The Gossip To Tour

Benefit album features Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch

The debut from that hard-rockin' trio The Gossip, That's Not What I Heard (Kill Rock Stars), is out, and if you saw them open for Sleater-Kinney last year you already know that this Arkansas-based group is the real deal. Singer/songwriter Beth Ditto is a commanding onstage presence; her rock 'n' roll voice is a great fit for their album's minimal riff-based rock. They begin a 28-show U. S. tour January 31 at Meow Meow in Portland, Ore.; it wraps up March 1 at 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis. All the dates are up at the site. ... Concerts for A Landmine Free World is a benefit album featuring Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, John Prine and others. The recordings on the album were made during concerts held in December 1999 to raise awareness of the global landmine problem. The album, due April 10th, will benefit the Campaign for a Landmine Free World. [Friday, January 26, 2001]

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