The Boot News Roundup: Luke Combs, Sugarland Among 2018 CMT Music Awards Presenters + 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.
At the 2018 CMT Music Awards, Johnny Knoxville and Olympian Lindsey Vonn will present some of the evening's biggest honors. According to CMT, Knoxville and Vonn will be joined by Kaitlin Doubleday and Lennon and Maisy Stella from the network's country music drama Nashville, Lauren Alaina, Leon Bridges, Luke Combs, RaeLynn, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and the Backstreet Boys as presenters. The awards ceremony will air live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville starting at 8PM ET, with Little Big Town hosting.
Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean are in the lineup for the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival. The country superstars will be joined by Shawn Mendes, Kelly Clarkson, Dustin Lynch, Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots and Lynyrd Skynyrd at the fest, set for Sept. 21-22 in Las Vegas, Nev. Tickets for the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival will go on sale on June 15.
Dierks Bentley will relive '90s glory at his first-ever Seven Peaks Festival this fall. In addition to performances from Miranda Lambert, Sam Bush, Elle King, the Brothers Osborne, Kiefer Sutherland and more contemporary artists, a press release indicates that '90s hitmakers Clint Black, Sawyer Brown, Terri Clark and David Lee Murphy will perform on the first night of the fest, now dubbed Hot Country Night. Bentley's famed '90s cover band, the Hot Country Knights (read: Bentley in a mullet wig, backed by his band), will also make an appearance. The Seven Peaks Festival will kick off on Aug. 31 in Buena Vista, Colo.
Members of Waylon Jennings' backing band have announced plans to reunite and tour the country this summer. The Runnin' With Ol' Waylon Tour will feature five former members of Jennings' band, including drummer Richie Albright, bassist Jerry "Jigger" Bridges and guitarist Fred Newell, who will call themselves the Waylors. Jessi Colter, a country legend in her own right, and the widow of the late Jennings, will join the band for "select dates" on the tour, which will kick off at Nashville's City Winery on June 16.
Americana trio The Devil Makes Three will release their newest effort this summer. Titled Chains Are Broken, the 11-song album was, according to a press release, produced by Ted Hutt and marks the band's first album since 2013's much-lauded I'm a Stranger Here. Comprised of Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino and Cooper McBean, the band was joined by drummer Stefan Amidon to help recreate the vibe of their live shows on a studio recording. Chains Are Broken is set for release on Aug. 24 on New West Records.