News on Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Travis

JudyJudy Collins has newly recorded three Leonard Cohen songs for an upcoming compilation of her interpretations of his work, due Aug. 31 from Elektra/Rhino. "Judy Collins Sings Leonard Cohen: Democracy" also features 14 of the iconic poet/novelist's songs as interpreted over the years by the veteran folk artist.

New songs in the collection are "Night Comes On," "A Thousand Kisses Deep" and the title track, "Democracy." Also included is a live version of "Song of Bernadette," and such cuts as "Take This Longing" and "Bird on a Wire."

Collins first covered Cohen on her 1966 album "In My Life," where she included versions of his "Suzanne" and "Dress Rehearsal Rag," which are both offered on the new collection.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

BobBob Dylan has joined the late Jerry Garcia as a wine entrepreneur. While the J. Garcia-label stems from California's Sonoma Valley, Dylan's signature appears on the back label of Planet Waves, a red produced by Italy's Fattoria Le Terrazze winery and named after a 1974 Dylan album.

The 2002 vintage is a blend of 75% Montepulciano and 25% Merlot grapes grown on the winery's vineyards in Italy's Marche region. It follows Visions of J, a Fattoria Le Terrazze wine that its owner, Antonia Terni, named after the Dylan song "Visions of Johanna," prior to any association with the artist.

"I've been a Bob Dylan fan since the first time I heard him, and I didn't even understand English then," Terni told Wine Spectator magazine. "I never imagined we'd make a wine together."

Of the 415 cases produced, 125 will be exported to the United States, with suggested price of $65 per bottle.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

TravisU.K. rock act Travis will offer up a live DVD, "At the Palace," Aug. 17 via Rhino Home Video. The 22-track film was shot Dec. 20, 2003, during a sold-out show at London's Alexandra Palace and features such favorites as "Driftwood," "Coming Around," "Why Does It Always Rain on Me," "Sing" and a version of the holiday classic "Jingle Bells."

The DVD is rounded out by soundcheck and backstage footage plus a behind-the-scenes documentary, "Travis at the Palace." A preview of the track "Turn" and the documentary can be streamed from the band's official Web site.

Travis is off the road following international touring in support of its 2003 Epic album "12 Memories," which debuted at No. 41 on The Billboard 200.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.