The Boot News Roundup: Kacey Musgraves Participating in Music Mentorship Program + 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.
Kacey Musgraves is getting involved in a new mentorship program for female musicians. According to Billboard, Empowered by Bumble Bizz -- launched by the dating / networking app Bumble -- offers women artists an opportunity to be mentored by stars including Musgraves at five 2019 music festivals. Select participants will win performance slots at 2020 music festivals. Applications for the program are open through June 30.
The Ryman Auditorium's outdoor statues of Little Jimmy Dickens and Bill Monroe will soon get some company. The Mother Church of Country Music has announced plans for the Icon Walk, a collection of bronze statues of artists "who have made significant contributions to the historic venue and Music City," per a press release. Ben Watts, the artist who created the Dickens and Monroe statues, will craft the new statues. The artists who will be honored with statues will be announced in "early 2020."
Brandi Carlile is booked for the 2019 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, La. Set for Oct. 25-27, 2019 at City Park, the festival will be headlined by Guns N' Roses, Post Malone and Beck. The lineup also features the Ghost of Paul Revere, Bishop Briggs and more. Visit VoodooFestival.com for more details.
Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real have been tapped for a major gig: The group will open for the Rolling Stones at two of the iconic rock band's No Filter Tour dates. Nelson and Promise of the Real will join the Stones for shows on Aug. 5 at East Rutherford, N.J.'s MetLife Stadium and Aug. 14 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. The band will have new music to promote by then: Their album Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) is due out on June 14.