MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015
TOBY KEITH'S HOUSTON BAR IN TROUBLE
Toby Keith's restaurant in Houston has shut its doors because management is not paying its bills. KHOU-TV reports a note was posted on the I Love This Bar And Grill saying it was closed because it was behind on its rent. Contractors also say they're due 150-thouand dollars for work done at the bar. Keith's main page for his restaurants no longer lists the Houston location.
It does, however, list a press release pointing out that Keith was the highest-paid country artist last year for a second year in a row, with 65-million in earnings in one year.
JEWEL PLANS AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Jewel is poised to reveal some facts about herself that may not be widely known. Jewel has a deal with Blue Rider Press for a memoir to come out in the fall. Blue Rider says Jewel will reveal ``a far more complicated life'' than previously known. She will write about her childhood and career, as well as give writing advice and insight on being a mom. The book currently does not have a title.
NEIL DIAMOND KEEPS HIS MUSIC PRIVATE WHILE STILL WORKING
Neil Diamond won't share his works in progress with anyone until he gets them recorded. Diamond says once he gets them down on tape, he'll share with a few people and let them draw conclusions. He wrote some songs for his wife, Katie, and she was one of the few people he would let hear them, but only after they were recorded. They became his ``Melody Road'' record. Diamond says his wife was delighted with the songs and he's glad that she was.
However, he says he didn't want any other voice involved in the creation of the album other than his own.
COACHELLA ANNOUNCES LINEUP
AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will headline this year's Coachella festival. Other acts include Tame Impala, Interpol, Hozier, Alt-J, David Guetta (GET'-ah), Florence and the Machine, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, Milky Chance and Steely Dan. Coachella will be the weekends of April 10th and 17th in Indio, California.
JIMMY CARTER WILL GIVE MUSICARES AWARD TO BOB DYLAN
Bob Dylan will get his MusiCares Person of the Year honour from former President Jimmy Carter. The Recording Academy has also announced more performers for the gala honouring Dylan. They are Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi (teh-DES'-kee) and Derek Trucks. That's in addition to Willie Nelson, Jack White, Alanis Morissette, Norah Jones, Beck, The Black Keys, Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The event will be February 6 in Los Angeles, two days before the Grammys.
SIA, BLAKE SHELTON WILL APPEAR ON ``SNL''
Will Sia show herself on national television or decide to hide again? She is the musical guest for ``Saturday Night Live'' on January 17th. Kevin Hart will host. Blake Shelton will be both host and musical guest on the January 24th show.