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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG AUGUST 20TH 2013 Posted: Tue 20th Aug 2013 - 12:08

Bob’s Weekly Blog August 20th 2013

George Strait can add another honour to his already lengthy list when he receives the Legend of Live Award from Billboard magazine, Nov. 14 in New York. The Legend of Live Award is given to artists who have made an enduring impact on the live touring industry. George, who has toured steadily for the past 30 ye...ars, will be the first country artist to receive the honour. Past recipients include Sir Elton John & last year's honouree, Neil Diamond.

Tim McGraw will start filming a new movie in September, but he’s being quiet about the details…. Tim’s earlier movies include Friday Night Lights & The Blind Side.

Brantley Gilbert & Jana Kramer have called off their engagement. Both have songs featured on Stereo 974.

Congratulations to Jasmine Rae on her newest cd. The album has hit the Top and is receiving strong support from Stereo 974!

Back on air after a week’s leave is David Dawson who can be heard with the latest Country news every Monday & Thursday at 10am!!!!

It's refreshing to hear a soft, harmonious sound on radio & this new duo American Young wipes the plate clean, giving the term "Country duo" a new meaning. The single starts strong with "Young lovers in a picture frame, ever notice how there ain't no rain". This song does a great job of mixing emotion with tempo, while creating a collaboration of voices that soothes the soul. Want to relate to all ages? Take a listen! IMPACTING now on your Station…"Love is War" by American Young!

Have a great week.

Bob Taylor

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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG AUGUST 13TH 2013 Posted: Tue 13th Aug 2013 - 11:08

The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum the scene for Reba McEntire’s upcoming exhibit, "Reba: All the Women I Am." The exhibit opens for a 10-month run in the museum’s East Gallery. A self described hoarder, Reba realizes she shared much more than would ever fit in the hall’s display area but says the items in the cases will be rotated in & out over the life of the exhibit so that guests will continue to have a new & different experience at Reba’s: All the Women I Am.

The band called Restless Heart was now more restless & no longer had the heart or the stomach to endure. The group disbanded in 1994.

In 2002, the original (well, almost original, given that Verlon Thompson was lead singer for a brief time before Stewart’s 1993 arrival) lineup has been back together now for 11 years. In 2013, Restless Heart is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

It’s hard to get five veteran musicians to agree on song selections & recording approaches. But they’re trying & they’re trying together. A holiday album is in the works, as is a guest-packed album of cover songs & for now band members are pleased to play the hits!

Keith Urban duets with Miranda Lambert & Eric Church…on his new album, the new album, ‘Fuse’ comes out Sept 10 & it’s his first in nearly three years!

Carrie Underwood has thought about her next album. The ‘Blown Away’ singer says she’ll begin work on the project after her live ‘The Sound of Music’ broadcast. That means not until after Dec. 5.

Two time Golden Guitar winner Dianna Corcoran has released her much anticipated fourth album, ‘Love & Therapy’. Love & Therapy follows the success of Dianna’s first two albums, ‘Little Bit Crazy’ & ‘Then There's Me’, both of which earned her Golden Guitar awards. The singer/songwriter's commercially successful third album, Keep Breathing, was co-produced by two time Grammy winner Rebecca Lynn Howard. The album held the number one country spot in Australia for five consecutive weeks. The album's first single, Therapy is being aired on Stereo 974.

Doug Bruce has earned himself another three finalist nominations in the Southern Stars Australian Independent Country Music Awards, repeating the honour he had with his previous album in 2011.

This year ‘Thank God I’m A Cowboy’ has landed him Single of the Year & Male Vocalist of the Year. This is the second release from Doug’s new self-produced album, "Made That Way", which has also been nominated for Album of the Year!

Have a great week.

Bob Taylor.

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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG AUGUST 6TH 2013 Posted: Wed 7th Aug 2013 - 09:08

Well, here's a little bit of country music history being made. Florida Georgia Line's enduring debut single, "Cruise" has toppled a 69-year Billboard Hot Country Songs record to be the chart's longest-running No. 1 song!

Hunter Hayes will round out his summer with a trip overseas to Japan in late August before he kicks off his first headlining tour in October.

Keith Urban Will Return to "American Idol"!

Country singer & actress Laura Bell Bundy recently signed a new record deal & released a new single, but she admits she had some dark days after parting ways with her former label.

Bundy’s debut single, ‘Giddy on Up’ reached No.31 in the charts but after subsequent releases failed to capitalize on that momentum, she was let go from her deal with Mercury Records. The result is a new single with Colt Ford, ‘Two Step’ which she is currently promoting on the road with Rascal Flatts. Bundy recently signed a new deal with Big Machine Label Group & she plans to release a full-length album.

Kenny Chesney‘s No Shoes Nation Tour has been filling some of the biggest venues in the country. After it wraps up the singer will be taking some time away from the road.

Randy Houser is certainly hitting a high note. The singer's current hit, 'Runnin Outta Moonlight' has been certified gold by the RIAA, signifying sales of 500,000 units. Currently the song has hit the top & getting airplay at Your Station.

Shania Twain will light up the the Coliseum’s stage at Caesars Palace again soon, showing everyone that she’s still the one…. After a four-month break, the Queen of Country Pop is gearing up for her Las Vegas return starting October 22, Twain will have 22 performances which run through December 14. This is quite a run for the songstress, who since before her Vegas stint, hadn’t toured regularly since her Up! World Tour in 2004! Twain will also release her first album in eleven years.

Have a great week.

Bob Taylor.

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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG JULY 30TH 2013 Posted: Tue 30th Jul 2013 - 12:07

Garth Brooks has announced that he has become a grandfather for the first time! Garth’s middle daughter, August Anna (19) & her longtime sweetheart Chance Michael Russell, welcomed baby Karalynn into the world.

Longtime Country group "Alabama" have released Alabama & Friends, which features the group’s Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry & Jeff Cook collaborating with some of country’s hottest stars on new versions of Alabama’s hits. Included are Jason Aldean (Tennessee River), Kenny Chesney (Lady Down on Love), Florida Georgia Line (I’m In a Hurry and Don’t Know Why) & more.

Florida Georgia Line rocketed to virtually overnight stardom with their first full-length album, ‘Here’s to the Good Times.’ But despite the overwhelming success of songs like ‘Cruise’ & ‘Get Your Shine On’ the duo hope that their next effort will be even better.

Toby Keith & Jimmy Buffett sing ‘Too Drunk to Karaoke,’ on Buffett’s upcoming album, ‘Songs From St. Somewhere,’ & the two appeared together at a local Nashville bar Santa’s Pub to film the video.

Ironically, the neighborhood watering hole they visited serves only beer, not wine or liquor, but that didn’t stop the men from surrounding themselves with margaritas poured in red Solo cups and carrying on with the bar patrons in the dive bar

Gary Allan is recovering after surgery. The 'Every Storm Runs Out of Rain' singer underwent a procedure on his left knee.

Country music veteran Dale Watson will be touring Australia with his band of Lonestars this November. The shows are in support of his 21st album, El Rancho Azul

When you pair the Willie Nelson with some of today's most influential female singers, you get a record that everyone will be talking about long after its release. Titled 'To All the Girls...' the album combines Nelson's voice with those of Carrie Underwood, Loretta Lynn & many other female singers.

Kelly Clarkson is getting ready to 'Tie It Up' with fiance Brandon Blackstock & along with wedding preparations. The Clarkson-Blackstock wedding will be a star-studded country music affair, as Reba McEntire is stepmother of the groom & Blake Shelton is officiating the wedding & taking the stage as the wedding singer at the reception!

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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG JULY 23RD 2013 Posted: Tue 23rd Jul 2013 - 12:07

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill are selling one of their Tennessee homes which sits on 753 acres of land. One of the homes on the property is Beechwood Hall which was built in 1856. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, further upping the value of the overall real estate no doubt. There’s also a log cabin assembled in 1850. The farm on the property was once owned by Hank Williams, further increasing its "wow" factor…. Asking price is 20 Million big ones!

Brett Edlredge fans can hardly wait to hear the new songs from his upcoming debut album. "Tell me where to park" is a sneaky love song that talks about quiet country roads & steaming up the windows. Eldredge is a dynamic vocalist & he shows fans yet another side of his personality with this love song. Hear it played on your station for Country.

The ‘Night Train’ almost roared past Jason Aldean. The singer found the title-track of his latest smash album by sheer accident, he was helping produce another artist, Kristy Lee Cook, they were looking to find some songs for her record.

Aldean thought it was a hit, but she didn’t feel like it was her thing the more he listened to it, he thought it was worth putting on his cd album. Now playing on Stereo 974.

Kelly Clarkson is set to wed Reba’s stepson Brandon Blackstock. Kelly & Reba released a duet single ‘Because of You’ in the past & also toured together. Now they appear to be back in the studio together & they’ve drafted another country lady to be a part of their latest project: Trisha Yearwood.

Jetty Road has announced the departure from the group of mandolin player Simon Ross. They would be heading to Nashville for a month long stint and would be continuing on without Ross, who has decided to part ways with the group because of family commitments.

Alan Jackson has announced that he will play his first show in Australia’s country music capital Tamworth on Wednesday 2nd October 2013, as part of his Australian tour!

A bronze bust of Australian country music legend Reg Lindsay has been unveiled in Australia's Country Music Capital. The unveiling took place in Tamworth's Bicentennial Park & joins six other busts of Australian country music pioneers.

Johnny Cash's legacy will continue to live on in a new book & music collection. 'LIFE Unseen: Johnny Cash - An Illustrated Biography' will be released on August 13 in honor of the 10th anniversary of his death.

Have a great week

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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG JULY 16TH 2013 Posted: Tue 16th Jul 2013 - 11:07

Luke Bryan is set to release his fourth album 'Crash My Party' on Aug 13, the ACM Entertainer of the Year also shared some insight into the tone & speed of his new album saying, "We have the big fun uptempos, we got the songs that are heavy, we've got your ballads, your love songs, your singalongs & your light songs."

Fans can expect tried & true Luke Bryan - "I want to stay who I am for the fans," the star reveals. "I haven't changed… they can count on a certain type of album from me."

Months after having open heart surgery, Jo Dee Messina's mother, Mary is back in the hospital. Jo Dee is currently working on her latest cd.

Jason Aldean's fifth studio album 'Night Train' is still rolling fast but that hasn't stopped the star from looking forward to his next project. Aldean has confirmed that he's already working on his sixth record!

As Chris Young's rowdiest single ever races up the charts, the 'Aw Naw' singer is putting the final touches on 'A.M.' his fourth studio album & the follow up to the highly successful 'Neon'. Young previously said the collection of songs will better represent what he does live, indicating that the music will be louder & more uptempo than anything he's recorded since debuting in 2006!

Alan Jackson will release his first bluegrass album appropriately titled "The Bluegrass Album" on Sept. 24. It will feature eight originals, along with covers that include the Dillard's "There Is A Time," John Anderson's "Wild and Blue," as well as a waltz rendition of Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky."
Well done to the Wolfe Brothers from Tasmania! Their new track the Bottle is a great ballad & we are giving it a lot if airplay on Stereo 974.

And finally, on the week Lee Kernaghan hit the top of the ARIA Australian Artists Sales charts with Beautiful Noise, he received a Plaque for GOLD sales of "Beautiful Noise".
With the album sitting in the Top 50 on the ARIA all Genre Albums Chart this week, there's no sign of sales slowing down for this album, now released as a CD/DVD Deluxe Edition package.

Have a great week.
Bob Taylor

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BOB’S BLOG JULY 9TH 2013 Posted: Tue 9th Jul 2013 - 13:07

Taylor Swift stops trespassers at her $17 million dollar Rhode island Beach front house with the sign taken from one of her biggest hits…"I knew you were trouble when you walked in no trespassing!"

Alison Krause celebrated her 20 years as a Grand Ole Opry singer in Nashville on last Wednesday night.

LeAnn Rimes performed in Los Angeles at the Anti-Bullying Benefit Concert Monday night & in an interview at the event, she revealed that she had experienced bullying first-hand, saying a sixth grade class mate "tried to kill" her.

Monday night's event was put on by the Friend Movement, an organization that spreads positive anti-bullying messages through art & media. Rimes says she still feels bullied sometimes, citing the avalanche of negativity directed at her via social media in the wake of her affair and subsequent divorce.

Ronnie Dunn has revealed some of the details for his upcoming second solo album. The singer has recorded 20 songs for the project, which he plans to release in the fall & he's taking an innovative approach to marketing his new work. Dunn has been using social media to engage his fans online since departing Sony last June. He's been trying to come up with new ways to expose his music that don't depend solely on the traditional Nashville business model.

This year's Toyota Star Maker winner Kaylee Bell's prize album – Heart First – is out now! The follow-up to her original self-funded release, Heart First is described as an album "far more than mere tales of life, love & living in the moment, the songs comprising... a bold mirror of self.

It's been over three years since Australia's Sara Storer's latest album release but the wait is finally over! 'Lovegrass', the new album from Sara Storer will be released on August 23, 2013 now playing on Melbourne's Hot Country Stereo 974'

McAlister Kemp have escaped disaster after the studio the duo were recording in in Nashville caught fire. The CMC Award winning duo were working on their third album on in Nashville, when smoke began to fill the room. Fire fighters soon got the situation under control, which turned out to be the result of an over-heated keyboard speaker.

Luckily everyone was safe & sound & McAlister Kemp's third album is still on track for release in early 2014.

Taylor Swift has confirmed that US chart toppers Neon Trees will be joining her & Guy Sebastian on the Australian leg of her RED tour & will be the main support for the New Zealand shows.

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor

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BOB'S WEEKLY BLOG 2ND JULY 2013 Posted: Tue 2nd Jul 2013 - 16:07

Forbes Magazine has put Toby Keith on its cover declaring him "Country Music’s $500 million man". Toby made "65" of that in just the last year alone! He’s got a restaurant chain, a big song catalogue, a huge Ford endorsement deal, his own liquor label & 10% of Taylor Swift’s record label.

Jake Owen has scored his 4th #1 song "Anywhere with You" off the blue jean night album. Jake’s new single will be from his new album & is called Days of Gold….

Craig Morgan is best known primarily for songs that celebrate small-town values like ‘What I Love About Sunday’ but for his upcoming album, the singer has decided to go down a different path. His recently-released single ‘Wake Up Loving You’, the advance first single from his next album. Half of the upcoming release consists of greatest hits, while big ballads comprise the other half of the new material. He is excited about the new direction & particularly about ‘Wake Up Loving You,’ which allows him to stretch into the upper part of his range!

It’s only been a little over a year since Rascal Flatts released their latest album ‘Changed’ but the trio say they are already getting ready to release a new set of songs for their fans. They are spending much of the time on the road on their Live & Loud tour, with the Band Perry & Cassadee Pope serving as their opening acts. They wrapped up several shows in Europe earlier this month & will cross the country, including stops in California, Pennsylvania & New Hampshire, before the trek wraps up in October.

The Royal Australian Mint has officially launched a coin recognising Slim Dusty's contribution to Australian society. It is the latest release in the Mint’s Inspirational Australians series which recognises & celebrates individual achievements & commemorates unique Australians.

The uncirculated coin design released during the Slim Dusty Birthday Bash on June 13 at Rooty Hill in Sydney was developed in collaboration with the Slim Dusty Foundation & depicts Slim Dusty with his famous acoustic guitar in the background, the accessory he never went without.

It’s been over three years since Australia’s finest storyteller Sara Storer’s latest album release but the wait is finally over! ‘Lovegrass’. The new album from Sara Storer will be released on August 23rd 2013 through ABC Music/Universal Music Australia.

Steve Cheers new single Rise is Steve’s first single since the 2012's successful releases "The Speed of Love" & "Raining in My Heart". In the interim Steve has been working on theatrical pursuits, directing a large cast musical in the NSW Southern Highlands.

Keith Urban has announced he will release his new album Fuse in Australia on September 13th 2013. The record will be Urban's 7th studio record & the first since his 2010's Get Closer…. He's already released the first single from the album, 'Little Bit Of Everything'.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor

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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG 25TH MAY 2013 Posted: Tue 25th Jun 2013 - 14:06

Bluegrass & Country music icon Ricky Skaggs has amassed numerous awards & enviable experiences during his more than 50 years in music. Skaggs will share memories of his life and career with the release of his autobiography, Kentucky Traveler on Aug. 13.

Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert's adopted daughter, RaeLynn from season two of "The Voice" is going on tour with her "Mom" Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley & Kix Brook.

Reba McEntire doesn't have a huge role in the upcoming wedding of her stepson, Brandon Blackstock & his bride-to-be Kelly Clarkson, but she does have to look the part. She admitted she didn't have a dress yet.

Trace Adkins recently released a new album, 'Love Will...,' but he's also no stranger to acting. He's appeared in 'The Lincoln Lawyer' with Matthew McConaughey &he's also in the upcoming Western 'The Virginian.', Adkins play a character named Bones in the upcoming 'Mom's Night Out.keeping Trace busy for the next few months.

Lady Antebellum played their final show this past Wednesday before taking time off the road so Hillary Scott can have her baby girl next month.

Rascal Flatts will be heading overseas in early July to perform seven shows in Norway, Sweden, England & Ireland.
Leading Australian country group The McClymonts took home their first gong from the APRA Music Awards. The band won Country Work of the Year with their song Piece Of Me, fellow finalists up for this award were Charlestown Road by Catherine Britt, Country Is by Troy Cassar-Daley with Colin Buchanan, Country Proud by Troy Kemp & Drew McAlister
Luke Bryan, the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, will release his fourth studio album on August 16, the August 16 release is the follow up to Luke’s most successful album to date tailgates & tanlines.
Two years after the release of her debut long player Dreams & Chances Tori Darke is releasing the fifth & final single from the album before she heads into the studio to record her next release!
Have a great week
Bob Taylor

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The full article : http://www.nucountry.com.au/articles/diary/may2013/270513_ashleymonroe.htm

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BOB'S WEEKLY BLOG 18TH JUNE 2013 Posted: Tue 18th Jun 2013 - 12:06

Toby Keith was recently awarded the 2013 Songwriter Icon award by the National Music Publishers Association during the organization’s annual meeting.
Watch out for his next release, "Drinks after work".

Jack Ingram notched three Top 10 singles as a recording artist & is currently finishing up a new album project. Ingram splits his time between Austin, Texas & Nashville.

Duo - The Court Yard Hounds (Emily Robison & Martie Maguire) two members of the Dixie Chicks are back with new music. While their next full length album is not due until July 16, they released a 4song EP on June 11 & the lead single ‘Sunshine’ on June 10.

Kenny Chesney is in the midst of his No Shoes Nation Tour & it was just announced that he has surpassed the million tickets sold mark already this summer. Hear tracks from his new cd "Life on a rock" during our daytime & overnight shows.

Taylor Swift was named the 2013 Fragrance Celebrity of the Year at the Fragrance Foundation Awards. The annual awards celebrate outstanding creative achievements in the world of perfumery!

Season three winner of American talent show The Voice, Cassadee Pope is off to a great start with her debut single, "Wasting All These Tears"….

Over six months after its official release, Lee Kernaghan’s latest Hit album, Beautiful Noise is the #1 Australian Artist release on this week’s ARIA Album Sales Charts across all genres.
Beautiful Noise features the #1 Australian Country Singles ‘Beautiful Noise’ & ‘Ute Me’. The album’s latest single ‘Flying With The King’, congrats to one of the nicest guys in the business!

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Stereo 974 is currently in search of an Arabic speaking announcer for a new upcoming Arabic program we will be putting to air shortly. 
Previous radio experience preferred, however applicants do not require previous radio experience as full training & voice coaching will be provided.

If you or someone you know within your community is interested in this volunteers position then please apply via email to: kim at stereo974.com

PLEASE NOTE: This is a volunteer position.

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