As Kenny Chesney sings, “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems”! And that approach to life rings true for plenty of other country music stars who spend their leisure time near or on the water. With the CMA Fest rolling into Nashville on June 7 — and bringing with it big stars like Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, and Blake Shelton to the mic — we figured there’s no better time to draw some summer inspiration from Music City. Read on for a look at some of the biggest country music stars who love boating as much as we do, and while you’re at it, check out our rocking boating playlist.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) May 11, 2016
“I was a boat trapped in a bottle / Dying for water, you were the ocean,” Blake Shelton sings in his tune “Sure Be Cool If You Did.” From the looks of his Labor Day 2016 vacation in his home state of Oklahoma, he found the water!
Shelton’s girlfriend, pop superstar and fellow The Voice coach Gwen Stefani captured part of their day on the water with her sons — Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo — in an adorable Snapchat video showing Shelton being captain with a little help from Stefani’s youngest.
Sitting on Shelton’s lap, little Apollo steers the boat and smiles up at his mom while the country crooner talks with the other boys.
Aww!! Apollo and Blake..... Gwen! How can you stand all that cuteness?!❤🌻❤🌻❤ Have fun guys!☀😎🚤💦💖 pic.twitter.com/MmOYTz38gz
— Traci Barnabei🌷 (@liventhemoment) September 5, 2016
Just a few months earlier, Shelton made a big purchase from G3 Boats in Lebanon, Missouri, getting himself a G3 SunCatcher Pontoon boat powered by a Yamaha VF250 motor.
“I'm ready for summer!!!!” Shelton wrote of a photo he shared of the boat on Twitter.
If you ever doubted that Kenny Chesney loves the lifestyle he sings about, just take a glimpse at his Instagram account.
Evidence A: Chesney doing a balancing act on a boat—with a cowboy-meets-sombrero hat, of course.
Evidence B: A boat named after his album and song “Hemingway’s Whiskey.”
Evidence C: This shout-out to his No Shoes Nation, a.k.a. his group of fans.
Oh, and then there’s the fact that he actually bought a boat for former tour partner Dierks Bentley. “I’ve done two tours with Kenny. I mean, one of the nicest guys on the road,” Bentley said in a 2014 interview with Larry King, below. “He bought me a boat at the end of the tour as a way to say thank you [laughs], so…”
“He bought you a boat?” said King in disbelief.
As it turns out, Chesney gave Bentley a 20-foot Sea Ray! Chesney is a big fan of the brand, as he’s reportedly had a 56- and 60-footer.
"I think anybody who has a boat has an emotional attachment to it,” he once told Boating magazine. “It has a way of healing a person and gives him a sense of freedom. That's where I feel the most freedom—and it's helped me heal something that needed healing."
It’s also helped him get some good grub. In February 2017, musician Sammy Hagar tweeted a photo of Chesney reaching from one yacht to another for a plate of chef Emeril Lagasse’s ribs.
— Sammy Hagar (@sammyhagar) February 12, 2017
“During fish & lunch fundraiser on @Emeril's boat, ran into @kennychesney! Had to hand over some of Emeril's ribs!” Hagar captioned the photo.
We’re just gonna say it: Bam!
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Selling out arenas comes with many perks, like owning a 20-acre private island named L’île d’Anges. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw opened up their Bahamas oasis to Architectural Digest in July 2017, showing everything from waterfront pool to their gorgeous boat.
But it’s not just a look for the magazines — on their Instagram accounts, the husband and wife share some of their most stunning memories on the water.
“Take me back,” Hill captioned a photo of McGraw leaning over the side of a boat in August 2016, seemingly ready to jump in.
“@Vacation,” she captioned another showing McGraw crossing his legs in front of the water.
Meanwhile, McGraw’s Instagrams reveal he’s all about fishing when he ventures off land.
“Great day on the water… Shervin likes to think he got these… Not true.... he can’t go that deep!!!” he captioned a photo of a buddy and fish in April, clearly joking.
“Great start to 2018! Hogfish at 33 ft!” McGraw wrote of an image showing his beautiful prize.
The couple has also shared their love for the water with their daughters — Maggie, Gracie, and Audrie — as shown in this sweet throwback post from 2016.
One of Alan Jackson’s most touching songs is “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” in which he waxes nostalgic about the joy of driving an “old plywood boat — a '75 Johnson with electric choke.”
A self-described collector of old boats, Jackson owns a gem named Hoochie Coochie — a reference to a popular lyric in his popular song “Chattahoochee,” which was inspired by the river of the same name on the border between Georgia and Alabama. The 26-foot wood boat was put on display by Travis Hickman of Hickman Wooden Boat Works, which built the beauty in 1996, in a YouTube video that’s been viewed over 23,000 times since it was posted in 2011.
Smiling at the camera, Jackson cranks up the speed on a beautiful day as his boat’s flag waves back and forth in the wind. It’s a rare and intimate look at the country superstar and his love of boats, which he’s discussed in various interviews over the years.
"I grew up with nothing, so whenever I got to where I could have something I felt like I needed to have everything I couldn't have when I was young," he told The Boot in 2012 of spending money on material possessions such as boats. "The older you are, I think you realize what you enjoy and what you don't need, what wears you out and what's important.”
Speaking of “Chattahoochee,” the song played in the background of a hilarious boating day fail Carrie Underwood posted in July 2017.
“#LakeLife I particularly like the pigeon flap at the end...This music seemed to fit…,” Underwood wrote of a clip showing her husband, hockey star Mike Fisher, wipe out while attempting to waterski.
Underwood and Fisher also like luxurious trips on the sea, as they proved on their July 2016 yacht day in Cab San Lucas, Mexico.
“I'm on a boat!” Underwood exclaimed in the caption of a revealing selfie.
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) July 7, 2016
“Love this swimsuit!” she wrote of another image showing her impressive physique and tan.
Her husband was back in the spotlight in a clip of him jumping in and out of the water. Nope, that’s not magic—it’s just the power of Instagram’s Boomerang feature.
Joke Carrie, “He's flying!!!!!”