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Elvis Costello's 'Spectacle' launches second season

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Bruce Springsteen, members of U2 and Sheryl Crow will be among the guests for season two of "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...," which airs on the Sundance Channel, according to a press release.

The second season of the critically acclaimed music/talk series will debut Dec. 9 with special guests Bono and The Edge. Additional confirmed guests for the seven-part season include Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Ron Sexsmith, Neko Case, Ray LaMontagne, Nick Lowe, Levon Helm, Richard Thompson and Allen Toussaint.

In a statement, Sundance Channel EVP/GM Sarah Barnett said, "The series offers viewers unusually close access to artists through its mix of candid conversations and exciting music performances. This season's A-list line-up is a testament to the tremendous respect that artists feel for Elvis Costello as a musician and entertainer."

Season one of "Spectacle," which is produced in conjunction with Elton John, is now available at Apple's iTunes store and as a DVD/BluRay box set, which was released Nov. 17.

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^ Saw that episode last night (Sunday) on the Sundance channel.

Jakob and Elvis sang "On Up The Mountain" acoustically. Then they performed Joe Strummer's "Straight To Hell", all out electric and for their finale', Nick Lowe's " What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding."

Nice show.

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One of the best moments for me last season was when Kris Kristofferson sang - what he said was one of Johnny Cash's favorite songs - "Here Comes That Rainbow Again."

Poignant - tear-jerk of a song - and what a chorus -

And the daylight grew heavy with thunder

And the smell of the rain on the wind

Ain't it just like a human

Here comes that rainbow again.

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This might interest XM/Sirius subscribers:

Sat 12/12 5:00 pm ET

Versatile singer-songwriter and star of stage and screen Elvis Costello returns to Outlaw Country to host another one-hour special, this time focusing on music from his television show Spectacle, which just launched its second season on the Sundance channel. He will play hand-picked selections by artists featured on upcoming shows -- such as Americana stalwarts Levon Helm, John Prine and Lyle Lovett -- as well as several highlights from the first season, including a duet with Jenny Lewis and the radio debut of the song “April 5th,” which was co-written and performed with Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson. (1 hr)

Rebroadcast: Sun 12/13 9:00 pm ET; Mon 12/14 8:00 pm ET; Wed 12/16 12:00 am ET

http://www.xmradio.com/outlawcountry

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Elvis Costello returns for a second season of "Spectacle," a refreshing mix of intimate conversation and live musical performances. Internationally acclaimed during its first season, this original series allows some of the most interesting and influential artists and personalities of our time a rare opportunity to reflect on their work and jam with Elvis. This time, the Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter welcomes Levon Helm, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson and Allen Toussaint, who join Elvis in a memorable version of "The Weight."

Just watched this episode Wednesday night. It was awesome! Here are some of the songs they played.

Holy Cow - Lead Vocal - Allen Toussaint

The Beast In Me - Lead Vocal - Nick Lowe

Tennessee Jed - Lead Vocal - Elvis Costello

A Certain Girl - Lead Vocal - Allen Toussaint

The Weight - Everyone with guest vocalist Ray La Montagne

Unfortunately, Levon Helm was sick. But...he spoke through his drums. :)

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Tonight (01/06/10) at 10 PM PST -

SPECTACLE - Elvis Costello

Tonight on a very special edition of Spectacle, Elvis slides over to the guest chair as actress/music journalist Mary Louise Parker guest hosts. Elvis performs songs from throughout his career including "I Don't Want to go to (Chelsea)", "So Like Candy" and "Brilliant Mistake" and discusses songwriting, collaborating with the likes of Paul McCartney and Burt Bacharach and T Bone Burnett.

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