Our Bourbon & Bluegrass cruises offer you a rare opportunity to experience a fine fusion of American icons on an extraordinary journey through the heartland into the roots of Bluegrass Music and Kentucky Bourbon Country. Both onboard and ashore, each day presents an eclectic blend of music, food, creative workshops and enrichment that can’t be found anywhere else. The dynamic blend of historic discovery, toe-tapping bluegrass and the finest distilleries on the Bourbon Trail creates two uniquely American river cruises that you can’t afford to miss!
Rhonda Vincent & the Rage (National Headlining Bluegrass Stars!)
A five time nominated Grammy Award Winner, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are the most award winning act in Bluegrass music history and most definitely at the top of their game. Crowned the “Queen of Bluegrass,” Rhonda Vincent has hits spanning 3 decades and is the most requested touring act in Bluegrass. The high energy shows that typify the group have earned awards through IBMA and SPGMA for best live performance.
Chris Jones and the Night Drivers (National Headlining Bluegrass Stars!)
Chris Jones is a quadruple threat as a singer, a songwriter, a guitarist—and, DJ. Thanks to his role hosting SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, he is one of the most widely heard broadcasting voices in bluegrass. When he's not on the air, Chris Jones is performing worldwide, from football stadiums in Bulgaria to Lincoln Center. He's won IBMAs for Broadcaster of the Year and Song of the Year, and as a sideman he's played with Lynn Morris, Special Consensus, Vassar Clements, April Verch, and The Chieftains.
Several Acclaimed Regional Bluegrass Acts
Kentucky Blue, Storefront Congregation, Dave and Cathy, and the Juggernaut Jug Band.
Open Jam Sessions
Featuring numerous guitar and banjo workshops for beginning bluegrass musicians. Bring your instrument and jam along in our “Pickin Parlors”!
Exclusive “Moonshine Matinee” Deck Party
Feast on delicious barbecue, learn the art and history of moonshine making from some genuine Tennessee Moonshiners and, of course, sample some of the tasty “shine” you’ve learned so much about. The party continues with an outdoor festival style Bluegrass Jam Event.
Guest Lecturers & Bourbon Tastings
Enjoy lectures from famous bourbon makers who will reveal the history of the daily featured brand and offer up samplings of some of the rarest and finest bourbons made.
Distillery Tours on the Bourbon Trail
Enjoy extensive tours along Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, a region of rolling bluegrass hills roughly within a triangle from Lexington to Louisville to Bardstown, where 95% of the world’s bourbon is made. At the Jim Beam American Stillhouse, Troy Beam will take you on a guided tour of his family legacy over 200 years in the making. Enjoy a barbecue lunch at My Old Kentucky Home where you will be joined by The Whiskey Professor, Bernie Lubbers of Heaven Hill Distillery, who will lead the way to Heaven Hill Distillery for a tour of the “Rickhouse” and a tutored tasting of small batch bourbons, Evan Williams Single Barrel and twelve-year-old Elijah Craig.
Cooking with Bourbon
Join American Queen chefs for a cooking demonstration and learn the secrets to cooking with Bourbon.
Included Shore Excursions
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Bluegrass Hall Of Fame in Owensboro, Kentucky.