Charlie Daniels Hospitalized, Watch Jewel Channel June Carter + More: Country News Roundup
The Boot rounds up today’s country music news from around the web.
Charlie Daniels is recovering in a Nashville hospital after having a pacemaker implanted today (March 28). The Grand Ole Opry member was admitted on Monday (March 25), after being diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia during a doctor’s visit. After that, Charlie underwent routine tests that discovered he needed a pacemaker to regulate his heart rate. He should be released tomorrow (March 29) and plans to spend the next to weeks at his home.
The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley are headlining the ACM Party for a Cause Festival on April 5 and 6 in Las Vegas. The two-day event will also include performances from Lee Brice, Kix Brooks, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope and many more. The Band Perry will close the show on Friday, with Dierks doing the same on Saturday night. Donations will be made to numerous groups associated with the weekend, including General Mills’ Outnumber Hunger, Wounded Warrior Project, Folds of Honor and Nellis Air Force Base Force Support Squadron.
This year’s Record Store Day — which encourages fans to support local brick-and-mortar shops — has been planned for April 20. Re-experience buying physical copies of music, chat with fellow musicphiles and likely snag some great deals on new (or new-to-you) vinyl or discs.
Luke Bryan is letting any and all fans star in his latest video … instantly. An interactive online music video for the singer’s hit, “Just a Sip” can be found here, allowing fans to replace frames of the video with photos of themselves.
Luke will headline Summerfest on July 3, with Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line also on the bill that day. The 11-day music festival in Milwaukee (June 26-30, July 2-7) boasts a huge, eclectic lists of performers, from Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean, to Fun. and Tom Petty. Click here for tickets, a full lineup and more information.
TNT is set to air “Nashville Confidential,” a docuseries giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the country music industry. There’s no word yet on who will star on the show, nor on a date for its premiere. “Nashville Confidential” will run for at least eight episodes. [Hollywood Reporter]
Jewel is set to make her acting debut in the Lifetime biopic, “Ring of Fire,” which premieres May 27. Rolling Stone premiered a clip from the movie today. Watch below as the singer-songwriter does a praiseworthy job channeling one of her musical heroes.