Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle Crusade Against Land Mines

California tour next month also to feature Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, others on select dates.

Country folk singers Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle will stage a tour of

California next month to publicize the damage done by abandoned land mines.

Billed as "Emmylou and Friends," the five-date outing also will feature

rotating guest appearances from singer/songwriters Willie Nelson, Kris

Kristofferson, Nanci Griffith, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, John Prine,

Bruce Cockburn, Mary Chapin Carpenter and others. Harris and Earle will

perform at every show.

The shows will benefit the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World. Part of

the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, the group works to defuse the

estimated 100 million deadly land mines worldwide.

Harris, who released Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions with Linda

Ronstadt in August, has performed several benefits for the anti-land mine

cause.

"It's one thing for people to agree that land mines are bad ... it's another

thing to find out exactly where they are and get them out of the ground,"

she said earlier this year.

Earle also is no stranger to activism. The singer of such protest songs

as "Christmas in Washington" (RealAudio

excerpt) has performed numerous benefits, including a series of

anti-death-penalty shows in April.

Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle tour dates:

Dec. 1; Palo Alto, Calif.; Stanford University (with Bruce Cockburn, Nanci Griffith, Patty Griffin and John Prine)

Dec. 2; Santa Rosa, Calif.; Luther Burbank Center (with Bruce Cockburn, Nanci Griffith, Patty Griffin and John Prine)

Dec. 3; Torrance, Calif.; El Camino College (with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Guy Clark and Terry Allen)

Dec. 4; San Diego, Calif.; University of California, San Diego (with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Guy Clark and Terry Allen)

Dec. 5; Santa Barbara, Calif.; University of California, Santa Barbara (with Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and Bruce Cockburn)