Country Beat: Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, Lonestar ...

McGraw and Chesney's court case postponed; Rimes adds dates; Lonestar to announce CMA nominees.

The Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America announced Thursday morning (July 20) that they filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Thursday in New York against Scour Inc. (, a Napster-like file-sharing service whose majority shareholder is Hollywood mogul Michael Ovitz. Scour allows users to download high-quality copies of current films, such as "Gladiator" and "X-Men," as well as songs from such artists as Beck, Eminem and Britney Spears. The two entertainment-industry organizations are seeking an injunction, as well as monetary damages, against the service for allegedly distributing copyrighted material. ...

Following a hearing Tuesday (July 18) in Orchard Park, N.Y., the court

case involving Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney has been postponed

for two weeks. The singers, along with McGraw's tour production manager

Mark Russo (who has since resigned to join another firm), were arrested

June 3 when Chesney allegedly attempted to ride away on a police horse

and the other two men interceded between Chesney and the police.

Chesney and McGraw were playing a George Strait Music Festival

performance at Ralph Wilson Stadium near Buffalo, N.Y. ...

LeAnn Rimes has rescheduled a

handful of tour dates after canceling her tour because of a strained

right vocal cord. Her single "I Need You" (

href=",_Leann/I_Need_You.ram">RealAudio excerpt) is at #24 on the Billboard Hot Country

Singles & Tracks chart. Rescheduled tour dates include Sept.

29–30 at Silver Legacy Casino in Reno, Nev.; Oct. 14 at Viejas

Casino in Alpine, Calif.; Oct. 27–29 at Caesars Atlantic City in

Atlantic City, N.J.; and Nov. 17–18 at the Cerritos Center in

Cerritos, Calif. Rimes also will appear at Tiger Jam III, held Oct. 7 in

Las Vegas, to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation. ...

Lonestar and

COLOR="#003163">Lee Ann Womack will announce the nominees for

the 34th annual Country Music Association Awards on Aug. 1 from

Nashville's Adelphia Coliseum. The CMA Awards will air Oct. 4. ...

Portions of Marty Stuart's

performance at the recent Uncle Dave Macon Days festival and an

interview with Stuart will be featured in the PBS TV "American Roots

Music" project, which recognizes pioneers from country, folk, blues,

gospel, Cajun, zydeco and tejano. The Library of Congress, the

Smithsonian Institution, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country

Music Foundation, the Experience Music Project, the National Endowment

for the Arts and PBS are all collaborators in the four-part series,

which will air later this year. Spotlighted music will be available on

CD, DVD and video. ...

Country Music Hall of Famers Kitty

Wells and Little Jimmy

Dickens will headline the first Legends Fest on July 30 at

Buck Lake Ranch in Angola, Ind. Wells skyrocketed to fame and became a

female country pioneer with her 1952 hit "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky

Tonk Angels" (

href="">RealAudio excerpt).

color="#003163">Jack Greene,

Charlie Louvin,

color="#003163">Stonewall Jackson,

color="#003163">Jeanne Pruett and

color="#003163">Johnny Russell also are set to perform.


The documentary "The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack," lensed by folk hero

Ramblin' Jack Elliott's daughter

Aiyana, is gaining more exposure after winning the special jury prize

at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Also screened at the Nashville

Independent Film Festival, the film is the subject of a piece in

Elle magazine's August issue. A photo spread of Elliott and

singer Odetta by photographer Annie

Leibovitz is also planned for the October issue of Vanity Fair.

Additionally, Vanguard will release a soundtrack to the film Aug. 15

with previously unreleased duets by Elliott and Odetta,

color="#003163">Bob Dylan, Johnny

Cash and Woody Guthrie.


Reba McEntire has canceled a July

29 benefit concert in Dodge City, Kan., the Wild Wild West show,

allegedly because of a breach of contract. McEntire's booking agent Rod

Essig told the Dodge City Daily Globe the show organizers, the

charity Piece of a Dream Foundation, failed to pay a July 10 deposit to

the singer. ...

Texas alt-country artist Charlie

Robison is recording material for his sophomore Lucky Dog

album. The set, which includes his singer/songwriter brother

color="#003163">Bruce Robison and

color="#003163">Jim Lauderdale, is scheduled to be released

early next year. ...

Mike Dungan became president of Capitol Nashville,

COLOR="#003163">Garth Brooks' label home, on Monday (July

17). Dungan, a former Arista Nashville executive, replaces Pat Quigley,

who was brought in to market Brooks. After the commercial failure of

Brooks' album Garth Brooks in ... The Life of Chris Gaines,

which included the single "Lost in You" (

HREF=",_Garth/Lost_In_You.ram">RealAudio excerpt), the relationship between Brooks and Quigley

reportedly became strained. Dungan is the fourth Capitol Nashville

president in five years. Capitol's roster also includes:

COLOR="#003163">Trace Adkins, Susan

Ashton, Rodney

Carrington, Deana

Carter, Tyler England,

Chris LeDoux,

COLOR="#003163">Mindy McCready,

COLOR="#003163">Allison Paige,

COLOR="#003163">Cyndi Thomson,

COLOR="#003163">Keith Urban, Steve

Wariner and Tim Wilson.


Texas businessman Ed D'Avanzo sued George

Strait for $2.4 million, claiming the singer, his production

company and his manager are responsible for the failure of pet food

line South Texas Pet Products Inc. D'Avanzo claims the product failed

because Strait would not make appearances to retailers and the public

concerning the line. According to Strait representatives, the artist

gave permission for Strait Nutrition Dog Food to use only his name and

likeness to promote the product. ...

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings,

Jimmie Dale Gilmore,

COLOR="#003163">Kevin Welch, Stacey

Earle, John Cowan and

Judith Edelman are among the many

roots artists appearing at Winterhawk Festival 2000, to be held July

28–30 in Hillsdale, N.Y. The festival's sister event, the 12th

annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, will take place July 21–23,

also in Hillsdale, with performances by Janis

Ian, Patty Larkin,

Eddie From Ohio,

COLOR="#003163">Dar Williams and others. ...

Artist and country historian Marty

Stuart's vintage costume collection is featured in the new

book "Hillbilly Hollywood: The Origins of Country & Western Style" by

Debby Bull. Stuart, whose collaboration with

COLOR="#003163">Earl Scruggs on "Mr. John Henry, Steel

Driving Man" (


excerpt) was nominated for a Grammy, also provides commentary

on the stars and style for this project. ...

Clay Walker's song "The Chain of

Love" will be featured in Clint Eastwood's upcoming film Space

Cowboys, which opens Aug. 4. ... The Dixie

Chicks changed their Nashville performance date from Sept.

17 to Sept. 9, so as not to conflict with

COLOR="#003163">Britney Spears after the pop singer

rescheduled her tour to appear Sept. 17 in Nashville. ...

Sara Evans, a critics' darling for

her rich, traditional sound, is finishing work on her third album,

Born To Fly, to be released Sept. 26 on RCA. An international

version of the project will include the

color="#003163">Martina McBride–produced bonus track

"You," which marks McBride's first production work for another artist.

Evans co-wrote six tracks of the 12-song set, with guest

color="#003163">Bruce Hornsby playing on her cover of "Every

Little Kiss." ...

Lucinda Williams and

COLOR="#003163">Gillian Welch are slated for a tribute to

singer/songwriter Greg Brown. The

set, tentatively titled Driftless, is set for release next year

on Red House. ... Honky-tonkers Trent Summar &

the New Row Mob, whose debut album is due Aug. 8, are among

performers tapped for the second annual convention for indie

distributor RED, held July 19–23 in Southbury, Conn. RED handles

distribution for indie labels from country and gospel to punk and rap.


Powerhouse vocalist Trisha

Yearwood has added dates to her European tour, including

British dates in Manchester, England (Sept. 24), London (Sept. 25),

Birmingham, England (Sept. 26), and a date in Glasgow, Scotland (Sept.

28). ...

— staff report