TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
Steve Earle was born in 1955.
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JOHNNY CASH TEAMS WITH DAVE MATTHEWS FOR FILM TRACK
Johnny Cash and rocker Dave Matthews are recording a duet, "For You," that may be included on the soundtrack for the upcoming Mel Gibson film "We Were Soldiers." MTV.com reports Cash cut guitar and vocals tracks for the song last Sunday at his home studio in Jamaica. Matthews will add his vocal tracks.
The two met in 1999 when Matthews appeared on the cable television special "An All-Star Tribute to Johnny Cash."
"We Were Soldiers," due out in March, may include music from other country stars. The soundtrack album will be released by Sony.
Cash, meanwhile, is also working on a new album, tentatively titled "American IV," with producer Rick Rubin. The Country Music Hall of Fame member reportedly has completed 10 songs and hopes to be finished by spring.
ALAN JACKSON'S NEW PERSONAL RECORD
"Chattahoochee" stayed at No. 1 for four weeks in 1993. Country.com reports this week Alan Jackson has surpassed his personal best, as "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" spends its fifth consecutive week at No. 1.
Jackson's new album, "Drive," hit stores Tuesday. It contains a studio version of the song and a recording of Jackson's performance Nov. 7 on the Country Music Association awards show.