Country Beat: Emmylou Harris, Kevin Welch, Fan Fair ...

Harris to lead anti-land-mine tour; Welch performs at censored songs concert; Fan Fair to move site.

Emmylou Harris' anti-land-mine campaign tour this year will also include artists Steve Earle, Bruce Cockburn, John Prine, Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Scheduled dates are Dec. 2 in Stamford, Conn.; Dec. 3 in Ottawa, Ontario; Dec. 4 in Toronto, Ontario; Dec. 5 in Burlington, Vt.; and Dec. 6 in Providence, R.I. ...

Kevin Welch, Walter Egan, Andrew Gold, Greg Trooper, Amy Rigby, Matraca Berg, Billy Burnette and Steve Forbert will be among artists taking part Tuesday night (July 25) at Nashville's Bluebird Café in the annual Freedom Sings concert. The event, put on jointly by the Bluebird with the First Amendment Center, features songs that have been censored or banned in history. ...

Rapper Coolio has recorded a version of "The Gambler" with Kenny Rogers. ...

Fan Fair 2001 will be moved from the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to Nashville's Adelphia Colisum. Artists' booths will be at the Nashville Convention Center in downtown Nashville. The event will be staged June 14–17. ...

Mike Robertson Management and Ken Levitan's Vector Management will merge their country operations on Sept. 1. Robertson's clients include BlackHawk and Shannon Brown; Vector's country artists include Lyle Lovett and the Warren Brothers. ...

Actor/musician Jeff Bridges has recorded a duet of Johnny Cash's "Ring Of Fire" with Nashville singer/songwriter Kim Carnes. The duet will be on the soundtrack to Bridges' upcoming film, "The Contender." ...

Country-pop singer B.J. Thomas, who sang the 1969 hit "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (RealAudio excerpt), has won his second royalty court battle. Nashville's Gusto Records label owner Gayron "Moe" Lytle must now pay Thomas, along with surviving members of 1960s pop group the Shirelles, Hank Ballard and Gene Pitney, $1.2 million in damages for lost international royalties. These artists already won a suit against Lytle in 1990 over domestic royalties. ...

Rosanne Cash is working on a book to be called "Songs Without Rhyme," which will contain prose by songwriters Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Marc Cohn, Loudon Wainwright, Suzanne Vega, Johnny Cash and Paula Cole. ...

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" (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 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" (RealAudio excerpt). Jack Greene, Charlie Louvin, Stonewall Jackson, Jeanne Pruett and 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, 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 Bruce Robison and Jim Lauderdale, is scheduled to be released early next year. ... Mike Dungan became president of Capitol Nashville, 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" (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: Trace Adkins, Susan Ashton, Rodney Carrington, Deana Carter, Tyler England, Chris LeDoux, Mindy McCready, Allison Paige, Cyndi Thomson, Keith Urban, Steve Wariner and Tim Wilson. ...

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, 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, Dar Williams and others. ...

Earl Scruggs on "Mr. John Henry, Steel Driving Man" (RealAudio excerpt) was nominated for a Grammy, also provides commentary on the stars and style for this project. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report