News on Kraftwerk, Kooper, Grisman/OSFT, Eder

KraftwerkTo coincide with its previously announced summer tour, German electronic outfit Kraftwerk will release its first live disc. Due June 7 via Astralwerks, the 22-track "Minimum Maximum" was recorded during the group's 2004 world tour.

Although a track list was not available at deadline, the set will feature "all of the band's classic compositions," according to the label, plus the 2004 single "Aerodynamik," which reached No. 4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Singles Sales chart.

The upcoming tour begins with a May 30-31 stand in Washington, D.C., and has dates on tap through July 4 at Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

AlLegendary songwriter/producer/artist Al Kooper is readying a new solo album, his first in more than a decade, for a summer release. Dubbed "Black Coffee," the set will be his first for Steve Vai's Favored Nations label and the follow-up to 1994's instrumental release "Rekooperation" (Music Masters).

Kooper wrote nine original songs for the disc, working with Dan Penn and Sandi Stewart on "Going, Going, Gone" and "Imaginary Lover," respectively. He also covers the Temptations' "Get Ready," Keb' Mo's "Am I Wrong," Hal Lindes' (Dire Straits) "Got My Ion Hue" and Ray Charles' "Just for a Thrill."

Also featured is a take on Booker T. and the MGs' "Green Onions" and Kooper's own "Comin' Back in a Cadillac," both recorded at Norway's Notodden Blues Festival in 2001.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

DavidLauded mandolinist David Grisman will hit the road next month with Old School Freight Train opening and serving as his backing band. "In my 40 years of recording acoustic music, it's not very often that a new band catches -- and keeps -- my attention," Grisman says. "Old School Freight Train has done that and more."

Grisman's own Acoustic Disc label will on May 10 release the Charlottesville, Va.-based band's second studio album, "Run." The Grisman-produced set includes original material and covers of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" and Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927."

Grisman has additional dates scheduled into October. OFST, meanwhile, will play April 28-30 at Wilkesboro, N.C.'s annual Merlefest event.

Here are the Grisman/OSFT tour dates:

May 18: New York (Town Hall)
May 20: Cambridge, Mass. (Sanders Theater)
May 21: Philadelphia (World Cafe Live)
June 5: Chicago (Old Town Folk)
June 6: Ann Arbor, Mich. (The Ark)
June 10: San Francisco (the Independent)
June 11: Reno, Nev. (Hawkins Amphitheatre)
June 12: Flagstaff, Ariz. (Orpheum Theater)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

LindaVocalist Linda Eder, best known for creating the role of Lucy in the Broadway musical "Jekyll & Hyde," has signed on to host "Trail Mix," a television special exploring the connection between musical artists and horses. Set to premiere sometime next year on Animal Planet, the program will be directed by Brian Lockwood, who has worked in the video and concert realm with Linkin Park, Elton John, Dave Matthews Band, Eric Clapton and Papa Roach.

"It's a dream come true for me to branch out into television with a special that combines two of my greatest passions, horses and music," Eder says of the show, which will feature music videos featuring participating artists and their horses at the end of each segment.

Eder has also been working on her eighth studio album at recording sessions in New York and London. Due in September, the as-yet-untitled set will be the follow-up to 2003's "Broadway My Way," which bowed at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.