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.

In February, Tucker Beathard will head out on an intimate, club-focused tour, dubbed the Ride On 2019 Tour, which takes its name from Beathard's song "Ride On." The trek will kick off on Feb. 22 in Charlotte, N.C., and will make stops in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, New York and Massachusetts before concluding in Annapolis, Md., on April 13. Tickets for the tour will go on sale on Jan. 25 starting at 10AM local time via TuckerBeathard.com.

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Country artist on the rise Hardy released his second EP on Friday (Jan. 18). Titled Where to Find Me, the four-track effort was entirely co-written by Hardy, who is a songwriter-turned-artist, and produced by Joey Moi. It follows Hardy's debut EP, This Ole Boy, which was released in October.

Del McCoury birthday
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Bluegrass legend Del McCoury will celebrate his 80th birthday at the Grand Ole Opry. According to Rolling Stone, McCoury will be joined by Marty Stuart, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush and the Travelin' McCourys for a performance, dubbed "Grand Del Opry," on Feb. 13. More performers for the evening will soon be announced, and fans can score tickets for the show via the Grand Ole Opry website.

Kane Brown
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After an incredibly successful 2018, Kane Brown will be honored with the Breakthrough Artist Award at the 2019 Music Biz Conference & Awards. Brown will receive the honor, which is presented to "artists who have truly emerged and made a particularly significant impact on the music scene in the past year," at the organization's Hall of Fame dinner on May 7 in Nashville. The Music Biz 2019 conference is scheduled to kick off on May 5 at downtown Nashville's JW Marriott hotel.

Martina McBride
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Ahead of Super Bowl LII, Martina McBride will help kick off the football festivities in Atlanta, Ga., with a performance at the annual Taste of the NFL Party With a Purpose. Now in its 28th year, the event "connects chefs, players and fans to help raise money in support of food banks throughout the United States." The event is set for Feb. 2 at Atlanta's Cobb Galleria Centre.

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