Trace Adkins will be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry cast this weekend, the first new member in two years. Adkins, 41, was hardly the picture of cool the first time he performed on the Grand Ole Opry radio show seven years ago.
A total of 14 songs have made the cut for "The Great American Songbook: Volume II," Rod Stewart's second collection of standards. The follow-up to 2002's successful "It Had To Be You... The Great American Songbook" is due Oct. 21 via J Records. Like the first, "Songbook" was produced by Richard Perry, Phil Ramone and Clive Davis.
Sting will unveil the material from his new A&M album, "Sacred Love," during a Sept. 22 concert at Paris' L'Olympia. The show will be open only to members of Sting's fan club, although the general public can register for tickets and membership for a limited time. "Sacred Love" arrives Sept. 23 internationally and Sept. 30 in North America.
Imagine the dilemma. Your band is on tour for months on end, playing the same songs night after night. Sometimes you don't even have a soundcheck to jam new ideas, and creative inspiration isn't usually overflowing while driving around during off-days in a van. When do you have time to actually write and work on new songs?