Billboard Bits: Norah/Dolly, AUDIO/VISUAL, David Cross
News on Norah/Dolly, AUDIO/VISUAL, David CrossA duet between Norah Jones and Dolly Parton will highlight the performance slate for the 37th annual CMA Awards, set for Nov. 5 at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House and airing live on CBS. The duo will perform Parton's "The Grass Is Blue," which Jones recorded for the upcoming Sugar Hill Records tribute album "Just Because I'm a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton."
As previously reported, Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett will open the ceremonies with another duet, on the pair's hit single "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere." Other performers will include Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and Patty Loveless.
Toby Keith leads the nominations for this year's awards with seven. Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley and the late Johnny Cash each received four nominations. Vince Gill will host the event for the 12th straight year.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
World premieres of music videos by Lightning Bolt, Black Dice and Fatboy Slim's remix of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" will highlight the New York Underground Film Festival's AUDIO/VISUAL weekend of live music and video events. Video clips for songs by Palace Music, the Shins, the Pattern, Kid 606, Deerhoof and Sigur Ros will also be screened at a free showcase to be held Oct. 19 at Brooklyn's Northsix club.
The weekend will also include two live-music showcases at the same venue. The first, to be held Oct. 18, will feature performances by LoVid, Jamie Arcangel & the Arcangels, the Plantains, Dr. Doo and Ssion. An additional Oct. 19 show, to follow the video showcase, will include sets by the Sabers, Grandpa's Ghost and Aspects of Physics.
For more information, visit the event's official Web site
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Comedian David Cross will be the subject of the DVD "Let America Laugh," due Nov. 4 from Sub Pop. The DVD is a companion of sorts to Sub Pop's 2002 double-disc stand-up album "Shut Up, You F***ing Baby," which debuted at No. 18 on both Billboard's Heatseekers and Top Independent Albums charts. "Laugh" includes a handful of deleted scenes and hidden extras, including a short clip of an early Cross stand-up performance.
Cross can currently be seen in the Fox TV show "Arrested Development," and is also the narrator on the network's comedy "Oliver Beene." He will appear in the film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" opposite Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, which opens Nov. 14 in limited U.S. release.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.