Artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Beck will take part in an all-star tribute to late country legend Hank Williams, according to Billboard Bulletin.
The tribute album also featuring Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and ex-Dire Straits singer Mark Knopfler, among others is being planned by Lost Highway, a companion label to Mercury Nashville that will launch next week, Billboard Bulletin reported. A title and release date are not yet known.
A spokesperson for Mercury Nashville said the label would have no comment until the launch of Lost Highway, named after Williams' 1949 hit of the same name (RealAudio excerpt).
Mercury Nashville has issued numerous reissues of Williams' work, including the 1998 Grammy-winning The Complete Hank Williams box set.
Lost Highway will be home to such artists as Lucinda Williams, Robert Earl Keen, former Whiskeytown singer Ryan Adams and Kim Richey. Frank Callari, who will direct artist development for the new label, said last December, when plans were being made for the label, that he had been in talks with actor and country music fan Billy Bob Thornton about recording for Lost Highway.
The new label will be run by Mercury Nashville chairman Luke Lewis, with Island Def Jam head Jim Caparro also taking an active role.