The Boot News Roundup: Luke Combs Cancels Concerts After Losing His Voice + More
Bad news for Luke Combs fans this week: According to a statement published to Combs' Twitter account, the singer was forced to cancel 10 days worth of concerts after losing his voice. "After I got off stage last night, I had completely lost my voice," he wrote. "I've powered through plenty of shows before, but with how my voice sounds and feels today, I couldn't possibly give y'all the show you paid for and deserve." Over his medically-imposed break, Combs will undergo vocal treatments and stay on vocal rest in order to get back on the road as quickly as possible.
Billy ThunderKloud, a Native American country singer who charted hits in the 1970s, has died after suffering complications from a stroke. According to MusicRow, ThunderKloud was born Vincent Clifford in British Columbia, Canada. With his band Billy ThunderKloud and The Chieftones, charted multiple hits, including "What Time of Day" in 1975. At his request, a funeral service will not be held for ThunderKloud, but donations may be made in his honor to the National Indian Child Welfare Association.
Cody Jinks will host his first-ever Loud and Heavy Fest in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas this summer. According to a press release, the festival will feature performances from Whiskey Myers, Nikki Lane, Colter Wall, Paul Cauthen, Sunny Sweeney, and of course, Jinks and his own band. Set for Aug. 18 at Fort Worth's Panther Island Pavilion, tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Randy Travis received the inaugural Cracker Barrel Country Legend Award at this year's CMA Music Festival. The award was presented at the end of CMA Fest's third night in Nashville, as Michael Ray, Tegan Marie, Morgan Evans, and Cole Swindell wound down the night on the Cracker Barrel Country Roads stage. The award, presented to country musicians with 30 years of experience in the business, also included a $5,000 donation to CMA Foundation, an organization that helps provide children with music education. "“Randy is so honored to receive the first ever Cracker Barrel Country Legend Award at CMA Fest 2018," Travis' wife Mary Davis Travis said in a statement. "Music education, in Randy’s opinion, is pivotal to a child’s development, so we thank Cracker Barrel for joining us in this passion by donating to Keep the Music Playing in his name."
Country artist Cam will star in ModCloth's Say It Louder campaign, an advertising series that "spotlights modern female icons who are making a statement and forging their individual path," according to a press release. Cam will be joined by singer-songwriter Victory Boyd, rapper Lizzo, musician Kacy Hill, and more artists in the campaign, which will be featured on ModCloth's website and social media channels.
Carrie Underwood will headline the first-ever Hot Country Live Concert in New York City. The live concert series, presented by Spotify in support of its Hot Country playlist, will also feature a performance from Dan + Shay, along with additional as-yet-unannounced artists. The show is set for July 4 at NYC's The Rooftop at Pier 17.
This summer, the National Trust for Historic Preservation will begin guided walking tours of Nashville's iconic Music Row. According to a press release, the tour will show off recording studios, publishing houses, and record labels, along with following the history of the genre from the 1950s to the present. These tours will be offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10AM and 1PM, starting on June 20. Tickets are $35 per person, and can be purchased through Let's Go Travelin'.