A Letter From The Southern Rock Cruise Executive Producer
We are less than three months from sailing and are so excited to kick off our second Ultimate Tailgate at Sea in January. We’re finalizing the artist schedules and they’re just as excited to get the party going as we are. We’ve been implementing some great suggestions that many of you offered after our inaugural cruise. The Norwegian Pearl, with its spectacular pool deck, will be where Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform one of their final stops during their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. Where else would you rather witness this legendary band than under the gorgeous Caribbean skies while at port in Cozumel?
Also back by popular demand are The Marshall Tucker Band, Black Stone Cherry and Molly Hatchet and Black Stone Cherry. We’re also welcoming many new additions including Dickey Betts and his Band, Blackberry Smoke, and The Kentucky Headhunters and many, many more. With 30% more artists this year, there will be over 80 LIVE shows. Concerts and jam sessions on this floating festival at sea will take place morning to night mixed in with more fun under the sun we’ve been planning.
The guys from Preacher Stone will host a songwriter workshop, Greg Martin from The Kentucky Headhunters will conduct a Gibson Guitar Seminar, Bobby Ingram from Molly Hatchet has created more trivia and there will be panel discussions and plenty of interviews with the artists. Marci from the John Boy and Billy Show will run fun & games by the pool including your favorite drinking games. Check out the theme nights we’ll be having this year and get ready to gear up for an incredible time together.
In addition to all the fun and live performances we’re planning, we will host an auction of two signed guitars by many of the artists that are onboard with the proceeds going to the T.J. Martell Foundation. The T.J. Martell Foundation is “Music’s Promise for Curing Cancer”, the charity of choice in the music industry and a remarkable story of one man’s dedication to raising funds to battle cancer in memory of his son. I knew the founder, Tony Martell, and we are honored to be helping the Foundation in some small way.
- Mike Jason, Executive Producer