Dwight Yoakam will headline a free-wheeling tribute to Ronnie Mack's Barndance in Burbank, Calif., on Tuesday (Oct. 24). The show, at Crazy Jack's, will include performers James Intveld, Kathy Robertson, the Blazers, Russell Scott and His Red Hots, Rosie Flores, Mojo Monkeys, the Rhinestone Homeboys, Eddy Jennings and the Barndance Band, and master of ceremonies John "Juke" Logan. There will also be door prizes and an auction of memorabilia. All proceeds will be donated to Ronnie Mack, to replace musical instruments and equipment that were stolen from his home earlier this year. Mack has run the influential Barndance for more than a decade, inspiring such shows as Nashville's "Western Beat Roots Revival," on CMT. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns CMT.) ...

Alan Jackson is launching a brief arena tour to end the year, coinciding with the campaign for his forthcoming album, When Somebody Loves You. Clay Walker and Brad Paisley will alternate as the opening act. The 12-city tour begins Friday (Oct. 20) in Fayetteville, N.C., and winds up Dec. 2 in Hamilton, Ontario. ...

The Ricky Skaggs project paying tribute to the late Bill Monroe, Big Mon, is now available for download via EMusic. Merle Haggard's new If Only I Could Fly is also available through EMusic. ...

A Nashville-area teenager was turned in to police last week after his mother discovered an elaborate plan he allegedly had drawn up to kill the members of *NSync, reports the Tennessean. Police said the 17-year-old boy, who is undergoing psychological evaluations, had a detailed plan he called "Operation Death Strike," which involved traveling to Saturday's (Oct. 21) *NSync concert in Atlanta to ambush the group. A police officer said the motive appeared to be jealousy, quoting the boy as saying, "The group gets all the good girls." *NSync have visited Nashville often, and group member Lance Bass is producing a country singer for his imprint label with Mercury Nashville. ...

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. …

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. ...

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