The Boot News Roundup: Keith Urban Performing at Outdoor NHL Game + 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 will head to Philadelphia, Pa., in late February to headline the first intermission of the NHL's Stadium Series outdoor game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The hockey game will take place at Lincoln Financial Field, Philly's football stadium, on Feb. 23; the game is scheduled to begin at 8PM ET, and will be broadcast live on NBC and other networks.
A few last-minute additions have been made to Friday night's (Feb. 8) MusiCares Person of the Year tribute event honoring Dolly Parton: Little Big Town are hosting the event, and Cam, Brandi Carlile, Jennifer Nettles and Margo Price, along with Yolanda Adams and Jon Batiste, have been added to the lineup. The show, which recognizes Parton's philanthropic efforts throughout her career, will take place in Los Angeles, Calif., as part of Grammy Week festivities.
Sheryl Crow has signed with Big Machine Label Group. The '90s folk-pop star, who has also dabbled in country music, will partner with the Nashville-based record label to release a full-length collaborative album featuring, among others, Stevie Nicks and Johnny Cash. Says Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta of the project, "It’s a one-listen masterpiece that spans her entire career, and her friends that showed up for this record will blow everyone’s mind." Crow was previously with Warner Bros. Nashville.
Willie Nelson's hemp-based product line Willie's Remedy has introduced its first product: a CBD oil-infused coffee. Willie's Remedy Whole Bean Coffee sources its beans from small farms in Columbia and its CBD oil from Colorado; an 8 oz. cup of the medium-dark blend contains 7 milligrams of CBD oil. Willie's Remedy is an offshoot of Nelson's Willie's Reserve marijuana brand; says Annie Nelson, the country icon's wife, "[I]t's not about getting high, but it's still all about Willie and the benefits we believe cannabis has to offer."
Little Big Town will take part in Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration, a tribute to Motown hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and Smokey Robinson. In addition to LBT, the event will also feature Ciara, John Legend, Stevie Wonder and many more. Motown 60 will tape on Feb. 12 in Los Angeles, Calif., and be broadcast on April 21 on CBS.
Organizers of the annual Luck Reunion, which takes place at Willie Nelson's Luck, Texas, ranch during SXSW, have announced the event's 2019 lineup. Set for March 14, the 2019 Luck Reunion will feature more than 40 artists across five stages: Steve Earle & the Dukes, Yola, Low Cut Connie and more are scheduled to perform, with Nelson himself anchoring the day's lineup.
Country artist Gene Watson has planned a tour in celebration of the 40th anniversary of his Top 5 country single "Farewell Party." The singer's 2019 tour dates begin on Feb. 9 in Alto, N.M., with dates currently scheduled into mid-November. Fans can visit GeneWatsonMusic.com for a full list of stops and ticketing details.