A Closer Look At Music & Television This Week (July 12-18)

Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting music-related television programming (July 12-18, 2004).

COUNTRY'S BASH: It goes on for days every as it takes over Nashville and CBS has managed to squeeze highlights of it into a two-hour special. "CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party" will air Wednesday night and showcase just a smidgen of the talent that performs, meets and greets and generally brings the world of country music closer to fans each year during the event that used to be called Fan Fair.

Among the folks you'll see on the special are Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Terri Clark, Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and Gretchen Wilson.

PEPSI SMASH: It's the final episode of the mini-season that is "Pepsi Smash" on the WB on Thursday night and it's a doozy. Check out live performances by Avril Lavigne, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Mario Winans, Jessica Simpson, 213 featuring Snoop Dogg and Keane in front of a studio audience.

There will also be clips of John Mayer performing at the legendary Colorado amphitheater Red Rocks during this episode, which will be hosted by actor Nick Zano ("What I Like About You") and VH1's Rachel Perry.

SONGWRITERS FLASH: The reason you love music so much is the songs, isn't it? So why not take a few hours to savor those who pen the ditties you so enjoy as Bravo broadcasts the 35th Annual Songwriter's Hall of Fame ceremony on Sunday night.

Honored during the June 10 event in New York were inductees the songwriting/performing team of Daryl Hall and John Oates, "American Pie" scribe Don McLean, "Killing Me Softly" writer Charles Fox, the immortal Al Green and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" authors Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield. Honored with special awards were Stevie Wonder, Neil Sedaka, Rob Thomas and the song "What the World Needs Now Is Love" (Hal David and Burt Bacharach).

Singing their praises and their works were Roberta Flack, Macy Gray, Garth Brooks, India.Arie, Dionne Warwick, Eric McCormack, Brian McKnight and Moby, and appearances by Bill Cosby, Regis Philbin and comedian/actor Cedric the Entertainer.

TRIO'S STASH: Trio has opened the vaults this week and is airing out a ton of music related programming that spotlights the likes of the the Who's Roger Daltrey, Tori Amos, Bob Marley and performers at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Among the things that caught my eye is the documentary "Ray Davies - The World Through My Window" (Sunday), chronicling the challenging career of the Kinks guitarist and frontman. Also notable is "The Ramones - Raw," which was put together by Marky Ramone and takes a close look at the iconic punk act.

'90'S RASH: Though not as easily definable as the several decades that preceded it, 1990s are memorable for some great -- and some not so great -- music. All week long (Mon-Fri) VH1 will air two episodes daily of its 10-part "I Love The 90's" series. That's a whole lotta music.

MISH MASH: Here's the day-to-day list to get you through the week:

Monday: Gipsy Kings on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC).

Tuesday: Bow Wow Wow featuring No Doubt's Adrian Young drumming on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC).

Wednesday: The Roots performing on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" (NBC).

Thursday: Alanis Morissette on PBS' "Soundstage" (check local listings).

Friday: Head-to-head morning competition between Brandy on NBC's "Today" and Hilary Duff on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Saturday: Vince Gill takes the whole hour on PBS' "Austin City Limits" (check local listings).

Sunday: OutKast will perform during the annual ESPY Awards, broadcast live from Los Angeles on ESPN.