2019 Band Lineup

Nu-Blu (Host Band)

Gena Britt and Friends (Gena Britt, Darren Nicholson, Ashby Frank, Beth Lawrence)

Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike

The Kevin Prater Band

Dewey and Leslie Brown with the Carolina Gentlemen

Singer/Songwriter Brittany Davis


Below are just a few parts of the music package that are included, see you on the board!

  • 2 Concerts by all the bands
  • Ever want to learn Banjo?  Here’s your chance, Nu-Blu will be hosting classes on beginner banjo, so come get your roll on!
  • Jam with the band – enjoy multiple chances to jam with the bands throughout the week
  • Workshops – Bands will be hosting workshops throughout the week (fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, vocal, playing as a band, the importance of tuning by Peterson Tuners)
  • Individual Lessons – sign up for individual one-on-one music lessons (limited amount of lessons available, so be sure and book your room early)
  • Daily Jam Sessions
  • Songwriting Workshops with Brittany Davis, Leslie Brown, and Carolyn Routh

We are excited about the variety of workshops that we are going to be able to offer this year, from each instrument, to band workshops, even some songwriting tips!  We want to offer a little something for everyone, and of course have some great jams too!  After you have booked your cruise, please email us and let us know what workshops you are interested in by CLICKING HERE.  We tailor the workshops to each cruise, so even if you are a returning guest, there will be something new for you too!

Gena Britt and Friends

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Gena Britt (Sister Sadie) has assembled a group of premier musicians, just for our cruise!  Join Gena, along with friends Darrin Nicholson, Ashby Frank, and Beth Lawrence for two amazing shows, this is one you don’t wanna miss!


Valerie Smith And Liberty Pike


Valerie Smith has developed a unique style and sound that has rocked the bluegrass world for almost two decades with a string of national and international tours, critically acclaimed recordings, and Grammy, IBMA and Dove Award nominations. Val’s vocals are impressive. She has a staggeringly expansive range and the ability to portray an amazing array of emotion. As NPR radio host Dave Higgs, has noted, “She can be sassy, sultry, siren-like, sweet, smooth, soothing and smoldering—sometimes during the span of just one song!” Valerie Smith and her East Coast-based band, Liberty Pike featuring legendary Hall of  Famer , Tom Gray on bass, are consistent audience pleasers and skilled musicians. When Valerie walks onstage with her fabulous band, expect to be inspired, amused and thoroughly entertained.

Nu-Blu (Host Band)

Hailing from Siler City, NC, the textbook definition of a picturesque small southern town, Nu-Blu’s heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn’s caramel-coated soprano is one of the band’s defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, at times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale. Daniel is the group’s backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who also handles band management. Calder Baker on banjo, and Justin Harrison on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet’s warm, layered, American roots sound. Together they deliver upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads, and they do it all with a natural togetherness that can’t be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road.

Dewey and Leslie Brown

Dewey and Leslie Brown have been married since 2007. Dewey played fiddle as a Clinch Mountain Boy for Dr. Ralph Stanley for 11 years, until Dr. Stanley’s death in 2016. Dewey has 2 albums out on his own DewBug label titled “Traditional Fiddle” which features Dewey along with Ralph and The Clinch Mountain Boys. Ralph sings “Cotton Eyed Joe” on the project; and “Hard Times for a Fiddler” Leslie was raised in the Appalachian Mountains, Her upbringing plays a major role in her song writing, playing and singing… she is the most authentic mountain girl you will ever meet and is an authentic Coal Miners Daughter, as well!

The Kevin Prater Band

The Kevin Prater Band bases their sound on strong vocal harmonies.  Built around high trios, their style is reminiscent of the classic Seldom Scene and 1970’s Country Gentlemen performances. They are steeped in the tradition of Gospel music and pride themselves on the acapella hymns and great gospel songs that people have come to enjoy. The band includes classic country in their repertoire and loves bringing old familiar favorites to life. Add a little vintage rock and roll, classic country and acoustic music, you never know what else you might experience at a KPB show!

Brittany Davis


Brittany Davis is a singer/songwriter and guitarist providing original music as well as pop covers and contemporary country music covers from hit music stations. Davis has been pursuing music from a young age while living in Siler City, North Carolina. She has written well over 200 songs and played over 100 solo acoustic shows at various venues for profit and non-profit organizations. Davis also plays in country cover bands and has done so for over three years. Her songwriting is influenced by artists such as: Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and Demi Lovato. Learning how to record while in college, she has just released her first EP, Salem Towne.

All bands advertised represent those in effect at the time of quotation and are subject to change without notice.