Saturday, July 21, 2018

COUNTRY NEWS

Lauren Alaina and Alex Hopkins Are Engaged!

Lauren Alaina and Alex Hopkins Are Engag...

Congratulations to Lauren Alaina and her longtime boyfriend, Alex Hopkins: The couple is engaged! Alaina announced her happy news on Instagram on Saturday (July 21). In keeping with her tradition of making puns in all of her photo captions, Alaina wrote, "Being yours forever has a nice 'RING' to it." "WE ARE ENGAGED," Alaina added,…
Pistol Annies Reunite for Performance at Miranda Lambert Concert [WATCH]

Pistol Annies Reunite for Performance at...

The Pistol Annies were back onstage together on Thursday evening (July 19) during trio member and country superstar Miranda Lambert's 2018 Bandwagon Tour stop at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y. Press play above to watch the group perform their song "Hell on Heels" during the surprise guest appearance. Consisting of Lambert along with…
Woman Struck By Lightning at Wisconsin’s Country Thunder Festival

Woman Struck By Lightning at Wisconsin&#...

A 22-year-old concertgoer is intensive care after being hit by lightning early Friday morning (July 20) at the Country Thunder music festival in Twin Lakes, Wis. The young woman had no ID on her at the time of the incident but has since been identified as Brittney N. Prehn of Woodstock, Ill. According to reports, Prehn…
Lauren Alaina, Ashley McBryde, Jon Pardi and More Will Perform at 2018 ACM Honors

Lauren Alaina, Ashley McBryde, Jon Pardi...

The evening is dedicated to recognizing special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, which took place during April of this year. Recipients of ACM Honors were announced previously, and include Dierks Bentley for the ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award, Matraca Berg for ACM Poet’s Award, Sam Hunt for the…
Playlist: The Weight Band Explore Classic Roots and Folk Rock

Playlist: The Weight Band Explore Classi...

The Weight Band's members are all plenty familiar with roots and folk rock: The Woodstock, N.Y.-based consortium is comprised of former members of the Band, the Levon Helm Band and the Rick Danko Group. As such, the playlist they've assembled for The Boot is a crash course in both the work of their original musical outlets…
RaeLynn Releases New Summer Anthem, ‘Tailgate’ [LISTEN]

RaeLynn Releases New Summer Anthem, R...

RaeLynn has released the perfect song for summer! Press play above to listen to "Tailgate," a fresh and breezy song all about the hi-jinx that RaeLynn -- and her truck -- got into when she was a teenager. RaeLynn sings about how after all the things they have done together, her truck is sworn to secrecy. "Mama don't…
Lauren Alaina, Ashley McBryde, Jon Pardi and More Will Perform at the ACM Honors Show

Lauren Alaina, Ashley McBryde, Jon Pardi...

The evening is dedicated to recognizing special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, which took place during April of this year. Recipients of ACM Honors were announced previously, and include Dierks Bentley for the ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award, Matraca Berg for ACM Poet’s Award, Sam Hunt for…
Girl Scouts Anthem Takes Inspiration From Music City and Nashville Songwriters

Girl Scouts Anthem Takes Inspiration Fro...

The Girl Scouts of the USA have shared a music video filled not only with girl-power, but also with the beautiful sights and inspiration of Music City. Press play above to watch the brand-new music video, which highlights all the roles available to girls and women in the music industry. Back in 2016, two Nashville…
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Want You to Vote [WATCH]

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Want You to Vo...

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are among the many celebrities teaming up with former First Lady Michelle Obama in an initiative to encourage voter registration ahead of election season as part of the When We All Vote Campaign. Press play above to watch the full video. In the video, Obama is seen calling her list of celebrity…
Willie Nelson Announces New Frank Sinatra Tribute Album, Shares ‘Summer Wind’

Willie Nelson Announces New Frank Sinatr...

Willie Nelson is set to release a brand new studio album, My Way, dedicated entirely to fellow musical icon, Frank Sinatra. The tribute will mark Nelson's 12th project since signing with Legacy Recordings in 2012, and his second album release in 2018, following Last Man Standing. Nelson and Sinatra were lifelong friends and colleagues, as well as…
Point: ‘Mr. Misunderstood’ Is Eric Church’s Best Album

Point: ‘Mr. Misunderstood’ I...

Eric Church's Mr. Misunderstood opens with a manifesto -- albeit a quieter-than-usual one. "Ain't Killed Me Yet" this isn't, and it sure as hell ain't "The Outsiders," either. But "Mr. Misunderstood" is still Chief, writing from the misfit perspective that earned him fans and fame: He may have been 38 years old and a father of…
Hear New Singles From Morgan Wallen, Chase Rice and Other Country Artists

Hear New Singles From Morgan Wallen, Cha...

Whether you're in the mood for heartbreak songs, adoring love songs, ballads or anthems, country music has you covered this week. Read on to check out all the latest singles! Morgan Wallen, "Whiskey Glasses": Morgan Wallen’s “Whiskey Glasses” is about trying to drink away the pain of a breakup. "I'mma need some whiskey glasses / 'Cause…
Pistol Annies Reunite for Performance at Miranda Lambert Concert

Pistol Annies Reunite for Performance at...

The Pistol Annies were back on stage together on Thursday evening (July 19) during trio member and country superstar Miranda Lambert's 2018 Bandwagon Tour stop at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y. Press play above to watch the group perform their song, "Hell on Heels," during the surprise guest appearance. Consisting of Lambert…
Interview: Lori McKenna Talks Working With Dave Cobb, Songwriting and Reflective New Album ‘The Tree’

Interview: Lori McKenna Talks Working Wi...

Working with a bevy of songwriters — including Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and her Love Junkies co-conspirators Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey — McKenna recorded The Tree with producer Dave Cobb, with whom she also recorded 2016's The Bird and the Rifle. The partnership was fruitful: The album brims with well-wrought Americana that encompasses upbeat…
12 Surprising and Sad Country Star Splits

12 Surprising and Sad Country Star Split...

Love as a celebrity can be tough -- and the summer of 2015 was an especially rough one for famous country couples. That year, within two weeks of each other, three beloved country couples announced that they were splitting up: On July 20, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert revealed that their divorce had been finalized; on Aug. 3, Reba McEntire and Narvel…
16 Years Ago: Toby Keith Hits No. 1 With ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue’

16 Years Ago: Toby Keith Hits No. 1 With...

Sixteen years ago today (July 20, 2002), Toby Keith earned his ninth No. 1 single with his tune "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)." Keith wrote "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" in late 2001, as a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and also as a tribute to his father,…
50 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Hits No. 1 With ‘Folsom Prison Blues’

50 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Hits No. 1 Wit...

On July 20, 1968, Johnny Cash hit No. 1 on the country charts with the live version of "Folsom Prison Blues." The song is the first track on his hit At Folsom Prison album. This ascent to No. 1 was actually the second time "Folsom Prison Blues" had charted: Back in 1955, the studio take…
The Boot News Roundup: Florida Georgia Line Earn 2018 MTV VMA Nod + More

The Boot News Roundup: Florida Georgia L...

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 Bebe Rexha are nominated at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards for their record-shattering collaboration "Meant…
Country Music’s Scariest Bus Accidents [PICTURES]

Country Music’s Scariest Bus Accid...

Life on the road can be dangerous sometimes. There are many country artists who consider their tour bus a second home, but it can be nerve-rattling when your home away from home is sharing the highway with semis, small cars and a whole lot of other people. Some country stars have been the victims of…
The Pistol Annies Are Back in the Studio!

The Pistol Annies Are Back in the Studio...

For several months, the Pistol Annies have been teasing that ... well, something is in the works, but it seems like new music from the trio is finally getting closer. The group posted an in-studio selfie to Instagram on Wednesday (July 18), captioned "Sangin' some songs. #staytuned," that made it pretty clear that the country group is gearing up to…
Lindsay Ell ‘Loves the Grind’ of the Music Industry

Lindsay Ell ‘Loves the Grind’...

"Life is very unbalanced right now," Ell, the newest 2018 Taste of Country RISER, says, "and I am fine with that, because I am getting to do what I love and what I have dreamt of doing. I'm living that life. I am as tired as I dreamed of being ... Life is insanely unbalanced." Not…
Watch Kelsea Ballerini Sing Karaoke at Santa’s Pub With Pop Star Halsey

Watch Kelsea Ballerini Sing Karaoke at S...

Things can get pretty crazy late at night in Nashville -- as in, Kelsea Ballerini and a pop star singing karaoke at a dive bar-level crazy. The country star and fellow artist Halsey treated the patrons of Santa's Pub to an unexpected performance on Wednesday night (July 18). Halsey, a pop singer known for hits…
Michael Ray and Carly Pearce Owe Their Relationship to ‘One Random Night at the Nashville Palace’

Michael Ray and Carly Pearce Owe Their R...

Michael Ray and Carly Pearce have confirmed the rumors: They're dating, and they owe it all to an unexpected night at a Nashville honky-tonk. Fans have been speculating about Ray and Pearce's relationship status after spotting sweet comments they've been leaving on each other's Instagram posts. Early Thursday morning (July 19), both rising stars shared…
Andrew Combs, ‘I Envy the Wind’ [Exclusive Premiere]

Andrew Combs, ‘I Envy the WindR...

Dallas, Texas-born singer-songwriter Andrew Combs is premiering his cover of Lucinda Williams' "I Envy The Wind" exclusively for readers of The Boot. Press play below to listen. Combs brings a lighter, modern vibe to this Williams classic in the making, which was originally released in 2001, on Williams' Essence album. Combs found the cut to be…
Story Behind the Song: Lindsay Ell, ‘Worth the Wait’

Story Behind the Song: Lindsay Ell, R...

Lindsay Ell’s major-label debut EP, 2017's Worth the Wait, includes deeply personal tracks, and its title track is no exception. Singer-songwriter Travis Meadows -- a fan of Ell's who connected with her on social media -- penned the song with Ell and calls the writing session “a beautiful experience.” Read on to hear more from Meadows…