Billboard Bits: Black Crowes, Dr. John, Kristofferson

News on the Black Crowes, Dr. John, Kris Kristofferson

Having recently made plans to end the year with a Dec. 31 show at New York's Madison Square Garden, the Black Crowes have announced a March 18-19 stand at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire. According to a spokesperson, the shows are one-offs and not part of a longer tour.

As previously reported, the Crowes are working on a DVD shot during a five-night run at San Francisco's Fillmore, but no information is available about when it might be released.

Also soon to materialize are "Instant Live" recordings of the band's Oct. 30-31 shows at Chicago's Riviera Theatre. At the second concert, which doubled as a Halloween celebration, the Crowes opened for themselves as BC/DC, performing the vintage AC/DC songs "Rock'n'Roll Damnation," "Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be" and "Highway to Hell."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

In the wake of the devastating Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans native Dr. John has recorded a seven-song EP in tribute to the area in which he was raised. Due Nov. 22 via Blue Note, "Sippiana Hericane" will double as a benefit for such charities as the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, the Jazz Foundation of America and the Voice of the Wetlands.

The recording is highlighted by the four-part "Wade: Hurricane Suite," and also features "Clean Water," penned by New Orleans songwriter Bobby Charles. In addition, Dr. John re-recorded his own "Sweet Home New Orleans" with new lyrics written by his wife, Cat Yellen.

"I'm saddened and angered by what has happened," Dr. John says. "If anybody in the government would've done something about the disappearing wetlands for the past 50 years, then this probably wouldn't have been as bad."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Next March, Kris Kristofferson will become the first artist to participate concurrently in the South by Southwest Music and Film festivals as well as the Texas Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The veteran performer and actor will sit for a featured interview and play live as part of SXSW Music (March 15-19), and will also see his films featured in a mini-retrospective as part of SXSW Film (March 10-18). Kristofferson will also be inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame at a March 10 gala, with proceeds to benefit the Austin Film Society.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.