The Boot News Roundup: Darius Rucker Performing at 2020 Daytona 500 + 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.
Darius Rucker is set to perform just before the checkered flag waves at the 2020 Daytona 500. According to a press release, the country star and Hootie & the Blowfish frontman will sing ahead of the annual NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 16.
Lovebirds Carly Pearce and Michael Ray will perform at the 2020 St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon, set for April 25. Ray and Pearce will celebrate with race finishers and their supporters at the Finish Line Festival, which will be held outside Nashville's Nissan Stadium. "The energy at the track is always electric," Rucker says in a statement. "We're looking forward to performing for the awesome race fans."
Kane Brown, Dan + Shay and Toby Keith will headline Country Jam 2020. The annual four-day festival, set for June 18-21 at Jam Ranch in Grand Junction, Colo., will also feature performances from more than a dozen different beloved country acts, including Jo Dee Messina, Blanco Brown, Dustin Lynch, Clay Walker and more, including some to-be-announced acts. Tickets to Country Jam 2020 go on sale on Thursday (Dec. 5) at 10AM MT via CountryJam.com.
Tanya Tucker, the Head and the Heart and Jade Bird are set to perform at the 33rd annual Old Settler's Music Festival in Texas. Set for April 16-19 in the tiny town of Tilmon, the festival will also feature performances from Molly Tuttle, American Aquarium, Steep Canyon Rangers, Charley Crockett and the Travelin' McCourys, among other artists. More acts will be announced in the coming months, and fans can score tickets via the fest's official website.
Also in Darius Rucker news, the singer will perform at an Ohio high school next year to raise money for kids in need. Per Taste of Country, Rucker is set to play at Elder High School in Price Hill, Ohio, on May 7, alongside the Bronson Arroyo Band. Rucker will also be joined by Minnesota Vikings player Kyle Rudolph, who will host the event, the funds from which will be used to help the school build a new fitness center, provide scholarships to students and support Kids2Camp, an organization that sends disadvantage and disabled youth to summer camp. Tickets for the show are on sale now.