For fans of The Judds still eagerly awaiting Wynonna Judd's September 30 continuation of the concert tour scheduled before her mother's April 30 passing, a new program streaming on Apple Music Radio -- Hunter Kelly-hosted "Neon Songbook Radio" -- is set to debut on August 13, highlighting the legendary tandem's legacy.
A press release notes "that the eight-part radio series will take listeners on a journey from the early days of the duo’s career in the 1980s all the way to the present day, including the pair’s 2022 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame."
Host Kelly is a self-described Judds fan and expert who had a close friendship with the pair. Via Instagram, he stated the following:
"It's been an honor to have sat down with them over the last few years to get the story of how they made the music that shaped my life. This project began seven years ago over lunch with Naomi Judd brainstorming ways to remind everyone about the groundbreaking brilliance of Judd Music. Now, it's a tribute to Naomi's songwriting talent and iron will as well as a celebration of the creative restlessness I still hear coming through the voice of my favorite singer of all time, Wynonna."
Alongside exclusive Judds content, guests on "Neon Songbook Radio" will include Brandy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Reba McEntire, Bonnie Raitt, and Rissi Palmer, plus Judds collaborators Brent Maher and Don Potter.
Regarding the 11-date, month-long "Final Tour" dates alongside Brandi Carlile, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Ashley McBryde, Trisha Yearwood, and more, Wynonna makes a statement on one of the broadcast's forthcoming, pre-recorded episodes:
"...any given night, I may be absolutely standing victoriously in this state of bliss. And then the next, I'm crying, snotting from my nose. I'm going to literally have Kleenex in my bra. Because my mother always kept the Kleenex in her bra. And I now carry Chapstick in mine. I'm going to have Kleenex and Chapstick. I'm just going to be there, and I'm going to do it because I think the fans, whether it's Kimberly [from Little Big Town] or you mentioned all the names and I'm honored, I just think it's important, Hunter, to do the best you can with what you got. And when I'm not here anymore, someone will hear this and hopefully go, "Well, if she could do it, I can do it." I don't know what else to tell you."
For more information on Apple Music Radio's "Neon Songbook," visit http://apple.co/_NeonSongbook. For more information on The Judds' "The Final Tour" tickets, they are currently on sale via https://www.thejudds.com.
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