New Episode Premieres September 15 on CMT

NASHVILLE – August 28, 2006 – Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash have been friends since the early 1980s, and their similar paths and collaborations serve as the foundation for a powerful one-hour episode of CMT CROSSROADS, premiering Friday, September 15 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT. The performance was recently taped before an invitation-only audience at New York City’s Manhattan Center Ballroom.

Both children of the 1950s, Earle and Cash have led similar lives that include successes in the musical worlds of rock and country as well as the realm of short fiction. These former Nashville residents who now make New York City their home, collaborated in 2003 when Earle was featured on Cash’s “I’ll Change For You” on her Rules of Travel album. The two partner again on the CMT CROSSROADS stage in memorable performances of songs from both artists.

Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Steve Earle broke into the music scene 20 years ago with a No. 1 country record, Guitar Town. His broad collection of work includes such critically acclaimed albums as Copperhead Road, Train a Comin,’ I Feel Alright, El Corazon, The Mountain and Transcendental Blues. His most recent works, Jerusalem and The Revolution Starts…Now, represent his outspoken political side. He’s been busy with various other projects including producing a record for his wife, Allison Moorer, hosting a radio show on Air America, touring and writing his first novel. In addition, his play, “Karla,” made its New York debut. Earle recently signed with New West Records and will record this fall for an early 2007 release.

Rosanne Cash’s latest album, Black Cadillac, has become the most acclaimed release of her celebrated career. In four-star reviews, Rolling Stone has called it “Rosanne Cash’s best and darkest” and Newsweek honored the album as ”not just the best album she’s made in a long time. This is her best album ever.” Cash launched her career as a singer/songwriter in the late 1970s working in London at CBS records, the same label on which her father, Johnny Cash, recorded during his career. Cash eventually released her debut album in 1978 and her follow-up album, Right or Wrong, included the hits “No Memories Hangin’ Round,” “Couldn’t Do Nothin’ Right” and “Take Me, Take Me.” Cash’s Seven Year Ache album, released in 1981, went gold and the title track, which she wrote, became her first of 11 No. 1 country hits as well as her signature song. Cash’s album Rhythm and Romance, released in 1985, featured “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me,” which was written in frustration after not winning a Grammy. That song ironically, won her a Grammy in 1985. Cash released the classic King’s Record Shop in 1987 which included four No. 1 hits.

Other CMT CROSSROADS episodes have featured Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams; Kid Rock and Hank Williams Jr.; ZZ Top and Brooks & Dunn; Elton John and Ryan Adams; Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson; James Taylor and the Dixie Chicks; Ray Charles and Travis Tritt; John Mellencamp and Kenny Chesney; Melissa Etheridge and Dolly Parton; Pat Benatar and Martina McBride; Dave Matthews and Emmylou Harris; a live NFL Super Bowl CROSSROADS special featuring Toby Keith performing with Willie Nelson, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Sammy Hagar, Run DMC’s Darryl McDaniels, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, Ted Nugent and jazz musician Wayman Tisdale; John Mayer and Brad Paisley; Heart and Wynonna; Lynyrd Skynyrd and Montgomery Gentry; John Fogerty and Keith Urban; Bon Jovi and Sugarland; Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers; and Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett.

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