Billboard Bits: CMT, Option-G, Noise Pop

News on CMT, Option-G, Noise Pop

Down3 Doors Down has been tapped to replace Los Lonely Boys at CMT's live music special from the Jacksonville (Fla.) Veterans Memorial Arena the night before the Super Bowl. The show will be headlined by Lynyrd Skynyrd and also feature Jo Dee Messina.

"Lynyrd Skynyrd's Super Bowl Saturday Night Special" will air from 9 to 10 p.m. EST Saturday, Feb. 5, on CMT. Newly added to the bill are appearances by Charlie Daniels and .38 Special's Donnie Van Zant. The latter is the brother of Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant, as well as his bandmate in Van Zant. As previously reported, the duo recently signed to Columbia Records Nashville and has a country album in the works.

Most of the seats will be available by invitation only, but a certain amount will be available to the public at $50, with proceeds benefiting tsunami relief.

-- Ray Waddell, Nashville

BenBen Lee and members of rock acts Grandaddy and Rooney will contribute artwork to the first edition of Army With Harmony, a new line of t-shirts from Option-G apparel. The shirts will be sold individually or in a limited-edition set housed in an army messenger bag. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charity of the artists' choice.

"Band t-shirts are an institution, but our idea is exciting to me because we are not making band-specific or concert shirts, but instead works of art or concepts envisioned by the musicians," says Option-G founder Cole Gerst. "We collaborate using whatever media they want to work with -- it's been sketches, drawings, photos or even just a slogan or concept."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

BurmaMission Of Burma, Hot Hot Heat, the Walkmen, Louis XIV, Keren Ann, the Comas, Smoosh, Vetiver and Damon & Naomi are the latest acts confirmed for the 13th annual Noise Pop festival, to be held Feb. 22-27 in San Francisco.

They join a lineup that includes
previously announced performers such as Polyphonic Spree, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Nada Surf, Amon Tobin, Rogue Wave, Joanna Newsom, Mates Of State, Nicolai Dunger, the F***ing Champs and Portastic, a side project of Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan.

Noise Pop will also offer a film festival and the Hastings Music Law Summit West. Festival badges and individual show tickets are on sale now via the event's official Web site.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.