The Boot News Roundup: Keith Urban Headlining 2019 Pilgrimage 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.
Keith Urban will co-headline the 2019 Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tenn., this fall. Set for Sept. 21-22 at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm, the buzzy festival will also feature performances from Rayland Baxter, Justin Townes Earle, Adia Victoria, Molly Tuttle, Lucie Silvas and more country and Americana artists, along with cross-genre faves such as Leon Bridges, the Head & the Heart and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Tickets for the festival go on sale on March 15 via the festival's website. -- AM
Devin Dawson has announced that he'll head to California for a six-date tour in support of the state's firefighters. Dubbed the California Smoke Tour, after a line in Dawson's song "Dark Horse," the trek will begin at San Luis Obispo's Fremont Theater on April 24; the country up-and-comer will play in Bakersfield, Scaramento, Santa Cruz and San Francisco before concluding at Chico's Senator Theater on May 2. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the California Fire Foundation, which provides "emotional and financial assistance to firefighters, their families and the communities they protect," according to a press release. "The fact that all the proceeds from these shows will also go toward helping people affected by the California wildfires makes it that much more special to me," Dawson adds in a statement. -- AM
Kix Brooks is set to perform at the fifth annual "The First and the Worst" concert, a fundraiser for the Music Health Alliance, which helps songwriters, artists and musicians access healthcare. Set for March 26 at Nashville's City Winery, the event brings together songwriters to share their "silliest and most shameful songs," according to a press release, and will also feature performances from Jamie Floyd, Luke Dick, Desmond Child and Laura Veltz. Tickets for the event can be purchased via City Winery's website. -- AM
Congratulations are in order for Rachel Wammack: The rising country artist recently got engaged, she shared on social media. Wammack and boyfriend Noah Purcell took the next step in their relationship on Monday (March 11), her Instagram post reveals. The two have been together since at least the spring of 2017; Purcell's Instagram feed contains photos of the two in Wammack's home of Muscle Shoals, Ala., back then. -- AS