December 30, 2003

Fleck & McCoury Set For Suwannee Fest

Bluegrass greats Del McCoury and Vassar Clements and progressive act Bela Fleck & the Flecktones are among those confirmed to play the 2004 Suwannee Springfest. Set for March 25-28 in Live Oak, Fla., the event will feature more than two-dozen acts on several stages at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.
Produced by Magnolia Music & Events, Suwannee Springfest will also feature Guy Clark, Jim Lauderdale, Tony Rice, Donna The Buffalo, Peter Rowan, Psychograss, Verlon Thompson and the Laura Love Band.
Talent lineup and ticket information has not yet been announced for MagnoliaFest, which is slated for Oct. 21-24 at the same location. Clements, Rowan, Lauderdale and Leftover Salmon are among the artists who performed at the 2003 edition of the event.

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National Park Proposed For NE Maine

A multimillionaire skin-care maven wants to create a new national park in Maine, but local residents worry that wilderness protection measures will end the lifestyle their families have known for generations.
Roxanne Quimby, co-founder of Burt’s Bees natural care products, wants to buy as much land as she can in northern Maine to piece together a national park where hunting, snowmobiling, and logging would be off limits. “It’s my intention to donate this land to the people of America,” Quimby told the Portland Press Herald.
In November, 53-year-old Quimby bought more than 24,000 acres of forest east of Maine’s Baxter State Park. This land, which sold for $12 million, brings the total of Quimby’s land holdings to 40,000 acres, making her the second largest individual landowner in the state. With the recent sale of 80 percent of Burt’s Bees to an investment firm at a price of $179 million, Quimby is poised to increase her purchasing power. The ultimate goal is a national park that would cover 3.2 million acres of what some consider the most spectacular wilderness east of the Mississippi River.
The proposed national park is supported by a host of high-profile environmentalists

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VH1 Will Release Zevon Special On DVD

The VH1 special about the making of Warren Zevon ‘s final album, “The Wind,” will be released on DVD in March.
The album, which includes a cover of Bob Dylan ‘s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and the poignant “Keep Me in Your Heart,” was released to critical acclaim shortly before the singer-songwriter’s death in September. Zevon died at age 56 after a yearlong battle with lung cancer.
Jordan Zevon, executive producer of “The Wind,” says the DVD will show things that wouldn’t fit in the VH1 special and will include footage that shows his father’s personality.
“We got together with Artemis (Records) … and I went through all the tapes and tried to pick some extra tracks to put on there,” he told AP Radio in a recent interview.
“They’re all moments that are uncut. They’re not edited together for the sake of time and go from bit to bit. They’re actually just little moments in the making of the record.”
Warren Zevon has been nominated for five Grammy Awards including song of the year for “Keep Me in Your Heart.” The Grammys will be presented Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.
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