Kevin Costner and Modern West plan Opry debut
Tuesday, November 4, 2008 – Kevin Costner and Modern West will debut on the Grand Ole Opry Saturday as the Opry returns to the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville for its wintertime run. Costner will be in Nashville promoting his first country album "Untold Truths," set for a Nov. 11 release. The Academy Award winner joins a list of artists scheduled for the first weekend of the Opry's Ryman run including Josh Turner, Randy Travis and Billy Currington. Costner and Modern West's Opry appearance will air on Opry Live on GAC the following weekend, premiering Sat., Nov. 15.
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It seems the artistic spirit is never satisfied, and Kevin Costner is the latest in the long line of actor-turned-singers. And, like most, he relies on actual musicians to do most of the work. Although Costner takes front man status, longtime friend/musician/songwriter John Coinman is clearly the mastermind behind this debut, contributing to the songs, production and apparently even the band's name (Modern West is also part of the title to Coinman's 2007 solo release). ...