1/14/18 - Zane Williams!
The 2018 Texas Country Music Cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas welcomes Zane Williams to the line up! Zane’s music is true Texas Country and "Bringin' Country Back" is more than a catchphrase for Zane Williams. It is a rallying cry for a return to authenticity and substance in mainstream country music, and a fitting title for his sixth studio album. "I think of country music as poetry for the common man." he says reflectively. "The stories that draw you in, the simple truth stated in a way you wish you couldn't said...there's an honesty to country music that totally grabbed me the first time I heard it". Zane has racked up five top-ten Texas Country Music radio hits --- SEVEN if you count his songs "Ride With Me" and "While I Was Away", which were #1 hits for Cody Johnson and Pat Green respectively. He was the big winner at the 2015 Texas Regional Radio Awards, taking home three honors, including the top prize for "Entertainer Of The Year". Wide Open Country has listed Zane as #2 on their ranking of "Rising Texas Country Artists You Need To Know", and the legions of 'Zaniacs' who pack out his honky-tonk shows couldn't agree more. “Zane is a welcome addition to the 2018 Texas Country Music Cruise line up and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him” says Cynthia Tevis, Founder of the Texas Country Music Cruise. And she wants you to “Stay tuned for more great Texas Country Artist announcements!’
12/23/17 - Reckless Kelly!
Reckless Kelly will Headline the 2018 Texas Country Music Cruise. A band known for Americana, Red Dirt Country and Texas Country Music. Here’s a little about the band’s info and they’re journey through the scene. Understanding the virtuosity of Reckless Kelly requires the perspective of where the band has been and their migration to that great musical fountainhead, Austin, Texas.
The band’s co-founders and frontmen toured the country as part of their father’s band, Muzzie Braun and the Boys, as children. Their father taught his four sons a professional ethic – integrity, persistence, hard work and professionalism – honed over three generations. They overcame hardships, struggled for recognition, and learned lessons.
It’s utterly natural that Reckless Kelly, born in the dreams of the two Braun brothers and their heritage but nurtured in the bumpy road of maturity, became the very essence of Americana music in all its far-flung glory.
“We came along in that second wave of the movement,” Cody Braun says. People like Joe Ely, Ray Kennedy and Robert Earl Keen were always big supporters. Our goal was to make music that had a country vibe but a solid rock edge.”
As Music Row magazine proclaimed, “In my perfect world, this is what country radio would sound like.” “This” is Reckless Kelly.
The heartland gave the band authenticity. Musical lives honed its skill. Adversity instilled its persistence. Moving to Austin gave it wings to fly.
As kids, the Brauns – Cody, Willy, Micky and Gary – shared a stage with the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell and Merle Haggard. Micky and Gary Braun now helm their own band, Micky and the Motorcars. In Bend, Cody and Willy added drummer Jay Nazz, who brought with him his own unique experience.
“I had grown up in the Northeast, performing at clubs and weddings with my dad and brother from the age of 13,” Nazz recalls, “so, when I met Willy and Cody, we already had that in common. Both of our dads were musicians with a very similar kind of performing discipline. That helped us bond immediately.”
The band took its name from the legend of Ned Kelly, the Australian highwayman, and the three moved to Austin in the autumn of 1996, where they carved a niche of their own. Early on, Keen, a Texas legend himself, took them under his wing and became their first manager. They listened, watched and interacted with the creative dynamos of the outlaw country scene – Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark and others – and joined them in a redefinition of what contemporary country music had become. Theirs was gritty, hard-edged, uncompromising and convincing. They turned country music real again.
For two decades, the band has toured coast to coast relentlessly. It has demonstrated its longevity in a world where trendy newcomers are proclaimed the Next Big Thing by spinning a couple pop hits.
The group’s new album, Sunset Motel, is, like all its predecessors, distinctive in its own way while true to form.
Twenty years since its founding, Reckless Kelly continues to fight for wider recognition, secure in the knowledge that fans, critics and contemporaries will continue to sing its praises.
“We’re at the point where we’re not content to be categorized as simply a party band anymore,” Willy says. “We would like folks to really hear these songs, to be able to hear the lyrics and appreciate the musicianship that goes into the arrangements. Yes, we still want our audiences to have a good time, but we also want to show that this is a real band with a cohesive attitude and a muscular backbone, as well. We don’t want to be pigeonholed as simply a Texas-based, beer-drinking, rowdy bunch of party boys. There’s a lot more to it than that.”
“This is a really good place to be,” Cody adds. “We’ve built a solid fan base, which gives us a nice safety net. At the same time, we can take things at a more leisurely pace because we can control our own destiny.”
Great bands know good music. They make it the way they like, confident that what they love, what excites them, will also gain traction with thousands and thousands, perhaps even millions, of passionate fans.
Reckless Kelly is, by the best possible definition, a great band.
The fierce self-reliance and independent spirit keeps Reckless Kelly happy, appreciative and charitable. Their annual festival, The Braun Brothers Reunion, in Challis, Idaho, has been ongoing for 37 years now. They reunite with their brothers, Gary and Micky (and the Motorcars). The Brauns run it without major sponsors or outside promoters.
The band also hosts the yearly Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam to raise money for Austin-area youth charities, putting $300,000 in those coffers over the past seven years.
“It’s a great way to give back,” Cody says. “It’s great to be able to share our success in such a positive way.”
Collectively, they’ve played over 3,000 shows and traveled over 1,500,000 miles to 49 states.
Reckless Kelly is a great band with an apt name. The outlaw’s spirit pervades the ambiance. They are rugged individualists who dedicate themselves to advancing the state of their art.
They’re good guys, too. Their hearts dwell in the right places, and those are where the music follows.
12/18/17 - Everything you need to know about the 2018 Texas Country Music Cruise!
Imagine this: You're about to set sail on the fabulous Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas. You've got a week full of Texas-sized adventures coming your way. What could possibly make this trip any better? What about performances from ALL of your favorite Texas Country Music Artists! That's right a 7 day cruise featuring ALL of today's biggest Texas Country Music Acts! Add in 3 beautiful ports of call and you have the PERFECT vacation for any fan of the Texas Music Scene!
WHO: CALLING ALL TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC AND RED DIRT COUNTRY MUSIC FANS
WHAT: 2018 TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC CRUISE
WHEN: SEPTEMBER 16-23, 2018
WHERE: (DEPARTING FROM) GALVESTON, TEXAS
SAILING TO: COZUMEL MEXICO, GRAND CAYMAN CAYMAN ISLANDS, AND FALMOUTH JAMAICA
SEPT 16: DEPART GALVESTON, TX
SEPT 17: AT SEA
SEPT 18: COZUMEL, MEXICO
SEPT 19: GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS
SEPT 20: FALMOUTH, JAMAICA
SEPT 21: AT SEA
SEPT 22: AT SEA
SEPT 23: ARRIVE IN GALVESTON, TX
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH 2018: FULL BAND KICK-OFF CONCERT
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH 2018: "TEXAS MUSIC IN THE ROUND" 1
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH 2018: DAY OFF IN COZUMEL, MEXICO
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH 2018: "TEXAS MUSIC IN THE ROUND" 2
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH 2018: DAY OFF IN FALMOUTH, JAMAICA
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST 2018: FULL BAND POOL PARTY (DAY TIME)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST 2018: "TEXAS MUSIC IN THE ROUND" 3
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND 2018: FULL BAND FINALE CONCERT
The Texas Country Music Cruise on the Royal Caribbean Liberty of The Seas September 16-23, 2018 for the Texas Country Music Cruise! Join us on the Royal Caribbean Liberty of The Seas September 16-23, 2018 for the Texas Country Music Cruise! That's right! A Texas-Sized Cruise featuring ALL of your favorite Texas Country Music Artists:
BART CROW BAND
& MORE AWESOME ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED
Artists Announcements Coming Weekly!