The Del McCoury Band is considered to be the anchor of Ceili Music, an imprint of Ricky Skaggs' Skaggs Family Records. So "Del and the Boys" is, sensibly, the label's first release through its new sales, marketing, and distribution pact with Lyric Street Records.
In the wake of last year's Maverick album "White Pony," side projects are keeping members of the Deftones busy. Vocalist Chino Moreno's Team Sleep's as-yet-untitled album was recorded last spring in Seattle with veteran Deftones producer Terry Date, and features childhood friend Todd Wilkenson on guitar and friend DJ Crook. Look for it early next year on an as-yet-undetermined label.
Less than a month after the planned July 10 release of her latest Island album, "Skin," Melissa Etheridge will hit the road to support the set with a North American solo tour. The "live... and alone" tour will kick off with three shows Aug. 6-8 at Washington, D.C.'s 1,850-capacity Warner Theatre.
English trance rock mavens Spiritualized have completed work on their long-anticipated new album, "Let it Come Down," due Sept. 11 via Arista. The album, the follow-up to 1997's acclaimed "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space," will feature the contributions of an immense 96-piece orchestra and choir.
Outkast was a double winner at the first BET Awards, presented last night (June 19) at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. The hip-hop duo won for best male group and video of the year for "Ms. Jackson," from the critically acclaimed La Face/Arista set "Stankonia." The album has sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.
More than 60 country and contemporary Christian artists gathered last night (June 19) in a Nashville studio to record "America the Beautiful" under the guidance of producers Tony Brown of MCA Nashville and James Stroud of DreamWorks. Among the participating artists were Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Lonestar, Keith Urban, Billy Dean, Jaci Velasquez, Avalon, Mark Miller, Trace Adkins, Brenda Lee, Jars of Clay, Toby Keith, Jamie O'Neal, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and Martina McBride.
More than 124,000 attended last weekend's Fan Fair country music festival in Nashville, according the Country Music Association (CMA). In the past, a sold-out festival topped out at 96,000. That was surpassed this year thanks to the move from the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to a new venue in Music City's downtown area. Last year's Fan Fair at the old site suffered a dip in attendance, drawing approximately 80,000.
Even with a 12-disc box set of the Grateful Dead's Warner Bros. years due out in the fall via Rhino, the band's namesake record label is not resting on its laurels. Grateful Dead Records has just issued "Dick's Picks, Volume 22," the latest in its continuing series of live concert releases, and "View from the Vault II," a complete live 1991 concert on DVD, VHS, and a three-CD audio set.
Radiohead kicked off its first major North American tour in more than three years last night (June 18) at the Woodlands Amphitheater outside of Houston. The 22-song, two-hour set drew exactly half of its material from the British group's two most recent Capitol albums, last year's "Kid A" and the brand new "Amnesiac," which debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 last week.