Billboard Bits: Farm Progress, Johnny Cash, Rock Boat

News on Farm Progress, Johnny Cash, Rock Boat

BradBrad Paisley and Montgomery Gentry will perform headlining concerts during the 50th anniversary Farm Progress Show. The September event near Henning, Ill., is presented by agricultural publishing company Farm Progress. 2003 marks the first time big-name concerts have been part of the festivities, which include farming and livestock exhibits and demonstrations.

Paisley will perform Sept. 23, the first night of the three-day show, while Montgomery Gentry is slated to perform the next evening. Information on ticket sales has not yet been announced.

For more information on the Farm Progress Show, visit the event's Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

CashJohnny Cash will be the subject of a career retrospective at the Museum of Television and Radio (MTR) in New York and Los Angeles. The retrospective, which focuses on Cash's TV appearances and music videos, will run Oct. 3 to Jan. 25.

Last year MTR held a similar retrospective on David Bowie. The Cash series will be shown in four parts, with about two hours total running time for each part.

Part one of the series will focus on Cash's TV appearances from 1957-1969, including his TV debut on "The Jackie Gleason Show." Part two will screen the films "Johnny Cash in San Quentin" (1969) and "Ridin' the Rails" (1974), a rarely seen musical. Part three features selections from the 1969-1971 series "The Johnny Cash Show." Part four will have highlights of Cash's TV appearances and music videos from 1970 to the present.

-- Carla Hay, N.Y.

TonicTonic and Verve Pipe singer/guitarist Brian Vander Ark are among the latest artists to join the lineup for the Rock Boat.
As previously reported, the Aug. 28-Sept. 1 cruise will feature Sister Hazel, Cowboy Mouth and Edwin McCain among the more than 25 acts that have signed on.

Presented by Budweiser True Music, the cruise will depart Tampa, Fla., and sail the Gulf of Mexico on its way to and from the Mexican island of Cozumel. For more information, visit

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.