Austin American Statesman; Austin; July 3, 1997
`BIG BUCKS' PLANS BIG TRIBUTE TO LANE: JOE
ELY and the Church's MARTY WILSON-PIPER are the first artists to verbally
agree to appear on a Ronnie Lane tribute album, which is
being compiled by Lane's friend and former butler James ``BIG BUCKS''
Burnett for Dallas' Last Beat label.
``We're going to concentrate on Ronnie's solo
work and not so much on his better known stuff with the Faces or the `Rough
Mix' album (with Pete Townshend),'' Burnett said. ``Plus I don't want this
to be a bunch of modern rock bands like Stone Temple Pilots trying to get
some credibility. I want this album to be Ronnie's good friends celebrating
his life in music and turning other people on to Ronnie's songs.''
Burnett said he and Ely talked about Joe
doing a never-released Lane composition called ``Spiritual Babe,'' but there
are no known recordings of the song. ``I'm hoping that maybe someone like (KGSR
program director) JODY DENBERG has a live recording of it,'' Burnett said.
``That was a real good song: If Joe doesn't do it, someone ought to, at
least to keep it alive.''