Producer Swizz Beatz, Bilal, Inner Voice, Cassidy and Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry will help launch an international peace campaign tomorrow (Sept. 21) with the premiere the tribute single "One Day."

Producer Swizz Beatz, Bilal, Inner Voice, Cassidy and Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry will help launch an international peace campaign tomorrow (Sept. 21) with the premiere the tribute single "One Day."

The event, which is in line with the United Nations' International Day of Peace, will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the UN World Bar in New York. "One Day" will be sung by a children's choir.

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Chris Brown, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Lyfe Jennings are among the artists that will perform the song again live on Dec. 9 outside the Coliseum in Rome for the International Peace Concert.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







In a departure from his usual one-man-band performances, singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur will tour with a full band this fall. Beginning Sept. 25 in Philadelphia, the artist will be backed by guitarist/keyboardist Kraig Jarret Jonson, guitarist Jennifer Turner, drummer Greg Wieczorek and former Champions Of Sound bassist Sibyl Buck.

Arthur is touring in support of his new album, "Nuclear Daydream," which came out yesterday (Sept. 19) via his own Lonely Astronaut label. Also booked is an Oct. 10 appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" and a Nov. 8 performance on "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson."


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Artists like Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Tom Snider and Kevin Fowler can be found on "Why the Hell Not... The Songs of Kinky Friedman," a tribute to the colorful Texas troubadour. Due Sept. 26 via Sustain Records, the nine-track collection also contains new covers from Charlie Robison, Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Asleep At The Wheel & Reckless Kelly and Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis.

Previously recorded tracks from Nelson ("Ride'em Jewboy"), Lovett ("Sold American") and Dwight Yoakam ("Rapid City, South Dakota") were culled from another Friedman covers album, 1999's "Pearls in the Snow" (Kinkajou).

Friedman, who has spawned satirical songs like "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore," "Wild Man From Borneo" and "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed," is currently running for governor in Texas under campaign mottos like "Why the Hell Not" and "How Hard Could It Be?"


-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.