Sept. 3, 2009 — It's a safe bet that the Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Toby Keith and George Jones all have something to eat everyday. It doesn't make them unique, but it's as good a reason as any for them to team with the food industry.
Zac and George each have new projects affiliated with the Cracker Barrel's national chain of Southern restaurants, and Toby is expanding his own chain. Sara is planning a public appearance on behalf of Libby's, the home foods corporation for whom she recorded a radio commercial one year ago.
Food for thought:
• Having turned "Chicken Fried" into one of the most-played songs of the last 12 months, the Zac Brown Band is warming up a new, revised version of its album The Foundation for exclusive sale at Cracker Barrel beginning Labor Day. The CD's additions include three live recordings: Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released," a remake of Joan Baez's "The Night Th ey Drove Old Dixie Down" and a cover of Lucinda Williams' "I Lost It."
• George Jones just released a new Cracker Barrel CD this week. A Collection Of My Best Recollection has a dozen tracks, including such familiar titles as "White Lightning," "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair." It also offers a pair of previously unreleased performances: "I Don't Want To Know" and "I'm A Long Gone Daddy." The Possum is doing a round of New York media next week for the album, including an appearance Sept. 9 on "The Late Show With David Letterman" and another Sept. 11 on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."
• Toby Keith is opening yet another of his I Love This Bar & Grill locations — this one at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. It's expected to begin operations in December.
• During this week in 2008, Sara Evans' new version of the classic commercial "When it says Libby's, Libby's, Libby's on the label, label, label" started running, running, running on radio stations. Sara will be at Manhattan's South Street Seaport Sept. 15 to help judge the winner of Libby's national Table-Gating Recipe Contest.