Tim McGraw and veteran singer/songwriter Jackson Browne will team up for an episode of the CMT performance series "Crossroads."
Tim McGraw and veteran singer/songwriter Jackson Browne will team up for an episode of the CMT performance series "Crossroads." Due to air in November, the show will be taped before an invited Nashville audience amidst busy touring schedules for both artists.
Since its debut in 2002, "Crossroads" has paired country artists with those from a different genre to tell stories and perform one another's songs. Past collaborations have included Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams, Kid Rock and Hank Williams Jr., Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and Travis Tritt, John Mellencamp and Kenny Chesney and Heart and Wynonna.
Some may expect sparks to fly between the outspoken and politically liberal Browne, who will take part in MoveOn PAC's upcoming Vote for Change tour, and a superstar from the traditionally conservative country music scene. Such a clash is doubtful, though, as McGraw sings of a lack of party affiliation in "Who Are They?" ("Democrat, Republican /I guess I'm screwed, I'm neither one") on his last album, 2002's "Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors" (Curb).
Browne, who was earlier this year inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, hits the road with his band beginning Sept. 24 in Reno, Nev. On the Vote for Change tour, Browne will share the stage with Bonnie Raitt and Keb' Mo' from Sept. 27 through Oct. 5. A Sept. 29 show in Phoenix will also feature Crosby, Stills & Nash and Jack Johnson.
Following an Oct. 8 show with his band in Aruba, Browne will launch a solo acoustic European tour Oct. 18 in Brighton, England. That run will close Nov. 29 in Milan.
Browne has spent this year working on a new album. It is unknown what label will release the set, as the artist severed ties with longtime label Elektra in January.
McGraw has been on the road for a good portion of 2004, and last week kicked off a run in support of his new album, "Live Like You Were Dying," due tomorrow (Aug. 24) via Curb. The tour takes him to New York on Friday (Aug. 27), where he'll perform a free show in the city's Bryant Park for ABC's "Good Morning America."
In related news, McGraw has pledged to donate his profits from last night's (Aug. 22) concert at Orlando, Fla.'s TD Waterhouse Center to relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Charley, which recently devastated much of the Sunshine State.
McGraw will be on the road through an Oct. 10 show in Charleston, W.Va., in time for the artist to attend the premiere of "Friday Night Lights," his feature film debut, which opens Oct. 15 in U.S. theaters.