Elton, Ryan To Meet At The 'Crossroads'

Veteran pop artist Elton John and critically lauded alt country rocker Ryan Adams will team up for an upcoming episode of the occasional series "CMT Crossroads." The musicians taped the performance Ap

Veteran pop artist Elton John and critically lauded alt country rocker Ryan Adams will team up for an upcoming episode of the occasional series "CMT Crossroads." The musicians taped the performance April 2 in Nashville, according to Adams' label, Lost Highway. A limited number of free tickets were available to members of the Lost Highway Online Team (for more information, visit the label's official Web site).

"CMT Crossroads" debuted in January on the Country Music Television channel with the pairing of Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello, and was followed in February by the team of Hank Williams Jr. and Kid Rock. A new episode featuring Brooks & Dunn and ZZ Top is scheduled to debut April 21. Brooks & Dunn also contributed to the forthcoming ZZ Top tribute album, "Sharp Dressed Men."

John and Adams have had an active recent history together, beginning with John giving Ryan credit on his latest album, "Songs From the West Coast," which reads "Special thanks to Ryan, who inspired me to do better." John also joined Adams on stage during recent New York and Toronto appearances, while the pair performed "Rocket Man" March 24 at John's 10th annual post-Oscar party in Los Angeles, which benefited his Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Adams has a trio of upcoming U.K. shows confirmed for Sunday (April 7) at the Apollo in Manchester, England, and April 9-10 at London's Brixton Academy. As previously reported, Adams will also be among the artists performing at the April 14 tribute to Willie Nelson at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

The next day, the artist is scheduled to begin work on a new album in a Music City recording studio, according to Lost Highway. The set will be the follow-up to "Gold," which debuted at No. 59 on The Billboard 200, and has sold 207,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.

The notoriously prolific artist won't be in the studio long, however. Beginning May 1, he'll kick off a tour supporting Alanis Morissette. The trek launches in San Diego, with dates set through May 27 in Virginia Beach, Va.

John, meanwhile, is set to perform April 13 during the 11th annual Rainforest Foundation benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, along with James Taylor and foundation co-founder Sting. From there he'll close out the month with a nine-date Australian tour, followed by an extensive summer European run.

Come September, John will be back on the road in the U.S. with Billy Joel for 10 shows rescheduled last month due to Joel's bout with an acute upper respiratory infection and laryngitis.