Hosted by The Robertsons - Set Sail On July 17-21, 2014

Sail with the Robertsons and their Special Guests

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Phil

Born and raised in Vivian, Louisiana, Phil Robertson came from a large family with 7 children and little money. Because of the location of his family home in a rural setting near Shreveport, and the aforementioned scarcity of money, hunting became an important part of his formative years. After receiving his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and a Master's in Education from Louisiana Tech University, Phil spent several years teaching in Louisiana schools. Acclaimed as an excellent teacher by his students, Phil came to the conclusion that his time and talents would be better spent in the woods.

Never satisfied with the duck calls on the market, Phil began to experiment with making a call that would produce the exact sound of a duck. A duck call for duck killers, not for, as Phil described, “world champion-style duck callers.” Phil stated, “No duck would even place in a duck calling contest.” In 1972, he received a patent for the first Duck Commander call and in 1973, formed the Duck Commander Company.

In the mid-’70s, Phil turned his life over to the Lord and made dramatic changes. Phil Robertson is not only known as The Duck Commander, but also he has built a reputation across the country for his faith and belief in the Almighty. Every year, he is invited to speak to hundreds of churches and organizations, telling them what the Lord has done for him and what the Lord can do for them.

Duck Commander is still a family business, with all 4 sons and their wives either presently working or previously having worked for the company at one time or another. It isn't often a person can live a dream, but Phil Robertson, aka The Duck Commander, has proven it is possible to achieve your goals – with vision, hard work, helping hands, and an unshakable faith in the Almighty.

 

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Si

Silas Robertson, aka Si, is Phil’s brother, best friend, and partner in crime. Si can be seen on almost every “Duckmen DVD” as well as the “Duck Dynasty” TV show. Si has worked and hunted for Duck Commander since retiring from the United States Army in 1993. He fashions the reeds that are inserted in Duck Commander calls. This Vietnam vet often shares his war stories with the guys in the warehouse, which usually gets the crew behind schedule, much to Willie’s dismay. When Si is not at the warehouse, he is working on the family land with Phil preparing for the next duck season. Of course, when duck season rolls around, you’ll find him in a blind. Si has proven to be most everyone’s favorite character in the “Duck Dynasty” show. If you haven’t grown to love Si yet, you haven’t watched him very much.

You can learn all about "America's Favorite Uncle" in his New York Times best selling book, Si-Cology 1.

Si lives in West Monroe, Louisiana, with his wife, Christine. They have 2 grown children, Trasa and Scott, who each have 4 sons, for a total of 8 grandsons.

 

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Miss Kay

Miss Kay is the revered matriarch of the family. What she says, goes. Married to Phil since the young age of 16, she has been keeping him and her 4 boys from spending too much time in the woods – by enticing them back to civilization each night with a home-cooked meal. Miss Kay believes her cooking talents are a gift that she must share, so she often ends up feeding all of the family and most of the neighborhood. Her most famous dishes include banana pudding, fried deer steak, crawfish pie, and sticky frog legs. Miss Kay's favorite family member is Jesse, the family dog. But here's the secret ... every time he dies, Miss Kay quickly gets a new puppy that looks just like the other Jesse that passed and even gives it the same name. As Miss Kay puts it, "This way, you never have to grieve."

You can get more insight into Miss Kay and her kitchen when you pick up your copy of Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen.

 

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Jep

The youngest son of Phil and Kay Robertson, Jules Jeptha "Jep" Robertson, grew up in the duck blind. Utilizing these years of experience in his role as cameraman and editor for the family business, Jep is able to think like a hunter behind the camera and therefore, capture excellent footage for the “Duckmen” DVD series. Previously, he videoed footage for “Benelli Presents Duck Commander” TV show.

Jep continues with the goal his father began years ago, to bring the "Duckmen style" of hunting out of the swamps, into the editing room, and into the homes of duck hunting enthusiasts around the world. Making his film debut in “Duckmen X” stoked Jep's passion for capturing his family’s hunts on camera. That title remains his favorite Duckmen DVD to date.

Jep and his family also star in A&E’s hit Series, “Duck Dynasty.” Jep resides in West Monroe, Louisiana, with his wife, Jessica, and their four children: Lily, Merritt, Priscilla, and River.

 

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Al

Alan Robertson is the oldest son of The Duck Commander. He grew up hunting and fishing and helped build the foundation of the family business in the ’70s and ’80s. Back in the day, he and Phil would travel around Louisiana and Arkansas selling duck calls to stores right out of their truck. The sales pitch back then was the same as it is today: “These calls are the best ’cause they sound just like a duck!”

Recently, Alan has returned to the family business after serving in full-time ministry for more than 25 years. Alan plays a vital role in the family’s commitment to spreading the gospel of Christ through their love of hunting and the great outdoors. The only Robertson without a beard,he calls himself a “Jacob” in a family of “Esaus.”

Alan and his wife, Lisa, are parents of two grown daughters who are married to bearded men. Alan and Lisa are proud grandparents to two granddaughters and a grandson on the way. They all live in West Monroe, Louisiana.

 

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Godwin

John Godwin grew up hunting deer with his father, but once introduced to the world of waterfowl, he became captivated by duck calls. He placed 3rd as a teenager in his first calling contest after Phil Robertson "tuned up" his call to make it ready for competition (Phil happened to be one of the judges).

John has worked for Duck Commander since 2002. Some of his duties include building duck calls, managing supplies, and overseeing the shipping department. During the duck season, however, John's main title is decoy technician. He figures out the exact spots the decoys should be placed, and works on all equipment after the hunt to make sure it is ready to go for the next day’s hunt.

John said, "Working for Duck Commander has been a blessing. I am one of few full-time employees outside the family. I will definitely say that the Robertsons are very giving and passionate people, and I have become family through Christ." John can be seen on “Duckmen 7-18,” as well as “The Art of Commanding Ducks,” “Best of the Duckmen,” and the popular television show A&E's Duck Dynasty.

 

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Martin

Justin Martin began working for Duck Commander in 2008. He, along with Jase and John Godwin, build duck calls for the company. Phil gave him a series of nicknames until 2010, when one finally stuck – “Friar Tuck." Come duck season, you can find Justin cutting brush and making sure the ducks will not see any of the Duckmen. Justin said, "When you are the youngest, you have to do the work no one else wants to do, which is cutting brush and moving the gear after a long day of duck hunting." Also, due to his size, you will often see him hauling heavy loads.

 

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Lisa

Lisa Robertson is the first daughter-in-law and is married to Alan Robertson, the oldest son of Phil and Kay Robertson. Miss Kay took Lisa under her kitchen wing, and taught her valuable culinary skills that come in handy when the family gets together. Lisa and Al have been married for more than 28 years and have been speaking at marriage retreats and doing marriage seminars for at over 14 years. Lisa has a powerful story that impacts the lives of those she meets. She is Al’s assistant at Duck Commander and also tries to help manage the beauties, as well as the beards.

Al and Lisa have 2 grown daughters. Their older daughter, Anna, and her husband, Jay, are parents of 2 beautiful daughters, Carley and Bailey. Alex, the younger daughter, and her husband, Vinny, are the newest additions to the Duck Commander Company and are expecting a baby boy very soon.

 

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Jessica

The wife of the youngest son of Phil and Kay Robertson, Jules Jeptha "Jep" Robertson, Jessica fits right in with the family. As a child, she grew up hunting on the weekends with her father in the woods of Louisiana. She first met Jep in 2001 and they were married within two weeks of announcing their engagement. Jessica also has a business background like many in the Robertson family, but not from working at Duck Commander. She previously worked in real estate as a licensed real estate agent, and most recently worked in sales. Jep and Jessica are proud parents of 4 children: Lily, Merritt, Priscilla, and River.

 

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Heath Arthur

Heath Arthur was raised in the Cajun country of south Louisiana, and it shows in his charming storytelling style. He draws from personal experiences, weaving wry observations about life into stories anecdotes about his family and his new life in Colorado. A finalist in Comedy Works' Clean Comedy Contest in 2013 and 2014, Heath is perfect for any audience, and a very funny southern gentleman, indeed.
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Sammy L. Davis

Sammy Davis was born on November 1, 1946 in Dayton, Ohio. Davis' rank and organization in the army is as follows; Sergeant, U.S. Army, Battery C, 2d Battalion, 4th Artillery, 9th Infantry Division. He was stationed West of Cai Lay, Republic of Vietnam on November 18, 1967. Davis entered service at Indianapolis, Ind. Davis received a medal of honor citation for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Davis (then PFc.) distinguished himself during the early morning hours while serving as a cannoneer with Battery C, at a remote fire support base. At approximately 0200 hours, the fire support base was under heavy enemy mortar attack. Simultaneously, an estimated reinforced Viet Cong battalion launched a fierce ground assault upon the fire support base. The attacking enemy drove to within 25 meters of the friendly positions. Only a river separated the Viet Cong from the fire support base. Detecting a nearby enemy position, Sgt. Davis seized a machine gun and provided covering fire for his gun crew, as they attempted to bring direct artillery fire on the enemy. Despite his efforts, an enemy recoilless rifle round scored a direct hit upon the artillery piece. The resultant blast hurled the gun crew from their weapon and blew Sgt. Davis into a foxhole. He struggled to his feet and returned to the howitzer, which was burning furiously. Ignoring repeated warning to seek cover, Sgt. Davis rammed a shell into the gun. Disregarding a withering hail of enemy fire directed against his position, he aimed and fired the howitzer which rolled backward, knocking Sgt. Davis violently to the ground. Undaunted, he returned to the weapon to fire again when an enemy mortar round exploded within 20 meters of his position, injured him painfully. Nevertheless, Sgt. Davis loaded the artillery piece, aimed and fired. Again he was knocked down by the recoil. In complete disregard for his safety, Sgt. Davis loaded and fired 3 more shells into the enemy. Disregarding his extensive injuries and his inability to swim, Sgt. Davis picked up an air mattress and struck out across the deep river to rescue 3 wounded comrades on the far side. Upon reaching the 3 wounded men, he stood upright and fired into the dense vegetation to prevent the Viet Cong from advancing. While the most seriously wounded soldier was helped across the river, Sgt. Davis protected the 2 remaining casualties until he could pull them across the river to the fire support base. Though suffering from painful wounds, he refused medical attention, joining another howitzer crew which fired at the large Viet Cong force until it broke contact and fled. Sgt. Davis' extraordinary heroism, at the risk of his life, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
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Lee Greenwood

Music has always been a part of Lee Greenwood’s life, even while growing up on a farm near Sacramento, California. He started playing the piano when he was seven and the saxophone at 12. In junior high, he started his first group, called the Moonbeams. By the time, he finished High School he played most all the instruments in the orchestra and was the Drum Major for the marching band. He passed on a track & music scholarship to the College of the Pacific along with a professional baseball career to play with his band the "Apollos."

The California native was discovered in 1979 by Larry McFaden, who saw him performing in a show at the Nugget Casino in Sparks, Nevada. He brought the singer to Nashville and got him signed to MCA Records. He began working with producer Jerry Crutchfield, with whom he recorded his debut album “It Turns Me Inside Out.” It would be the first of many albums on three different labels in Nashville.

Greenwood has won numerous industry accolades including, Male Vocalist of the year for the Academy of Country Music in 1983, two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, 1983 & 1984 and a Grammy for Top Male Vocal Performance in 1985 for “I.O.U.”. Also in 1985, he took home CMA Song of the Year honor as the writer of “God Bless the USA.” “God Bless the USA” went far beyond what Greenwood expected when he wrote it in the back of his tour bus in 1983. The song has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It was also #1 on the pop charts after 9/11/01. Greenwood says; “USA is the song I always felt the need to write”. “I wanted to have something that would unite Americans from coast to coast. I wanted to instill pride back in the United States. The song represents my family, my community and those men & women who have paid the price for the freedoms we all love & enjoy.”

Greenwood has a new seven-song EP titled "I Want to be in Your World", scheduled for a April 24 release. He wrote three of the seven songs & exposes his musical talent on the saxophone on one of the original tracks, “Here Comes Love, There Goes My Heart”. He also covers the Michael McDonald/Kenny Loggins ballad “You Can Let Go Now.” McDonald dropped by the studio to play piano on the song.

Greenwood will take his career a step beyond songwriting this spring when he releases his new book, "Does God Still Bless the USA". It will feature a calendar called “Prayers of a Patriot” and will include two songs, written by Greenwood, for download in the back of the book.

Lee and his wife, Kimberly, a former Miss Tennessee, fell in love on his 1989 USO/DOD tour. They were married in Nashville in 1992 and have two sons, Dalton and Parker, 16 and 13. www.leegreenwood.com

 

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Ricky Skaggs

Over the course of his 40 year career, Ricky Skaggs has won 14 Grammy Awards, 8 CMA Awards, 9 ACM Awards, 11 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards, 7 ICM Awards, 2 Dove Awards, 3 honorary Doctorate degrees and countless other awards. Ricky has twelve consecutive Grammy-nominated albums, all from his own Skaggs Family Records label.

In 1982, Ricky was made the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry at that time. Ricky and his ace backing band, Kentucky Thunder, have won 8 Instrumental Group of the Year awards from the IBMA. Ricky has had 12 #1 singles on the Billboard Country charts and 12 Top 20 Country albums. Ricky Skaggs’ album, Mosaic, was co-produced by Grammy winning songwriter/producer Gordon Kennedy.

In 2010, Mosaic was nominated for two GRAMMY’s in Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album & Best Gospel Song categories (for “Return to Sender”). In 2012, Ricky Skaggs was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Past recipients of this prestigious award include Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton. That same year, Ricky received the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music (ACM). The album Music To My Ears (2012) features a new duet with Ricky Skaggs and Barry Gibb (of Bee Gees fame) on deeply moving “Soldier’s Son,” along with new bluegrass treasure “You Can’t Hurt Ham,” inspired by a true story of Mr. Bill Monroe.

In 2013, Grand Ole Opry member Ricky Skaggs released his first-ever autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler: My Life In Music." The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. Music legends Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby came together again for a live album, titled Cluck Ol' Hen (2013) which showcases live songs that were originally recorded when the two music icons first hit the tour circuit together.

With the release of Hearts Like Ours (2014), a dream came true for Ricky Skaggs and his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites. Previously in 1987 the pair won a CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award for “Love Can’t Ever Get Better Than This.” This first-ever studio album is produced by Skaggs and White and features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. www.rickyskaggs.com