The Boot News Roundup: ‘Nashville’ Cast Plans Final Music City Concert + 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.
As Nashville wraps up its last season, the cast of the CMT show will celebrate its run with a series of concerts, including a just-announced stop at the Grand Ole Opry. According to a press release, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Lennon and Maisy Stella and more stars will perform songs from the show in Nashville on March 25 at the Grand Ole Opry Theatre. In April, the cast will head to Ireland and the United Kingdom for a whirlwind run of shows in Glasgow, Dublin, Belfast and more. Tickets for the stateside Nashville performance go on sale on Feb. 2.
Former The Voice contestant RaeLynn has teamed up with Too Faced as the face of the cosmetic brand's "Life's a Festival" collection for Spring 2018. According to a press release, RaeLynn is the first country artist to appear in campaigns for the brand, following Katy Perry, Ireland Baldwin and more. In celebration of the campaign, RaeLynn debuted a brand-new song, "Festival." "Writing this song for this collection was beyond magical," RaeLynn says on Twitter. "Hope you all find your inner unicorn with this song and this GORGEOUS 'life’s a festival' collection and go fall in love at a festival."
Marty Stuart will continue his ongoing work in preserving country music's history with the forthcoming Congress of Country Music. According to Rolling Stone, Stuart plans to open the educational center at the Ellis Theatre, in his hometown of Philadelphia, Miss. The Congress of Country Music museum will house Stuart's massive collection of country memorabilia, along with a concert venue and the Marty Stuart Center, which will serve as an "educational facility where students can learn about the wide array of available careers in the music industry." Stuart is currently seeking investors and donors for the project.
Dancehall Dreamin': A Tribute to Pat Green, an album featuring some of Texas Country's most prominent artists paying tribute to one of the genre's biggest icons, will drop this spring. Among other Texas troubadours, Josh Abbott Band, Jack Ingram, Cory Morrow and Drew Holcomb will cover Green classics including "Wave on Wave," "Crazy" and "Three Days." "I've seen a million miles of highway go by the windshield in my bus. I've gotten to entertain millions of people throughout my life. I didn't see this coming at all," Green says. "I didn't know that my friends would all get together and record my songs, but I feel nothing but gratitude towards all of them." Dancehall Dreamin': A Tribute to Pat Green is set for release on April 5.
Grammy-nominated bluegrass outfit the Infamous Stringdusters have formed their own record label, Tape Time Records. In a press release, the band announces that they have signed fellow bluegrass act Horseshoes & Hand Grenades as their new label's first act. "It's a natural progression for us," says Stringdusters fiddler Jeremy Garrett. "We've been with different labels and had an array of experiences, and just thought that a record company by and for musicians is the way to go. We want to put out the best music possible -- of ours and our friends -- and do it with full control over all aspects." Horseshoes & Hand Grenades are set to release their fourth album, The Ode, on Tape Time Records on Feb. 16.
Florida Georgia Line, Brooks & Dunn and Blake Shelton have been announced as headliners for the 2018 Faster Horses music festival. The sixth annual show, set to take place in Brooklyn, Mich., on July 20-22, will also feature performances from Cam, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington, LoCash, Dustin Lynch, Midland, Morgan Wallen, and more. Passes for the festival go on sale on Feb. 9.