The Boot News Roundup: Florida Georgia Line, Maren Morris Book New Year’s Eve Performances + 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.
Florida Georgia Line and Maren Morris have joined the line-up for this year's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve event. According to People, the country stars will be performing live from New Orleans, La., where they'll be playing for fans ahead of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. On the West Coast, Lauren Alaina and Kane Brown will also team up for a performance. Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve will air on Dec. 31 on ABC, beginning at 8PM ET.
Texas cowpunk outfit Vandoliers have announced that their sophomore album will hit digital shelves in 2019. According to Rolling Stone, the follow-up to 2017's much-acclaimed The Native, Vandoliers' forthcoming new album, titled Forever, is a 10-song effort, and the band's first project on their new label, Bloodshot Records. Forever is set for release on Feb. 22, 2019.
Americana up-and-comer Jade Bird will head out on the road in 2019, supporting headliner Hozier. According to a press release, the 25-date spring tour will kick off in Buffalo, N.Y., at Shea's Performing Arts Center, making stops in North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Utah, California and more states before concluding in Spokane, Wash., on April 14. The tour will likely coincide (at least in part) with the release of Bird's much-anticipated full-length debut, set for release on Glassnote Records in early 2019.
Also in touring news, Americana duo the Brother Brothers will hit the road in 2019, on the heels of the release of their debut album Some People I Know. The extensive list of tour dates technically kicks off on Dec. 31, when the duo will take the stage at First Night Saranac Lake in New York State. Then, they'll head to California, Oregon, Arizona, West Virginia, Vermont, North Carolina and Europe before concluding on May 15 in Birmingham, Ala.
Zac Brown has renamed his lifestyle brand Southern Ground to the Zac Brown Collective. A press release describes the new company as an "entertainment- and lifestyle-branded" parent company that will unite Brown's investments in industries ranging from fashion to film, food and custom design. The Zac Brown Collective will also expand its "artist services" offerings, working to develop the careers of musicians of all experience levels. “We’ve been working towards this development for years. My team and I are more than ready to roll out our roster of unique brands that embody our latest vision of delivering consumers a genuine American experience," Brown says in a statement. "It’s an exciting time for us, and we can’t wait to show the world what we have to offer."