Hopeville, the gospel package tour featuring Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, and Donnie McClurkin, is set to kick off a second leg on Monday (Jan. 13) in Stockton, Calif., after a very successful initial run of dates last fall. The new slate of shows encompasses 23 performances across the U.S. and two shows in Jamaica. The run will wrap Feb. 15 in Norfolk, Va.
Allison Moorer got a lift from special guests Kid Rock and her sister, Shelby Lynne, while taping an upcoming concert album Saturday night in Nashville during a pair of shows at the 12th & Porter club. Rock and Moorer teamed up on "Bully Jones" from the latter's 2002 Universal South album "Miss Fortune," while Lynne joined her sister for "Is Heaven Good Enough For You," "Bring Me All Your Loving," and "Goin' Down."
Jay-Z's Feb. 22 concert in Memphis, Tenn., will be broadcast live via Showtime. The show at the Mid South Coliseum will also feature other artists from the Roc-A-Fella label family, as well as special guests. At present there are no other U.S. tour dates announced for Jay-Z.
1999 - French Jazz piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani dies in New York following a brief respiratory illness. He is 36. Petrucciani was the first French artist signed to EMI's Blue Note imprint, for which he released several albums from 1986-1994.
Akron, Ohio-based rock duo the Black Keys has signed with Fat Possum and will release its sophomore album, "ThickFreakness," on April 8. The group, which features guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, was previously signed to Alive, which last year released its acclaimed debut set, "The Big Come Up."
Modern rock act Puddle Of Mudd is hard at work on the follow up to its 2001 Interscope debut "Come Clean." Having converted a rented Los Angeles house into a studio, the band is again recording with producer John Kurzweg (Creed) and eyeing a "late spring" release through the label. "Come Clean" peaked at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 3.1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Memphis-based hard rock band Saliva, fresh off the November release of its second Island album, "Back Into Your System" (Island), will hit the road beginning Jan. 14 in Jackson, Miss. The tour will play 16 U.S. dates through early February before the group crosses the Atlantic for a host of European shows throughout February.