Country Goes to Washington

Texan George W. Bush isn’t letting anyone forget where he’s from as he moves into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Country music — especially Texas-style country music — will rule during festivities surrounding the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20. Asleep at the Wheel will join Lyle Lovett, Clint Black, Lisa Hartman Black and Mark Chesnutt at the Texas State Society’s Black Tie & Boots Ball on Jan. 19 in Washington, D.C. Tickets to the high-profile party are sold out. George Strait was invited to perform, but declined, his publicist told country.com. Staunch Republican Travis Tritt has been tapped to play the Republican Senators Ball on Jan. 19. Tritt, who performed at several Bush campaign rallies, plans to stick around for the official swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, his spokeswoman told country.com. Jacksonville, Texas, native Lee Ann Womack will perform for the Texas Congressional delegation at “DC City Limits,” an Austin City Limits spinoff Dec. 18 at Washington’s Hard Rock Cafe. Also heading to D.C. are Lorrie Morgan and Sammy Kershaw who will perform at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18. The bill includes pop star Ricky Martin, Sandi Patti and Destiny’s Child.