Linda Eder and Ruben Studdard Join Clay Aiken for PBS Concert, "Clay Aiken: Tried & True — Live!"
By Andrew Gans
"Clay Aiken: Tried & True — Live!" will air on PBS stations around the country during July and August; check local listings.
Aiken, who made his Broadway debut in Monty Python's Spamalot, is joined in the concert by special guests Linda Eder and Ruben Studdard.
Taped in Aiken's hometown, Raleigh, NC, Aiken performs such tunes as "Mack the Knife," "It's Impossible," "Moon River," "Misty," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," "Suspicious Minds," "Unchained Melody" and "What Kind of Fool Am I?" He joins Broadway actress Eder for a duet of Roy Orbison's "Crying."
In a statement Aiken said, "I wanted to do something that paid tribute to the Johnny Mathis, Perry Como and Andy Williams type of sound, because those artists sang really emotional material and did it wonderfully. . . . I've often joked with friends that I was born at the wrong time because the songs I like to sing are all from earlier eras. So performing this kind of music was an opportunity to just be myself."
Aiken's new album, "Tried & True," was released June 1. In July, "American Idol" alumni Aiken and Studdard will hit the road for their "Timeless Tour."
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