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.

Michael Ray will be on the road for his Nineteen Tour throughout 2019. The rising country star has revealed a series of festival performances (Tortuga Music Festival, Country Jam Colorado and more) and overseas dates (Country to Country in the UK, CMC Rocks in Australia), in addition to headlining stops in Rosemont, Ill.; San Jose, Calif., and more. Visit MichaelRayMusic.com for more details.

Drake White Leaving BMLG
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Drake White, too, is preparing for a road run this spring. The singer-songwriter will tour the U.S. and Europe beginning with a Feb. 9 stop in Indianapolis, Ind., and running through April 27 in Lincoln, Neb. "I love writing and recording, but connecting with audiences on the road is a rush unto itself," White says in a press release. "We’re looking forward to sharing our music with everyone this spring!” Fans can visit DrakeWhite.com for full details.

Zac Brown Band
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Zac Brown Band are partnering with BBR Music Group's Wheelhouse Records for their next album, All Access reports. The group has changed labels numerous times throughout its career, which includes the release of four studio albums, along with two live albums, a greatest hits album and an EP. Says Brown, “We’ve always approached our work and music in our own way, only doing what feels right for us. We’re excited to have BMG as a new partner; they understand our vision and sound and will help shape this next chapter in a way that’s uniquely ours.” The details of ZBB's next album have yet to be announced.

Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Steve Earle + Friends - The Lantern Tour
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Brandi Carlile, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris are among the artists featured on a Joni Mitchell tribute album due out this spring. According to Rolling StoneJoni 75: A Birthday Celebration is a recording of a tribute concert held in Mitchell's honor in November and is due out on March 8. The tracks include "A Case of You," sung as a duet by Carlile and Kristofferson, Carlile performing "Down to You" and Harris singing "The Magdalene Laundries," as well as performances from James Taylor, Norah Jones and more. Further details are available at Joni75.com.

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