COUNTRY BEAT: Emmylou Harris, Billy Gilman, David Frizzell …

Harris takes O Brother songs to TV; Gilman to tour with Jessica Andrews; Frizzell returns.

Emmylou Harris will lead a group of artists singing portions of the soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou? on CBS’ “Late Night With David Letterman” on Tuesday (February 27). Featuring such traditional songs as “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” (RealAudio excerpt), the album is #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. On Letterman’s show, Harris, Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch will perform “Didn’t Leave Nobody but the Baby,” and the Whites, along with Dobro player Jerry Douglas, will do “Keep on the Sunny Side.” A D.A. Pennebaker-filmed documentary on the soundtrack will be released later this year. (Sonicnet.com’s parent company, Viacom, also owns CBS.) …

Billy Gilman and Jessica Andrews, two of country music’s youngest artists, will tour together this summer, the Associated Press reports. The 17-year-old Andrews’ single ”Who I Am” is #6 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, and her debut album of the same name will be released on Tuesday (February 27). Gilman, at 12 the youngest-ever Grammy nominee, has had chart hits with “One Voice” and “Oklahoma.” …

David Frizzell is set to release a new album, David Frizzell 2001, on April 17. Frizzell — who has had two #1 Billboard singles with “I’m Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home” (RealAudio excerpt) and “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” duet partner Shelly West — will release “You’ve Just Been Robbed by Jesse James” as a single on April 9. …

Faith Hill‘s first three Grammy Awards meant a lot to the singer — and to her husband, Tim McGraw. Backstage at the awards ceremony on Wednesday night (February 21), Hill said her breakthrough album, Breathe (RealAudio excerpt of title cut), which was named Best Country Album, has been special for her. “Over and over again … this album has changed the course of my career,” she said. McGraw had tears in his eyes after Hill won the award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for “Breathe,” and the two shared the Best Country Collaboration With Vocals Award, for their duet “Let’s Make Love” (RealAudio excerpt). “I’ve been crying for the last 15 or 20 minutes,” McGraw said. “She carries me, she carries our family, she carries our children and she does it with such grace and class.” …

A judge in Orchard Park, New York, has set a May 7 court date for Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, who face charges stemming from a scuffle with police on June 3, the Associated Press reports. A lawyer for the two, meanwhile, is seeking to have the assault charges dismissed. The singers were arrested after a George Strait festival date near Buffalo, New York, after Chesney reportedly was forcibly removed by sheriff’s deputies from a police horse and McGraw came to Chesney’s aid. McGraw is charged with assault, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and harassment — misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in prison. Chesney was charged with harassment after allegedly refusing deputies’ orders to get off the horse. …

Bill Anderson will host his fifth annual City Lights Festival in Commerce, Georgia, on June 28 and 29. Charley Pride, Little Jimmy Dickens, comedian T. Bubba Bechtol, Billy Walker and Jeannie Seely will also appear. …

This year’s Orville H. Gibson Guitar Award winners include: Emmylou Harris, Best Female Acoustic Guitarist; Alabama‘s Jeff Cook, Best Male Country Guitarist; and Shelby Lynne, Best Female Country Guitarist. …

Asleep at the Wheel are compiling a best-of album for a late-April or early-May release. The Very Best of Asleep at the Wheel will comprise 14 tracks and include such songs from the group’s live shows as “House of Blue Lights,” “My Baby Thinks She’s a Train,” “Miles and Miles of Texas,” “The Letter Johnny Walker Read,” “Route 66″ and “Big Balls in Cowtown” (RealAudio excerpt), which will be the first single and video. …

Johnny Cash was released from Nashville’s Baptist Hospital on Wednesday (February 21). The 68-year-old singer had been treated for pneumonia since his admittance to the hospital on February 11. …

A Brad Paisley-autographed limited edition guitar is being auctioned on eBay to benefit the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund. Seven autographed Ryman Limited Edition Acoustic Guitars will be auctioned between now and August, one each month. The guitars were handcrafted from original Ryman Auditorium church pews, dating back to 1892. The final auction, on August 13, will be for the Grand Ole Opry 75th Anniversary Guitar, which will feature signatures by Garth Brooks, Loretta Lynn, Lorrie Morgan, Dolly Parton, Steve Wariner and other Opry members. …

An exhibit of original Patsy Cline letters called “Love Always, Patsy: Letters From the Jewelry Box” will go on display March 5 at the Smithsonian-affiliated Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The exhibit is built around a series of letters Cline wrote to a young fan between 1955 and 1959, just as the singer’s career was getting underway. …

LeAnn Rimes has informed her fans, via a note on her official Web site, that she will not take part in Fan Fair 2001, due to “conflicting prior commitments.” Rimes, who publicly disavowed her new album, I Need You, is in a battle with her label, Curb Records, over her contract. The musical portions of Fan Fair are presented as record label concerts, in which artists from a particular label follow each other onstage. …

Tracy Byrd will perform a concert and host a bass fishing tournament and golf tournament in Beaumont, Texas, from March 30-April 1, to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Joining Byrd in the March 30 concert at the Beaumont Civic Center will be Sammy Kershaw, Brad Paisley, Bill Engvall, and Mark Chesnutt. …

Radney Foster and his wife, music journalist Cyndi Hoelzle, say they plan a new Web zine to be called PureSpunk.com, dealing with roots music. Scheduled for the first issue of the zine are a feature on Rodney Crowell, 10 Questions with Keb’ Mo’, the “coolest gigs” in America, short fiction and a Song of the Month Club. …

The late Tammy Wynette will be the subject of a new musical coming to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. “Stand by Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story,” named for her signature song “Stand by Your Man” (RealAudio excerpt) and her 1979 autobiography of the same name, is scheduled to run September 13 through October 28. Auditions for the 10-member cast will be held at the Ryman and in New York in April. Wynette died in 1998. …

The CMA Awards ceremony has officially been moved to November 7, placing the live CBS telecast in the ratings sweeps period for the first time. The move lengthens the eligibility period for awards from 12 to 13 months. Held in September for many years, the show was moved to October last year to accommodate telecasts of the Olympic Games. Vince Gill will host for the 10th straight year. (Sonicnet.com’s parent company, Viacom, also owns CBS.) …

Dwight Yoakam is in the running for a gospel award. His song “Miner’s Prayer” has been nominated for a Dove Award in the Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year category. The song was recorded by New Tradition on their June 2000 album, Cradle, Cross, Crown. The 32nd Annual Dove Awards will be held on April 26 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. …

Reba McEntire will headline a summer all-woman tour. Scheduled for the tour, to run July 10 through August 13, are Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Jamie O’Neal and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. …

BR5-49 and the Warren Brothers have been added to the talent lineup for George Strait‘s Country Music Festival. They will perform on the second stage on the all-stadium tour, which launches March 24 in Tampa, Florida. BR5-49 recently played at the Aspen, Colorado, wedding reception for “Almost Famous” actress Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes. …

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Lucinda Williams and her new band are scheduled to perform at the Austin Music Awards, to be held at the Austin (Texas) Music Hall on March 13, the Austin Chronicle reports. Other scheduled performers are James Cotton, Vallejo and the Gourds. …

Randy Travis is working on an album combining new, original material and some of the songs he’s done in his movie and TV projects. The album is due in the fall from new label Relentless/Nashville. …

John Michael Montgomery has been added to the lineup for Fan Fair, scheduled for June 14–17 in downtown Nashville. Other artists joining the roster include Tracy Lawrence, Bryan White, South 65, Gary Allan, Tim Rushlow, Craig Morgan and Kristin Garner. Four-day tickets, allowing access to all events, are now on sale and range from $90 to $115. …

Vince Gill has announced several tour dates for the summer: June 30 in Kelseyville, California, at Konocti Harbor Resort; July 11-12 in Cherokee, North Carolina, at Harrah’s Cherokee Smokey Mountain Casino; August 24-25 in Westbury, New York, at the Westbury Music Fair; and August 26 in Cohasset, Massachusetts, at the South Shore Music Circus. …

Charley Pride is recording a new studio album in Nashville for the first time in years. The Country Music Hall of Fame member is cutting a tribute album to the late Jim Reeves. Charley Pride’s Tribute to Jim Reeves is due from Music City Records on April 3. …

Rick Trevino is working on his first album focusing on traditional Mexican folk music. Known mainly as a country singer, Trevino decided to learn and perform music reflecting his heritage. Los LobosSteve Berlin is producing the album, tentatively due in May. Trevino will also appear on the second album by Los Super Seven, the occasional supergroup that now includes eight members: Trevino, Mavericks‘ lead singer Raul Malo, David Hidalgo, Ruben Ramos, Cesar Rosas, Caetano Veloso, Alberto Salas and Susana Baca. Their new album, Canto, is due in March. …

Dolly Parton will be inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in New York in the summer, along with Billy Joel, Eric Clapton and Sting. …

Lucinda Williams and her father, Miller Williams, the 1997 Presidential Inaugural poet, are scheduled for a program of music and poetry together, presented by the International Poetry Forum. They will appear onstage March 30 at 8 p.m. at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh. …

Brooks & Dunn will launch their Neon Circus and Wild West Show on April 27 in Birmingham, Alabama. The tour, which will run through August, will include opening acts Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry and Keith Urban. Various sideshow acts, special effects and street performers will also be included. Brooks & Dunn’s next album, Steers & Stripes, is scheduled for an April 24 release. …

The Bellamy Brothers will mark their 25th anniversary in music with a two-volume CD series. Volume I will be released in March with a single and video titled “What’ll I Do,” with Volume II to follow in August. …

— sonicnet.com staff report