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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 6TH AUGUST 2014 Posted: Wed 6th Aug 2014 - 14:08

Blake Shelton has revealed cover art, release date and title for his eleventh studio album. Expected to hit shelves Sept. 30, Shelton's album will be titled Bringing Back the Sunshine. Produced by Shelton's longtime collaborator and award winning producer Scott Hendricks, the CMA's four time reigning Male Vocalist of the Year will release the lead single from the album in the coming weeks. Recently breaking his own record for most consecutive No. 1's at Country radio (12 in a row, 17 overall), Shelton is currently on his Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014.

Luke Bryan will again present his sixth annual Farm Tour this Octoberand will donate a portion of the proceeds to local college scholarships.
Bryan broke a record last year by performing for over 115,000 fans in eight towns during the Farm Tour.

Lorrie Morgan has added even more dates to her current concert tour, crossing the country with Pam Tillis on their Grits and Glamour Tour, will continue performing with Tillis, as well as headline her own shows through the end of the year. Morgan, who just celebrated her 30th year as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, released 'Dos Divas' with Tillis in 2013.

Sunny Sweeney set out to document the highs and the lows of her life in recent years with the new collection of songs. The new album is called "Provoked" The album's first single, 'My Bed,' is a duet with Will Hoge that Sweeney wrote with Angeleena  Presley and Ashley Monroe. The song is one of several on the album that draw from painful personal experience.

Sugarland fans may have been surprised to find out that Kristian Bush can sing, but the artist says that's been one of his favorite things about beginning his solo career'. Bush played guitar alongside Jennifer Nettles vocals for nearly 10 years while in Sugarland. Both artists have begun to pursue solo ventures, with Nettles releasing 'That Girl' in January and Bush planning the release of his own solo album.

Toby Keith has topped the richest country stars list for the second year in a row. Forbes magazine has named the 'Red Solo Cup' singer as the highest paid star in country, after reportedly pulling in US$65 million last year. But Keith is only out in front by a whisker, with Taylor Swift coming in a close second with US$64 million an increase of US$9 million on her previous year's earnings.

US stars Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan round out the top five.

Tim McGraw"s new album, Sundown Heaven Town will feature "Meanwhile back at Mama's "and "CityLights" that you can hear now on your station.

Foxtel announced it has signed Morgan Evans, one of the hottest young performers in Australian Country, as a presenter, host and ambassador for the Country Music Channel.
Evans will continue to host a series of specials on the channel including CMC Rocks, as well as various events across the yearly country music calendar.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 30TH JULY 2014 Posted: Wed 30th Jul 2014 - 13:07

Check out the new Jason Aldean song "Burnin" it down" written by Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubard. The first single from Jason's upcoming 6th album, It's all about a guy alone with his woman drinking a bottle of Jack. You can catch it on your station for Country Stereo 974.

Shania Twain has been getting great reviews for her Las Vegas Show "Shania still the One, since it premiered at Caesars Palace in 2012. Now she's received the official honour for the exciting one woman show as Las Vegas Weekly named Shania "Best Resident Performer 2014".

A Country Music Hall of Fame's exhibit honoring Alan Jackson will open on Aug. 29. 'Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country' will run at the Hall of Fame's museum in Nashville through March 2015. Jackson will also serve as the museum's next artist in residence, making him the first person to serve as an artist in residence while being the subject of an exhibit.

Craig Morgan's 8th annual charity event in Tennessee was a success! The 'That's What I Love About Sunday' singer raised more than $60,000 for kids with a combination of motocross and music.

Stoney LaRue's debut single and video "First One To Know" from his forthcoming release, Aviator will be out soon. Stoney has been a regular on the Texas Charts for many years and is branching out with his new release nationally.

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 22ND JULY 2014 Posted: Tue 22nd Jul 2014 - 15:07

Miranda Lambert's Platinum continues its reign as country music's bestselling album.

There isn't a lot of action on the current charts, just two new albums and two first time singles.

Debuting is Blackberry Smoke's Leave a Scar, Live: North Carolina and Blackhawk's Brothers of the Southland.

Florida Georgia Line boasts the week's highest-debuting single, "Dirt."

Brett Eldredge's "Mean to Me," makes its entrance and will be another huge hit for Brett.

Adam Harvey's remake of the Sammy Kershaw song "She don't think she's beautiful" and "skinny white latte" for Harmony James are making an impact.

Lady Antebellum will step out with a new album titled 747 on Sept. 30. The band co produced the album with Nathan Chapman. The lead single is "Bartender," which the band co-wrote with Rodney Clawson. The trio co-wrote six of the album's 11 songs. It will be more up tempo and different from previous albums.

An upcoming tribute album to Johnny Cash bitter Tears, ballads of the American Indian, features a host of top names including Kris Kristofferson and Emmy Lou Harris.

International superstar and current Vegas headliner, Shania Twain, was named Las Vegas Weekly's "Best Resident Performer" for their "Best of Vegas 2014" list. Twain returned to Las Vegas last week to begin the July run of her award winning show, SHANIA: Still the One at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Gary Allan, has announced a run of headline shows in Australia.
Gary will hit the road for his first tour in six years in September and October, supported by The Mavericks, and four piece "redneck rock band" Blackjack Billy.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 16TH JULY 2014 Posted: Wed 16th Jul 2014 - 15:07

The Voice starring Blake Shelton has been nominated for 10 Emmys. Since the show started it has been given 19 nominations and Emmys. The Emmys will be aired 25th August.

Garth Brooks has announced a new album to be released this year with a single coming out next month. He has announced he is ready to begin recording again.

Dolly Parton's world tour has wrapped up with a show in Sweden, but she isn't ready to relax just yet. The 68-year-old says she may soon trade her spot behind a microphone for a place in front of the camera instead. Dolly is working on some new music, doing her life story as a musical, also doing her life story as a movie, which also has a lot of music in it.

Now that Florida Georgia Line have released their newest single 'Dirt,' they've also announced the Dirt Campaign to run alongside it,  and with it, the duo are trying to raise $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity. 'Dirt' is the first single from Florida Georgia Line's upcoming album.

It may be July, but LeAnn Rimes already has the holiday season on her mind. The singer will embark on a Christmas tour in conjunction with a festive album in 2014.

The Band Perry received some hometown love last week from the Greene County Partnership. The trio was honoured with the 2014 Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association Pinnacle Award in recognition of their Pioneer album launch event in Greeneville in March 2013.

Brantley Gilbert's latest album, Just as I Am, has been certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies.

Newcomer Joel Crouse will release his debut album, Even the River Runs, on August 19. It features his single, "If You Want Some."

Old Crow Medicine Show's signature hit "Wagon Wheel" recorded by Darius Rucker began its life as a Bob Dylan outtake that they took upon themselves to complete. On the group's new album, Remedy, it's happening once again. The song "Sweet Amarillo" was sent to the band by Bob Dylan , who requested they complete a chorus that he had partially written. The band jumped at the opportunity and worked with Bob to come up with the finished version of "Sweet Amarillo." This appears on their new album - Remedy now on the American Billboard Country Chart.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 9TH JULY 2014 Posted: Wed 9th Jul 2014 - 14:07

Brett Eldredge is rarely in the same town for more than a day or two at a time, thanks to his tour schedule, but he heads back to his hometown of Paris, Illinois every few months to get his feet back on the ground. The city has just 9,000 residents, so it retains that small town feel.  Brett hits the road with Keith Urban's Raise 'Em Up tour later this month.

Blake Shelton has new music out soon. Finishing up his newest album in the next couple weeks, we don't think Blake is going to stop making music. He's said in the past he likes to make each album as if it's his last one ever. Blake certainly hit a six! With, Based on a True Story. The project won CMA Album of the Year and produced five Number 1 hits.

Like many modern country stars, Lee Brice probably wouldn't be making music if he hadn't gone to see a Garth Brooks concert as a teenager. Now that he's playing arenas and stadiums on the road with Luke Bryan, Lee still tries to give his fans that feeling he got from Garth. Lee's new album, I Don't Dance, has several songs designed to connect with fans in big arenas!

Jerrod Niemann's parents recently came to Nashville to help him celebrate his latest #1 hit, "Drink to That All Night." Jerrod is now back with his brand new single, "Buzz Back Girl."

Rosanne Cash may be the daughter of a famous country music icon, but like her late father, Cash is an artist first, and 'country artist' is just one of the many labels applied to what she does, first and foremost a songwriter, and her latest album, "The River & the Thread," touches upon country, folk, blues and even gospel styles.

Jamie O'Neal  has released "Eternal", her first album in nearly five years Eternal features O'Neal's take on 10 classic country hits plus an original bonus track co written by Jamie.

Taylor Swift has broken yet another record. The singer's global Red Tour, which wrapped up last month in Asia, grossed more than $150 million, beating the record by a country artist previously held by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul2Soul tour, which brought in $141 million in 2006 and 2007.

The International Entertainment Buyers have announced their 2014 Hall of Fame inductees and honourees. Among those set to be honoured are the Doobie Brothers. Sony Music is set to release a Doobie Brothers tribute album later this year this will feature the band playing their hits with some of country music's biggest names, including Brad Paisley, Toby Keith and the Zac Brown Band.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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

BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 30TH JUNE 2014 Posted: Mon 30th Jun 2014 - 14:06

It's been 25 years since Alan Jackson signed his first recording contract. To mark the occasion he is kicking off a 25 City Anniversary Tour in 2015. He'll also release new music in the coming months, and have an exhibit at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame starting end of August.

Trace Adkins has just been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Trace was presented with an award and an official statement signed by the state's governor.

For the first time in Broadway history, the New York Musical Theatre Festival is bringing Country music's biggest hits to the stage in a new production - "Somewhere with You" a new generation coming of age love story centred around Southerners growing up in the early 2000s.

Angeleena Presley from the group Pistol Annies is pursuing a solo career .She will release her solo album "American Middle Class" later this year.

Willie Nelson knows how to celebrate. The country singer celebrated his new album topping the charts with ice cream and a little thank you message to fans. The 81 year old's 'Band of Brothers' debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country chart, a feat the singer hasn't accomplished in a very long time. In fact, it was his highest debut and chart position since 1982. That year, it was 'Always on My Mind' that helped Nelson soar the charts. 'Band of Brothers' is also the legend's first No. 1 album since 1986 ('The Promiseland'). After all these years, Nelson is still able to snag a No. 1 record with the sound that is his trademark.

Sunny Sweeney's upcoming release , Provoked, hits August 5, and features the lead single "Bad Girl Phase." "The album is a journey from nearly hitting bottom and losing everything personally to regaining my footing and being able to find not only my true self again, but real happiness," she said in a statement.

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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

BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 25TH JUNE 2014 Posted: Wed 25th Jun 2014 - 14:06

10 stadiums shows in 2015, that's the deal for the ever busy Luke Bryan, the hottest act in Country Music right now.

George Strait's $18 million night! How amazing was that! Beats the one night record held by U2 at the Rose Bowl . That's nothing short of amazing!

Today's country format is where you hear the kind of music Sheryl Crow always made. It just happens, that now Sheryl's in a different category.  Twenty years ago her Grammy award hit "All I ever want to Do" contained pedal steel guitar. Sheryl's recorded the bulk of her new album at her home in Nashville.  "Feels like home" has already produced three hits including her current, "shotgun".

Motorbike enthusiast Dierks Bentley has written a song "Ride on" for the History Channel, series "Biker Battleground Phoenix".

Known for his hits, Misty, The Streaker and more . Ray Stevens is set to release his book "Ray Stevens Nashville", detailing his life and career soon.

A 20-year anniversary!  "Lonestar", which recently reunited with original lead singer Richie McDonald, is currently embarking on a mega-tour across North America, bringing the sound country fans have loved for two decades live. Over 10 million albums later, they're gearing up for the release of their new single "Just the Rain."

Moonshine in a Trunk is the name of the new Brad Paisley album that took Brad 3 months to put together. Heavy airplay for "Riverbank" the first cut from the album now playing on Stereo 974!

Willie Nelson has released "Band of Brothers," the lead single and title track from his latest album. It features Nelson and his crew. "When all the songs have been written, When all of the music has played, When the curtain comes down we'll still be around, to make sure the musicians are paid," sings Nelson on the cut.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 18TH JUNE 2014 Posted: Wed 18th Jun 2014 - 12:06

Kacey Musgraves says that she got the title to her latest single from mum,  who frequently suggests titles to her. Mother suggested, 'Keep It to Yourself' would be a good song title .. Always sending me long texts suggesting song names, the song tackles the problem of ex-lovers' communication.

Lady Antebellum have promised that their forthcoming release will be a "fun, up-tempo" record .Their recent album "Golden" didn't produce the number of "hits' they expected. The album will feature more up tempo "fun" songs and will be along the lines of "Downtown" and "Hey Bartender".
 
Congratulations to Kelly Clarkson who welcomed her first daughter on Thursday, June 12.

Brad Paisley is performing two songs for an upcoming Disney feature "Planes, Fire and Rescue" The movie centres on Dusty, an air race plane whose damaged engine redirects him to the world of aerial firefighting.

Taking a year off touring hasn't stopped Kenny Chesney from recording, his next song "American Kids" will be out at the end of this month a "feel good song".

Toby Keith  paid back his home state, Oklahoma  with a huge donation for the Oklahoma Kids Korral. The money was raised through his 11th annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic event.

Jamie O'Neal finally released her long awaited album last week. "Eternal" is her first album released in nearly five years. "Eternal" features her  take on 10 classic country hits plus an original bonus track co written by Jamie. Cover's include "Golden Ring", "Help Me Make It Through The Night" and "Leavin' On our Mind".

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 10TH JUNE 2014 Posted: Tue 10th Jun 2014 - 14:06

Chris Young has had to cancel his Music Fest performance because of surgery for damaged tendons from an accident at home when preparing for dinner.

Four number one hits from the album "Crash my Party" have Luke Bryan celebrating with the songwriters in Nashville. In addition to the plaques for the individual songs, Luke also received one commemorating the double platinum status of his Crash my Party Album.

Alan Jackson will mark his 25 years as a country music performer with an upcoming tour. Alan will embark on a 25 city anniversary tour kicking off early next year.

The cowboy sure rode away in style. George Strait performed the final concert of his touring career in Arlington, Texas, and set new attendance records in the process. Strait drew 104,793 fans to AT&T Stadium for the final date of his the Cowboy Rides Away Tour. That broke an indoor concert attendance record for North America that had stood since 1981, when the Rolling Stones drew 87,500 fans to the Louisiana Superdome. Strait performed a massive three hour show that presented an impressive 40 songs, including 20 of his record 60 No. 1 hits.

Dale Watson is adding another album to his Truckin' Sessions series. Watson began the trio of albums in 1998 when he released the 14 song album, 'The Truckin' Sessions.' He followed that release up with a second volume a decade later. The third installment will be available on July 8.

Adam Brand is set to release a new studio album this August, titled "My Side Of The Street", the new work is Adam's 10th release with 13 tracks. It features a duet with Jasmine Rae on Quit This Time and also has a cover of the Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs classic Most People I Know Think That I'm Crazy.

Gary Allan will be headlining the CMC Rocks North Queensland 2014 festival, which is returning to Reid Park, Townsville, on Saturday 27 September.
International artists The Mavericks (USA) and Blackjack Billy (USA) will be joining him, along with national stars, Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley, Morgan Evans, The Sunny Cowgirls and Amber Lawrence and local performer Karrie Hayward.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 2ND JUNE 2014 Posted: Mon 2nd Jun 2014 - 12:06

Terri Clark will release her brand new album "Some Songs" in September.  A ten song set which includes five songs co written by Clark.

It's been a rough year for Trace Adkins after a cruise ship fight, a trip to rehab, the death of his Dad and most recently his divorce from wife Rhonda. Now it's back to business with a string of appearances booked for the next few months.

Pistol Annies singer Angaleena Presley is preparing the release of her first solo album.

"Somethin' Bad" the new song that features Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert has entered the Chart. To celebrate, Miranda has given Carrie a gift . a brand new Motorcycle!

Carrie Underwood had a big honor recently when she was asked to perform alongside Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow, as well as Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt and Glenn Frey to honor Linda Rondstadt during her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

The women sang some of Ronstadt's biggest hits like 'Different Drum,' 'Blue Bayou,' 'You're No Good,' 'It's So Easy' and 'When Will I Be Loved.' Sadly, the singer has been badly affected by Parkinson's Disease and is no longer able to sing.

Award-winning country artist Travis Tritt has released a new single, titled "That's What Dreamers Do." The heart touching ballad resonates with dreamers of all kinds and embraces the struggles and joys of being a dreamer. Tritt wrote the song for the film, As Dreamers Do, which he narrates. The film is based on the early life of Walt Disney.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 27TH MAY 2014 Posted: Tue 27th May 2014 - 14:05

Alan Jackson sings the new theme song from the upcoming movie "A Million Ways to Die" and it's just about perfect. This movie may just be the new Blazing Saddles!  It's been a while since we heard from Alan Jackson, this one is getting good exposure on Stereo 974.

"Sweetwater Rain" are head over heels in love . "Caught up in a whirlwind, coming in fast again and its love that I'm in, never felt so high", goes their brand new single "Tailspin."  Listen up soon for this new trio who are opening for a lot of the big Country acts in concert.

Billboard handed out its Billboard Music Awards recently:

Milestone Award went to Carrie Underwood.
Top Country Artist winner was Luke Bryan
Top Country Album was "Crash My Party" by Luke Bryan
Top Christian Album awarded to Alan Jackson for "Precious Memories, Volume II"
Top Country Song was "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line

When country music fans think of Brantley Gilbert, they may think of his tattoos, country rock mix and bad boy persona. However, Gilbert admits that there are several personal songs on his new record 'Just as I Am' that show his softer side. Even though Gilbert has a bad boy image in country music, he's definitely letting his heart hang loose in 'Just As I Am.'

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 19TH MAY 2014 Posted: Mon 19th May 2014 - 11:05

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are rumoured to be getting into the hospitality business by opening a new bed and breakfast in their hometown later this year.

Randy Houser and his wife, Jessa Lee, had filed for divorce after a little over two years of marriage. It seems Randy is needing a vacation but there's one hitch ... Jessa also wants to go. Apparently the couple had the vacation planned before the divorce and now neither one wants to give up the chance to get away! Country singer Randy Houser so desperately needs a break from his wife ... he's asking a judge for a restraining order ... to block her from going on VACATION with him.

Well wishes going out to Craig Morgan who revealed that he is recovering from shoulder surgery.  

Two years since Ronnie Dunn has released new music but he is back with a new collection called, Peace Love and Country Music.
Ronnie has cut back on touring this year and will spend more time at home.

John Williamson will release his life story in July. Called "Hey True Blue".
His life story is also about Australia, his love of the land, the importance of family and what it really means to be 'TRUE Blue".

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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


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