Blues/Folk Beat: John Hiatt, David Crosby, Amy Ray ...

Documentary to blend interviews, concert footage and some history lessons.

Singer/songwriter

COLOR="#003163">John Hiatt's new

album, Crossing Muddy Waters, will be

released Sept. 26 on Vanguard Records. Besides

regular retail outlets, the all-acoustic album also will

be available online at emusic.com. ...

Arlo

Guthrie,

COLOR="#003163">Willie Nelson, and

Pete

Seeger are just a few of the notable

artists interviewed in

COLOR="#003163">David Crosby's

"Stand and Be Counted," a documentary on music

and activism in the past 40 years. Crosby —

whose "What Are Their Names," off his star-studded

solo album, If I Could Only Remember My

Name, was itself an eloquent call for social

change — said he was surprised that no books

or films have been made about music and political

activism. He began compiling concert footage, news

footage and interviews with prominent artist and

activists. Clips from political benefits, Live Aid, Farm

Aid and the Tibetan Freedom Concert, to name just

a few, will be blended with backstage stories of the

preparations and creation of these type of events.

The documentary also will feature

COLOR="#003163">Joan Baez,

COLOR="#003163">R.E.M.'s

Michael

Stipe and

COLOR="#003163">Peter Gabriel. The

documentary will premiere on the Learning Channel

Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 22 and 23 at 9 p.m.

EDT. ...

The Indigo

Girls' Amy Ray and '60s girl band legend

Ronnie

Spector will be keynote speakers at this

year's Rockrgrl Music Conference in Seattle. The

conference, which celebrates the achievements of

women in the music industry, will be held Nov.

2–4. It will offer three nights of music and

workshops followed by an awards banquet. Visit the

official Web site for more info (www.rockrgrl.com).

...The

Derailers,

COLOR="#003163">Lee Roy Parnell

and Kim

Richey will appear on the July 17 edition

of "Western Beat With Billy Block" on CMT. The

television series is based on Block's radio show

and offers live performances and backstage

interviews. ... Country artists

COLOR="#003163">Keith Urban will be

giving free guitar lessons on the Web next month.

After giving an interview July 30, the Australian

guitarist will post the first of five guitar lessons on

the House of Blues Web site. The rest will follow in

later weeks. For more information visit

www.HOB.com. ...

Lucinda

Williams,

COLOR="#003163">Shawn Colvin and

Sippie Wallacez

are a few of the folkies featured in the Austin,

Texas, exhibit "First Ladies: Texas Women in

Music." Meant to celebrate the contributions of

Texan women from

COLOR="#003163">Janis Joplin to

Selena,

the free exhibit at the Dougherty Arts Center opened

July 5 and will run through Aug. 3. ...

A U.S. District Court has given the green light to a

lawsuit by five black-owned concert promoters

against some of the nation's most prominent white-

owned promoters and agents alleging that concert

bookings in the United States are racially tainted.

Thirty-four companies, including SFX Entertainment,

the William Morris Agency and CAA, attempted to

quash the suit, which alleges that they have a

monopoly over major concert venues that amounts

to a civil rights violation. Judge Robert Patterson

wrote in his ruling "that the booking agency

defendants have not allowed plaintiffs to bid to

promote concerts by any white performers or major

black performers gives rise to a plausible inference

of racially discriminatory intent." …

While Napster CEO Hank Barry is reportedly in talks

with the Recording Industry Association of America

about a settlement in the RIAA's current lawsuit

against his company, he is going forward in testifying

Tuesday (July 11) before the U.S. Senate Judiciary

Committee on the subject "The Future of Digital

Music: Is There an Upside to Downloading?" Barry

contends that his company's software is covered by

the Audio Home Recording Act, which allows

copying of music for noncommercial purposes. He

maintains that Napster is not liable for how people

use the software, citing the Supreme Court's

decision in the 1984 Betamax case. Also appearing

before the committee will be

COLOR="#003163">Metallica drummer

Lars

Ulrich, who has been vocal in his

opposition to the file-sharing software program. …

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.

The 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. …

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: Magic

Slim (July 12); and

COLOR="#003163">Susan Tedeschi

(July 13). Webcasts from the New Orleans Jazz &

Heritage Festival scheduled for this week include:

Juanita

Brooks,

COLOR="#003163">Al Belletto Big Jazz

Band and

COLOR="#003163">Big Bad Voodoo

Daddy (July 11);

COLOR="#003163">Los Babies del

Merengue,

COLOR="#003163">Irie Dawtas and

Liquid

Soul (July 12);

COLOR="#003163">Cascabulho and the

Revealers,

COLOR="#003163">George Porter Jr.

and Runnin'

Pardners (July 13); and

COLOR="#003163">Jamal Batiste,

Bruce Daigrepont

Cajun Band and

COLOR="#003163">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

COLOR="#003163">Soul Stirrers, in

which he succeeded

COLOR="#003163">Sam Cooke, plus

Stax hits and other recordings made throughout his

career. ...

A long-awaited video from blues guitarist

COLOR="#003163">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

COLOR="#003163">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

COLOR="#003163">Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler

Mark

O'Connor, and bassist

COLOR="#003163">Edgar Meyer's April

performance at New York's Avery Fisher Hall. Also

featured in the video, performing

COLOR="#003163">Stephen Foster

compositions, are

COLOR="#003163">James Taylor doing

"Hard Times Come Again No More" and

COLOR="#003163">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

COLOR="#003163">Pete Seeger,

Arlo

Guthrie,

COLOR="#003163">Slaid Cleaves and

Jimmy

LaFave. Browne also will 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

COLOR="#003163">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,

COLOR="#003163">Bob Dylan,

Woody

Guthrie and

COLOR="#003163">Odetta. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report