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Travis Tritt, John Rich, Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek join Randy Jackson disc

Monday, March 10, 2008 – What do Travis Tritt, John Rich, Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey and Paula Abdul have in common?

They are all on American Idol judge Randy Jackson's disc, "Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1" coming out Tuesday through his label Dream Merchant 21 and Concord Music.

Tritt teams with Sambora and Lucy Woodward on "Willing to Try." Jackson produced Travis' last disc, "The Storm," which came out on the troubled Category 5 Records label last year.

Rich of Big & Rich, teams with Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek and Anthony Hamilton on "Home."

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Concert Review: Bentley brings the A-listers – Dierks Bentley's Valentine's Day "Burning Man World 2019 Tour" stop celebrated his album, "The Mountain," one of his best full-lengths to date. That album's so good, in fact, one was left wishing he'd included even more of it in his setlist. Those album tracks he did sing, though, stood up well among his many hits.... »»»
Concert Review: Lula Wiles is on the verge – Lula Wiles is on the verge. This three-piece folk-Americana band composes and performs music with skill and assurance. This vibrant listening room venue allowed them to display their talent before a full house. Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland and Mali Obomsawin comprise Lula Wiles. From Burke's opening electric guitar riffs through an acoustic... »»»
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