BNA recording artist Kenny Chesney will talk publicly for the first time about his June 3 police incident near Buffalo, N.Y., on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." The show airs Monday evening (June 12). Chesney and Tim McGraw were arrested after an altercation with police. ...

Jimmie Dale Gilmore will play the July 14 taping of Mountain Stages Radio Show in Showshoe, W.Va., along with L'il Band o' Gold and John Wesley Harding. ... Keith Urban opens for Dwight Yoakam for seven June dates. ... Trisha Yearwood will grace the Summer 2000 cover of The Art of Simple Living magazine. ... "On Music Row," the TV project co-starring singer Lari White, premiered Thursday (June 8) at the Nashville Independent Film Festival. The fictional drama details the lives of a young group of musicians trying to break into the music business. Producers hope to sell the pilot to a network. ...

After its move to new headquarters next year, the Country Music Hall of Fame plans to send a traveling exhibit across the country. Now that all its millions of pieces of memorabilia are coming out of storage, the Hall will ship an interactive exhibit to selected cities for several weeks at a time. ...

Award-winning duo Brooks & Dunn are releasing audio and video clips on their Web site from a recording session held recently in Dunn's rural Nashville barn. Each month, another of the 14 songs they recorded from their catalog will become available through their "Live From Cyber Ranch" link. "Neon Moon" is featured this month. ...

Porter Wagoner, Little Jimmy Dickens, Bobby Bare, and Stonewall Jackson are among those added to the lineup for the Country Hall of Fame's first annual Nashville Skyline Jamboree. Susan Ashton, Ernie Ashworth, and Sisters Wade also will perform at the event scheduled for Thursday (June 15) in the Hall's Music Row parking lot...

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Nashville country rocker John Hiatt will be featured on "Sessions at West 54th" the week of June 16...

Alison Krauss recently appeared with Yo-Yo Ma, Mark O'Connor and Edgar Meyer at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall for a special that will air later this year on PBS. Krauss performed "Slumber My Darling" and played violin on "Fisher's Hornpipe" from Appalachian Journey. James Taylor is also on the show. Krauss pairs with the Boston Pops for another PBS taping to air in July. ...

The Grand Ole Opry will premiere its Tuesday afternoon summer performances on June 20 with Loretta Lynn. The 3 p.m. matinee series runs through Aug. 8. ... The Opry is also hosting free summer concerts on its plaza to celebrate its 75th anniversary. BR5-49 kick off the event June 16 and return Aug. 4. Dale Watson appears June 23, Junior Brown plays June 30, the Derailers on July 7 and 14, Jim Lauderdale on July 21 and Asleep at the Wheel on July 28. ...

The Country Music Hall of Fame celebrates its final summer on Music Row with its first Nashville Skyline Jamboree on June 15. The museum's parking lot will be transformed to resemble a carnival midway, with music by BR5-49, Dean Miller, Raul Malo (of the Mavericks), Alan and David Frizzell, and Deana Carter. Country Music Hall of Fame members Brenda Lee and Kitty Wells will be on hand to sign autographs. ...

Garth Brooks' Capitol Nashville album Double Live tied Bruce Springsteen's Columbia set Live 1975–1985 as the highest-selling live album ever this week, reaching the 13 million mark. Additionally, George Strait's MCA Nashville anthology, Strait Out of the Box, is certified seven-times platinum, equaling Led Zeppelin's self-titled Atlantic box set as the highest-selling box released in the '90s. ...

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic, now moved from Dropping Springs, Texas, to south Austin, has signed these artists for the date: 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. ...

Acclaimed Nashville songstress Mandy Barnett will reprise her role as Patsy Cline, beginning June 15 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in the musical "Always ... Patsy Cline." Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with a Saturday matinee running through Aug. 12. ...

Garth Brooks — along with his alter ego Chris Gaines — will take the stage to close out the first half-season of PBS's "Austin City Limits" on June 10. During the hour-long concert, Brooks reaches back for "The Dance," a #1 hit from his 1989 debut album; "Rodeo," from 1991's Ropin' the Wind; and "The Beaches of Cheyenne," from the 1995 album Fresh Horses. He performs two songs as Gaines — "Way of the Girl" and "Main Street" (RealAudio excerpt) — from 1999's pop-rock album Garth Brooks in ... the Life of Chris Gaines. This is Brooks' third appearance on "Austin City Limits." ...

— sonicnet.com staff report