The Boot News Roundup: Randy Houser Delays ‘Magnolia’ Album’s Release + 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.
Randy Houser has decided to push back the release of his much-anticipated album Magnolia, originally expected on Nov. 2. Houser announced the delayed release date on Facebook, saying that he wants to make sure the "music is shared as [he] originally envisioned." "I couldn’t be more proud of this album and have been working on something really special to accompany it that I can’t wait for you to check out," Houser says in his statement. Later, Houser revealed in a tweet that the album will now debut on Jan. 11.
Texas country artist Aaron Watson will head out on a headlining tour in 2019. Watson will kick off his trek in Goliad, Texas, on Jan. 11, making stops in Nashville, Tenn.; Detroit, Mich.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Tampa, Fla.; among other cities. Don't see your city on the full list of tour dates? Watson is expected to add additional shows to the tour in the coming months.
Revival: The Sam Bush Story, a documentary about the life of the iconic "newgrass" artist, will officially debut for rental or purchase on Amazon's streaming platform on Nov. 1. The film was written, directed and produced by Wayne Franklin and Kris Wheeler, and follows the life of one of Kentucky's most innovative musicians. The project features interviews and appearances from fellow bluegrass and Americana icons such as Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas and more.
Willie Nelson will be honored at the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing's 12th annual Grammy Week celebration. According to a press release, the eight-time Grammy Awards winner will be honored for his "exceptional standards of integrity, creativity, and sonic quality" as a musician. "Willie Nelson has inspired generations of musicians and fans, and continues to set precedents of excellence within the music community," says Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow in a statement. "We are privileged to pay tribute this year to an industry pioneer who perfectly embodies the tireless efforts of the Producers & Engineers Wing as we continue to raise awareness of the ever-evolving climate of sound quality and the increasing interest in the preservation and integrity of recorded music." Nelson will receive the honor at an event on Feb. 6, at Los Angeles' Village Studios.
In collaboration with SpeedKore Performance Group, a builder of custom cars and manufacturer of carbon fiber car parts, Brantley Gilbert is revealing a customized 2018 Ford F-150 designed just for him at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nev. The truck features Gilbert's name spelled out in billet lettering on the tailgate and his logo emblazoned on the doors and leather seats. The truck even has a customized guitar and amp rack, according to a press release, just in case Gilbert decides to host an impromptu show on the side of a highway.