The Boot News Roundup: Midland Plan Electric Rodeo Tour + 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.
This fall, kitschy country trio Midland will head out on the road for their headlining Electric Rodeo Tour. According to a press release, the tour kicks off on Oct. 24 at Tucson, Ariz.'s Valencia Ampitheathre and concludes on Dec. 14 in Springfield, Ill., making stops in Atlanta, Ga.; Washington, DC; and Minneapolis, Minn., among others, in between. Tickets for the tour go on sale on June 22; fans of the band who stream their tunes on Spotify will receive a special pre-sale code in advance of the general onsale date.
Budding philanthropists Chris and Morgane Stapleton have publicly revealed their charitable organization called Outlaw State of Kind. An Instagram post announcing the nonprofit indicates that it will support organizations including Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and VetsAid, the Joe Walsh-backed music festival and nonprofit that raises funds for veterans support charities. According to Taste of Country, the fund was founded in 2016 and is overseen by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee; fans can contribute to the fund via Stapleton's official website.
After canceling several tour dates following the death of his newborn daughter Oakleigh Klover Hayes, Walker Hayes is getting back out on the road. "Walker Hayes will resume his touring schedule beginning June 27, 2018," a post to Hayes' Twitter account reads. "All announced dates are confirmed." Baby Oakleigh was born and passed away on June 6; she was the Hayes' seventh child.
The Taste of Country Music Festival attracted more fans than ever in 2018! Held in Upstate New York on June 8-10, the festival featured performances from Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt, among others, and brought in a record-setting, sellout crowd of more than 70,000 fans across three music-packed days. According to Taste of Country, next year's festival is set for June 7-9, 2019.