The Boot News Roundup: Luke Combs Celebrates Country Airplay Chart Achievement + 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.
Luke Combs has achieved a new radio airplay milestone: According to Billboard, the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year is now the first artist in almost 20 years to score two songs in the Country Airplay chart's Top 10 simultaneously, with his songs "Beautiful Crazy" and "She Got The Best of Me." The last artist to achieve this feat was Tim McGraw in 2000.
Organizers of the Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent to the Grammy Awards, have announced 2019's nominees. Vancouver three-piece the Washboard Union are nominated in the Breakthrough Group of the Year category, while singer-songwriter Meghan Patrick is up for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. In the Country Album of the Year, Brett Kissel will face off against Jess Moskaluke, Patrick, the Reklaws, and Tim Hicks for the trophy. The Juno Awards are set for March 17 in London, Ontario; the ceremony will air on CBCMusic starting at 8PM ET.
A brand-new music festival called Under the Big Sky Music & Arts Festival is set to take place on July 13-14 at Whitefish, Mont.'s Big Mountain Ranch. The festival scored an impressive lineup in its first year, and will feature performances from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Dwight Yoakam, Cody Jinks, Ryan Bingham, Justin Townes Earle, Corb Lund, Shooter Jennings, Whitey Morgan, Lucius, Nikki Lane and more country and Americana artists. VIP and general admission tickets for the festival go on sale on Feb. 19.