The Boot News Roundup: Keith Urban, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires Playing Nashville New Year’s Eve Party + 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.
Keith Urban, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Amanda Shires will all help ring in 2020 in Nashville. The city's Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced that all three artists will play the Jack Daniel's Music City Midnight: New Year's Eve in Nashville event, which will take place at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. In addition to Urban (who has headlined the event for the previous three years), Isbell and his band and Shires, the party will also feature the rock band the Struts and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Music City Midnight is free and open to the public.
Songland, the songwriting competition television show produced by and starring country hitmaker Shane McAnally, has been renewed for a second season. MusicRow reports that, each week, 5.1 million viewers aged 18-49, on average, have been watching the show live or within the first seven days after its airing on NBC; a total of 7.6 million viewers watch each episode overall. Songland is also produced by Ryan Tedder and Ester Dean, both of whom serve as mentors alongside McAnally.
Marty Stuart will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his album The Pilgrim with a deluxe-edition reissue of the project, on vinyl for the first time ever. Due out on Oct. 18, the newly expanded record will feature 10 previously unreleased songs, featuring Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris and others. The Pilgrim: Deluxe Edition is available for pre-order now.
The Marcus King Band have announced a headlining wintertime tour. Rolling Stone reports that the band, led by 23-year-old guitarist King, will begin their El Dorado Tour on Oct. 31 in Kansas City, Mo. The trek will run through Dec. 21, when they'll wrap things up at New York City's Beacon Theatre. Stops in Indianapolis, Ind.; Durham, N.C.; Toronto, Ontario, Canada and more are planned in between. Visit MarcusKingBand.com for more details.
King Calaway will release their debut album on Oct. 4. Rivers, from BBR Music Group's Stoney Creek Records, will feature the five songs from the six-piece band's eponymous EP, released in January, plus seven new tracks. Writers on the project include Mitchell Tenpenny, Devin Dawson, the Warren Brothers, Josh Osborne and pop hitmaker Teddy Geiger.