Fact: Country music star Dwight Yoakam and funnyman Jack Black are teaming up to executive produce a new music-centred comedy series. The odd pair is attached to a show titled Belles and Whistles, which will follow the fortunes of an ambitious dad who moves his dysfunctional family to Nashville, Tennessee in order to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a superstar country singer. Both stars have been dabbling in music and acting for years, with Grammy Award-winner Yoakam scoring a recurring role on sci-fi series Under The Dome, while School of Rock star Black serves as frontman for his band Tenacious D.
Fact: Country singer Dwight Yoakam has dropped out of Johnny Depp's upcoming movie The Lone Ranger due to scheduling issues. Pearl Harbor star William Fichtner will serve as his replacement and play evil railroad tycoon Latham Cole.
Fact: Country star Dwight Yoakam will make his 24th appearance on American TV programme THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO on Thursday (15May08) - smashing the record for the most musical performances by any artist. The Act Naturally star's guest slot on the NBC chat-show will put him ahead of Lyle Lovett, who has played 23 times on the programme.
Fact: BIG + RICH dedicated their performance of LOUD at Wednesday night's (07Nov07) CMA Awards in Nashville, Tennessee to the late "king of bling" PORTER WAGONER, who died last week (ends02Nov07). The country icon received a standing ovation later in the show after co-host Dwight Yoakam paid tribute to him.