Backstage Tidbits From the ACMs

Jamie O’Neal, the ACM’s top new female vocalist, will make her Grand Ole Opry debut June 15. She plans to have her husband and family sing with her. “I’m sure they’ll do it,” she said, “and they’ll work really cheap!” O’Neal spent much of her childhood traveling and performing with her sister and parents as The Murphy Family. … Chely Wright and Brad Paisley have co-written and co-produced two cuts on Wright’s upcoming MCA album, due in September. … Glen Campbell is planning to do an instrumental jazz album of his classic songs. Campbell said he’ll start recording before the summer season begins in Branson, Mo., where he will share the stage with Andy Williams. … Two-time ACM nominees the Warren Brothers, touring with the George Strait Country Music Festival, called Strait “the Frank Sinatra of country music.” “We’ve walked by him once, but you don’t look at him, you don’t talk to him,” joked Brett Warren. “That’s probably a good thing, because if we did talk to him he’d probably fire us.” The Warrens also said they’ve talked about recording a song with sister act the Kinleys. … Three-time ACM award winners Sons of the Desert have spent time in Florida on writers’ retreats to work on songs for their next album. So far, Drew Womack, Tim Womack and Doug Virden have collaborated with noted tunesmiths Tia Sillers, Mark Selby and Rivers Rutherford.