The Boot News Roundup: Thompson Square Releasing Children’s Book + 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.
Country duo Thompson Square will soon release Time to Get Dressed, a children's book inspired by the couple's son, Cooper. The "sing-song" storybook, co-written by Thompson Square members Keifer and Shawna Thompson and illustrated by Ana Pantankar, began as a song that the couple would sing to 2-year-old Cooper. "[That song] evolved into a book that everyone can read to their kiddos," Shawna Thompson says in a statement. "We're thrilled to be able to share a part of our family with yours." Time to Get Dressed is set for release on Nov. 13, and is currently available for pre-order via the band's website.
Jason Isbell and Brandi Carlile will headline the 10th annual 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida. Set for Jan. 18-21, 2019, along Florida's Highway 30A, the event is a benefit for the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, which supports cultural events in the region; additionally, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Floridians impacted by Hurricane Michael. The festival offers a stacked lineup of artists alongside Isbell and Carlile, including Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Suzy Bogguss, Amanda Shires, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Radney Foster and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
With new owners in place and bankruptcy proceedings behind them, renowned guitar manufacturer Gibson is officially back in business. An entirely new team will take over as the company's majority owner, according to Ultimate Classic Rock, and new chief executives will be installed to ensure the brand's longevity. Reportedly, embattled former Gibson CEO Henry Juskiewicz is set to stay on with the company on contract for the next year to "assist with the transition."