COUNTRY BEAT: Billy Ray Cyrus, Martina McBride, Vince Gill …

New Cyrus movie opens; McBride's PPV; Gill in Motown tribute.

Billy Ray Cyrus appears barechested and tattooed in the David Lynch movie “Mulholland Drive,” which opens Friday at selected theaters nationwide. The movie, which was originally written as a television pilot for ABC, won the Best Director award at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. …

Martina McBride will perform a concert on Pay-Per-View on Saturday. Joining her on the “Greatest Hits: Live in Concert” show from the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis will be special guest Tim McGraw. …

Vince Gill will take part in “The Motor City Revue” at Universal Studios in Los Angeles on Thursday. He’ll join Shelby Lynne, Amy Grant, Smokey Robinson and others in the tribute to Motown at the City of Hope Spirit of Life dinner. …

Tim McGraw and Charlie Daniels are the latest additions to the lineup for the Country Freedom Concert. They’ll join George Strait, Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack, Lonestar, Vince Gill, Sara Evans, George Jones, Brooks & Dunn, Clint Black and Martina McBride in the October 21 show at Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center. The concert will benefit the Salvation Army. …

Jeff Carson has been named national spokesperson for NASO, the National Association of Slain Officers, a non-profit organization created in 1998 to provide support and encouragement for the immediate family members of slain police officers. Carson will record a series of radio PSAs for national distribution and will perform at a November 17 fund raiser for NASO in Portland, Oregon. …

A concert by Tracy Byrd and Mark Chesnutt on Wednesday (October 10) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will benefit the New York Firefighters 9-11 and WTC Police Disaster Relief Funds. …

Doug Supernaw, known for his #1 country hit “I Don’t Call Him Daddy,” is behind bars in Houston for failing to pay $135,000 in overdue child support and for contempt of court, according to reports from a Houston media outlet. His official Web site, dougsupernaw.com, acknowledges the situation: “Doug was arrested on Oct. 4 for not paying back child support. After he has served 10 days for contempt he will go back to the judge. As it looks now, all shows appear to be on hold.” Supernaw, 41, was held in contempt of court after allegedly lashing out at a Harris County court judge when she handed him a six-month jail sentence, Houston television station KPRC reports. …

Lee Ann Womack and other country artists have been added to the upcoming Country Freedom Concert lineup. Clint Black, Vince Gill, Sara Evans, George Jones and Lonestar have been added to a bill that already includes George Strait, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn and Martina McBride. The concert to benefit the Salvation Army will be televised live from Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center on October 21. …

Billy Gilman met Elisabeth Wagner, the 21-year-old woman who inspired “Elisabeth,” on Saturday at the State Fair of Texas. Wagner has struggled with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes small growths on her nerves, since she was 2 years old. Her positive attitude led her aunt and a friend to write the song, which Gilman recorded. … Garth Brooks‘ press conference to announce the release of his single “Wrapped Up in You” and a forthcoming album will take place Tuesday (October 9) at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame at 7:45 a.m. The public is invited to attend. …

Alan Jackson‘s induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, which was postponed due to the events of September 11, has been rescheduled for October 22 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. …

Hal Ketchum, Kacey Jones and Billy Hoffman will join a number of pop and rock artists in Los Angeles for an unplugged benefit performance and auction to raise money for the American Red Cross. The Acoustic Americans Benefit will take place Tuesday (October 9) at the Renberg Theatre. …

Chely Wright will make her movie debut in “Max Keeble’s Big Move.” She plays a homeroom teacher. …

A previously unreleased single from the late rockabilly legend Carl Perkins should soon be available for download and for sale to benefit New York firefighters. Perkins recorded the spoken-word tribute “The Fireman” during his final 1998 recording sessions. His producer, Bob Johnston, who wrote the song, plans to make it available on a Web site and to release it as a single. It is scheduled to be included on Celebration, a Perkins CD set for January release. Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Tom Petty also appear on the album. … Jo Dee Messina launches her fall tour Thursday (October 4) with a show in Salem, Virgina. She’ll play 21 dates, winding up December 15 in Champaign, Illinois. …

Lee Ann Womack has set dates for her Christmas tour with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, featuring Mercer Ellington. The tour will launch on November 29 in Sewell, New Jersey, and play 18 dates, finishing in Maryville, Tennessee, on December 22. …

Brad Paisley has co-authored a book based on his hit single “He Didn’t Have to Be.” The song, about a stepfather taking on a new family, was a #1 hit for Paisley in 1999. Along with the song’s co-writer, Kelley Lovelace, Paisley collected memories about the composition of the song as well as photographs, letters and messages from fans about the song’s impact on them. The book comes with lyrics and a CD of the song. …

The Dixie Chicks‘ a cappella recording of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is available for download on the trio’s Web site, www.dixiechicks.com. While there is no charge to download the track, the Dixie Chicks are asking fans to make a donation to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund. “In this time of great need, together let’s celebrate America’s heroes by donating to the American Red Cross,” the group said in a statement. “Let’s support the families of those who gave their lives to preserve our wide open spaces.” It is the trio’s first recording since their 1999 album, Fly. …

Two days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, Randy Travis and a team of writers composed a new song, “America Will Always Stand.” Now Travis has recorded the song and made it available to radio stations across the country. “We pray that it will help America and its people, in the worst of times, to stay brave and united,” he said in a statement. Co-writers include Mike Curtis, Yvonne Sanson, Becky Bluefield and Doc Walley. Travis recorded “Point of Light” during the Gulf War at the request of President George Bush. Relentless Records will release “America Will Always Stand” and “Point of Light” as a single in the next week. All proceeds from the sale of the single will go to the American Red Cross …

George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith and Lee Ann Womack will perform new singles, while Diamond Rio will do a chart-topping hit from earlier this year on the 35th Annual CMA Awards show. During the CBS broadcast on November 7, Strait will sing “Run,” from his upcoming album. Brooks & Dunn will do the flag-waver “Only in America,” their summer set-opener. Keith’s choice is “I Wanna Talk About Me” and Womack will sing the rootsy “Does My Ring Burn Your Finger.” Diamond Rio will go with “One More Day,” nominated for Single and Song of the Year. Vince Gill will host the awards for the 10th consecutive year. (MTVi’s parent company, Viacom, also owns CBS) …

Tim McGraw has added a new beneficiary to his annual Swampstock charity softball game and concert in Rayville, Louisiana on October 28. Proceeds from the event will go to the New York Police & Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund in addition to McGraw’s usual beneficiaries, area children’s causes. Also taking part this year are McGraw’s wife, Faith Hill; Martina McBride; Carolyn Dawn Johnson; the Warren Brothers; and Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. …

Daryle Singletary was hit with a DUI charge on Wednesday, although he wasn’t driving at the time. The 30-year-old Singletary and a friend, Joseph Dockens, were pulled over in downtown Nashville at around 3 a.m. after an illegal turn. Dockens, who was driving Singletary’s truck, failed a field sobriety test, refused a breath-alcohol test and was charged with DUI. Singletary was riding in the passenger seat and was arrested for DUI because he was allowing Dockens to drive, a police spokesman said. Singletary was released from the jail on his own recognizance. Dockens posted $3,000 bail. …

Reba McEntire and Billy Gilman sing on Michael Jackson‘s new all-star recording, “What More Can I Give.” Proceeds from the single will aid survivors and families of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. McEntire and Gilman recently recorded their parts in Los Angeles. Jackson was originally inspired to write “What More Can I Give” in 1999 after a meeting with Nelson Mandela. No release date has been set for the single, and the tune will not appear on Jackson’s upcoming album. …

The first single from Garth Brooks‘ upcoming album will be “Wrapped Up in You,” not the George Jones duet “Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?),” as originally planned. Brooks explained his decision in a statement: “I think ‘Beer Run’ would have been the perfect first single from this album if it were not for the tragic events of September 11, but if we are to come with music now, ‘Wrapped Up in You’ is one of the best-feeling songs I’ve ever had the honor of recording.” Brooks will launch the single October 9 — the day it goes to radio — during a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, where he will also discuss plans for his next album. “Beer Run” will be available Tuesday on Jones’ The Rock: Stone Cold Country 2001.

Merle Haggard will perform at the Christian Country Music Awards November 1 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. John Berry and Crystal Gayle will host and perform and Tammy Cochran, Jeff Carson and Stella Parton will sing. The awards show is syndicated to various cable outlets. …

Martina McBride has pledged to donate $50,000 from proceeds of her new Greatest Hits album to the American Red Cross. McBride has taken an active role in Nashville activities to benefit victims of the terrorists since September 11. …

Radney Foster has announced that through the end of the year he intends to give the American Red Cross a portion of the money he earns from CD and merchandise sales. Foster first linked with the Red Cross in 1999, when floods devastated his native Del Rio, Texas. “Like the rest of Americans,” Foster said, “I want to do whatever I can to help.” …

Garth Brooks won’t put out “Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?),” his duet with George Jones, as a single — at least not for a while. Brooks canceled a press conference that had been scheduled for Monday to tout the release of the recording. “We’re still trying to decide when it’s appropriate to move ahead, and these decisions take time,” Brooks said in a statement. “I know we’ve been told to pick up and go on as normal, but music has always been a response to the times, and I just can’t find it in my heart to feel that ‘Beer Run’ is appropriate for right now.” “Beer Run” is likely to come out first on October 2, as a track on Jones’ new CD, The Rock: Stone Cold Country 2001

— sonicnet.com staff report