Bluegrass and Bluewater Cruise

Charleston, S.C. (July 7, 2016) - The 2017 Bluegrass and Blue Water Cruise is pleased to announce that Raymond's Reserve has just been added as the official sponsor. Fans will get an up-close and personal experience with some of bluegrass music's hottest acts, including genre favorites Nu-Blu, who will serve as the host band. The five day adventure will take place Jan. 5-10, porting in Charleston, S.C. on Carnival Cruise Lines to Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas.  Other bands performing on the excursion include traditional favorites The Bluegrass Brothers and Unbridled Strings. "Dalton Distillery is so excited to be launching our new whiskey 'Raymond's Reserve' by partnering with the Bluegrass and Blue Water Cruise for 2017," says Dalton Distillery owner Chuck Butler. "We love Bluegrass and Americana music, and the bands on this years cruise are some of the best in the business. We invite everyone to come on board with us and spend some time tasting our 12 different flavors of Raymond's Reserve!" "Bluegrass Borderline" host Michelle Lee will serve as the official MC for the shows on board the Caribbean escape. In addition to round-the-clock entertainment, including late night jams and workshops with the artists, Bluegrass & Blue Water Cruise sponsor Raymond's Reserve will be offering a special tasting event, where attendees will have the opportunity to taste multiple flavors of moonshine. Cruise pricing starts at just $500, with a limited number of cabins available. Reserve yours today by either booking online at or calling 336-736-7297. Also, just announced for the first time, the cruise will offer bus transportation for this year's journey with stops in Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina. Nu-Blu on Tour:July 10 - Frankfort, Ill. - Frankfort Bluegrass FestivalJuly 15 - Olive Hill, Ky. - Carter County Shrine Club 24th Annual Bluegrass FestivalJuly 16 - Williamstown, Ky. - Elmer's General StoreJuly 23 - Ramseur, N.C. - Kermit G. Pell Recreational FacilityJuly 30 - Clayton, N.C. - Music for Musicians FundraiserAug. 05 - Manteo, N.C. - Bluegrass Island StoreAug. 19 - Harrington, Wash. - Harrington Opera HouseAug. 20 - Uniontown, Wash. - Dahmen BarnSept. 03-04 - Ferndale, Wash. - Hovander Homestead Bluegrass FestivalSept. 09 - Valdese, N.C. - Downtown ValdeseSept. 20 - Manteo, N.C. - Island Farm c. 1847Sept. 27 - Oct. 01 - Raleigh, N.C. - IBMAOct. 15 - Selma, N.C. - Rudy TheaterJan. 05-10 - Nassau, Bahamas - Bluegrass and Blue Water Cruise About Nu-Blu:Nu-Blu, based in Siler City in central North Carolina, is comprised of Carolyn Routh, who handles bass and vocals; Levi Austin on vocals and banjo; Clint White, on mandolin and fiddle; and Daniel Routh, who is the band's Renaissance Man - guitarist, singer, manager, and tour coordinator, among many other roles. The group brings its lively and entertaining version of Americana-bluegrass music to audiences across the nation year-round. Their sound acknowledges the traditional institutions that have shaped it, yet is innovative and daring enough to bring a fresh sparkle to contemporary acoustic music that lands them squarely in the forefront of bands blazing the trail in acoustic entertainment. Influences range from the sounds of original bluegrass pioneers like Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and Lester Flatt to rock bands of the 1980's, and modern contemporary sounds such as Alison Krauss and Union Station. Carolyn's soprano vocal approach might be described as similar to Ms. Krauss, except she carries a phrasing and emotional elegance that shows a clear originality. Daniel and Levi provide inventive singing to fill out the vocal sound, while all four members present instrumental prowess to impress. Stay Social with Nu-Blu:Website: @nu_bluInstagram: @nublubluegrassartists