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Folk legends to play benefit in New York for proposed Folk Music Museum.

Folk legends Pete Seeger, Odetta, Judy Collins and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Sebastian will appear at a benefit concert Wednesday night (June 14) in New York's Cooper Union Great Hall. The event is intended to raise funds for a proposed Folk Music Museum in Greenwich Village. The project is being spearheaded by former Village Gate club owner Art D'Lugoff with consultation from Woody Guthrie's daughter Nora Guthrie, who runs the Woody Guthrie Archives in Midtown. ...

North Mississippi bluesman R.L. Burnside has sufficiently recovered from a recent sinus infection so that he will be able to make an appearance Saturday in New York's Central Park for the Summerstage concert series. Burnside had to back out of what would have been his only appearance on the Juke Joint Caravan — featuring fellow Fat Possum label artists T-Model Ford and Henry Balfour — on June 1 in Los Angeles. Fat Possum reports that Burnside also has recorded about eight tracks for an upcoming album. The label is hoping to complete the recording process next week in Mississippi. ...

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has announced three imminent dates opening for the Allman Brothers this weekend, prior to joining the Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes tour into July. Shepherd and the Allman Brothers are scheduled for June 16 in Virginia Beach, Va., June 17 in Aberdeen, Md., and June 18 in Charlotte, N.C. ...

The House of Blues' parent company, HOB Entertainment, has withdrawn a planned IPO scheduled for this week. HOB CEO Gregory Trojan wrote the Securities and Exchange Commission that uncertainty over market conditions led the firm, whose partners include sometime Blues Brothers Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, to reconsider its plans. The firm owns more than two dozen music venues. ...

The late Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Son House and Bukka White are all featured on two hour-long DVD releases from the Shanachie label. The two Masters of the Country Blues videos pair Hopkins and Lipscomb and House and White respectively, in enhanced recordings and film made in the '60s. ... Also on the DVD front, Homespun Tapes is offering an instructional video by former Howlin' Wolf sideman Hubert Sumlin. The Blues of Hubert Sumlin offers an hour-long lesson built around the songs "Smokestack Lightnin' " and "Going Down Slow," among others. ...

Grammy winners Los Super Seven, the all-star Tex-Mex group including Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, Joe Ely, Aztex's Joel Guzman and Rick Trevino, are planning to get together later this summer to record a follow-up to their acclaimed self-titled debut. ...

Bobby Rush and Shemekia Copeland headline the upcoming Blues on the Fox — Blues and Heritage Festival next weekend in Aurora, Ill. Jimmie Lee Robinson, Bernard Allison, Big Jack Johnson, Hawkeye Herman and Fruteland Jackson also are scheduled to appear. ... In Santa Barbara, Calif., meanwhile, Los Lobos, Richie Havens, David Carter and Tracy Grammer lead the bill at the Live Oak Music Festival at Live Oak Camp. ...

Dave Alvin will have a new album of old material out Aug. 15 on the HighTone label. Public Domain: Songs From the Wild Land features old favorites such as "Shenandoah," "Railroad Bill," "The Murder of the Lawson Family" (once recorded by Doc and Merle Watson as "Lawson Family Murder"), Blind Willie McTell's "Mama Ain't Long for Day," "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down," "What Did the Deep Sea Say" (once recorded by Woody Guthrie) and "East Virginia Blues" (previously recorded by Alvin as a duet with Ramblin' Jack Elliott on the latter's most recent album, The Long Ride). "Ninety percent of the songs are from 78s I heard as a kid," Alvin said. ...

Steve Earle and a host of artists from a variety of genres, including Richard Thompson, Aimee Mann and Michael Penn, Ben Folds Five, Sonic Youth and Patti Smith, will participate in the Digital Club Festival July 22–25. Thirty venues in more than two dozen cities, featuring more than 200 artists, are scheduled to participate in what's touted as the world's largest online-music event. The Digital Club Network will broadcast the sets live in streaming video; some will be rebroadcast. ...

Acoustic bluesman Taj Mahal's next album, Shoutin' In Key, recorded live with his Phantom Blues Band at the Mint in Los Angeles, will be out June 20 on the Kan-Du/Hannibal label. He's got a string of West Coast dates scheduled to coincide with the album's release, including a show at L.A.'s House of Blues on June 21 and an appearance at the Experience Music Project opening in Seattle on June 24. ...

Besides featuring Joan Baez and Jackson Browne on a duet of "Guantanamera," the upcoming Appleseed album The Songs of Pete Seeger Volume II also will feature Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie singing "66 Highway Blues," a never-recorded song Seeger wrote with Arlo's father, Woody Guthrie. Other artists on the album include Billy Bragg, Tom Paxton and Eric Anderson. ...

Former Pentangle guitarist Bert Jansch will have some illustrious help on his upcoming album, Crimson Moon, due June 26 on Castle Records. Jansch, 56, who has been cited as a favorite by the likes of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and Neil Young, is joined by former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler on the track "The River Bank," which also features Marr singing and playing harmonica. ...

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic, now moved from Dripping Springs, Texas, to south Austin, has signed these artists: Damnations TX, Larry Butler, Cadillac Voodoo Choir, Bobby Boyd, Patsy Thompson, Ray Price, Kimmie Rhodes, Steve Fromholz, Rusty Weir, Johnny Bush, Lil Joe & Son, Pat Green, Cory Morrow, the Geezinslaws, Billy Joe Shaver, Aaron Allen and Doc Mason & Ava, Susan Tedeschi, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Further signings are expected. ... Nelson is releasing a new, enhanced CD, Willie Nelson and the Offenders: Me and the Drummer, on the Luck Label. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report