Blues/Folk Beat: Lead Belly, Lucinda Williams, Cowboy Junkies ...

Smithsonian Folkways offers hundreds of albums in Liquid Audio format; Canadian band to release first live album.

Lead Belly's Where Did You Sleep Last Night, Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs, Lucinda Williams' Ramblin', and material by blues great Lightnin' Hopkins are among the 272 albums that Smithsonian Folkways has made available for purchase, at $1.49 a track, in Liquid Audio format. Smithsonian Folkways' Web site is: web2.si.edu/folkways/news.htm …

Canada's Cowboy Junkies are planning to release their first live album this fall, featuring tracks recorded during their 1999 North American tour. The album, to be titled Waltz Across America, will be available only at maplemusic.com. …

The House of Blues chain of nightclubs has announced a promotion in which winners will be given an all-access pass good through the end of the year at any of the 22 HOB-operated nightclubs, arenas or amphitheaters. Between them, the various venues are scheduled to host more than 4,000 shows by year's end. There will be 50 winners, with a new one announced daily through Aug. 30. Fans can register for the contest at hob.com. …

On Friday (July 7), discjockey.com is webcasting a Hampton Beach, N.H., set by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, to be followed on July 12 by a video interview with Shepherd and singer Noah Hunt. A contest on the official Shepherd Web site, www.kwsband.com, is offering the winner two round-trip tickets to Louisville, Ky., plus accommodations and tickets to see the band, along with Tonic and G Love & Special Sauce, playing at the Jim Beam distillery on Aug. 12. The contest closes July 11. ...

Coming up on the Web this week from the recent Bishopstock festival in Britain are live-performance webcasts from the following artists, available at virtuetv.com: Charlie Musselwhite (July 7); Taj Mahal (July 10); Paul Lamb (July 11); Magic Slim (July 12); and Susan Tedeschi (July 13). Webcasts from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival scheduled for this week include: Anders Osborne and Better Than Ezra (July 7); Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and the Allman Brothers (July 10); Juanita Brooks, Al Belletto Big Jazz Band and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (July 11); Los Babies del Merengue, Irie Dawtas and Liquid Soul (July 12); Cascabulho and the Revealers, George Porter Jr. and Runnin' Pardners (July 13); and Jamal Batiste, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band and C.J. Chenier and the Red Louisiana Band (July 14). All shows start at 4 p.m. PDT. ...

Recordings spanning the career of the late singer Johnnie Taylor, who died May 31 at age 62, will be compiled for a three-CD box set, titled Lifetime, to be released at year's end on the legendary Memphis, Tenn., Stax label. The collection will include Taylor's early gospel recordings with the Soul Stirrers, in which he succeeded Sam Cooke, plus Stax hits and other recordings made throughout his career. ...

A long-awaited video from blues guitarist Johnny Winter will feature his searing play from stages ranging from the original Woodstock festival in 1969 to more recent appearances at New York's Madison Square Garden. The video, which will include footage of such Winter cohorts as B.B. King and Jonny Lang, is expected to be ready for release by the end of this year. The project is in its final editing stage, Winter's management said, and will be available through Internet and video outlets. ...

Also coming to video is Appalachian Journey Live In Concert, a recording of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Mark O'Connor, and bassist Edgar Meyer's April performance at New York's Avery Fisher Hall. Also featured in the video, performing Stephen Foster compositions, are James Taylor doing "Hard Times Come Again No More" and Alison Krauss' rendition of "Slumber My Darling." The video is scheduled for release Aug. 15 from Sony. ...

Jackson Browne will perform at the Woody Guthrie Free Folk Music Festival in Okemah, Okla., a benefit for the Woody Guthrie Foundation July 12-16. Also on the bill are Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Slaid Cleaves and Jimmy LaFave. Browne will also do a solo acoustic show July 12 at the Crystal Theatre for the festival. ... Willie Nelson's Fourth of July picnic at South Park Meadows in Austin, Texas, drew 11,000 fans, who heard, among other things, the country legend jamming with blues upstart Susan Tedeschi. ...

Vanguard will release an 18-song album Aug. 15 to complement the documentary "The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack," which chronicles the life of folk stalwart Ramblin' Jack Elliott. His daughter Aiyana produced the film, which nabbed the special jury prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival and recently was screened at the Nashville Independent Film Festival with Elliott in attendance. The set includes never-before-released duets between Elliott and Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Odetta. ...

Asleep at the Wheel will be country headliner on Delbert McClinton's next blues cruise. His Sandy Beaches Cruise VII departs Jan. 7 from Port Canaveral, Fla., for seven days in the Caribbean on an ocean liner. Also performing will be John Hiatt, Marcia Ball, the Derailers, Stephen Bruton, Al Anderson, Bonnie Bramlett, Bekka Bramlett and others. Details are available at delbert.com. ...

To benefit the Walden Woods project, an organization founded by Don Henley of the Eagles in 1990 to preserve land in Concord and Lincoln, Mass., a new, six-string Takamine guitar autographed by all five members of the Eagles is up for auction on the Walden Woods Project Web site (www.walden.org/project/amazon) and at Amazon.com. Bids for the guitar are approaching $6,000. The organization also is auctioning Henley-autographed drumsticks and drumhead, a press kit and other items that will be personalized to the eventual high bidders. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report