Billboard Bits: Carter, Crow, Springsteen

Stories on Deana Carter, Sheryl Crow, and Bruce Springsteen.

Deana CarterIn a Nashville courtroom yesterday (Aug. 15), country singer Deana Carter avoided jail time by entering a "best interest" plea of driving while impaired, and instead received a sentence of community service and a fine. As previously reported, Carter was charged with drunken driving Dec. 21 when she was stopped for driving 48 mph in a 30 mph zone and the arresting officer smelled alcohol on her breath. Judge William Faimon sentenced Carter to 16 hours of community service at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and a $500 fine.

"Deana simply followed my advice," her lawyer Bill Ramsey said in a statement. "In my opinion, this is the best resolution for all involved. Deana and I have the greatest respect for the Metro Police Department and the Office of the District Attorney General and the professional way they handled the case. We are glad that the entire matter is now concluded. She can now focus on her career and the upcoming release of her new album."

That new album, "I'm Just a Girl," is due in March 2003. The set will be her first for Arista Nashville following last year's Rounder holiday release "Father Christmas," and two albums for Capitol. Those releases, 1998's "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" and 1995's "Did I Shave My Legs for This?," peaked at No. 6 and No. 2, respectively, on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Sheryl Crow recently performed a mini-concert for the houseguests on the CBS reality series "Big Brother 3." Crow gets a tour of the house and performs "Soak Up the Sun" and "Steve McQueen" from latest A&M album "C'mon, C'mon," and her 1994 hit "All I Wanna Do" with her band on the two-hour episode of the show airing Wednesday (Aug. 21) at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Fans of the show that have signed up for live streaming video from the Big Brother house via will be able to watch Crow's performance a night earlier beginning at approximately 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, according to the network. As reported earlier today , Crow will be among those taking part in a pair of upcoming concerts to benefit the family of Billboard's late editor in chief Timothy White.

Bruce Springsteen has given permission to Minneapolis' Weisman Art Museum to use his music, lyrics, photography, and videos in a multi-media exhibition that explores his use of cars and highways as motifs in his music. Featuring more than 70 photographs by the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Pamela Springsteen, David Gahr, Lynn Goldsmith, and Frank Stefanko, the exhibit is slated to open Sept. 22. "I'm presenting Springsteen as an artist," Weisman exhibition organizer Colleen Sheehy said in a statement. "I explore one aspect of his imagery -- both in music and in visual forms -- just as we might look at how a painter uses certain motifs like nature or the city. Springsteen uses cars and the road to comment on American culture, and, importantly, his messages have connected with millions of people." The exhibit will run at the Weisman through Jan. 19, after which it will travel to Detroit's Cranbrook Art Museum in summer 2003, Seattle's Experience Music Project in spring 2004, and New Jersey's Newark Museum in summer 2004.