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A message from Andrew Goledzinowski, Australian Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues and Human Trafficking
In June 2017 Australians from all walks of life came together to celebrate Refugee Week and the contributions made to Australian society by people who came here as refugees.
Australia has a long and proud tradition of welcoming and successfully resettling refugees.
Since the end of World War II Australia has resettled more than 865,000 refugees from all over the world. Along with the United States and Canada, Australia has consistently ranked as one of the world's top three providers of permanent resettlement places for refugees.
In celebrating Australia's history of refugee resettlement, it is important to acknowledge the role that strong borders play in supporting our generous humanitarian programme.
Secure borders generate public confidence that the Government can manage migration in a way that mitigates risks and focuses humanitarian assistance on those who need it most.
Without this confidence, the Australian Government would not have been able to commit to an increase to Australia's yearly humanitarian programme, which will rise to 18,750 places in the 2018-19 financial year.
Control of our borders has also enabled the Government to welcome 12,000 additional Syrian and Iraqi refugees on top of our annual intake.
It has now been more than three years since a people smuggling boat reached Australia, and most importantly, more than three years since anyone drowned at sea as a result of people smuggling. This record is a direct result of Australia's tough border protection policies.
Unfortunately, we know that people smugglers will continue trying to rip off vulnerable people with false promises of settlement in Australia. In reality, anyone who attempts to reach Australia illegally by boat will be stopped and either turned back or returned to their home country. The illegal maritime pathway to Australia is closed, and it will stay closed.
The Australian Government's border protection policies are saving lives and stamping out people smuggling, while also creating the conditions necessary for Australia to offer resettlement and a new life to many thousands of deserving refugees every year.
For more information visit www.osb.border.gov.au

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ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email



Stereo 974 is currently in search of a Filipino speaking Announcer for a new upcoming Program we will be putting to air shortly.

No previous Radio experience necessary as full training & voice coaching will be provided.

We are always looking at increasing our Ethnic Programming in various Ethnic Languages.

If you or someone you know within your community is interested in this volunteer's position then please apply via email to:
Kim Grech

PLEASE NOTE: This is a volunteer position.

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

MEDIA RELEASE Posted: Tue 9th May 2017 - 12:05


STEREO 974 announced today that a New Ethnic Language Programs will join the line-up from Saturday 13 May. The SAMOAN YOUTH PROGRAM, will be heard every Saturday from 6pm to 8pm, and will be followed by our highly popular Samoan Program (8pm to 12mn).

"STEREO 974 has always had a flexible outlook towards programming which places us in a position whereby we can service the needs of our community and listeners.  STEREO 974 adheres to our motto of - "By the community for the community".

STEREO 974, is every mindful that we broadcast to an area where 56% of Households speak a language other than English at home, hence our involvement with Community Groups, Ethnic Youth, and Emerging Communities.

As a Volunteer based Not For Profit Incorporated Association, STEREO 974, would like to thank the Community Broadcasting Foundation Limited for their continued support. This support enables us to continue providing a quality broadcasting service to our Ethnic Language Listeners. It also gives Ethnic Communities, the opportunity to reach thousands of listeners who are not catered for in the main stream Media.


ROD BOYD GENERAL MANAGER STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or rod@stereo974.com

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BOBS BLOG Posted: Wed 3rd May 2017 - 12:05

On the heels of his three #1, "A Guy Walks into a Bar," "Redneck Crazy," & "Whiskey in my Water", Tyler Farr is singing a decidedly different tune with his new single, "I Should Go to Church Sometime." "I'm not exactly known for walking the straight & narrow," he admits, "but I have a strong conscience & I was taught right from wrong." Tyler heads out on The Devil Don't Sleep Tour with Brantley Gilbert & his label mate Luke Combs.

Lady Antebellum's new HEART BREAK album won't be out until June 9, but fans are in for a surprise several weeks before, thanks to the soundtrack for TV'S new Dirty Dancing remake. For the new TV version, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley & Dave Haywood cover "Hey Baby," Bruce Channel's #1 hit from 1962. It was one of only 12 tracks included on the original soundtrack for the 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey.

Chris Young is hitting the road with Jason Aldean on the They Don't Know tour. Chris is super excited to get out there for the fans & sing his #1 hits like "Sober Saturday Night," "I'm Comin' Over" & "Think Of You." Chris is also excited to get to spend some time with his buddies Jason & Kane Brown. Chris & Jason have toured together before, & Chris & Kane are not only friends, but Chris has co-written a couple of songs with Kane.

One of the best parts about Luke Combs success & the rise of his smash hit "Hurricane" is Luke's ability to share the experience with his parents. Luke is close with his mum & dad, & he says "my parents are super proud & I'm just happy to make them proud. That's all I kind of set out to do." Mum & Dad Combs are sure to be super proud again when Luke's Life's About to Get Good" will be the lead single from Shania Twain's first new album in 15 years. The single is scheduled for release in June, with the album due out in September.

It's the final album, Adios, by Glen Campbell "Everybody's Talkin'" is about the desire to take a break, when life becomes too much to handle, & head to the ocean to reset. Campbell's version of "Everybody's Talkin'" is a cover. The song was originally written by Fred Neil, who released his version of the track on a self-titled album in 1967. The song rose to popularity, however, after Harry Nilsson recorded it & released it as a single in 1968, in 1969, Nilsson's version was used as the theme song for the movie Midnight Cowboy & hit #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Nilsson received a Grammys trophy for "Everybody's Talkin'," & the song has since been covered by a number of artists, & been used in movies such as Forrest Gump, Borat & The Hangover Part III.

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

BOBS BLOG 15TH MARCH 2017 Posted: Wed 15th Mar 2017 - 13:03

Charlie Daniels is opening up about his life and career in his new memoir, Never Look at the Empty Seats, due out October 24. In the new book, fans will learn about Daniels' rise from his post-Depression era childhood to becoming a Grammy winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee by focusing on the positives in life.
The "Devil Went Down To Georgia" singer's career has spanned an incredible 60 years, and inside the memoir he shares stories, reflections, and rare personal photos plus offers advice to up-and-comers seeking a career in the music business.
Plenty of country songs have been inspired by heartbreak, love lost, divorce and failed relationships — but it's unlikely you'll hear Brett Young singing that sort of country song. In a recent interview the rising singer-songwriter said his parents' happy, 37-year marriage has influenced his songwriting.
In February, Young released his self-titled debut album; he describes the project as "[filled with] a lot of love and a lot of hurt."
Young will be out on the road with Lady Antebellum, serving as an opening act for their You Look Good World Tour.
The Mavericks have released a brand-new single off of their upcoming album, Brand New Day.
"Damned (If You Do)" is lead by band member Raul Malo's vocals, sung over a Latin-inspired, horn-heavy melody. In the song, Malo sings of the pull between what the heart wants and what the mind says is right.
Brand New Day will be the first studio album to be released on the Mavericks' own record label, Mono Mundo Recordings.
Jason Aldean has begun work on his eighth studio album.
Aldean released his last album, They Don't Know, in September of 2016, just six months ago.
A No. 1 album, Aldean's They Don't Know has spawned two No. 1 singles so far: "Lights Come On" and "A Little More Summertime." Aldean's current single from the disc, "Any Ol' Barstool," is in the Top 10 now.
Frankie Ballard is a married man! The singer has tied the knot with Christina Murphy.
In January, Ballard released "You'll Accomp'ny Me" as the latest single from his album El Rio, released in 2014. The song was originally a Top 20 hit on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 (No. 14) for Bob Seger.
Trace Adkins' 12th studio album, Something's Going On is scheduled for release on March 31.The record includes Adkins' previous singles "Jesus and Jones" (released in late 2015) and "Lit" (released in the summer of 2016), as well as his current single, "Watered Down."
Brad Paisley pulled in some big names for his forthcoming new album, Love and War. The singer has shared his next album's track listing, and it features Mick Jagger, Bill Anderson and even Johnny Cash!
Love and War will feature 16 tracks, all co-written by Paisley,
Zac Brown Band have released another one of the new songs from their forthcoming album Welcome Home.
"Real Thing" is the second song that Zac Brown Band fans have gotten to hear from Welcome Home; the band released the album's first single, "My Old Man," in early February.
May 12, the Zac Brown Band will begin their 2017 Welcome Home Tour, in their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
Bob Taylor.

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ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

BOBS BLOG 13TH FEBRUARY 2017 Posted: Mon 13th Feb 2017 - 13:02

It's been two years since the Zac Brown Band released their well-received, but genre-bending, album Jekyll + Hyde, and the Southern rock outfit is set for an epic return in 2017, with not just a new record but a massive tour as well including Australia.

Aptly titled Welcome Home, ZBB's fifth studio album will bring the band back to their roots and is likely to delight longtime fans and new listeners alike.

Zac Brown Band's new album will be called Welcome Home, presumably in reference to the group's decision to return to the sounds of their earlier music — specifically, to that of their first major-label album, The Foundation .

After a year-long hiatus, Lady Antebellum are back in a big way: Not only is the country trio set to release their first album in almost three years, they will also be hitting the road in 2017, visiting cities all across America (and the world). To say that it will be a big year for the two-time Grammys-winning band is an understatement.

At the centre of Lady A's epic year is Heart Break, their sixth studio album.

Lady Antebellum's new album is called Heart Break, but the record's name and its title track are about a lot more than a broken heart.

Lady A also say that Heart Break's title refers to their own "heart break" of sorts that came when they gave themselves a breather in 2016. Their self-imposed hiatus found each member slowing down, spending time with family and even releasing some solo music — but now that they're back, the trio say they're "more excited than we've been in 10 years."

Marty Stuart is set to release his 18th studio album in early March. The project, titled Way Out West, is billed as a "love letter" to the American West, and to California in particular.

Way Out West was produced by Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and features instrumental backing from Stuart's longtime band, the Fabulous Superlatives. The album's 15 tracks consist of new original music, instrumentals and covers, including re-imaginings of Benny Goodman's "Air Mail Special" and "Lost on the Desert," which was once recorded by Johnny Cash.

Gretchen Wilson The "Redneck Woman" singer is back in demand since announcing the end of her two-year hiatus, so that means more media, more meetings and definitely more phone calls.

Known best for her southern rock-driven country hits "Here for the Party" and her signature "Redneck Woman," Wilson re-entered the music scene with her late 2016 single, "Rowdy." A near homage to her two smash singles, "Rowdy" even references the tracks in the second verse: "I'm a whole lotta crazy / A little bit naughty / This redneck woman's always here for the party."

Josh Turner has revealed the cover, track listing and release date for his upcoming album, Deep South, set for release in March.

The "Why Don't We Just Dance" singer's sixth studio album features 11 tracks, including the current climbing Top 20 hit, "Hometown Girl" and the 2014 single "Lay Low."

Since his last album release in 2012 with Punching Bag, Turner and wife Jennifer welcomed a new baby, Samuel Hawke, into the family in September of 2014.

The country star burst onto the music scene in 2003 with his Top 20 debut single, "Long Black Train." He's since topped the charts with hits including "Your Man," "Firecracker" and "Why Don't We Just Dance."

The soundtrack to the upcoming film The Shack features a host of familiar names from the country music world. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Dan + Shay and more all have cuts on The Shack: Music From and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture, the album of songs relating to the emotional film.


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ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

MEDIA RELEASE Posted: Wed 23rd Nov 2016 - 01:11

This Sunday 27 NOVEMBER 2016, STEREO 974's own BOB TAYLOR, will be a guest on REMEMBER WHEN with Phillip Brady on 3AW, between 9pm and 10pm.

Bob is our Program and Music Director, as well as conducting the morning program Monday to Thursday here at STEREO 974.

Bob has a vast experience in the Broadcasting Industry, both "On-Air" and behind the scenes, it is a journey that is well worth a listen too.

Bob has been with us for over 18 years, and has both Trained and Mentored our Volunteer Announcers during this time.

This is a Must Listen to and not to be missed - 3AW 693 AM, this Sunday from 9pm.

ROD BOYD GENERAL MANAGER STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or rod@stereo974.com

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

BOBíS BLOG 10TH OCTOBER 2016 Posted: Mon 10th Oct 2016 - 12:10

Tucker Beathard offered a preview of his EP, Fight Like Hell, during an intimate songwriters showcase at Nashville restaurant Martin's Bar B Que. Tucker played select cuts from the upcoming EP including "Fight Like Hell," "Momma and Jesus," and "Rock On." Beathard was joined by his father and co-writer Casey Beathard, as well as co-writer Jonathan Singleton and producer Angelo Petraglia.

Sam Hunt's "Take Your Time" and Lady Antebellum's "American Honey" are part of the soundtrack to a new film, American Honey. the film, which follows a "magazine crew" that sell publications door to door, not sure where the job will take them next.

In addition to winning Vocal Group and Album of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards Flatt Lonesome won Song of the Year for "You're the One," a tune written by Dwight Yoakam that was featured on his 1990 album, If There Was a Way.

Dolly Parton is going down in the history books: She's become the first artist to earn a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in every decade from the 1960s through the 2010s. Per Billboard, Parton notched this record after teaming up with Pentatonix to make an a cappella cover of her 1973 hit "Jolene." That reworking of "Jolene" landed Parton and Pentatonix the No. 18 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart, and with that honor under her belt, Parton can now say that she has charted Top 20 hits during the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s — six decades in a row. She is also the only artist to earn a Top 40 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart in each decade from the '60s through the '10s. Originally released in October of 1973, "Jolene" is one of Parton's most iconic singles

The Wolfe Brothers are headlining the "Crazy Life" mini festival tour  October with a lineup that includes Gord Bamford - Troy Kemp - Christie Lamb - Craig Heath and Jody Direen.  For more information check out www.thewolfebrothers.com

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

BOBS BLOG 13TH SEPTEMBER 2016 Posted: Tue 13th Sep 2016 - 15:09


It goes without saying that the 35th Anniversary of the Gympie Music Muster was one massive four day birthday celebration. The Gympie Music Muster ran from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 August 2016 with Australia's best country music talent at one event for four spectacular days and nights, the 35th celebration of the Gympie Music Muster 2016 was unforgettable. With this year's headliners included some of the biggest stars of country music in Australia and abroad featuring:  Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole, The McClymonts, Rodney Carrington, Sara Storer, Gord Bamford, Warren H. Williams, Drew McAlister, Caitlyn Shadbolt and many more.

The pure and simple fact of the matter? After more than 25 years, Dolly Parton has a Billboard No. 1 album, Pure & Simple. The Tennessee songstress topped the charts for the first time since her album Eagle When She Flies peaked at No. 1 in May 1991.

A little more than a year since Cam became a force to be reckoned with on the country music scene with the release of her smash hit, "Burning House." She has since been nominated for ACM and CMA awards, played the stage with some of country's biggest stars and released the third single from her Untamed album, "Mayday." Cam is taking one more step forward in her rising career by headlining her very own The Burning House Tour.

Kelsea Ballerini is on the verge of making country music history! If her latest single, "Peter Pan"—which is currently sitting in the No. 3 spot—hits the top of the Billboard charts in the coming weeks, Kelsea will become the first female artist to have her first three singles from her debut album reach No. 1.

Carrie Underwood will not only have co-hosting duties with Brad Paisley for the 9th consecutive year at the CMA Awards in November, but she'll be a multiple nominee, as she is up for  Female Vocalist Of The Year, Musical Event Of The Year with Keith Urban for their song "The Fighter," Album Of The Year (Storyteller), and Entertainer Of The Year. The CMA Awards will be celebrating their 50th year, when the show airs on Wednesday, November 2nd. Carrie Underwood is known for her songs that portray women who don't shy away from getting revenge when they've been wronged. "Dirty Laundry" is the newest addition to that list. Once again Carrie sings about a woman who is fed up and takes things into her own hands, but Carrie does say that while it's an empowering song it is a "definite new take on it, and a new twist on it."

Dolly Parton's brand new album Pure & Simple (the 43rd studio album of her legendary career) has a very interesting creation story. It started with Dolly planning a tour, and it was a tour that was more about getting back to the basics than amping things up, so with the idea of a pure and simple tour, that became its name. Dolly figured that if she had a tour called Pure & Simple, she might as well have an album to go along with the tour, which she'd also call Pure & Simple and of course, if you have a tour and an album named Pure & Simple, you definitely need a song called "Pure and Simple!" After deciding that an album was needed, Dolly started to come up with song ideas-and sparked by own own marriage, and the recent celebration of it reaching the 50 year mark back in May, Dolly decided to focus the music on the subject of love. Dolly cover the spectrum of love, she says "I think I touched on every kind of love there ever was on this album. Sweet love, precious love, cheatin' love, friends-with-benefits love, oh any kind of love you wanna talk about, or know about or think about I think I got it in this album."

David Nail has announced his new single, "Good at Tonight." It's the second single off Fighter, the country singer's fourth studio album, and features Brothers Osborne.  "Good at Tonight" is the first track on Nail's new album, as a single, it follows "Night's on Fire.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

BOBíS BLOG 3RD AUGUST 2016 Posted: Wed 3rd Aug 2016 - 14:08

Miranda Lambert is out on the road with her Keeper of the Flame tour singing her brand new song "Vice" for all of her fans. Check it out on your favourite station Stereo 974.

One of the things artists have to think about when recording music is they can do this in the studio, but can they also do this live in concert. Maren Morris knows the feeling. While she's been making music on her own for years, she released her first album, Hero, last month. Through the process of making the music for it, she thought about those earlier lesson of making sure she can take the song from studio to stage. Maren made sure the songs from Hero, including her single "80s Mercedes," were ready to rock the crowds while she's opening for Keith Urban on his ripCORD world tour.

There's just over a month left on the Spread The Love tour, and Kenny Chesney might be making some plans for his upcoming time off. Perhaps Kenny will head where there's some big waves so he can continue to practice a skill he picked up last summer on his break between tours-surfing! Kenny learned how to hang ten. While he's not ready to hit the surfing competition circuit yet, he does admit that getting up on a surf board "is the most exhilarating thing the most liberating thing in the world."

Congrats to Carrie Underwood who scored the 24th #1 single of her career with "Church Bells," which is also the third consecutive chart-topping single from her current album, Storyteller!

Jake Owen's new album American Love is available now! Jake worked on this album in Nashville, but he also recorded music while he was out on the road performing. Jake also took a different look at the background singers on this album, , this time around background singers with unique voices can really make a song sound different. Chris Stapleton, Stephanie Chapman, and Hillary Lindsey all contributed to songs that gave each one it's own unique feel. In the end, Jake just wanted to make an album that was really proud of, and American Love accomplished that. Listen for tracks from the album - out this month.

Kenny Chesney has just released a brand new song, "Setting The World On Fire," which is the second single from his upcoming album Cosmic Hallelujah. Kenny's turning things up a notch too, as he's joined on his new song by award-winning superstar singer Pink!

While Lady Antebellum member Hillary Scott and her family were grieving the loss of her grandfather to cancer, Scott's father, Lang Scott, was looking for a way to reach out to those who responded on his CaringBridge website, and suggested making a CD to share with others. It was an easy task, since Hillary Scott's family also includes her mother, Linda Davis, and her younger sister, Rylee, a talented singer, but from that simple initial idea came something so much bigger: a 13-track faith-based album, Love Remains, by Hillary Scott & the Scott Family and produced by Ricky Skaggs.

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

BOBíS BLOG 27TH JUNE 2016 Posted: Mon 27th Jun 2016 - 15:06

It's been more than 3 years since Jon Pardi released his debut album, Write You a Song, which produced the Top 10 hit "Up All Night. Jon's new work project, California Sunrise, stays true to his traditional sounding roots with bright fiddle, sharp steel & drums. Not synthesized drum loops. Listen for the title track on your favourite station.

In "A Whole Lot More to Me," Craig Morgan sings about those things that he loves, like trucks, tailgates, beer, dirt roads, tractors & worn-out jeans. There are 11 more songs on A Whole Lot More to Me five of which he co-wrote. This is his first studio album in more than four years.

Frankie Ballard certainly receives some high powered song writing help on "El Rio." Chris Stapleton, contributes to a couple of songs & hit makers Chris Janson & Kip Moore also each have co-writing credits on the release. Perhaps most telling inclusion of all, however, is Ballard's cover of Bob Seger's love song, "You'll Accomp'ny Me."

Maren Morris scored a hit out of the box with "My Church," the best of 11 songs on her major label full length debut.   Listen up for her new track 80's Mercedes that is the follow up to My Church . it appears on the new cd "Hero".

Though LeAnn Rimes has been through career highs & lows, she's proven over the years that she's not going to let anyone keep her down. Rimes has announced a new record deal with RCA Label Group UK & she'll be releasing her 16th album this year. Rimes' first single for RCA-UK, "The Story, was originally recorded by Brandi Carlile & was the title track to her 2007 record. "The Story" gained much popularity by its feature on television show Grey's Anatomy in 2007.

Aaron Lewis is releasing a new country album September. He has already released the 1st single off of the album "Sinner"- "This Ain't Country".

The This Crazy Life Tour is a mini festival of the hot new wave of country music featuring Australia's #1 country rock band & CMC's 2016 Group Of The Year, The Wolfe Brothers. Joining them will be Canada's current Male Artist Of The Year, Gord Bamford, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Christine Lamb, Troy Kemp. New Zealand's 2016 Female Artist Of The Year, Jody Direen & Craig Heath.  7 acts from 3 countries all in one night. This indoor mini festival will feature the latest music from a red hot line up of 7 exciting artists who are the new faces & the sound of modern country music. It kicks off Friday 7th October.

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

BOBíS BLOG 24TH MAY 2016 Posted: Tue 24th May 2016 - 14:05

Like the title of her brand new album Midwest Farmer's Daughter suggests, Margo Price  grew up in the tiny Midwestern town of Aledo, Illonois which is also the home of '90s country star & family friend Suzy Bogguss. Before recording her new album, Margo recorded 3 independently released albums with her band, Buffalo Clover, whose bass player is her husband, Jeremy Ivey. Margo has a new song out "Hurtin 'on the bottle, she was little tipsy when she wrote it after knocking back some whiskey.

One of Stereo 974's most requested songs, "Friends" by Blake Shelton. Watch the video, you'll love it! Blake is also playing a loveable pig in the Angry Birds movie. In the video that features sneak appearances by Blake's feathered friends, Red, Chuck, Stella, Bomb & the Mighty Eagle, Blake sings about friendships that last through thick & thin.

Willie Nelson's annual Fourth of July Picnic will return to Circuit of the Americas' Austin360 Amphitheatre  for the second year in a row in 2016 & Willie already has a star studded list of guests lined up for the party. In 2015, Nelson's yearly picnic came back to Austin, Texas, for the first time in 5 years. This year, for the event's 43rd year, more than 20 acts are booked to play on two stages, including Brantley Gilbert, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson with Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Asleep at the Wheel, Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Allan Coe & Margo Price. A   fireworks display will commemorate the show (after all, it's the Fourth of July!).

Keith Urban has a lot to celebrate, his newest studio record, Ripcord, has debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., Canada & Australia & it's set a record, too! Ripcord is Urban's second album to top the charts in those three countries during its debut week & that's something that no other male country artist has ever done. With Ripcord, Urban has earned his fifth No. 1 album so far, he's also celebrated two No. 1 songs, the 19th & 20th of his career, respectively with his first two singles from the project, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" & "Break on Me." Urban's newest single, "Wasted Time," meanwhile, has given him his 36th consecutive Top 10 song. The singer holds the record for the most consecutive Top 10 songs on the Billboard Country Airplay chart; his streak began in August of 2000.

Craig Morgan will celebrate the release of his upcoming new album with a free concert at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon during the week of the 2016 CMA Music Festival. Morgan's new project, titled A Whole Lot More to Me, is set for release on June 3. Morgan co-wrote five of the 12 tracks on A Whole Lot More to Me, enlisting the help of some of the best songwriters in Music City, including Eric Paslay, Shane McAnally & others, to help. The singer has already released the first single off of the album, "When I'm Gone," as well as a second track, "I'll Be Home Soon."

Dierks Bentley has landed the 14th No. 1 song of his career with "Somewhere on a Beach," his newest single. The gold certified tune is the fastest rising single of Bentley's career so far. The singer admits that fans' response to the single is exactly what he wanted, but he's still surprised at how quickly the track made its way to the top of the charts.

"Somewhere on a Beach" is the first single from Bentley's upcoming eighth studio album, Black, which is due out on May 27. In addition to "Somewhere on a Beach," you have already been able to hear "I'll Be the Moon," featuring Maren Morris & "What the Hell Did I Say" from the new project. . On your favourite Radio station!

When you pick up Brad Paisley's next album, you'll get a whole lot of country with a few top notch collaborators, including Mick Jagger. The Rolling Stones frontman & several others make appearances on his forthcoming 11th studio record.

Stereo 974 listeners' are already familiar with Paisley's collaboration with Demi Lovato, "Without a Fight," but the Brad is no stranger to Jagger either. Paisley opened for the Rolling Stones last year & John Fogerty joined Paisley during a concert in 2013.

Maren Morris has reason to celebrate, her debut single, "My Church," has gone gold.  "My Church" comes from Morris' self titled EP, which was released in early November & reached No. 1 on Billboard's Albums Chart in January. The song will also be on Morris' debut album, Hero, which is set for release in June. Maren will join Keith Urban & Brett Eldredge on the road, as part of Urban's 2016 RipCORD World Tour. The trek is set to begin on June 2.

Check out the new album by Travis Collins featuring "Just another Girl" & "Hometown Calling". Two standout tracks that are being featured right now on Stereo 974.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

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