Thursday, January 18, 2018

COUNTRY NEWS

Keith Urban Shares New Music During Pop-Up Nashville Show [WATCH]

Keith Urban Shares New Music During Pop-...

Keith Urban was full of surprises on Wednesday (Jan. 17) in Nashville, Tenn. The singer appeared in a free pop-up show at Exit / In to play some older fan favorites as well as make some very special announcements. After opening with a few songs from recent years, including the 2016 hit "Blue Ain't Your Color,"…
8 Country Icons Who Have Never Won a Grammy

8 Country Icons Who Have Never Won a Gra...

What do Patsy Cline, Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley all have in common? If you can believe it, these three country stars have never won a Grammy! For almost 60 years, the Grammy Awards have been the great equalizer across musical genres. From country to hip-hop to R&B, the Grammys transcend mainstream popularity statuses and Top 40 charts,…
Justin Moore Knows It’s Best to Let His Music Run His Career

Justin Moore Knows It’s Best to Le...

Justin Moore's latest single, "Kinda Don't Care," is steadily climbing the charts. The song follows two chart-topping hits, "You Look Like I Need a Drink" and "Somebody Else Will," which might make some artists feel pressure to keep the momentum going. Thankfully, Moore isn't one of those artists. "Early on in my career, I thought…
Tennessee School Director Uses Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash Parodies to Announce Snow Days [WATCH]

Tennessee School Director Uses Garth Bro...

If things don't work out for Dr. Dan Lawson in his position as school director for Tullahoma City Public Schools in Tennessee, he could probably carve out a niche for himself in Nashville. Lawson recently used spot-on impressions of Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks, parodying two country music classics, to make snow day announcements for…
Jason Aldean Books 2018 High Noon Neon Tour

Jason Aldean Books 2018 High Noon Neon T...

Jason Aldean will be hitting the road for Summer 2018! The country superstar announced his High Noon Neon Tour on Thursday (Jan. 18). Aldean's 2018 High Noon Neon Tour will make 34 stops throughout North America, beginning with a show in Kansas City, Mo. on May 10. A complete list of dates is below. Luke…
Story Behind the Song: The Reklaws, ‘Hometown Kids’

Story Behind the Song: The Reklaws, R...

Jenna and Stuart Walker -- otherwise known as the Reklaws -- released their single "Hometown Kids" in June of 2017. The Canadian sibling duo (they're two of seven kids in their family) co-wrote the song with Travis Wood and Gavin Slate. Raised in Cambridge, Ontario, the Walkers channeled their teenage lives into "Hometown Kids," a song…
Sturgill Simpson Headlining Mountain Jam 2018

Sturgill Simpson Headlining Mountain Jam...

Sturgill Simpson is among the headliners for Mountain Jam 2018! The singer-songwriter is at the top of an eclectic bill for the 14th annual festival, set to take place in New York State in June. In addition to Simpson, Mountain Jam 2018 will feature folk-rock singer-songwriter Jack Johnson and indie rock band alt-J as headliners.…
John Oates, ‘Miss the Mississippi and You’ [Exclusive Premiere]

John Oates, ‘Miss the Mississippi ...

John Oates, one-half of the iconic pop-rock duo Hall & Oates, is premiering his cover of Jimmie Rodgers' classic "Miss the Mississippi and You" exclusively for readers of The Boot. Press play below to hear the song. "Miss the Mississippi and You" is a folksy tune that sounds decidedly different than what most Hall &…
Dierks Bentley Drops Brand-New Single, ‘Woman Amen’ [LISTEN]

Dierks Bentley Drops Brand-New Single, &...

Dierks Bentley has dropped the first single from his upcoming new album, The Mountain. Titled "Woman Amen," the song is a profession of gratitude for a steadfast love -- in Bentley's case, his wife Cassidy. Bentley co-wrote "Woman Amen" with Ross Copperman and Josh Kear; Billboard reports that, although the majority of Bentley's new music was written…
Kenny Chesney Leaves Sony Music Nashville, Signs With Warner Music Nashville

Kenny Chesney Leaves Sony Music Nashvill...

Kenny Chesney is making a major shakeup in his career: After more than 20 years with Sony Music Nashville, the country star has left the label to sign with Warner Music Nashville. Variety and Country Aircheck reported the news late Tuesday (Jan. 16), and Chesney confirmed the details in a press release on Wednesday morning (Jan. 17).…
18 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Named Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards

18 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Named Artist ...

Eighteen years ago today (Jan. 17, 2000), Garth Brooks kicked off the new millennium on a high note: It was on that date that the singer was named the 1990s' Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards, proving that his star power crossed all genres. "I'd like to dedicate this award to my…
The Boot News Roundup: ‘Pickler & Ben’ Renewed for Season 2 + More

The Boot News Roundup: ‘Pickler &a...

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. Pickler & Ben, the daytime talk show hosted by Kellie Pickler and TV personality Ben Aaron, has been picked up…
Keith Urban Reveals Plans for ‘Graffiti U’ Album, 2018 Tour

Keith Urban Reveals Plans for ‘Gra...

Keith Urban has big plans for 2018: a new album and a tour, with special guest Kelsea Ballerini. Urban hosted a Facebook Live event from Exit / In in Nashville on Wednesday night (Jan. 17) to share his big news -- and play a pop-up show for media members and fans who braved the cold. During…
Brent Cobb Extends 2018 Headlining Tour

Brent Cobb Extends 2018 Headlining Tour

Brent Cobb will launch a headlining tour in early 2018. The singer-songwriter's 2018 Ain't a Road Too Long Tour is scheduled to begin on Feb. 16 in Memphis, Tenn. -- and thanks to newly announced tour dates, the trek will now extend into late May. Cobb will make his way around the South and East throughout the…
Dustin Lynch, Lauren Alaina and More Join Country Jam 2018 Lineup

Dustin Lynch, Lauren Alaina and More Joi...

Exciting news for festivalgoers in 2018: Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Luke Combs, Brett Young, Josh Turner, Walker Hayes, Lauren Alaina, Carly Pearce, Devin Dawson, Trent Harmon, Tucker Beathard, Jimmie Allen and Sasha McVeigh have all officially been added to this year's Country Jam lineup. The aforementioned artists join an already impressive roster at Country Jam…
After Rollover Crash, Mickey Gilley Reminds Fans to Wear Their Seatbelts

After Rollover Crash, Mickey Gilley Remi...

Mickey Gilley had a scary close call early this year: On Jan. 3, the singer and his son Michael were involved in a rollover car accident after the driver of another car failed to stop at a stop sign. Both men will be okay, and Michael Gilley was largely unharmed in the accident, but the country…
Brett Eldredge’s Best Live Shots [PICTURES]

Brett Eldredge’s Best Live Shots [...

Illinois native Brett Eldredge has three successful country albums, plus one Christmas record, in his repertoire. Those records include hit songs such as "Don't Ya," "Beat of the Music," "Mean to Me," "Lose My Mind," "Drunk on Your Love" and "Wanna Be That Song," and all of the projects have peaked at No. 1 or 2 on the country…
Tracy Lawrence Calls His First Time on the Radio ‘Euphoric’

Tracy Lawrence Calls His First Time on t...

Tracy Lawrence's debut album, 1991's Sticks and Stones, produced his first charting single and first No. 1 hit, the project's title track. Since that time, the singer has placed more than 30 singles on the Billboard country charts, with eight of them climbing to No. 1, including the CMA-winning "Find Out Who Your Friends Are"…
Interview: Eddie Montgomery Prepares to Honor Troy Gentry, Montgomery Gentry’s History With 2018 Tour

Interview: Eddie Montgomery Prepares to ...

Eddie Montgomery, of Montgomery Gentry, has never been known for beating around the bush. It was the group's directness, in fact, that first appealed to fans: The duo rose to fame with big-hearted, manly songs and refrains of devotion to all the things nearest and dearest to country music's heart. In 1999, Montgomery Gentry broke…
Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker Team Up for 2018 Summer Tour

Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker Team Up f...

Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker will spend Summer 2018 on the road ... together. The two acts have announced their co-headlining Summer Plays On Tour. Lady A and Rucker will begin their 2018 Summer Plays On Tour on July 19 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Up-and-comer Russell Dickerson will join them on the road. “For us as…
Top 6 Unforgettable Kid Rock Moments

Top 6 Unforgettable Kid Rock Moments

For better or worse (generally better, but occasionally worse), Kid Rock is a memorable guy. The country-rock rapper, born Robert Ritchie, got his start as a rapper in the 1990s, moving in the years since from straight-up rap to rap-rock, then from there to a sound that incorporates Southern rock and country as well. Rock released…
Devin Dawson Prepares to Release Debut Album, ‘Dark Horse’: ‘It Feels Right’

Devin Dawson Prepares to Release Debut A...

Devin Dawson scored a Top 20 hit with his debut single, "All on Me," from his upcoming album Dark Horse, which is even a surprise to Dawson himself. The song, written by the artist, his twin brother Jacob Durrett and his good friend Austin Smith, wasn't intended to be a single, let along the song that would…
Jordan Davis Announces Debut Album, ‘Home State’

Jordan Davis Announces Debut Album, R...

Jordan Davis' debut album is being released this spring! Home State will be released on March 23 and feature 12 tracks. The break-out artist told Rolling Stone in an interview that creating the album was a relatively quick process, and that parts of the songwriting stem from real-life inspiration and conversations in the studio. Davis' Top 20 single…
Glenn Frey’s Wife Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Glenn Frey’s Wife Files Wrongful D...

Glenn Frey's widow, Cindy Frey, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital. The suit, filed in New York State court in Manhattan, claims that both the hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Izkowitz were negligent in caring for her late husband, a founding member of the Eagles. Reuters reports that Izkowitz was…
32 Years Ago: Reba McEntire Joins the Grand Ole Opry

32 Years Ago: Reba McEntire Joins the Gr...

On this day, 32 years ago (Jan. 17, 1986), Reba McEntire fulfilled a lifelong dream by becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. McEntire's induction was part of a big milestone for the Opry: The Oklahoma native became an official member of the revered organization during a televised special honoring the Grand Ole Opry's 60th anniversary.…