Aldean, Anderson, Bates Among New Faces Talent

Jason Aldean, Keith Anderson, Jeff Bates, Little Big Town and Van Zant will star in the New Faces Show, a concert set for Feb. 17 during the 2006 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Universal South recording artist Joe Nichols, a 2003 New Faces alumnus, announced the lineup at a press conference held Wednesday (Nov. 30) at ASCAP’s Nashville headquarters. Aldean, who records for Broken Bow Records, made his mark with his debut single, “Hicktown.” Arista Records’ Anderson — a co-writer of the Garth Brooks/George Jones hit, “Beer Run” — first scored with “Pickin’ Wildflowers” and followed it with his current single, “XXL.” Now on his second RCA album, Good People, Bates made his bow in 2003 with the Top 10 hit, “The Love Song.” The quartet Little Big Town has had its biggest single to date with the recently released “Boondocks” on Equity Records. Southern rockers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant demonstrated their country music inclinations with the singles “Help Somebody” and “Nobody Gonna Tell Me What to Do” on Columbia Records.