The Boot News Roundup: Lynyrd Skynyrd Documentary Premiering at Nashville Film Festival + More
Welcome to The Boot's News Roundup, a morning rundown of the news country music fans need to know. Read on to learn more about the latest goings-on in the country, Americana, bluegrass and folk genres.
If I Leave Here Tomorrow, a documentary about the iconic Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd and late frontman Ronnie Van Zant, is set to premiere at the Nashville Film Festival. Directed by Stephen Kijak, the band-authorized film includes previously unseen interviews and archival footage, and is narrated by founding Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington. The film will make its debut on Friday (May 11) at the Regal Hollywood 27 theater in Nashville; visit NashvilleFilmFestival.org for details.
The Association of Independent Music Publishers has announced the winners of its annual AIMP Nashville Awards, and Ashley McBryde has been crowned Rising Artist-Writer of the Year! McBryde received her trophy at the annual awards ceremony on Monday (May 7), at which she, Luke Combs and Devin Dawson performed. Shane McAnally took home the Songwriter of the Year trophy, while Old Dominion won in the Artist-Writer of the Year category. The organization's annual awards recognize the industry's finest songwriters and artists; a full list of winners is available here.
Morgan Evans is headed out on tour this summer — but only for 10 days. Dubbed the 10 in 10 Tour, Evans will perform 10 shows in 10 cities over 10 days, with stops planned in Georgia, Texas, California and Colorado. The tour kicks off on June 21 in Los Angeles, Calif., and will wrap on June 30 in Washington, DC. Tickets for this newly announced lineup of shows go on sale on May 11.
Alabama are headed back to their home state in 2018 for a performance at Jacksonville State University in September. The concert, which will also feature performances from the Charlie Daniels Band, Shenandoah, Jamey Johnson and Riley Green, is a fundraiser for the school, which was devastated by a massive tornado earlier this year. "As a proud alumni, Jacksonville State University is not only in our home state, but also very near and dear to my heart," lead singer Randy Owen says in a statement. "A tremendous amount of damage has been done to the campus that must be rebuilt, and we are ready to do our part to help reconcile the devastation." Tickets for the show, scheduled for Sept. 26, are on sale now.
On May 22, Trace Adkins, Lee Greenwood and more country artists will take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry to honor the contributions of active duty military members, veterans and their families. The annual Salute the Troops show will also feature performances from Craig Morgan, Darius Rucker and Kellie Pickler, among other artists. Before the show begins, members of the military will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet into the venue. "We owe so much to our veterans and to the families of our veterans," says Morgan, a U.S. Army veteran, in a statement. "We are all truly grateful for the sacrifices they make for our nation. My fellow artists and I are very excited to head to the Opry that night, shake as many family members’ hands as we can, say thank you, and offer some of our songs in salute.” Tickets for the Salute the Troops show are on sale now.
Music City is headed to the United Kingdom later this year: The organizers of the Nashville Meets London festival, set for July 28-29 in London's Canada Square Park, has announced that the Sisterhood, Tyminski and Dylan Schneider will represent the United States at the festival; also slated to appear is British actor Sam Palladio, best known for his role as Gunnar Scott on CMT's Nashville. UK-based artists the Adelaides, Frankie Davies and Jade Helliwell are also scheduled to perform at the free festival, now in its third year.