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News on Earnhardt, Frampton, Opry Concerts

DelbertDelbert McClinton has been added to the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert, set for June 28 at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. He will join previously announced performers Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie & the Blowfish, Sheryl Crow, Alabama, Kenny Chesney, and Brooks & Dunn for the concert, net proceeds from which will benefit the Dale Earnhardt Foundation. Racing legend Earnhardt was killed Feb. 18, 2001, in an accident during the last lap of the Daytona 500.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of the Tribute Concert," said McClinton, who was a personal friend of Earnhardt's. "The best part is that I will be able to see a lot of people I haven't seen in awhile that were part of everything that was Dale."

In related news, the concert's organizers plan to honor the U.S. Armed Forces with a special ticket promotion. For each Tribute Concert ticket purchased Saturday (May 31) via or TicketMaster, a matching complimentary ticket to the concert will be donated to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces through military bases.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

FramptonGuitarist Peter Frampton will on Aug. 26 release a new studio album, "Now," via Framptone/33rd St. Records. The 11-track set is led by the single "Verge of a Thing," which will be shipped Aug. 1 to rock radio outlets. It also includes a cover of the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," presented as an homage to late guitarist George Harrison.

Now based in Cincinnati, Frampton recorded "Now" with his touring band and whittled the track list down from a large selection of material. "In the past it was always, 'Okay, I've got 11 songs. Let's cut them all and use 10.' That wasn't the case with 'Now.' I was much more careful about what I decided to use. It took two albums worth of songs to get to where we are."

Frampton will be on tour in North American throughout the summer, beginning July 4 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

ShaverBilly Joe Shaver, Jim Lauderdale, BR549, Robbie Fulks, Laura Cantrell, the Derailers, and Bruce Robison are among the artists who will perform during the Grand Ole Opry's fourth annual free summer concert series. The shows will take place on the plaza in front of the Opry House in Nashville every Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m. and every Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The series will kick off June 6 with BR549 and Ray Scott, and continue the following night with the Derailers and db Harris. To keep and eye on the updated artist schedule, visit

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.