The Boot News Roundup: Luke Bryan Guest Hosting 2019 NFL Draft Coverage + 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.
Country artist and noted football fan Luke Bryan will help host ABC's 2019 NFL Draft coverage. On for April 25, the NFL Draft's opening day, Bryan will join Robin Roberts, Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and the College GameDay team to co-host the festivities, with country radio DJ Bobby Bones serving as a roving reporter as the NFL teams make their picks in Nashville. The 2019 NFL Draft will air from 8PM until 11:30PM ET on April 25, followed by additional coverage on April 26 and 27.
Chase Rice, Brett Young and Cody Johnson will headline the Firestone Country Roads Stage at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater during CMA Fest 2019, which is scheduled for June 6-9. The festival announced on Twitter that the stage, which was part of the CMA Fest lineup for the past two years as well, will also feature performances from Caylee Hammack, Ashley McBryde, Tyler Farr, Jimmie Allen, Jordan Davis and more artists on June 6-8. In 2019, the Ascend Amphitheater shows will be ticketed events; more information is available at CMAFest.com.
Marty Stuart is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's newest artist in residence, and will perform three shows at the Hall of Fame on Sept. 11, 18 and 25, alongside his band, the Fabulous Superlatives. Stuart follows 2018 artist-in-residence Miranda Lambert and predecessors such as Buddy Miller, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, Alan Jackson and Jason Isbell. “Marty Stuart has made country music his life’s work, and I cannot imagine the music without him,” says Country Music Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young. “He has preserved its history, photographed its legends and performed its music with integrity. Marty’s residency will no doubt deliver truly unique and memorable experiences."
Robert Earl Keen and Tyler Childers are teaming up for a trio of Texas concert dates. The duo of country outlaws will kick off their run together in Corpus Christi on July 3, then travel to Kerrville on July 4 for Keen's 4th on the River event; they'll conclude in Galveston on July 5. "By my lights, Robert Earl Keen is bigger than Texas and gooder than best," Childers says in a statement. "It's an honor to share a stage with Mr. Keen, and blessed assurance that he's willing to do so." Fans can get ticketing details on Childers' website.
Sad news for fans of the Lonely Heartstring Band: According to Bluegrass Today, the band will go on an "indefinite hiatus" in September, after they're done touring in support of the new album they released in February via Rounder Records. They say they're taking a break to "grow individually." "This is not an easy decision to make, but right now it feels like the right one," the band says in a statement. "The past six years of playing music for y’all has meant more to us than we can express here. You’ll have to take our word for it that you’ve provided us with life-changing, positive experiences that we will carry with us forever."