Blues/Folk Beat: Jimmie Vaughan, Judy Collins, Shannon Curfman …

Blues guitarist accepts invitation to play Republican National Convention.

Blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan and his Tilt-A-Whirl Band will perform at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 1 in Philadelphia. The
Grammy-winning Texan is no stranger to presidential festivities or the
Bush family. At the 1988 presidential inauguration, Vaughan, his late brother Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bo Diddley and Frank Sinatra performed for George Bush, father of 2000 hopeful George W. Bush. …

Judy Collins‘ Wildflower Records has given Navarre Corp. an exclusive distribution deal. The corporation, which also secured distribution rights for singer/songwriter Richard Marx and Blood, Sweat & Tears drummer Bobby Colby‘s Signal 21 Records, will release Judy Collins: Live at Wolf Trap on Oct. 24. The live album celebrates the singer’s 20th performance at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. The performance will be taped and air on PBS in December. …

Blues girl Shannon Curfman has confirmed that she will perform at Farm Aid 2000, set for Sept. 17 in Bristow, Va. The teen with the full-grown voice, whose debut release, Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions, is turning heads in the music world, will perform alongside such veteran artist/activists as Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp. For more information, check www.farmaid.org. …

Folk-pop singer/songwriter Jewel, whose 1995 debut album, Pieces of You, has sold more than 11 million copies, will make a rare live appearance in her former home of San Diego when she headlines the San Diego Street Scene on Sept. 8. Among the 100-plus acts appearing at the 17th annual event, held Sept. 8–10 in the city’s Gaslamp Quarter, will be bluesmen Bobby Rush and Robert Cray, the Richard Thompson Band and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals. An avid horsewoman, Jewel also will sing at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Show Jumping competition, Aug. 4 in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. …

Steve Earle‘s latest commercial and critical success, Transcendental Blues, is available in import versions from Canada and the UK that come with a bonus CD. The second disc includes four live tracks — “Copperhead Road,” “The Galway Girl,” “Last Ramble” and “I Feel Alright” — recorded at this year’s South by Southwest Convention with Earle’s backing band, the Dukes. A Japanese pressing of the album includes a cover of Nirvana‘s “Breed.” … Earle and Sheryl Crow, meanwhile, will be performing the Chambers Brothers‘ “Time Has Come Today” Aug. 2 on the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” The two recently recorded the tune for the soundtrack to “Steal This Movie,” about ’60s activist Abbie Hoffman. … Crow and Don Henley will perform with Stevie Nicks at a benefit for the American Heart Association on Sept. 23 in Phoenix. …

The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) hosts World of
Bluegrass Week, which includes the industry’s Trade Show, International
Bluegrass Music Awards and the Bluegrass Fan Fest, Oct. 16–22 in Louisville,
Ky. More than 20,000 people from all over the United States and a dozen foreign
countries are expected. Artists slated to play include the Del McCoury Band,
the Johnny Staats Project, IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Jerry & Tammy Sullivan, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage and Blue Highway. …

Songwriting legend Paul Simon is releasing his first album in three years, You’re the One, on Warner Bros. The disc’s 11 tracks include the song “Darling Lorraine,” described in an interview with the New Yorker magazine in May. The album, due in late September or early October, will be followed up with a North American tour. According to the singer’s spokesman, the album is Simon’s most sophisticated to date and will be more guitar-heavy than his recent albums Graceland or The Rhythm of the Saints.

Paul Pena will release a 27-year-old album, New Train, on Hybrid Recordings, on Sept. 26. The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who is now terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, originally recorded the album in 1973 with help from Jerry Garcia, Merle Saunders and R&B greats the Persuasions. One especially noteworthy track on the album is Pena’s “Jet Airliner,” which was a big hit for the Steve Miller Band in the ’70s. …

Rockabilly’s Lee Rocker will be hitting the road next month to promote his latest album, Lee Rocker — Live. Rocker, one of the founding members of the Stray Cats, will play shows in Long Beach, Calif. (Aug. 4 and 26); Austin, Texas (Aug. 10); Dallas (Aug. 11); Little Rock, Ark. (Aug. 12); and Fayetteville, Ark. (Aug. 13). …

Alligator Records has announced the creation of Alligator Radio Online, in collaboration with RadioWave.com. The label, which is home to blues artists Koko Taylor, Shemekia Copeland and Corey Harris, recently relaunched the site in an effort to make it more interactive for music fans. The new radio station will offer nonstop streaming radio, artist bios and links to online music retailers. Check out http://www.alligator.com. …

A tribute exhibit to guitar god Jimi Hendrix is slated to open Sept. 12 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. The exhibit is the result of a collaboration between the museum and Experience Hendrix, the Hendrix family’s organization, which strives to preserve the memory of his music. The exhibit also will coincide with the 30-year anniversary of the guitarist’s death and the release of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, a four-CD box set containing previously unreleased material. The exhibit will feature Hendrix’s original drawings, clothing and even a couch and stereo he once owned. A permanent addition to the museum will be a 3-D theater specially built to show footage of Hendrix. The footage was taken from the film “Jimi Hendrix: Live at the Isle of Wight,” directed by Murrey Lerner. The film will be shown on PBS later this fall. …

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Bonnie Raitt hosted a blues workshop for children Sunday (July 23) at the Hollywood Bowl in an effort to build inner-city kids’ appreciation of music. Raitt spent the afternoon teaching 200 students about world and blues music and invited them to watch performances by Alvin Youngblood Hart and Koko Taylor afterward. …

The Third Annual Native American Music Awards, scheduled for Nov. 11 in Albuquerque, N.M., will feature performances by Jackson Browne, John Trudell, Robert Mirabal, Mary Youngblood and Kevin Locke. Mirabal also will be featured in “The Painted Cave,” a PBS special to be filmed Sept. 21–22 in Albuquerque. …

The Incredible String Band, All About Eve and the Unprofessionals are only a few of the more than 12 bands playing at Fairport Convention‘s annual festival in Cropredy, Oxfordshire, England. The event, running Aug. 10–12, will feature music, food and camping. … Kelly Willis announced at a recent “Austin City Limits” taping that she and her singer/songwriter husband, Bruce Robison, are expecting their first child this fall. The couple plans to limit tour dates to the Austin, Texas, area, where they live, and Willis said she intends to concentrate on her songwriting. … Slaid Cleaves, Paul Glasse and Eliza Gilkyson will perform Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31–Sept. 3) at the Kerrville Wine and Music Festival at Quiet Valley Ranch in Kerrville, Texas. …

— sonicnet.com staff report