The Boot News Roundup: Runaway June Announce Debut EP + 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.
Country trio Runaway June will release their debut EP on Sept. 7. The self-titled, five-song effort, produced by Dann Huff, will feature the band's single "Buy My Own Drinks," co-written by Hillary Lindsey, and a cover of Dwight Yoakam's "Fast As You." “This is a group of songs that really expresses us as a band,” says the trio's Naomi Cooke in a press release. “Now more than ever we have songs that tell the stories of those moments.”
Kacey Musgraves has been added to the lineup for this year's Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, according to a press release. Set for Dec. 2 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the festival celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela will also feature performances from Beyonce and Jay-Z, Eddie Vedder, Usher and Pharrell Williams with Chris Martin. In the United States, the festival will air in part on an episode of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah on Dec. 3.
More than 40 years after his death, Elvis Presley has earned the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart for the first time, with the gospel album Where No One Stands Alone. Produced by Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley, Andy Childs and Joel Weinshanker, the album features newly recorded background vocals and instrumentation on 14 of Presley's favorite gospel tracks, including "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art."