Billboard Bits: Elvis Costello, CMA Awards, Bob Marley

News on Elvis Costello, CMA Awards, Bob Marley

Elvis CostelloWhile Rhino mines and reissues his back catalog, Elvis Costello is not resting on his laurels. The artist has scheduled a performance Nov. 7 at New York's Beacon Theatre with the Charles Mingus Orchestra. Together they will perform Mingus compositions, some with brand new lyrics, as well as arrangements of songs from Costello's extensive songbook.

The acts performed two shows together late last month on the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) campus, where Costello is the first Artist in Residence for the school's performing arts program, UCLA Live. In his role, Costello is curating a season of events and programs, with three more events in development that are due to take place in the coming months.

Tickets for the New York performance -- ranging from $35 to $100 -- go on sale Saturday (Oct. 13) at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. There is an eight ticket limit per person.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Tim McGraw, Lonestar, Sara Evans, and Keith Urban will be among the performers at the 35th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, due to take place Nov. 7 at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. The artists will join previously announced talent George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Diamond Rio, and Lee Ann Womack on stage during the ceremony. The event will be hosted for the 10th year in a row by Vince Gill, and broadcast live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET. As previously reported , Evans leads the list with nominations in five categories, RCA artist Sara Evans leads the contenders. Other multiple nominees include Brooks & Dunn and Alan Jackson with four, and McGraw and Brad Paisley with three each.

The beginning of reggae legends Bob Marley and the Wailers' career is chronicled on the collection "The Best of the Early Years," released yesterday (Oct. 9) on Sanctuary Records' Trojan imprint. Featuring 18 tracks recorded between 1969 and 1978 (most from the early '70s), the release includes classic songs recorded with producer Lee "Scratch" Perry, most notably "Trench Town Rock" and "Soul Shakedown Party," and features an essay by the collection's co-producer, Laurence Cane-Honneysett. Here is the full track listing of "The Best of the Early Years": "Soul Shakedown Party," "Sun Is Shining," "Duppy Conqueror," "Small Axe," "African Herbsman," "Trench Town Rock," "Lively Up Yourself," "Try Me," "Soul Rebel," "Mr. Brown," "Don't Rock the Boat," "Dreamland," "Kaya," "Keep on Moving," "Concrete Jungle," "Keep on Skanking," "Natural Mystic," and "I Know a Place."