Keith film set for August; Hall terrace honors Aubrey, Crump

Monday, June 23, 2008 at 2:59am
Renderings of Crump Terrace. Inset: Marj Crump (right), and the late George Aubrey Crump (left). Courtesy of Joseph Lust Photography

Roadside Attractions has acquired worldwide rights to Beer For My Horses from Show Dog Productions. The film, written by, produced and starring Toby Keith, is set for release on August 8. Directed by Michael Salomon, the comedic movie follows two deputies who defy the sheriff to save a girlfriend from drug lord kidnappers.

The cast features script co-writer Rodney Carrington, plus Claire Forlani, Willie Nelson, Tom Skerritt and guitarist Ted Nugent. The soundtrack will feature Keith, Nelson, Carrington, Nugent, James McMurtry, Mel Tillis, Carter’s Chord, David Allan Coe and others.

Keith’s last cinematic outing in 2006, Broken Bridges sold about 1.3 million DVDs. Expectations, of course, are that Beer will bubble higher.

During a BMI press conference on Thursday, Keith veered off the movie subject for a moment to discuss the state of the record industry and question the future of the album as a format.

“Pretty much it’s a 99 cent world,” said the superstar who has sold over 30 million albums. “It won’t keep me from making music, but it’s a weird transition time. You have to do everything and be everywhere.”

Swift plans Wal-Mart package

Taylor Swift’s next release will be a CD/DVD package entitled Beautiful Eyes, available July 15 exclusively at Wal-Mart. The collection will be featured on a custom Swift/LEI Jeans promotional display in the store's apparel section, as well as spotlighted in the music section.

The CD will include the exclusive tracks “Beautiful Eyes” and “I Heart ?,” as well as alternate or acoustic versions of several hits.

The DVD will include the new video “Beautiful Eyes,” additional music videos and more.

Hall to transform east entrance

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will break ground for the construction of a 2,657-square-foot walled garden terrace at Fourth Avenue South and Demonbreun Street. The George Aubrey and Marj Crump Terrace, named for the country radio pioneers, should be complete in September.

Designed by Tuck-Hinton Architects and Hodson & Douglas Landscape Architects, and fabricated by American Constructors, the terrace will be elevated above street level and enclosed by a crab orchard stone and ornamental steel fence. The steel replicates the three-two-three-two pattern of the windows in the Museum's façade, which recall the black keys on a piano. There will be seating for approximately 125 guests.

Lynn joins Songwriters Hall

Loretta Lynn was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Thursday. The event at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel also inducted Desmond Child, Albert Hammond, Alan Menken and John Sebastian.

Nashville stars including Lee Ann Womack and Blake Shelton were scheduled as presenters or performers, alongside Natasha Bedingfield, Joan Jett, John Legend, Tom Paxton and others. The evening’s other honorees included Paul Anka, Anne Murray and John Rzeznik.

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