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.

Reba McEntire will be honored with the first-ever Career Maker Award at this year's Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame gala. The honor, given to artists who have not been inducted into the Hall of Fame, will be presented to McEntire in recognition of her advocacy for Music City songwriters; the country icon has recorded upwards of 40 songs penned by NSHoF members. “Reba has played a significant role in helping more than 40 songwriters achieve induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame,” says Hall of Fame Board of Directors Chair Pat Alger. “That’s about 20 percent of the Hall’s entire membership." McEntire will be presented with the award at the 48th annual Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Oct. 28.

Keith Urban, Lindsay Ell Canadian Country Music Awards
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Keith Urban is heading back to his homeland in 2019! According to a video message from the singer, Urban has added a series of dates in his native Australia to the Graffiti U World Tour, including stops in Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne. Urban will be joined by singer-songwriter Julia Michaels at his Australian dates, which are set to kick off on Jan. 23, 2019. Tickets for those shows go on sale on Aug. 6.

Maggie Rose
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This fall, up-and-comer Maggie Rose will release a brand-new album. Titled Change the Whole Thing, the 12-song effort will be paired with 12 videos filmed in studio, along with a documentary focused on the making of the record, according to MusicRow. Rose has already digitally released four songs from the album, including "Pull You Through." Change the Whole Thing is set for release on Sept. 21.

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