IN THE NEWS:

Jim Lauderdale

Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale promote country duets collection

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale will hit the road together for an outing supporting their country duets effort, the aptly titled "Buddy and Jim." // Tour dates at SoundSpike Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale will hit the road together for an outing supporting their country duets effort, the aptly titled "Buddy and Jim."

Doc Watson, Lyle Lovett, Doobie Brothers head up MerleFest 2011

MerleFest 2011, the annual event celebrating the "traditional-plus" music of Appalachia, will be held April 28-May 1 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC. MerleFest 2011, the annual event celebrating the "traditional-plus" music of Appalachia, will be held April 28-May 1 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC.

Elvis Costello celebrates 'Sugarcane' with in-store gigs

In honor of the recent release of "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane," Elvis Costello will make two in-store appearances in one day at California locations of Amoeba Music.

Jim Lauderdale tours behind two new albums

Americana singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale has a pair of new albums heading for stores later this month, and is plotting extensive roadwork to support the sets.

Briefly: Ludacris, Adam Ant, Jim Lauderdale, Nirvana, The Used

Michigan's Jackson County Fair Board has canceled a planned Aug. 7 performance by rapper Ludacris because the artist's language is too racy, the Jackson Citizen Patriot reported.

SXSW Notebook: 'Donít constantly complain about the monitor if nobodyís heard of you.'

Our reporter Craig Shelburne--armed with a notebook and lots of opinions--is on the streets at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. Here's what he saw on Thursday (3/15):