The Boot News Roundup: Eric Church Sets Nissan Stadium Attendance Record + 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.
Eric Church set an attendance record at Nashville's Nissan Stadium on Saturday night (May 25). According to a press release, 56,521 fans packed into the venue for Church's Double Down Tour stop there -- so many people, in fact, that the show was delayed to give fans enough time to get into the stadium. “I came here 15 years ago and I had dreams, but I'm not sure I could dream this big,” Church told the crowd. “Tonight is a special night for me … I’m gonna give you everything I’ve got all night long, and tonight is going to be a revival. I promise you.” Church will continue his Double Down Tour through November, when it is scheduled to conclude with two dates in Sacramento, Calif.
The Country Music Association has announced that Trisha Yearwood, Old Dominion and more artists will be part of the CMA Fest activities on the Close Up Stage. Intended to provide a more intimate setting for music and stories, the stage will feature performances, panels and interviews, including a discussion of Ken Burns' new Country Music miniseries with director Dayton Duncan, Marty Stuart and Kathy Mattea, along with "Jesus Calling," a conversation with Randy and Mary Travis. For a more in-depth rundown of all the 2019 CMA Fest activities, click here.
Country newcomer Matt Stell has released a brand-new EP. Titled Everywhere But On, the 7-song extended play dropped on Friday (May 24), and includes Stell's rising single "Prayed for You," along with "Home in a Hometown," which features vocals from fellow country up-and-comer Jimmie Allen.
Country singer-songwriter Olivia Lane has announced that she's got a new EP in the works. Titled The One, the project is set for release on Aug. 9 and includes Lane's newest single, "So Good It Hurts." She'll also appear in an episode of NBC's new songwriting competition show Songland, which premieres on May 28.
Also in new music news, singer-songwriter Riley Green has announced plans to release a brand-new EP titled Get That Man a Beer via BMLG Records. Set for release on June 14, the project features Green's current single "In Love By Now," along with his No. 1 single "There Was This Girl."