The Boot News Roundup: Miranda Lambert to Lead Mutt March at CMA Fest 2019 + 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.
Miranda Lambert will lead another Mutt March at CMA Fest 2019. Part of her animal-focused charity MuttNation's 10th anniversary celebration, the event will find the country superstar, fans and their pups parading through Nashville, from Nissan Stadium to the Music City Walk of Fame Park on Thursday (June 6) at 8:30AM. During CMA Fest, MuttNation will also host an adoption drive as part of Fan Fair X. -- AS
Marty Stuart's annual Late Night Jam will also be part of 2019's week of CMA Fest activities in Nashville. Stuart and a hand-selected crew of guests will head to the Ryman Auditorium on June 5 at 9PM CT; this year's lineup includes Steve Miller, Sheryl Crow, Dierks Bentley and Tyler Childers. Tickets for the 2019 Late Night Jam will go on sale on Friday (April 26). -- AS
Brett Eldredge has signed on for Bud Light's 2019 Dive Bar Tour. The trek, now in its fourth year, brings big names to small bars -- but in 2019, rather than focus on one artist, the lineup includes a rotating cast. Eldredge's Bud Light Dive Bar Tour stop is scheduled for May 16 in St. Louis, Mo., with indie rockers Judah & the Lion and pop artist Fletcher set for shows in Denver, Colo., and San Francisco, Calif., respectively. Show are also planned in New York City and Miami, Fla., with the headliners to be announced. -- AS
Robert Earl Keen is launching his own podcast. Dubbed Americana Podcast: The 51st State, the project "is dedicated to sharing and expanding on the Americana genre's roots, reach, and definition," according to a press release. Adds Keen, "Let’s make Americana, as Shakespeare said, ‘familiar in his mouth as household words.’ That is our mission. That is our goal." Americana Podcast's first episode, featuring Jamestown Revival and Lucero, will premiere on April 30. -- AS
Singer and songwriter Erin Enderlin recently announced a series of four EPs to be released throughout 2019, with each set of songs built around the types of small-town characters that inhabit her 2017 album Whiskeytown Crier. The series begins on Friday (April 26) with Chapter One: Tonight I Don’t Give a Damn, a three-song collection that opens with Whiskeytown Crier’s “Broken,” and also includes two new stories about the song’s downtrodden lead character. Enderlin co-writes have been recorded by several stars, including Alan Jackson (“Monday Morning Church”), Lee Ann Womack (“Last Call”) and, most recently, Reba McEntire (“The Bar’s Getting Lower”). -- BM
Opry Entertainment Group, the Grand Ole Opry's parent company, is launching a new television channel "dedicated to country music and the country lifestyle," according to MusicRow. A partnership with Gray Television, the channel will be available throughout the country when it debuts in 2020 and will feature "content that highlights country music artists and the passions, hobbies and love of music they share with their fans." -- AS