The Boot News Roundup: Ronnie Dunn Joining Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame + 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.
Ronnie Dunn of country duo Brooks & Dunn will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, as part of their Class of 2018. Dunn, who is being honored in the songwriter / artist category, is responsible for writing some of the iconic act's biggest hits, including "Boot Scootin' Boogie" and "Neon Moon." He'll officially join the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on Oct. 28, when the organization holds its 48th annual gala; his fellow 2018 inductees include KT Osline, Byron Hill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Joe Melson.
Dierks Bentley has announced the addition of even more acts the lineup for the first-ever Seven Peaks Festival, curated by the country star. In addition to a main stage that will feature performances from Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, Elle King, Lanco and more, the newly announced Whiskey Row Stage will feature performances from up-and-coming country and bluegrass artists, including Cody Canada, Abby Anderson, Brown & Gray and Rapidgrass. Tickets for the festival, set for Labor Day weekend in Buena Vista, Colo., are on sale now.
Country duo Dan + Shay will host a "Tequila Tuesday" street party in Nashville to celebrate their summer. Over the past couple of months, the duo has seen their song "Tequila" become the fourth-most-streamed country song of the year, and their new single "Speechless" was recently the most-added song at country radio. The event, which will benefit the nonprofit organization Musicians on Call, is set to take place on Aug. 14 at the Warner Music Nashville, located at 20 Music Square E. It will feature food trucks, street games and, of course, a performance from Dan + Shay; the festivities are scheduled to kick off at 6PM.
Congratulations are in order for Joy Williams, formerly of the Civil Wars, who recently welcomed a new addition to her family. Williams and husband Nate Yetton announced the arrival of daughter Poppy Lou in an Instagram post on Monday (Aug. 6). "She's here. Poppy Louise. We're so in love with you, Poppy Lou," Williams writes. Baby Poppy is Williams' second child, joining older brother Miles Alexander, who is 6.