Country Beat: Lyle Lovett, LeAnn Rimes, Kenny Rogers ...

Lovett scores upcoming Robert Altman film; Rimes opens kids' hospital gym.

Texas singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett, whose hits include the Grammy-nominated "That's Right (You're Not From Texas)" (RealAudio excerpt), is scoring the soundtrack for Robert Altman's next film, "Dr. T and His Women," which stars Richard Gere and Helen Hunt. Lovett is joined by an all-star acoustic band featuring Sam Bush, Jon Randall, Viktor Krauss and Mile Auldridge among others. In addition to composing the score, Lovett will contribute three songs to the soundtrack. The film is due in the fall. ...

LeAnn Rimes, along with her record label Curb and Country Music Television, is establishing the LeAnn Rimes Adventure Gym at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville. The facility will provide therapeutic rehabilitation for children with developmental disorders. ...

The life and career of veteran entertainer Kenny Rogers, who recently enjoyed his 22nd #1 hit, "Buy Me a Rose," will be chronicled throughout July on CMT's weekly "CMT Showcase." Rogers will give fans a preview of his upcoming album (due this fall) by performing the new song "Beautiful" on the show. ...

Martina McBride kicks off the weekly Opry matinee series on Tuesday (June 20) at 3 p.m. EDT with Loretta Lynn and Little Jimmy Dickens. The summer matinees run through Aug. 8. ...

Charley Pride and the late Faron Young have been elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. They'll be inducted during the telecast Oct. 4 of the Country Music Association's Awards show. Pride has had 67 country hits, including such trademark songs as "Is Anybody Going to San Antone." Young, who committed suicide in 1996, charted 89 country hits, including the Willie Nelson song "Hello Walls." ...

The Recording Industry Association of America has certified Garth Brooks' Double Live at 13-times platinum, resulting from 6.5 million sales of the two-CD set. That matches the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's Live 1975–1985 as the biggest-selling live album in history. This also brings Brooks' total RIAA certifications to 100 million, more than any other solo artist in American music history. ...

Singer/songwriter Radney Foster is enlisting friends to join him June 22 for an in-the-round concert at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe to benefit Tennessee's Caney Fork River. Foster, an avid fly fisherman, has signed up fellow angler and hit singer/songwriter Marcus Hummon (who wrote the Dixie Chicks' "Cowboy, Take Me Away") and some surprise guests to join him for the event, which

will be broadcast live on WSM/AM. ... Kathy Mattea will perform with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra on July 7 at the Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville. ... Pam Tillis, Eric Heatherly and Sons of the Desert will open for Dwight Yoakam on July 1 at AmSouth Amphitheatre in Nashville. ...

Singer Reba McEntire may be tapped to replace Bernadette Peters as Annie Oakley in a revival of "Annie Get Your Gun." McEntire would take over the role in January. The country singer is no stranger to acting — she sketched her life story in Broadway musical-style on her recent Songwriter's Diary tour and is scheduled for the upcoming film "One Night at McCool's." Peters leaves the musical in August, and an understudy will fill the role until January. ...

Country group Ricochet — who made their name with the hit "Daddy's Money" (RealAudio excerpt) — will spend some of their own in sponsoring a NASCAR Winston 500 qualifying day on Oct. 13 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The race will take place Oct. 15. Members of Ricochet are huge racing fans. ...

The "Chevrolet Bluegrass Night at the Ryman" weekly summer series kicks off Tuesday (June 20) and runs through Aug. 15 at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The first show features Out of the Woodwork, with a lineup that includes Byrds founder Chris Hillman, Tony Rice, Larry Rice and Herb Pedersen. ...

The Mavericks have removed themselves from Mercury Nashville's roster. A spokesman for the group said they're going to consider other options for a new band-album deal and a solo album project by lead singer Raul Malo. The Mavericks' first four albums, beginning with 1992's From Hell to Paradise, were on MCA Nashville. After the PolyGram/Universal merger, they moved to Mercury Nashville — considered a more progressive label — and released last year's Super Colossal Smash Hits of the '90s on that label. Although their final three MCA albums were top-10 sellers, Super Colossal peaked at #45 in Billboard. ...

Buddy and Julie Miller will appear on Acoustic Cafe the week of June 26. ...

Jimmie Dale Gilmore will play the July 14 taping of Mountain Stages Radio Show in Showshoe, W.Va., with Lil' Band o' Gold and John Wesley Harding.

— sonicnet.com staff report


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