Stevie Wonder has signed on to perform during the Super Bowl XL pre-game festivities in his native Detroit. The National Football League championship will be held Feb. 5 at the Motor City’s Ford Field. Wonder, who provided halftime entertainment for the big game in 1999, is expected to perform several songs on a bill with several additional entertainers.
Although the NFL has not made an announcement regarding Wonder’s participation, the league’s official expected in February, Cracker Barrel Music has released a Sara Evans compilation that boasts previously unreleased acoustic version of “No Place That Far” and a live rendition of “Born to Fly.”
“There is nothing like stripping down a song and performing it acoustically,” Evans says of “No Place That Far,” which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in 1999. “I have always wanted to do a version similar to the way I wrote it.”
The 12-track disc retails for $11.99 exclusively at 540 Cracker Barrel locations throughout the United States and via crackerbarrel.com. The company has previously issued exclusive compilations by Alison Krauss + Union Station and the Charlie Daniels Band, as well as the five-disc Grand Ole Opry Live Classics series.
— Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.