George Jones, Stonewall Jackson and Naomi Judd will help Loretta Lynn open her new Coal Miner's Daughter Museum on Saturday (May 26). Also attending a VIP reception following the 1 p.m. CT ribbon cutting in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, will be Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires, and Margo Smith. Lynn will perform at 8 p.m. ...

Restoration of Bill Monroe's childhood home in Rosine, Kentucky, will begin ceremoniously at 9 a.m. Saturday (May 26). His son James Monroe and other former members of Monroe's band, the Blue Grass Boys, will be on hand to drive the symbolic first nail. The Bill Monroe Foundation — 16 investors who are developing a state park and museum honoring Monroe in his hometown — spearheaded the project. The Bill Monroe Memorial Day Festival and Blue Grass Boys Reunion will take place this weekend in Rosine. ...

Chris Cagle is getting a second chance with his debut album. Play It Loud was released earlier this year on Virgin Nashville, which soon closed its doors, shifting artists under contract to sister company Capitol Nashville. Now Capitol is repackaging the original 10 tracks and adding two more. The new disc will be released June 19. ...

Reba McEntire's upcoming TV sitcom for the WB network has changed titles again. The show was initially to be called "Sally," then it became "Deep in the Heart," and now the program bears the title "Reba." The show will air on Friday nights beginning this fall. McEntire may also star in a TV version of her Broadway hit, "Annie Get Your Gun." The project is in the development stage, a spokeswoman for McEntire's record label said. ...

A book based on and named for Lee Ann Womack's hit song "I Hope You Dance" (RealAudio excerpt) has now sold more than 300,000 copies, landing on The New York Times best-sellers list, according to its Nashville publisher, Rutledge Hill Press. The book was written by the song's writers, Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers. ...

Faith Hill sang the national anthem to open the "Pearl Harbor" movie premiere Monday night (May 21) in Honolulu, and Lee Greenwood closed the celebration with his patriotic theme song "God Bless the USA." ...

Sara Evans, Collin Raye and Gary Allan will be the featured performers at the Gstaad Festival, the premier European country-music festival. Swiss artist John Brack will also appear at the event, held in Gstaad, Switzerland, on September 7 and 8. ...

Faith Hill's latest single, "There You'll Be," hit stores Tuesday (May 22) on the soundtrack to "Pearl Harbor." Hill made a surprise appearance at the film's premiere party in Hawaii on Sunday, aboard the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in Pearl Harbor. ...

BR5-49 and other U.S. country artists will play two festivals that take place simultaneously in France and Poland. The Mragowo Festival in Mragowo, Poland, and the Craponne Festival in Craponne, France, will share BR5-49, Danni Leigh, Trent Summar and the New Row Mob and Heather Myles on July 27, 28 and 29. Rhonda Vincent will play in Craponne, and George Hamilton V will play in Mragowo. BR5-49 will also play the Klewenalp Festival in Klewenalp, Switzerland, on July 20. ...

Trisha Yearwood's 17-acre hilltop estate, Nightwatch, is up for sale, and the new owner will get a special feature. The 4,100-square-foot log house in Hendersonville, Tennessee, has a giant copy of the Rembrandt painting that gave the home its name. The 15-by-17-foot oil-on-canvas copy of "The Night Watch" dominates the living room with its 27-foot ceiling. Yearwood decided to move out of the house after divorcing Robert Reynolds of the Mavericks. ...

Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel will fill in as guest DJ for Austin station KVET's Sammy Allred, who is in good condition after triple bypass surgery at the Heart Hospital of Austin. Allred, who is also a member of the Geezinslaws, is expected to be out of action at least four weeks. ...

Kortney Kayle will be featured in a recurring role on ABC's "One Life to Live" this summer. Kayle will portray herself and have several musical performances on the show. ...

Lucy Lawless has turned in her warrior princess garb for a songwriter's flannel and denim following the cancellation of "Xena," the Austin American Statesman reports. The country music fan has asked Threadgill's Eddie Wilson — stepfather of Renee O'Connor, who played Xena sidekick Gabrielle — to line up a backing band of Austin musicians for some serious woodshedding. ...

Kasey Chambers, already scheduled to open shows for Lucinda Williams in May and June, has added concert dates with Robert Earl Keen. Her Keen tour dates are June 2 at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, June 3 at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and June 5 at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina. Chambers has also added Williams shows on May 29 at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee, and on June 12 at Le Spectrum in Montreal, Quebec.. …

Willie Nelson's annual 4th of July Picnic in Luckenbach, Texas, has been canceled this year. The promoter said Wednesday (May 16) that Nelson was taking a break, but did not elaborate. Nelson's Farm Aid benefit concert, set for September 29 in Noblesville, Indiana, outside Indianapolis, is still on. ...

Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, Chad Brock, Leslie Satcher, Exile, Cledus T. Judd, Tyler England, Blake Shelton and Carolyn Dawn Johnson have been added to the lineup for Fan Fair, which takes place June 14-17 in Nashville. They join a long list of confirmed acts including Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney, Jessica Andrews, Lonestar, Jo Dee Messina, Trisha Yearwood and Lee Ann Womack. This year's event will also include late-night "Fan Fair After Hours" performances at such Nashville nightclubs as Tootsie's Orchid Lounge and the Wildhorse Saloon. … The double-platinum sales of Lee Ann Womack's I Hope You Dance will be celebrated at a party following the May 17 opening of the new Country Music Hall of Fame. ...

Martie Seidel of the Dixie Chicks says she and bandmates Emily Robison and Natalie Maines have been taking in a lot of live music in Texas during their work hiatus. "We've been listening to a lot of bluegrass and people like Joe Ely and Willie [Nelson]," Seidel said backstage Wednesday (May 9) at the ACM Awards in Los Angeles. Seidel said the downtime has been beneficial for new mom Maines, who delivered her first son in March. Although they're officially off duty, the Chicks will regroup in September to play a benefit for children with AIDS. Seidel said fans probably won't see a new Dixie Chicks album for at least a year. …

One of the world's great scuba diving locales will host a country festival this summer. Travis Tritt, the Wilkinsons, the Kinleys, Chris Cagle, Jamie O'Neal, SheDaisy and others will perform at Cayman Country from August 1-12 on Grand Cayman in the Caribbean Cayman Islands. ...

The Veterans of Foreign Wars will present Travis Tritt with this year's VFW Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes entertainers (and sports figures) who have served veterans through their work, at the group's August convention in Milwaukee. Tritt portrayed a disabled vet in his videos for "Anymore," "Tell Me I Was Dreaming" and "If I Lost You." His long-form video, "Travis Tritt — a Celebration," was filmed during a performance benefiting disabled vets. And in 1994-96 he served as spokesperson for Disabled American Veterans. …

Lee Roy Parnell's first new studio album in four years is due on June 12 from Vanguard Records. Tell the Truth was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and features guest appearances by Keb' Mo,' Bonnie Bramlett, Delbert McClinton and the Mississippi Mass Choir. ...

Bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs will release his Earl Scruggs and Friends duets album on August 1. He's joined on it by Elton John Melissa Etheridge, Sting, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Bob Thornton, John Fogerty, Don Henley, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, comedian Steve Martin, Marty Stuart, Paul Shaffer, Leon Russell and Travis Tritt. ...

Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel will perform with Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band on "The Late Show With David Letterman" on May 23. ...

Fan Fair's Superstar Spectacular will feature new Grand Ole Opry member Brad Paisley and other Opry regulars and guests in two shows at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. Tickets are $26 and $36, and funds benefit the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund. Performing on June 14 will be Bill Anderson, Joe Diffie, Tracy Lawrence, Collin Raye, Johnny Rodriguez, Chalee Tennison, Trick Pony and Keith Urban. Appearing on June 15 are T. Bubba Bechtol, Chris Cagle, Bill Carlisle, Jimmy Dickens, Jack Greene, James House and Paisley. ...

Lee Ann Womack and football great Terry Bradshaw will host the June 13 TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards. CMT and TNN will simulcast the former TNN Country Weekly Music Awards. The three-hour program will be telecast live from Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center. Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Jo Dee Messina, Jessica Andrews, Toby Keith, John Michael Montgomery, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar and Phil Vassar will perform on the fan-voted awards show. (CMT and TNN are owned by Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom). ...

Alan Jackson's house on Center Hill Lake in Middle Tennessee is up for grabs. The asking price is $3.9 million. He will continue to live at his main residence in Franklin, Tennessee. … Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith's fourth album, Blue Boy, will be released June 5. Steve Earle and producer Ray Kennedy, collectively known as "Twangtrust," produced the project. ...

Mavericks lead singer Raul Malo is recording his first solo album in Los Angeles this month. Steve Berlin of Los Lobos is producing. ... Kyle Lehning (Waylon Jennings, Randy Travis) is producing a new Derailers album, due for summer release. ...

Sam Phillips, who founded Sun Records and signed Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and many others to their early recording contracts, will speak at a celebrity luncheon on June 30 at Rockabilly Fest 2001 in Jackson, Tennessee. This rare public appearance by Phillips will begin at noon. ...

The Oak Ridge Boys will receive the Boy Scouts of America's highest honor in a ceremony on June 1 in Boston where they'll be given the Silver Buffalo Award for distinguished service to youth. Members of the group serve on the Boy Scouts board and are active in the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Feed the Children and other programs. ...

Singer/songwriter Deana Carter is working on a new album, but it won't be released on her longtime label, Capitol Records. Carter said she has been "writing her butt off" for the self-produced new project, but declined to say which label it will be on. "I can't say just yet," Carter said. She will debut some of her new material during a 20-city acoustic tour that kicks off May 6 in Chicago. In addition to writing new music, Carter has been splitting her time between homes in Nashville and Los Angeles, where she has written and pitched treatments for a TV game show and a food show. Carter also has landed the small role of a "bimbette Wal-Mart wife" in an upcoming independent film starring Billy Bob Thornton. ...

Buck Owens will be honored with the Country Radio Broadcasters Career Achievement Award on June 28. Brad Paisley will present the award during CRB's annual Country Music DJ Hall of Fame Banquet at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville. Loretta Lynn, Chet Atkins and Eddy Arnold have previously been recognized with the honor. ...

Some of the artists who created the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack will reconvene June 13 for a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. Alison Krauss & Union Station, John Hartford, Gillian Welch, Ralph Stanley, the Whites and the Cox Family are among the artists who will participate. ...

Vince Gill and Nickel Creek will kick off this summer's Bluegrass Night at the Ryman series in Nashville with a June 21 concert at the Ryman Auditorium. An Evening With Ricky Skaggs will be presented June 28, Sam Bush and Friends will perform July 5, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys and the Del McCoury Band play on July 12, and Rowan, Rice and Clements perform on July 19. The July 26 lineup has not yet been announced. ...

Patty Loveless and husband/producer Emory Gordy Jr. are putting finishing touches on Loveless' return-to-roots album, Mountain Soul, due June 26. Ricky Skaggs, Travis Tritt and Jon Randall guest on the album, which mixes traditional and contemporary songs. Kentucky-bred Loveless re-recorded "The Sounds of Loneliness," which she wrote at 15 for her debut album. Mountain Soul features covers of Reno & Smiley's "I Know You're Married," Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner's "Someone That I Used to Know," Melba Montgomery's "Raging Fire," and Darrell Scott's "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive." "I've been wanting to do this record since 1992, when Emory and I put a little group together to go play the Carter Stanley Memorial Festival," Loveless said in a statement. Loveless will tour this summer to support Mountain Soul and Strong Heart, her current mainstream country album. ...

Trace Adkins will host the BellSouth Senior Classic golf tournament at Opryland's annual Celebrity Kids Classic event at Nashville's Springhouse Golf Club on May 27. The event raises money for charities including Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, Tennessee Lions Charities, Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley and Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. Artists taking part include Chris Cagle, Mark Collie, Clay Davidson, Vince Gill, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Sonya Isaacs and the Wilkinsons.

— sonicnet.com report