Billboard Bits: Watershed Four, Anthrax, Old Settlers

News on Watershed Four, Anthrax, Old Settlers

EtheridgeMelissa Etheridge and LeAnn Rimes have been added to the Watershed Four Festival, which, as previously reported, will be held Aug. 30-31 in Walkerton, Ontario.

Etheridge will perform on the first night along with ZZ Top, Our Lady Peace, Merle Haggard, Travis Tritt, Teri Clark, and Emerson Drive. Rimes will join Bryan Adams, Peter Frampton, Martina McBride, Chantal Kreviazuk, and Aaron Lines on the closing evening. The benefit concert, now in its fourth year, was organized after e.coli bacteria entered the town's water supply, killing seven people.

-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto

AnthraxVeteran hard rock outfit Anthrax will issue a new studio album, "We've Come for You All," May 6 via Sanctuary. The set sports guest appearances from the Who's frontman Roger Daltrey on "Taking the Music Back" and Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell on the cuts "Strap It On" and "Cadillac Rock Box." It's Anthrax's first album since 1998's "The Threat Is Real, Vol. 8," which debuted at No. 118 on The Billboard 200.

"It definitely sounds like Anthrax, and there are elements from our earlier albums. Creatively, we're on top of our game. We really pushed ourselves," drummer Charlie Benante said in a statement. "In the late '80s, we were pigeonholed into just doing thrash metal. The past couple of years, we've decided to take more chances with our music. On this record, I handled the majority of the music. [Guitarist] Scott [Ian] wrote more lyrics than [vocalist] John [Bush] this time around, and [bassist] Frank [Bello] came up with some really good melodies."

Anthrax begins a 19-date European tour tomorrow (March 5) in Dublin. U.S. dates with Motorhead will get underway in May.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

YonderThe Yonder Mountain String Band, Del McCoury Band, Patty Griffin, Jerry Douglas Band, Vassar Clements, and Railroad Earth are among the top names confirmed for the 16th annual Old Settlers' Music Festival, to be held April 17-20 at the Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion in Austin, Texas. Discounted tickets are available through the event's official Web site through March 24.

Other acts on tap include Peter Rowan, Fred Eaglesmith, Tony Furtado Band, Alison Brown, and Mary Gauthier. The event kicks off with a special April 17 "settle in" show for visitors who have purchased in advance four-day pass. On Easter Sunday, Old Settlers' will play host to an Easter egg hunt, a sunrise service, and a special gospel concert.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.