The Boot News Roundup: Taylor Swift Booked for ‘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.
On the heels of the release of her new album Lover, Taylor Swift is set to perform on an upcoming episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live. The superstar will be the musical guest on the live sketch comedy TV show's Oct. 5 episode; Swift has both performed on and hosted SNL, but this episode will feature actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge as host. Swift is apparently a fan: "Ever since I saw Fleabag I've been all 'I can't wait to see this woman host @nbcsnl,'" Swift tweeted. "And it's happening now + I get to be there too = I am in shambles."
Just like everyone else in the country, Barack Obama has been listening to Lil Nas X's viral hit "Old Town Road." The former U.S. president shared his summer playlist on Instagram over the weekend, calling out tracks from Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Dobie Gray alongside "Old Town Road." "With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow," Obama writes. "Hope you enjoy."
Country newcomer and Interscope Records artist Dylan Schneider has partnered with Florida Georgia Line's Round Here Records to release a brand-new EP. The four-song project, Whole Town Talk, earned high praise from the chart-topping duo: "We are so excited to get to join Team Dylan to help encourage, support and create opportunities for this amazingly talented artist and writer,” FGL's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley say in a statement. Schneider's Whole Town Talk EP is available for purchase via multiple digital retailers.
Joe Nichols and Joe Diffie will join Bret Michaels on his 2019 Hometown Heroes Tour. Centered around Veteran's Day, the six-date trek kicks off on Nov. 6 in Casper, Wyo., making stops in Iowa and Missouri before concluding on Nov. 11 at Park City, Kan.'s Hartman Arena. At each show, members of the military will be recognized for their service, and a portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit local and national charities.