Billboard Bits: Earth Day Auction, Jennings/Clement, Boorer
News on Earth Day Auction, Jennings/Clement, Boz BoorerOpportunities to interact with such music stars as Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett, plus signed memorabilia from Pearl Jam, Pink and Barbara Streisand are up for bid as part of the second annual Chevy Chase Earth Day Auction. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Environmental Education, founded by Chase and his wife Jayni.
Among the lots up for bid at CharityBuzz.com are a lunch at New York's Gramercy Tavern with Chase and Simon, a pair of glasses from Elton John's collection and VIP tickets to Taylor's July 1 concert in Wantagh, N.Y., and Dave Matthews Band's July 30-31 Island Getaway at New York's Randall's Island.
Beyond the world of music, fans can bid on a behind-the-scenes tour of NBC's "Today" with host Katie Couric, special ticket packages for "The Late Show With David Letterman" and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and a day spent with actor Paul Newman at his Connecticut camp.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Shooter Jennings and Cowboy Jack Clement are the latest recording artists to join the lineup of DJs at Sirius Satellite Radio. Both will appear on the subscription service's Outlaw Country 36 channel, created by E Street Band guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt, who says the musicians "represent what the station is all about - the coolest legends and the coolest new artists, side by side like God intended."
"The Cowboy Jack Clement Show" will be the veteran performer's outlet for four hours each Saturday at 2 p.m. ET (rebroadcast Sundays at 6 p.m. ET) beginning this weekend (April 30). He is the subject of the documentary "Shakespeare Was a Big George Jones Fan: Cowboy Jack's Clement's Home Movies," which had its North American premiere last weekend at New York's Tribeca Film Festival.
"Shooter Jennings' Electric Rodeo" will be a two-hour show scheduled for 6 p.m. ET on Saturdays and will also make its debut on Saturday. No stranger to "outlaw country," the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter released his debut Universal South album last month. "Put the O Back in Country" bowed at No. 29 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and reached No. 11 on the Top Heatseekers tally.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
British independent music company Sanctuary Group has signed Boz Boorer to a worldwide exclusive songwriting pact. The deal includes future compositions and all songs Boorer co-wrote with long-time collaborator Morrissey for the former Smiths frontman's latest album, "You are the Quarry" (Attack/Sanctuary).
Boorer has played guitar with acts including '80s rockabilly band the Polecats and his current project "Boz and the Bozmen." He has also worked with artists including David Bowie, Joan Armatrading, Madness, Kirsty MacColl and Adam Ant.
-- Lars Brandle, London