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Folk legend diagnosed with Lyme disease.

Pete Seeger's wife announced this week that her husband has been diagnosed with Lyme disease. The severity of the 81-year-old musician's condition has not yet been determined, but the disease typically can be treated with antibiotics. According to a report by the Associated Press, Seeger does not plan to cancel any performance commitments. ...

Folk singer Tom Rush will be hosting and playing a few songs at a Club 47 concert and talent competition Oct. 7 at the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. The seven performers had to audition for the concert and will be compete for an all-expenses-paid trip to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, where they will get to play at Rush's birthday bash. Songwriters performing at the Club 47 show include Carl Cacho, Eric Gerber and Christopher Williams. The Club 47 series showcases up-and-coming songwriters and performers, and in the past has included Nanci Griffith, Alison Krauss and Mark O'Connor. ...

Blues legends Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King and Buddy Guy are featured in the book "Rollin' and Tumblin': The Postwar Blues Guitarists," edited by Jas Obrecht. The tome is a collection of profiles and interviews with post–World War II blues musicians. Besides profiling well-known musicians, the work covers artists — such as Magic Sam — whose careers never quite took off but who nonetheless played an important role in the development of guitar playing and blues music that would come to influence such rock artists as the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. ...

Singer/songwriter Peter Case is scheduled to be online for a House of Blues/Yahoo! chat at 5 p.m. PDT Wednesday (Aug. 30). ... James Taylor will perform along with *NSync and Britney Spears at this year's Rock in Rio, which will run Jan. 12–21. ... Kris Kristofferson will be appearing in the film "The Wooley Boys," which begins shooting next month in North Dakota. The film also stars Peter Fonda. ... Also busy in Tinseltown is Lyle Lovett, who will score his first film, "Dr. T & the Women." The country star was recruited for the romantic comedy by the film's director, Robert Altman. ...

Sarah McLachlan has won yet another court battle in her legal war with record producer Darryl Neudorf. A British Columbia supreme court ruled last week that Neudorf would have to pay the pop singer's legal costs of more than $350,000 ($519,000 Canadian). Justice Bruce Cohen ordered that Neudorf pay 60 percent of McLachlan's "special costs" plus the extra costs incurred by his rejection of an offer to settle out of court. The original lawsuit, dismissed in December, dealt with whether Neudorf should share credit on four of the songs from McLachlan's 1989 album, Touch. Neudorf filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. ...

Dave Alvin, North Mississippi All Stars, Bonnie Raitt and Jimmie Vaughan have been announced as performers at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's tribute to Mississippi Delta blues musician Muddy Waters. The Hall of Fame is sponsoring "Got My Mojo Working: Muddy Waters and Modern Blues," as part of its American Music Masters series. There will be two performances, Sept. 23 at Cleveland's Odeon and Sept. 24 at Cleveland's Severance Hall. The event will include a daylong conference Sept. 23 on Waters' legacy and a symposium at Case Western Reserve University, workshops for college and high school students, and a blues film series Sept. 18–24. ...

Steve Earle, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Kim Richey are among the performers on Freedom Sings, a project of the First Amendment Center, a nonprofit advocacy group. The album, to be released Sept. 12, is a compilation of once-controversial songs. The CD will be distributed at schools and will be available at www.freedomforum.org. Titles include Janis Ian's "Society's Child" and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Ohio." ... Earle also will appear in a segment of "CBS News Sunday Morning" to air Sept. 10. Check local listing for show times. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, is in the process of acquiring CBS.) ... Shawn Colvin has announced three performance dates: Hartford, Conn., (Sept. 23); Albion, Mich., (Sept. 30); and Santa Cruz, Calif., (Oct. 10). ...

Willie Nelson had a surprise caller on his recent appearance on A&E's "Live by Request." According to the Austin Chronicle, actor and singer Kris Kristofferson was among the viewers who called in to request a song for the singer/songwriter to perform. ...

Blues guitarist Noah Wotherspoon has been signed to a one-disc deal on APO Records. The 18-year-old musician recorded the album at APO's Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kan. The album has no title yet, but guests include guitarist Hubert Sumlin and harmonica player Little Hatch. The disc, which will be released within the next year, promises to have a wide variety of styles and original material from Noah and the Stratocats, Wotherspoon's backing band. ...

A Skin Too Few, a film about the late singer/songwriter Nick Drake, premieres Sept. 11 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Beth Orton, Ben & Jason and Robert Kirby will perform at the screening. Interest in Drake — who died in 1974 at age 26 — has boomed recently since Volkswagen used his song "Pink Moon" in its commercials. For a sneak preview of the film, including audio and video clips and rare pictures, check www.nickdrakefilm.com. ...

Greg Brown and producer Bo Ramsey have made changes to Brown's latest release, Covenant. The songs "Rexroth's Daughter" and "Lullaby" have been re-recorded while "Walkin' Daddy" and "Waiting on You" have been remastered. Fans can tell the discs apart easily. The first has "(C)(P)2000..." and the second only "(P)2000..." Both are available from Red House Records, though there will be one pressing of the first version of the album. ...

The long-awaited Stevie Ray Vaughan box set finally has a release date — Nov. 14. Originally scheduled for the 10th anniversary of his death, which is this month, the three-CD set will be 50 percent composed of previously unreleased material, a Sony executive said. The set will also contain a DVD with live tracks from Vaughan's performances on "Austin City Limits" in 1984 and 1989. ...

Austin, Texas, is honoring country singer and author Kinky Friedman by declaring Sept. 8 Kinky Friedman Day. Mayor Kirk Watson will make the presentation either on the "Sammy and Bob Show," a local morning radio show, on Sept. 7 or during Friedman's performance at the Continental Club that same night. Friedman has earned the honor through years of community service, particularly his Adopt-a-Dog-athon. ... Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jimmy Buffett and Sheryl Crow are among the artists scheduled to perform at a fund-raiser Sept. 14 for the Democratic National Committee at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. Comedian John Leguizamo will serve as master of ceremonies. Presidential hopeful Al Gore and running mate Joseph Lieberman are scheduled to attend. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report