Billboard Bits: Urban, Early Day Miners, Harper/Musselwhite

News on Keith Urban, Early Day Miners, Harper/Musselwhite

KeithKeith Urban is looking to try his luck on the silver screen. The country star has signed on with Melee Entertainment to develop a film project that is likely to be in theaters sometime year. Melee previously produced last year's "You Got Served," which starred R&B acts B2K and Marques Houston.

2006 will also likely see the release of a new Urban album, the follow-up to his Capitol Nashville set "Be Here." Released in September 2004, the set bowed at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 3 on The Billboard 200. It has sold 1.4 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Urban's ongoing U.S. tour stops tonight (July 21) at Wisconsin's Country Thunder USA festival and runs into early October. A set of European dates opens Oct. 12 in Birmingham, England.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

DaySecretly Canadian labelmates Early Day Miners and Windsor For The Derby are teaming for a 10-date fall North American tour, which will begin and close in EDM's Bloomington, Ind., home base on Aug. 16 and Sept. 2, respectively. For Windsor For The Derby, the tour comes in support of its new album, "Giving up the Ghost," due Aug. 16.

Early Day Miners have recently finished recording a 40-minute version of the track "Offshore," from the 2002 album "Let Us Garlands Bring," due for release in January via Secretly Canadian. The group is planning a tour of North America and Europe early next year, during which it will only perform the new version in its entirety.

EDM leader Dan Burton remains busy behind the boards, as he is currently mixing Unwed Sailor's upcoming album for Burnt Toast Vinyl and preparing to record a project with the Italian band Draft next month. In September, he will engineer a solo bass record for the Family Vineyard label from former Brise-Glace/Dazzling Killmen principal Darin Gray.

Here are Early Day Miners/Windsor For The Derby tour dates:

Aug. 16: Bloomington, Ind. (Second Story)
Aug. 19: Toronto (Rancho Relaxo)
Aug. 20: Hamilton, Ontario (Casbah)
Aug. 21: Brockville, Ontario (Memorial Center)
Aug. 22: Montreal (La Sala Rossa)
Aug. 23: Allston, Mass. (Great Scott)
Aug. 24: Providence, R.I. (AS 220)
Aug. 26: New York (Tonic)
Aug. 27: Baltimore (Talking Head)
Sept. 2: Bloomington, Ind. (Second Story)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

CharlieCharlie Musselwhite is joining Ben Harper for seven shows on his ongoing
North American tour. The blues harmonica great sat in with Harper Sunday at Los Angeles' Music Box, performing on the new Harper originals "Dressed in Black" and "Gather Around the Stone." They also reprised "Homeless Child," a Harper song that Musselwhite covered with his assistance on his 2004 Real World album "Sanctuary."

The tour continues tonight (July 21) in Chicago, with Musselwhite planning to remain on board through a July 27 show in New York. Harper has four dates following that, ending Aug. 1 in Philadelphia, while Musselwhite will head to Europe to play three dates during Norway's Notodden Blues Festival.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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