The Boot News Roundup: Evan Felker’s Divorce Records Sealed + 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.
As the rumor mill continues to churn around the alleged relationship between Miranda Lambert and Turnpike Troubadours frontman Evan Felker, a judge has agreed to a request from Felker's legal team that records pertaining to his recent divorce from wife Staci be sealed. "Each and every pleading that has been has been used by the tabloid media to exploit the parties," the request, obtained by RadarOnline, reads. "The harm to the privacy of the Respondent, and now the Petitioner, to their public personas and finances and the dangers of unwarranted adverse consequences outweigh the public interest in allowing this material to be accessible from the online public record." Felker and Lambert reportedly started dating in early 2018.
Don Bundy, the father of country artist and actress Laura Bell Bundy, died on June 18. Bundy announced the tragic news in a post to her Instagram account, accompanied by a photo of the singer as a teen with her father: "Papa. I never got enough time with you. Not ever," the emotional post reads. "You used to joke that ‘house guests were like fish ... they started stinking after 3 days ...’ but not you ... I would soak up our time together like a sponge." Don Bundy is survived by his wife Vicki, two daughters, two stepchildren and a number of grandchildren.
In happier news, congratulations are in order for country up-and-comer John King, who welcomed a baby girl to his family on June 19! King announced the arrival of his new bundle of joy, named Scarlett, on Instagram: "Thanks to everyone for the prayers," he writes. "She's perfect." Scarlett is King's first child with wife Hannah; she arrived shortly after her father signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Nashville, according to Taste of Country.
We beg your pardon: Country icon Lynn Anderson has been honored posthumously with a rose garden in Nashville. Housed at the Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home and Memorial Park, the garden surrounds Anderson's final resting place, according to a press release, and features 114 different Lynn Anderson Hybrid Tea Roses -- the largest collection of the flower ever assembled. "We are honored to unveil a permanent memorial to Mom here in Nashville at Woodlawn," says Anderson's daughter Lisa Sutton. "The beauty of this project is that we also brought back the rose, which has been out of commission for almost two decades. [Anderson's hit song] "Rose Garden" changed my mom's life, and it also changed the face and sound of country music."
Texas country icons and BFFs Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers have announced that their Hold My Beer and Watch This Tour will return for its 11th year in 2018. The trek is scheduled to kick off on July 24 in Tyler, Texas, and will make stops across the state and in Oklahoma before concluding in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Aug. 2. Before that, though, the duo will take the stage at Rogers' new music venue / restaurant Chop Shop Live in Roanoke, Texas, for its grand opening.