TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
Harold Morrison was born in 1931.
Jeanne Pruett was born in 1937.
Norma Jean was born in 1938.
Jerry Bradley, son of Owen Bradley and former head of RCA Records' Nashville office, was born in 1940.
Kris Kristofferson won an award from the Nashville Songwriters Association in 1971.
Rockabilly pioneer Warren Smith died at age 46 in 1980.
MUSIC AND MORE
FAN FAIR 2002
Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and George Jones are among the more than 50 artists who'll be at Fan Fair 2002, being held June 13-16 in Nashville. Also confirmed are Martina McBride, Vince Gill and Brooks & Dunn, country.com reports.
This year's event will again include daily concerts at Riverfront Park, evening label shows at Adelphia Coliseum and autograph booths at the Nashville Convention Center.
Confirmed to play coliseum shows are Jessica Andrews, Kenny Chesney, Diamond Rio, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, Jamie O'Neal, SHeDAISY, Keith Urban and Lee Ann Womack. Also appearing during the festival: Trace Adkins, Chris Cagle, Tammy Cochran, Billy Ray Cyrus, Joe Diffie, Pat Green, Andy Griggs, Steve Holy, Tracy Lawrence, Lonestar, Lila McCann, Neal McCoy, Mark McGuinn, Rascal Flatts, Collin Raye, Blake Shelton, Cyndi Thomson, Trick Pony, Phil Vassar and Mark Wills.
(Tickets, ranging in price from $145 to $100 for adults, are available through fanfair.com or by calling 866-326-3247.)
Sara Evans is working on a follow-up to her "Born to Fly" album. "We're going to kind of work on (the new album) all year and take our time with it," she tells CMT News. "We tracked some new songs, and I've been writing. In my mind, I'm really excited about the new record, but 'Born to Fly' just came alive, really."
Evans will tour three months with Kenny Chesney, then turn her attention to her husband Craig Schelske's campaign for a congressional seat in Oregon. The couple has homes in Nashville and Aumsville, Ore.
MORE NEW ALBUM NEWS
-- Steve Earle's 1986 debut album is being reissued as "Guitar Town (Expanded Edition)." Country.com reports that it includes new liner notes by Earle as well as an added track -- Earle's live version of Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper," recorded on Earle's 1986 "Guitar Town" tour. To commemorate the release, Earle and the original musicians from the album will re-create "Guitar Town" onstage at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 6.
-- Deryl Dodd has recovered from a severe bout with encephalitis and is out with a new album, "Pearl Snaps." The former Martina McBridge guitarist wrote several of the songs on the CD, which also includes covers of Jamie Hartford's "Good Things Happen" and Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown."
-- Paul Brewster, guitarist for Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder, makes his solo debut with "Everybody's Talkin'." It includes original Brewster compositions as well as traditional bluegrass works such as Bill Monroe's "Kentucky Waltz." Guests artists on the disc include Dolly Parton, Lee Ann Womack and Skaggs.
STARS HELP SAVE HEART ATTACK VICTIMS
A project to provide heart defibrillator units in various parts of the Nashville International Airport (BNA) is gaining momentum with the help of several country music stars. The airport confirms that local artists are attaching their names to the units, by helping to sponsor the expensive devices. Among those who now have "memorial" defibrillators at the facility are Garth Books, Charlie Daniels, Loretta Lynn and Wynonna. The sponsors of the project -- the folks at the Start-A-Heart charity -- say they hope to get as many as 30 stars to pitch in and help. Each sponsor has a plaque recognizing the contribution placed next to the units, which can restart a heart through the use of an electrical shock.
(Thanks to UPI Feature Reporter Dennis Daily)