The Boot News Roundup: Margo Price Developing Her Own Marijuana Strain + 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.
Modern country outlaw Margo Price has announced that she'll team up with (who else?) Willie Nelson to develop her own strain of marijuana. According to High Times, Price selected an indica strain thanks to its ability to relax her back pain and relieve insomnia. The as-yet-unnamed strain will be released in collaboration with Nelson's Willie's Reserve cannabis brand, but no release date for it has been set just yet.
Dolly Parton was recently presented with the Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award in recognition of her work on the Smoky Mountain Rise telethon and her nonprofit Imagination Library. The latter charity, founded by Parton in memory of her father, has donated more than 100 million books in the United States and beyond. Parton received the honor at the 2018 SoCal Journalism Awards, held in Los Angeles, Calif.
Nelly and Cole Swindell are among the artists set to perform at the first-ever FGL Fest, to be held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in advance of the Big Machine 400 at the Brickyard race. The festival will also feature performances from, of course, Florida Georgia Line, as well as RaeLynn, Riley Green, Jillian Jacqueline and Stephanie Quayle. Mason Ramsey, the pint-sized YouTube phenom known for his WalMart yodeling videos, will be on hand to perform at the festival, which set for Sept. 8, as well.
In the Virgin Islands, Kenny Chesney was presented with the St. John School of the Arts Hero Award in recognition of his charitable work on the island after Hurricane Irma. According to the St. John Source, Chesney owned a home on St. John until Irma destroyed it and has since delivered "truckloads" of musical instruments to the school, among other charitable endeavors. While visiting St. John School of the Arts, Chesney reportedly got to hear original compositions from its burgeoning songwriters and played a few tunes for the kids.