The Boot News Roundup: 2018 ACM Awards Win Big in the Ratings + 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.
More than 12 million viewers viewers tuned in to the 2018 ACM Awards telecast on Sunday night (April 15). CBS' three-hour broadcast of the annual awards show earned a 2.1 rating (a 7 share) in the 18-49 viewership age bracket, Zap2It reports. By comparison, the 2017 ACMs broadcast earned a 2.1 share of viewers ages 18-49, but only 10.91 million people were tuned in. -- AS
Songwriter Shane McAnally will now host his own radio show on SiriusXM. Titled Songville, McAnally show will feature some of his favorite fellow songwriters and artists and "explore the relationships between songs and lyrics and finding the balance that fits the true voice of the artist." The show's first episode, set to premiere on SiriusXM's Volume channel (Channel 106) on April 18, will feature Kacey Musgraves; she and McAnally will chat about "Mama's Broken Heart," the Miranda Lambert they co-wrote with Brandy Clark. -- AM
Marty Stuart has announced that Margo Price, John Prine and Chris Stapleton will headline his 17th annual Late Night Jam. According to a press release, the Nashville event will also feature performances from Gary Mule Deer, the Wandering Hearts and Connie Smith, and raise funds for MusiCares. The event is set to take place at the Ryman Auditorium on June 6, just before the 2018 CMA Music Festival; tickets for the show go on sale on April 20. -- AM
Also headed to the Ryman for a charitable show is Darius Rucker, who will host his ninth annual Darius and Friends event on June 4, just before the 2018 CMA Music Festival. The event, which has raised upwards of $1 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, will feature an as-yet-unnamed lineup of performers ... but fans can expect superstars: Luke Bryan, Kenny Rogers and Luke Combs have all graced the show's lineup in previous years. Tickets for the event go on sale on April 20 via Ticketmaster. -- AM
Jillian Jacqueline, Jake Owen and Morgan Wallen have been added to the lineup for the 14th annual Stars for Second Harvest fundraiser. According to Country Music Tattle Tale, the event, which will be held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, will raise funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, a hunger relief organization. The show is set for June 5 at 7:30PM; tickets are currently available at the Ryman box office. -- AM