George Strait's fourth consecutive Country Music Festival stadium tour will feature Alan Jackson in the second-billed slot that has twice been filled by Tim McGraw, says a representative for Jackson. Also being considered or already committed to the tour are Lonestar, Lee Ann Womack, Clay Walker, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, and Asleep at the Wheel. The tour, which has grossed more than $90 million over the past three years, will begin in late March or early April and hit about 16 cities. ...

Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton and Del McCoury are among top nominees for the 11th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association's Bluegrass Music Awards show, to be held Thursday (Oct. 19) evening in Louisville, Ky. Marty Stuart hosts the show, at which Doc Watson and Lance LeRoy will be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Honor. The song "Murder on Music Row" (RealAudio excerpt of George Strait/Alan Jackson version), which won the CMA Vocal Event of the Year award, is also nominated for bluegrass Song of the Year, as recorded by Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time. ...

The Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame will give Jessie, the cowgirl from the movie "Toy Story 2," its Patsy Montana Entertainer Award at the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame's Annual Induction Luncheon, on Nov. 10 in Fort Worth, Texas, says a spokesperson for the Hall of Fame. Jessie joins Emmylou Harris as the second recipient of the award, named after the legendary yodeling cowgirl and 1987 Hall of Fame honoree, Patsy Montana. ...

Country singer Bryan White wed actress Erika Page on Saturday (Oct. 14) in Dallas. Page appears on the ABC-TV program "One Life To Live." ...

Billy Ray Cyrus will take his tour bus up and down Nashville's Music Row on Oct. 25 to collect canned food for the needy, a Cyrus representative said. The food drive and a benefit concert that night will raise funds and food for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Cyrus, whose new album, Southern Rain, is out this week, is asking Music Row businesses to act as canned-food collection points. The concert, Harvest 2000, will be held at 328 Performance Hall, and hosted by Gary Chapman. Performers will include local rock bands, Shane Minor, Beth Hart and Cyrus. The latter three will be backed by The World's Greatest Band, made up of Paul Franklin, Dann Huff, Biff Watson, Paul Leim, Leland Sklar, Tim Akers, Blair Masters and Gordon Kennedy — all producers or session players. ...

Randy Travis will preview songs from his upcoming Inspirational Journey album with church concerts, said a spokesperson for Warner Bros. He'll sing Sunday (Oct. 22), at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, and on Oct. 28 and 29 at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. The spiritually themed album, due Oct. 31, will be marketed jointly by Warner Bros. Nashville and Atlantic Records' new Christian music division. ...

Vince Gill leads a group of country and Christian artists on a new CD anthology that will benefit the Paralympic Games, being held Wednesday (Oct. 18) to Oct. 28 in Sydney, Australia, according to a spokesperson for the Games. The album, The Wave to the World, title single and video have gone to radio stations and video outlets. The CD itself will be available only from wavetotheworld.com or at 888-622-2308. Besides the theme song, which features 20 artists, individual tracks on the album are by Gill, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, Toby Keith, Mark Wills, Terri Clark, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban and Lee Kernaghan. …

Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks were among dozens of country artists appearing at five concerts in Nashville over the weekend in honor of the Grand Ole Opry's 75th birthday. Brooks, who has not played a public concert this year, was a prominent performer at the Opry concerts. At a press conference after the shows, Brooks said that he will have a major announcement to make at an Oct. 26 private party honoring him for sales of 100 million albums. Musical highlights were many at the concerts, but drawing especially warm ovations were Loretta Lynn, who sang "Coal Miner's Daughter" (RealAudio excerpt) with her daughters the Lynns; Parton, who performed her trademark "Coat of Many Colors"; and Trisha Yearwood, who brought back her first hit, "She's In Love With the Boy" (RealAudio excerpt), followed by Tammy Wynette's " 'Til I Get It Right" as a tribute to the late singer. ...

Vince Gill and Dolly Parton will host "Grand Ole Opry 75th — A Celebration," a music special to be taped Oct. 25 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville for broadcast on CBS at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving (Nov. 23). (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns CBS.) ...

Emmylou Harris joins John Hiatt next week for one of the most awaited concerts of the year in Nashville. The pair will play the Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 25. ...

C. Paul Corbin, former vice president/general manager of Music Industry Development at CMT/Viacom, has been named vice president of Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, at BMI. He replaces Roger Sovine, who is retiring. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns CMT.) ...

Capitol Nashville is set to release the seventh version of the package Garth Brooks Double Live, the 1998 two-CD set containing 25 live recordings by Garth Brooks. It will be available on Oct. 24, says a spokesperson for Capitol Nashville. Garth Brooks Double Live, which at the time of its release set a record for first-week sales (selling more than 1.08 million copies), has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 13 million. This represents sales of more than 6.5 million copies of the two-CD set. Originally, six different packages of the two-CD set were available. They were: The First Edition, Central Park, Dublin, Ireland, World Tour II (96-98), Texas Stadium 1993 and Reunion Arena 1991. The artwork for each, including booklet photos and designs on the discs, was retired after a pressing of 1 million copies. The seventh package, for the seventh group of million units produced, is called World Tour 1 (93-94). It has photos and reminiscences of the 1993 U.S. tour and the 1994 world tour. ...

Trisha Yearwood became a magazine editor for the November edition of Mode. The country singer was approached last summer by the magazine's executive editor, Susan Segrest, about the one-issue stint, reports the Palm Beach Post. Segrest traveled with Yearwood on her tour bus to concerts in Houston and New Orleans. En route, the two discussed at length what Yearwood would like to contribute to the magazine for full-figured woman. Through faxes, e-mails, and phone calls, Yearwood guided the Mode staff through issues important to her, and also did an interview and cover photo shoot. ... Wynonna taped the TV special "Women Rock! Girls and Guitars'' on Thursday (Oct. 12) at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theater, says a spokesperson for the singer. She joined rockers Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Anne and Nancy Wilson of Heart and Cyndi Lauper, contemporary Christian singer Amy Grant and R&B trio Destiny's Child. The show will air as a two-hour special on the Lifetime women's cable network at 8 p.m. on Oct. 22. The show began with Wynonna, Crow, Etheridge and Anne Wilson trading vocals on the Heart song "Barracuda." Wynonna also performed "Girls With Guitars.'' The concert benefited the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations and the National Breast Cancer Coalition. ...

Dwight Yoakam, who coaxed country legend Buck Owens out of retirement for the pair's duet on "Streets of Bakersfield" (RealAudio excerpt) in 1988, is singing with Owens again. For Yoakam's upcoming album, Tomorrow's Sounds Today, the two co-wrote and duet on the weeper "The Sad Side of Town," and sing together on "I Was There," which Owens based on the gospel song "Were You There?" Finally, Yoakam and Owens are joined by accordion whiz Flaco Jiminez, who also played on "Streets of Bakersfield," for the song "Alright, I'm Wrong," written by Yoakam's producer Pete Anderson and Cisco. Yoakam, who turned Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" into a country TV commercial for clothing, attacks Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me" this time out. He wrote the rest of Tomorrow's Sounds Today, set for an Oct. 31 release. Also guesting on the album are Chris Hillman and Jim Lauderdale. ...

Heather Kinley of the Kinleys will host the K-9 Classic Charity Golf Tournament, Oct. 23 at the new President's Reserve Course at Nashville's Hermitage Golf Course. Proceeds fund ACT Now (Animal Care Taskforce of Nashville Inc.) and its programs. ...

The Dixie Chicks' appearance on CBS' "60 Minutes II" has been rescheduled from Tuesday (Oct. 10) to Oct. 24. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns CBS.) ...

— sonicnet.com staff report