The Boot News Roundup: Chris Stapleton Plans 2018 CMA Fest Pop-Up Shop + 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.
When the 2018 CMA Music Festival crowds descend on Nashville, Chris Stapleton will be hosting an exclusive pop-up shop in downtown Music City. In addition to his planned performances at the festival, Stapleton will sell exclusive merchandise, including custom Louisville Slugger baseball bats, inside the George Jones museum, restaurant and bar, located at 128 2nd Ave. The pop-up shop will be open from 10AM until 6PM on June 7-10. -- AM
Randy Rogers is partnering with restaurateurs Josh Babb and Sean Clavir of Rock Libations to open ChopShop Live, a brand-new restaurant, bar and club, in Roanoke, Texas. The new venue will feature a menu and vibe similar to that of Carrolton's ChopShop Sports Garage, but will also be able to host concerts for audiences of 250-1,200. A grand opening celebration, featured a show from Wade Bowen, will take place on July 14 at 5PM. -- AS
Nashville singer-songwriter Jeannie Seely will soon make her debut as an on-air personality on SiriusXM's Willie's Roadhouse channel. According to a press release, Seely will host a weekly show on Sundays, airing from 12PM-4PM ET; her first show will air on May 27. "I'm so glad Jeannie Seely is on the Roadhouse," station namesake Willie Nelson says in a statement. "She is a good friend and will do a great job." -- AM
At this year's Americana Honors & Awards ceremony, seven-time Grammy Awards winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy will receive the Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalists. "Buddy Guy’s incomparable musical craftsmanship has been lovingly shared with us over the years,” says Jed Hilly, executive director of the Americana Music Association, in a statement. “As a community who reveres and honors groundbreaking artists and their work, we are humbled to present Buddy with this Lifetime Achievement honor in recognition and thanks for his musical and artistic contribution.” The 2018 awards ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 12, during the 2018 American Music Festival, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. -- AM
The NFL Draft is headed to Music City! Tim McGraw helped announced that Nashville will be the host city for 2019's football festivities, which will bring more than 20,000 fans to the city. "My town is now your town to make your pick in Music City," McGraw says in an Instagram video announcing the draft, for which he's joined by former Tennessee Titans player Eddie George. "The future is now." The 2019 NFL Draft is set for April 25-27. -- AM
Though it's about 65 miles up the road from Nashville, in Manchester, Tenn., this year's Bonnaroo music festival will feature a serious taste of Music City. The Tennessean reports that the 2018 installment of the annual fest will feature an interactive experience called "The Ville" that will bring Nashville icons including Prince's Hot Chicken and Third Man Records to Bonnaroo. "The Nashville creative scene is exploding, and by sharing a taste of it with Bonnaroovians from all over the world, we hope that we can not only enhance the attendees’ experience at the festival but also entice them to visit Nashville and see the city first-hand," says Nashville CVC president Butch Spyridon in a statement. Festival attendees can check out the attraction when Bonnaroo kicks off on June 7.