The Boot News Roundup: Mumford & Sons to Play ‘SNL’ + 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.
Folksy foursome Mumford & Sons are set to make their third appearance on Saturday Night Live in early December. The band announced via Twitter that they will take the hallowed New York City stage on Dec. 8; Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa is the evening's host. SNL airs on NBC.
Dan + Shay will headline a concert benefiting victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pa., in October. The country duo will headline the Concert for Unity, set for Dec. 2 at Pittsburgh's Byham Theatre, not too far away from Dan Smyers' hometown of Wexford. FRZY and the Andy Davis Band are also set to perform at the show, the proceeds of which will help the synagogue pay for repairs as it prepares to reopen.
Mitchell Tenpenny is preparing to embark on a 12-city tour in celebration of his major-label debut album. The artist will head out on his Telling All My Secrets release tour on Dec. 8, kicking off the series of dates in Rome, Ga. He'll stop in Illinois, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia before concluding the tour on Feb. 1 in Denver, Colo., at The Grizzly Rose.
Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, and Miranda Lambert with the Pistol Annies will headline the 2019 Country Thunder festival in Alberta, Canada. Set for Aug. 16-18, the event will also feature performances from Terri Clark, Jimmie Allen, Jordan Davis, the Hunter Brothers, Lauren Alaina and Roots & Boots, a trio comprised of '90s country stalwarts Collin Raye, Aaron Tippin and Sammy Kershaw.
Kacey Musgraves is headed Down Under! Musgraves will take her Oh, What a World Tour to four cities in Australia and New Zealand: She'll start in Brisbane on May 10 and make stops in Sydney and Melbourne, before concluding in Auckland on May 17. It's Musgraves' first-ever headlining tour in Australia and New Zealand.
Ben Morrison of Americana act the Brothers Comatose has announced his debut solo EP. According to a press release, the project will be recorded "analog-style to 2" tape" at San Francisco's Tiny Telephone Studios. “My vision for this project is to explore the fringes of the music I've been writing that I wasn't able to explore fully with a string band," Morrison says. "I've been working on lots of songs with different grooves -- slow groovy crooner tunes and some uptempo rockers." Titled 25 Miles, the disc is the first of two EPs that Morrison plans to release in 2019, and is set to hit shelves on March 1 via AntiFragile Records.