin’ it Country when you book your new reservation you’ll qualify for a free gift from us on-board! What’s better than a free gift? For more information, and to book your cabin now, visit blakesheltoncruise.com.
Here’s ten things every Blake Shelton Cruiser should know before heading off to Miami:
Due to an unfortunate scheduling conflict, Justin Moore will no longer be climbing aboard the Blake Shelton Cruise. We realize some of you may be quite disappointed about this but there are still 24 AMAZING acts scheduled to perform on-board the cruise and we assure you that you will have a fantastic time!
The Blake Shelton Cruise will set sail from Miami, FL on October 14th and return on October 21st. The 7 night cruise will visit San Juan, Nassau, Tortola, and St. Thomas. This is the biggest country music event to set sail and we’ll be on board! Want to come party with us? Simply mention Keepin’ it Country when you book your new reservation at blakesheltoncruise.com and you qualify for a free gift from us on-board! Don’t forget to stay tuned to Keepin’ it Country as we keep you up-to-date with all future additions, and great cruising ideas, from our team.
The wait is over for Blake Shelton fans who have been waiting for a brand new music video from the superstar since his video for “God Gave Me You” earlier this year. The Oklahoma funnyman premiered his video for “Over” this morning on CMT and CMT.com, and we have his steamy music video for you below. Unfortunately, for those of us outside the United States we aren’t able to view it for a few days, so we’ll let you know when the video pops on YouTube and the rest of us country fans are able to finally see it.
Check out Blake’s video below, as directed by Roman White, and let us know what your favorite Blake Shelton music video is of all-time.
Blake Shelton is hosting the biggest live country music event ever to set sail later this year on the Blake Shelton Cruise, and we want YOU to join us on-board. It’s guaranteed to be the party of the year, where Blake will perform on two nights in the main theater – and a whole bunch of his friends joining him too! If you mention Keepin’ it Country when you book your new reservation, we’ll send you a free gift on-board! Check out the amazing line-up at blakesheltoncruise.com and book your cabin today before it’s sold out! We want to see our fans on board and we’d love to party with you.
We have the full, unedited press room interview of Blake from backstage at CMA Fest last week and we’ll be posting that later this week, so stay tuned to Keepin’ it Country to see what Blake had to say to us backstage before he took the stage at LP Field.
The party is getting bigger every week! The Blake Shelton Cruise has added even more performers to its already fantastic line-up. Joining the cruise now are Maggie Rose, sisters Nik and Sam, and Clayton Anderson. They’ll be on-board the 7 night cruise that leaves Miami on Octobeer 14th and returns on the 21st. The cruise will visit San Juan, Nassau, Tortola, and St. Thomas during the biggest live country music event ever to set sail. We’ll be there too! Do you want to come with us? Simply mention Keepin’ it Country when you book your new reservation at blakesheltoncruise.com and you qualify for a free gift from us on-board! Don’t forget to stay tuned to Keepin’ it Country as we keep you up-to-date with all future additions, and great cruising ideas, from our team.
Are you new to cruising? I was recently on the Norwegian Epic for New Years Eve, and have sailed on other cruise lines and will be putting together a list of what first-time cruisers can expect on the biggest party of the year. Do you have questions about cruising? Send us an e-mail and we’ll get you the answers you need.