Republic Live, organizers of the Boots and Hearts Music Festival, confirmed earlier today that country music stars Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, and Thomas Rhett, will be at Canada’s largest music and camping festival for summer 2018. Additional artists on the announcement include Billy Currington, Dallas Smith and Brett Young. Tickets for Boots and Hearts are currently on-sale at www.bootsandhearts.com with general admission tickets priced at $229.99.
“We’re thrilled with our headliner announcement for Boots and Hearts’ seventh year,” said Eva Dunford, Founding Partner, Republic Live. “For fans to see Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett return to our festival, when we’ve all watched their careers skyrocket, it’s a really rewarding experience. These are some of the world’s biggest country music stars and they’re back! Adding to that excitement is Alan Jackson, with his first ever Boots and Hearts performance. This will be Alan’s only Canadian performance for 2018, and it’s such an honour to welcome him to the Boots family. We have no doubt that with more incredible names like Billy Currington, Dallas Smith and Brett Young, plus even more to come, fans are set to experience the absolute best of country music this year at Boots and Hearts.”
About Boots and Hearts
Boots and Hearts is an annual country music festival event produced by Republic Live. It will take place at the custom designed camping and festival grounds at Burl’s Creek this summer from August 9th – 12th. This year’s festival features headliners Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Billy Currington, Dallas Smith and Brett Young. Boots and Hearts has won the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Festival of the Year Award in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and Canadian Music Week 2015 Festival of the Year. All tickets and camping offerings are currently on sale at www.bootsandhearts.com.
“What never grows old? The burning desire of youth to reinvent the world” — so says Forbes, who for seven years now has compiled an annual list of impressive, accomplished, and just plain hustlin’ individuals under the age of 30. The list is customized for a variety of different categories, including music, and it’s that very list that two country artists showed up on.
Maren Morris, 27, was noted by Forbes for her 2015 major label debut, which hit the top of Billboard‘s country albums chart and made it at No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Also lauded was her Grammy nomination for Best New Artist at this year’s ceremony (she lost to Chance the Rapper).
Thomas Rhett, also 27, was duly noted for his money-making skills — a quarter million dollars per night on the road — as well as the performance of his third album, Life Changes, which debuted in September at the top of the Billboard200 (it was the first country album to do so this year).
Morris and Rhett join such standouts as Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Cardi B, Jackie Evancho, Joe Jonas, Bebe Rexha, and Khalid on the outlet’s music class of 2018. Other categories in the feature spanned everything from sports to science to education.
The two artists collaborated on Rhett’s “Craving You,” which hit No. 1 on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts.
“Watching the Cowboys game is such a tradition on Thanksgiving Day,” Rhett said via the team’s official website. “It’s all about being together with family and friends, but this year is going to be a little different for us. I’m pumped that we get to pack up the whole family to go to Dallas for the halftime show … it’s going to be blast and helping do it for a good cause makes it even better.”
As you might expect, the Cowboys are just as excited to welcome Rhett.
“Thomas Rhett is not only a chart-topping country artist, but also a musician whose commitment and passion for philanthropy makes him a great fit to join the Fight for Good and kickoff the Red Kettle Campaign,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, the Cowboys’ executive vice president and chief brand officer who is also the former national advisory chairperson for The Salvation Army. “Every year, The Salvation Army makes a difference in the lives of millions of Americans. We want everyone to know that their donations truly make an impact.”
Rhett’s performance kicks off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign, where donations help provide shelter and food for those in need, as well as Christmas toys for millions of children.
“We are thankful for our partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, whose organization has continually provided us with incredible awareness during our most critical fundraising season,” said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “We celebrate their ongoing support, and what is sure to be a memorable kickoff performance.”
Thomas performed for fans in London, England on November 10th during the first stop in Europe of his Home Team Tour. You can view photos in the gallery from the concert now.
Thomas was joined by his beautiful wife Lauren (seriously how gorgeous did she look?!) as they attended the 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, TN on November 8th. Thomas performed his current single “Unforgettable” in addition to being nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year which he sadly did not win.
You can check out all sorts of photos from the event in the gallery now.
A big thank you to Nikie of Carrie Underwood Fan for donating photos!
Thomas alongside his wife Lauren attended the 65th Annual BMI Country Awards on November 7th. You can find photos from the event in the gallery now.
Following “Star of the Show” and “Craving You,” “Unforgettable” has become Thomas Rhett’s third No. 1 single of 2017, as it ascended to the top of both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay charts this week
The tune marched to No. 1 after just 14 weeks on the charts, making it TR’s fastest rising single. It also marks TR’s ninth career No. 1 single.
“This is a really cool way to kick off CMA week,” said Thomas Rhett. “It’s always a good week because everyone is in town, we all get to see each other, hangout backstage at the show, but to also find out ‘Unforgettable’ is No. one is awesome.”
Thomas Rhett, who is nominated for three CMA Awards, recently announced his headlining Life Changes Tour, which will kick off in 2018.
billboard.com — Thomas Rhett is currently on the road through Nov. 29 for his Home Team Tour — his first headlining tour — but announced today (Oct. 30) that he will also bring his fans live shows in 2018. Beginning April 5 in Tulsa, Okla., Rhett will be on his Life Changes Tour 2018 through Oct. 27.
Rhett is bringing Brett Young, Russell Dickerson, Jillian Jacqueline and Carly Pearce at various points on the road with him as supporting acts throughout the tour. Life Changes, Rhett’s latest album, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, becoming the first country LP to top the chart in 2017.
— Thomas Rhett (@ThomasRhett) October 30, 2017
“Headlining for the first time has been pretty unreal,” Rhett says in a press release. “It’s wild to me that next year we will be launching our second year of headline shows and are bringing out some of my favorite artists in music right now. I think the fans have come to expect that we’re going to be on our feet and having the time of our lives every single night.”
Rhett had a pretty busy 2017, with his first headlining tour, the official adoption of his two-year-old daughter, Willa Gray, and the birth of his daughter, Ada James, and he is showing no signs of slowing down in 2018.
Tickets for Life Changes Tour 2018 will first go on sale this Friday (Nov. 3) at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster. Pre-sale begins Tuesday (Oct. 31) at 10 a.m. local time via Citi’s Private Pass program. For more information, click here.
Danielle Bradbery’s I Don’t Believe We’ve Met boasts a myriad of truly personal songs and “What Are We Doing,” co-penned with Thomas Rhett, is just one example of this authenticity.
The track, co-written by Bradbery, Emily Weisband, Sam Ellis and Rhett while on the Suits and Boots Tour, tells the personal story of a roller coaster relationship, one where the guy is loving his girlfriend one minute — and the next, he’s offering mixed emotions, leading to pain and confusion.
“I personally can relate,” she says with a laugh while explaining the story behind the song. “It’s really cool and it’s real, people go through it. I’ve had my best friends go through it and I did. So it was really cool to write.”
And writing it with Rhett was particularly special. Offering nothing but praise for the country superstar, Bradbery cites Rhett as an older brother figure, one she always enjoys working with and whose bold writing style is one she hopes to emulate.
“He is an amazing songwriter,” she says, saying he brings many quality ideas to the table. “We just had so much fun writing it, which makes it so genuine.”
“What Are We Doing” also finds the young singer stepping out of her comfort zone sound-wise, embodying a bit of an R&B vibe. Rhett made a similar impression on his latest album Life Changes with the EDM-influnced “Leave Right Now,” with Bradbery commenting that she identifies with Rhett’s appreciation for all types of music. “Being in the room with him and just being around him I learn a lot, because he is very ‘this is what I want with my music, this is what I like so that’s what I’m going to do’ and you see it in him,” she praises. “He’s a great person and then he’s just a great artist and entertainer, so I give a lot of credit to him. He’s awesome.”
Thomas Rhett won his first CMA Awards trophy in 2016, beating out Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton and Eric Church to take home Single of the Year, for “Die a Happy Man.” The “Unforgettable” singer, who is nominated in three categories at the 2017 CMA Awards, says his anxiety about the annual event starts long before the actual awards ceremony begins.
“It’s nerve-wracking. It’s really nerve-wracking watching those nominations,” Rhett shared with The Boot and other reporters at a recent media event. “And then, when you actually do get nominated, then all you do is sit there, and you’re like, ‘I’m in the category with him, that means I’m automatically going to lose that award’ … And there are just so many talented people in our genre.”
Still, Rhett says whether he adds another trophy to his shelf after the upcoming CMA Awards or not, he’s definitely already a winner.
“Those awards shows are so fun,” he adds. “And when you do win them, they’re great. But honestly, just to be nominated in those categories is very special as well.”
In addition to his 2017 CMA Awards nominations, Rhett also recently earned an American Music Awards nomination for Favorite Male Artist — Country. He shares the category with Keith Urban and Sam Hunt.
The 2017 CMA Awards are scheduled to air on ABC on Nov. 8, at 8PM ET; the ceremony will take place live at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the ceremony for the 10th year in a row.