The Boot News Roundup: Country Stars Filling in for Bob Kingsley + 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.
Garth Brooks and Keith Urban are among the guest hosts who have been tapped to fill legendary country radio DJ Bob Kingsley's shoes for the rest of 2019. Urban is set to fill in for the radio legend -- who hosted the Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40 weekly radio show for decades and died on Oct. 17 -- on a special edition of the show airing Oct. 26-27, while Brooks will host the show's final four episodes of the year (Dec. 7 through the end of 2019). As previously planned, Trisha Yearwood, Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman and more country women will be hosting the show in the coming weeks as well. Plans for Country Top 40 in 2020 have yet to be announced.
Kacey Musgraves is now the proud holder of a Guinness World Record. According to a press release, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Musgraves were presented with the world record in recognition of creating the world's largest display of coloring pages at the museum's Kacey Musgraves: All of the Colors exhibit, which runs through June 7, 2020. The rainbow-shaped display reportedly weighs more than 500 pounds, and was created with 1,550 coloring pages, submitted by Musgraves fans from more than 30 states across the country.
The Infamous Stringdusters have announced plans to tour in 2020. The band will kick off their Future Is Now 2020 Tour in Ashland, Ore., on Jan. 16, making stops in Washington, California, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and more states before concluding on March 7 in Telluride, Colo. The Stringdusters will also release a new live album, recorded in Covington, Ky., on Nov. 15.
Also in tour news, roots duo Shovels & Rope will hit the road in 2020 in support of their newest album, By Blood. Their trek kicks off on Feb. 13 in Athens, Ga., making stops in Colorado, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and more states before concluding on April 15 at St. Louis, Mo.'s Delmar Hall.