COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
ALAN JACKSON: In Good Company
Alan Jackson will receive ASCAP's Founder's Award in Nashville tonight. The performing rights organization's most prestigious honor goes to songwriters who are "pioneers and innovators." Alan tells Nashville's Tennessean, "When you get honored as a writer, you feel like you're getting honored for the most important part of music."
Previous recipients include Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, James Taylor and Garth Brooks.
Garth Brooks' 1990 number-one single "Unanswered Prayers" is being made into a movie for the Lifetime network. The Hollywood Reporter says that the movie, starring Samantha Mathis and Eric Close, will follow the story of the song, in which a happily married man must face the return of his high school sweetheart. It's scheduled for a November premiere.
Zac Brown Band is expanding his signature eat-and-greets to include everyone at next year's shows, instead of a small group of contest winners. He tells Billboard magazine, "We're fabricating a state-of-the-art concessions system for our touring, so we can feed the people and give them everything they need without having to wait on it. We're talking about smack-your-grandmama-in-the-mouth Southern gourmet."