Country Music World Pauses To Pay Tribute

Concerts canceled, benefits scheduled.

NASHVILLE — The world of country music remains almost totally shut down, as artists and industry workers in Nashville cancel normal activities and concentrate efforts on paying tribute to the victims of this week’s tragedies.

Too many concerts to list have been canceled or postponed. Many are being hastily rescheduled as remembrances and/or benefits for victims and their families. One such is Clint Black’s free concert at the Smirnoff Music Center in Dallas, which has been rescheduled for September 28. Originally set for Saturday (September 15) and billed as Free for All Concert 2001, the event has been renamed the Freedom for All Concert.

“We have the power to bring freedom throughout the world,” Black said in a statement, “and the fight for freedom is knocking at our door. When we have turned the last stone in New York City in our recovery efforts, we will raise up our voices and celebrate the good fight that must come, so that the casualties of this war did not die in vain.”

Tickets for the original show will be honored at the event. Black’s concert Friday (September 14) at the Horseshoe Casino Entertainment Center in Bossier City, Louisiana, has been rescheduled for January 25.

A benefit concert featuring Wynonna Judd and jazz guitarist Larry Carlton will raise money to assist victims of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks. Jazz on the Lawn, an event mounted by the charity group Closer to Home, is set for 5 p.m. CT Sunday at 4107 Old Hillsboro Road in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, in Williamson County near Nashville. Also appearing are singer/songwriters Pat McLaughlin, Mike Reid and James Dean Hicks, and jazz trio Laurie Wheeler with Nash DeVille.

Reba McEntire’s new sitcom, “Reba,” will not debut Friday (September 14) on the WB television network as originally planned. The new premiere date has not been announced.

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony, originally set for Saturday night (September 15) in Atlanta, has been postponed. Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers and R&B legend Clarence Carter were nominated for induction. Jackson was scheduled to perform at the event, which will be rescheduled. The Georgia Music Hall of Fame is located in Macon.

The roots-oriented Americana Music Association (AMA) has organized a Nashville benefit for the Red Cross after canceling its annual convention. The annual conference, which was set for Friday and Saturday (September 14-15), has been rescheduled to take place November 2-3 at the Hilton Suites in Nashville. Rodney Crowell was to deliver the keynote address, and dozens of other roots and alternative country artists were to participate in showcases and panel discussions.

The AMA will sponsor a benefit concert for the American Red Cross at 9 p.m. CT Friday (September 14) at the Exit/In in Nashville. Allison Moorer, Lonesome Bob, Greg Trooper and Phil Lee have been confirmed. Donations of $10 or more are suggested.

Garth Brooks’ press conference scheduled for Monday morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame has been postponed. Brooks had scheduled the media event in Nashville to talk about his new single and upcoming album. His duet with George Jones, “Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?),” was to be released to radio Monday but has been postponed “until a more appropriate time,” according to Brooks’ label, Capitol Records.

Doug Stone was erroneously listed on an early manifest of one of the downed jetliners. The singer reports he’s safe at home in Nashville with his family.

Carolyn Mayer Beug, 48, a Santa Monica, California, filmmaker and video producer, was killed Tuesday when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Beug and Dwight Yoakam co-directed Yoakam’s 1993 videos for “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” and “Fast as You.” Mayer has sole directing credit for another ’93 video, Yoakam’s “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere,” and her Carolyn Mayer Productions produced “Fast as You.” Beug also worked on the video for Van Halen’s 1992 award-winning clip “Right Now.” Beug’s husband is John Beug, senior vice president in charge of filmed production for Warner Bros. Records. She was returning to Los Angeles after taking her twin daughters to begin school at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Her mother, Mary Alice Wahlstrom, 75, of Kaysville, Utah, was with her.

Grand Ole Opry performances on Friday and Saturday will be dedicated to the victims and their families and will feature patriotic songs.

Diamond Rio’s annual charity golf tournament was already under way Tuesday when the attacks occurred in New York and Washington and the group turned the tourney’s focus toward paying tribute. Diamond Rio lead singer Marty Roe said the group considered canceling, but said, “I just think as a vote of confidence in our country and who we are as a people, we need to move ahead with this good work we’re doing here today.”

Several country artists stranded in Calgary, Alberta, after Monday night’s Canadian Country Music Awards show performed at a benefit show. Carolyn Dawn Johnson, who won five awards, sang several songs at Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary on Wednesday night and Paul Brandt donated two guitars that brought in $13,000 for rescue efforts.