New Jersey-based rockers Bon Jovi and certified platinum country trio Sugarland unite for an episode of the critically acclaimed series CMT Crossroads. Filmed before an invitation-only audience at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, Bon Jovi and Sugarland perform songs from both groups, including the Bon Jovi hits "Livin' on a Prayer," "Wanted Dead or Alive" and "You Give Love a Bad Name," as well as Sugarland's hit, "Baby Girl." This episode also includes the premiere live performance of "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" – a collaboration from Bon Jovi's album, Have a Nice Day, featuring Sugarland lead singer, Jennifer Nettles.
Country music icon Kenny Rogers offers up his first Christmas collection since 1998's Christmas from the Heart. His sixth holiday-themed album overall, Once Again It's Christmas features a number of guest performers including Alison Krauss, Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles, vocal group Home Free, pianist Jim Brickman, and country-pop duo Winfield's Locket. The festive collection marks Rogers' return to recording holiday music, a genre he's been quite close to over the years both sentimentally and commercially.
Released in the same 12-month span as Terrence Malick's Badlands (1973) and Steven Spielberg's The Sugarland Express (1974), Robert Altman's Thieves Like Us (1974) also tells a story of doomed outlaws in love. Depression-era criminals T-Dub (Bert Remsen), Chicamaw (John Schuck), and Bowie (Keith Carradine) band together to rob banks after escaping from a prison farm. Hiding out with Dee Mobley (Tom Skerritt) and Keechie (Shelley Duvall), and then with T-Dub's in-law Mattie (Louise Fletcher) between bank jobs, the three crooks are a loyal group, but increasingly sensational news accounts of their bloodless robberies force them to split up before their next crime. After a car accident, Chicamaw leaves the injured Bowie in Keechie's care. Love blossoms between the two naïfs, compelling Bowie to find a way to balance his bond to Keechie with his loyalty to his friends and the need for money to head for Mexico. With the law closing in, Bowie and Keechie learn the hard way about the finite honor among thieves, and the need to survive.