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.

The ABC Season 2 finale of American Idol will be packed with performances from country stars. Idol judge Luke Bryan will perform an as-yet-unnamed song with Top 5 contestant Laci Kaye Booth, according to a press release, and will also play new single "Knockin' Boots." The finale, which will air Sunday night (May 19), will also feature performances from former Idol winner Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi and Kane Brown, as well as a number of non-country artists.

Congratulations are in order for Hayes Carll and Allison Moorer, who tied the knot on Sunday (May 12)! The couple announced their surprise nuptials in a pair of nearly identical, swooning Instagram posts on Monday (May 13). "I'm so happy to say that @1allisonmoorer and I made it official yesterday," Carll wrote. "Dreams do come true." The couple has been together since 2016, following Moorer's split with her ex-husband, singer-songwriter Steve Earle.

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Country a cappella five-piece Home Free have announced plans for a brand-new album. Titled Dive Bar Saints, the 12-track project will feature original songs paired with covers of classics such as Vince Gill's "Go Rest High on That Mountain" and John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads." The album is due out on July 26 and will be available for pre-order starting on May 17.

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