TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Mon., March 4)
Betty Jack Davis was born in 1932.
John Duffey, a founding member of the Country Gentlemen, was born in 1934.
Scotty Stoneman died at age 40 in 1973.
The Loretta Lynn film biopic "Coal Miner's Daughter" premiered in Nashville in 1980.
George Jones married Nancy Sepulveda in 1983.
Garth Brooks received seven nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1991.
Minnie Pearl died at age 83 in 1996.
MUSIC AND MORE
JAMIE, WILLIE AND LEE ANN SING TO BROADCASTERS
Jamie O'Neal was the main attraction at last Friday's ASCAP luncheon at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. CMT.com reports the singer repeatedly thanked the audience of radio programmers for playing her songs as she pranced and vamped through a generous sampling of pop-flavored tunes from her debut album, "Shiver."
Mercury Records labelmate Mark Wills joined O'Neal for the duet "I'm Not Gonna Do Anything Without You," a cut that appears on his "Loving Every Minute" album.
Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack wrapped up the show by performing Nelson's current single, "Mendocino County Line."
COUNTRY GUYS SALUTE ZZ TOP
Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and Dwight Yoakam are among the male country artists who'll salute Texas rockers ZZ Top on an upcoming album, "Sharp Dressed Men: A Tribute to ZZ Top." The album is due to hit stores May 7, CMT.com reports.
Willie Nelson sings "She Loves My Automobile," Brad Paisley does "Sharp Dressed Man" and Lonestar draws "Gimme All Your Lovin'." Also participating: Hank Williams Jr., Hank Williams III, Trace Adkins, Tracy Byrd, Kenny Chesney, Andy Griggs, Phil Vassar, The Warren Brothers and Montgomery Gentry.
Last Thursday, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard backed several country acts at RLG's annual General Jackson riverboat concert. The Texas rock trio paired with Brooks & Dunn Sunday for a taping of "CMT Crossroads," a monthly series that explores the intersection of country and other musical genres through live performances and interviews. The episode will air on CMT April 21.
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Jimmy Buffett is among the top attractions scheduled to appear at the 33rd annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The event is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, April 26, 27, 28, and Thursday through Sunday, May 2, 3, 4, 5, and will again be held at the Fair Grounds Race Course.
(Web site: nojazzfest.com)
(Thanks to UPI's John Swenson in New York)
HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN
Hot Club of Cowtown is on the road. The tour kicked off last Thursday in Austin, Texas.
March 6: The Sutler, Nashville TN
March 8: Canal St. Tavern, Dayton OH
March 9: On Broadway, Springfield IL
March 14: Rhythm Room, Phoenix AZ
March 15: Boulevard Music, Culver City CA
March 16: Hanford Fox Theatre, Hanford CA
March 17: Palms Playhouse, Davis CA
March 20: Freight and Salvage, Berkeley CA
March 23: Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, Santa Clarita CA
March 24: Jimmy Duke House Concert, Lakeside CA
April 6: Paramount Theatre, Austin TX (Johnny Gimble Tribute)
April 10-13: Top of the Senator, Toronto, Canada
April 19: Pittsburgh Film Makers, Pittsburgh PA
April 20: Happy Days Visitor Center, Boston Heights OH
April 22: Woodsongs Radio Show, Lexington KY
May 17: Palace Arts Theatre, Grapevine TX
June 28: Heritage Days, Macomb IL
June 29-30: Westfest, Colorado Springs CO
July 4: Osh Kosh Sawdust Days, Osh Kosh WI (Menomine Park Historical Stage)
July 10: West Whately Chapel, West Whatley MA
July 11: Festival on the Green, Middlebury VT (Downtown Stage)
July 27: Larry Fest, Rockton WI
July 28: Wisconsin Opry, Baraboo WI
July 29: Rainbow Summer, Downtown Stage, Milwaukee WI
Aug. 3: Riverfolk Festival, Manchester MI
Aug. 16: Georgia Mtn. Fair, Hiawassee GA
Aug. 23-24: Center for the Arts, Arvada CO (w/ Asleep at the Wheel)
Sept.7-8: Westfest, Union IL
Dec. 13: Irving Arts Center, Irving TX