John Legend and Lee Ann Womack are set to team up for an upcoming episode of Cmt Crossroads. The singers will hit the stage together for a concert in Franklin, Tennessee in September (14) for the show which pairs up country artists with musicians in other genres.
John Hamlin, the senior Vice-president of music, events and talent at CMT, says, "Having John and Lee Ann join us on CMT Crossroads is going to be an incredible pairing - they are both among the most respected singers in their genres.
"This has all the makings of another classic Crossroads collaboration."
The CMT Crossroads concert series has previously paired up acts including Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley and John Mayer and Carrie Underwood with Steven Tyler.
Mos Def and Samuel L. Jackson have emerged as the frontrunners to play Bobby Womack in a biopic about the soul legend, who died earlier this year (14). The Across 110th Street singer's longtime tour manager and friend Don Smalls is masterminding the movie and admits he already has a 120-page script that Womack approved before his death in June (14).
Smalls tells WENN, "There has been talk of Mos Def and Samuel L. Jackson, but we're also interested in casting an unknown.
"I think with the right producer and director, this could be a real blockbuster. The new James Brown biopic (Get On Up) is one thing, but this has the makings of becoming a classic. There's such a story to tell.
"I've got a great script and we're in the process of tweaking that as I speak."
Bobby Womack's longtime tour manager and sidekick is hoping to release the album the soul great had just completed before his death in June (14) in time for the holidays. Don Smalls tells WENN new tracks, including collaborations with rappers Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross and late R&B star Teena Marie, will feature on the untitled release, which will kick start a flurry of activity for the Womack estate.
He says, "It's in the can and we're hoping to drop the album in the next 60 days. We're currently deciding what label the album will be released on."
Smalls reveals there's a feast of riches to work with, including tracks Womack recorded recently with Van Morrison and Ronnie Wood, but there's one planned project with Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse's backing group The Dap Kings that won't be realised.
Smalls adds, "We were booked to hit the studio with The Dap Kings on 23 August. They wanted to record an album project with Bob. The guys came to Bob's house to meet with him and the whole thing had been greenlighted.
"Bob was really looking forward to getting into the studio with those guys."
A live album from a concert Womack performed in Georgia last year (13), an all-star tribute show, a documentary and a biopic are also in the works.
Sinead O'Connor's last-minute Womad set helped give festival bosses their first sell-out in seven years over the weekend (24-27Jul14). Organisers of England's annual world music gathering were left scrambling for a third headliner when Bobby Womack passed away last month (Jun14), and they were thrilled when O'Connor agreed to close the festival on Sunday night (27Jul14).
Her spot led to WOMAD's first sell-out since the event relocated to Wiltshire from Reading in 2007.
As a result, over 40,000 music fans attended the four-day festival, which also featured performances by Youssou N'Dour, Richard Thompson and Manu Dibango.
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has been tapped to replace late soul legend Bobby Womack as the headliner of Britain's Womad musical festival. The If You Think You're Lonely Now hitmaker passed away last month (Jun14) at the age of 70, and on Thursday (10Jul14), festival organisers announced O'Connor would step in for him at the festival in Charlton Park, Wiltshire later this month (Jul14).
A spokesperson says, "Just when you thought that no more remarkable names could be squeezed on to this year's cracking line-up, another one comes along... the compulsive and uncompromising performer Sinead O'Connor."
O'Connor joins the likes of Youssou N'Dour, Richard Thompson and Manu Dibango on the Womad bill.
Damon Albarn will always be grateful to soul star Bobby Womack for sharing his musical knowledge with him in the years before his death. The pair became close friends after the British rocker helped Womack achieve a career comeback by involving him in his band Gorillaz, and Albarn insists he will never forget the veteran musician's lessons.
He tells BBC Radio 4's The Last Word show, "In a strange way, I find it very hard to sort of accept that he's not there anymore... For me, he feels very present and I don't quite understand why... He taught me things that will never leave me, and he will never leave me."
The Blur star also recalls working with Womack for the first time, revealing there was a scare in the studio when the star suffered a bout of hypoglycaemia due to his diabetes,
Albarn explains, "He literally just stood there for 45 minutes just singing. Finally at the end there was a silence. I put my arm around him and he was quite cold. I thought maybe he was going to collapse. Some sort of inner voice said to me, 'Go and get him a banana'. And I came back and gave him the banana and he was absolutely fine, but I had no idea he had diabetes."
Womack passed away last month (Jun14), aged 70.
Soul singer/producer Raphael Saadiq has honoured the memory of late music legend Bobby Womack with a special tribute song featuring rapper Snoop Dogg. The That's The Way I Feel About 'Cha icon passed away last Friday (27Jun14) at the age of 70 and now Saadiq has unveiled the track Gonna Miss U R.I.P. Bobby Womack 1944-2014 on his Soundcloud.com page.
Snoop Dogg introduces the tune, saying, "Brand new music coming up from my nephew Raphael Saadiq... If you're missing somebody like we missing somebody, like really missing somebody, I know you're gonna dig this... (sic)".
In the online description for the song, the former Tony! Toni! Tone! star writes, "Bobby Womack is one of my musical soul International (sic) known Heroes, Never had the chance to work with him, or even talk to him, but I did get a chance to shake his hand and say hello...
"My parents would always play Bobby Womack Records in the house, Here's (a) Toast to Bobby, a song I finish (sic) last night after I heard the news, Gonna Miss You...Have (a) Beautiful Transition, RS".
Saadiq isn't the only star to remember Womack with a musical tribute - Stevie Wonder performed a cover of the soul veteran's If You Think You're Lonely Now at the London Calling festival last weekend (28-29Jun14).
Soul legend Bobby Womack refused to retire last year (14) when his closest friends begged him to stop touring and enjoy life. The singer/songwriter passed away on Friday (27Jun14), aged 70, a year after revealing he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and pals like Candi Staton now reveal the Across 110th Street hitmaker had been ill for years.
A life of drug issues, personal dramas and a cancer battle had taken its toll on Womack, and Staton recalls her last meeting with her old friend in January, 2013.
She tells the Los Angeles Times, "He was in a coma for a while, and when he came out of his coma, I think I was one of the first people he called, and he told me what was going on in his life. I said, 'Oh Bobby, I'm praying for you. Are you OK?' He said, 'They thought I wasn't going to make it through, Candi'."
"I saw him for the last time last year. I think it was in January when I went to his show. He and Millie Jackson and I were in the dressing room together. He was sick then, just so sick. I said, 'Bobby, how long are you going to be out on this road sick like this?'
"He said, 'I'm going to be out here until I can't go no more'. I said, 'OK, Bobby, but you know you've written enough songs and made enough money that if you wanted to, you could go home and lay down and retire'. He said, 'Yeah, go home, lay down, retire and die!'"
In fact, Womack was planning a headlining slot at the WOMAD festival in England at the time of his death. A tribute is being planned for the event at the end of July (14).
Rocker Peter Gabriel has paid tribute to Bobby Womack following the soul legend's death on Friday (27Jun14). The Across 110th Street singer was billed to headline Gabriel's WOMAD festival in England at the end of the month (Jul14).
The former Genesis star, who co-founded the world music event, says, "I'm very sad to learn of Bobby Womack's death. We were very proud to be having him closing this year's WOMAD Charlton Park. His songs and his voice have been so much a part of the fabric of so many musical lives.
"He was a soul legend and will leave a big hole."
Other celebrity tributes to Womack have been posted by Ronnie Wood, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake and Damon Albarn, who helped to revive the soul veteran's career by inviting him to join the Gorillaz in 2010.