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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

BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 14TH MAY 2014 Posted: Tue 13th May 2014 - 12:05

Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert are joining forces to duet at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The country crooners will debut the track "Somethin' Bad," which appears on Lambert's upcoming album.

The fifth annual All 4 the Hall benefit, hosted by Keith Urban and Vince Gill, raised $600,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame. The evening, held at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, featured performances from Urban, Gill, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, David Nail, Deana Carter and Kacey Musgraves.

Zac Brown and wife Shelly welcomed their fifth child and first son, Alexander Frost Brown, on Monday, May 5.

Shania Twain has become the Global Ambassador for cat conservation organization Panthera's newly launched leopard conservation initiative Project Pardus.

Willie Nelson will release his new cd album - Band of Brothers in June. The cd features 14 tracks, nine of which are new songs written by Willie. This album is the successor to his album .."To all the Girls"

Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris are working on a new album together. The two singers, who released 'Old Yellow Moon' in 2013, have already begun to work on their next set of songs.

Adam Eckersley has proved that he's not just a local favourite but also a global star, after winning the country category of the International song writing Competition for his song 'Give Her The World'.

The International song writing competition is an annual song contest that gives artists across the world to have their music internationally recognised.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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

BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 7TH MAY 2014 Posted: Wed 7th May 2014 - 12:05

Dierks Bentley's single "I Hold On" has been officially certified gold!!!! Surpassing sales of over 500,000, "I Hold On," the second single from Bentley's seventh studio album Riser, marks his 11th number one single. The single is the perfect representation of who he is as an artist.

Joe Nichols and his wife are expecting a baby daughter. The Nashville star is already the father to a 15 year old daughter from a previous relationship and a two year old son, Dylan, with his wife Heather.

In 1995, James House had his first and only top ten hit as an artist with "This is Me Missing You". But as a writer he cranked out hits for Diamond Rio, Dwight Yoakam and Martina McBride.
Now back on the music scene with a new CD "Broken Glass Twisted Steel". This CD has a mix of old and familiar songs.

Alan Jackson is back with a new track from the movie "A million ways to Die in the West ". The movie stars Liam Neeson and Neil Patrick Harris from the hit TV series How I met Your Mother.

""Blackhawk" have just released their first album in twelve years and their single from the album  "Brothers of the Southland" pays tribute to the sounds of the South.

Brisbane singer/songwriter Harmony James will release her third and highly anticipated album Cautionary Tales on Friday June 13 2014. The first single from the album will be Skinny Flat White, written with Brooke Mc Clymont and will be out this month .

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 APRIL 2014 Posted: Wed 30th Apr 2014 - 11:04

Tim McGraw's "Meanwhile Back at Mama's" (#41), featuring Faith Hill, & Thompson Square's "Testing the Water" are two of the hottest songs at the moment now playing on Stereo 974.
Tim McGraw's newest comes from his upcoming cd album on his new label & is the follow up to "looking for that girl".

Miranda Lambert's upcoming album Platinum is full of songs about where she is right now & right now, she's 30.
So on "Bathroom Sink," a song Lambert wrote by herself, she sings about dealing with body issues. The lyrics of "Priscilla" are about having a famous husband & on "Little Red Wagon," she sings with a sense of humor that was inspired by Blake Shelton.

Brett Eldredge started out singing Frank Sinatra songs as a kid in his hometown, but he quickly went country after hearing Ronnie Dunn's voice on Brooks & Dunn's Greatest Hits album. Brett has now scored his second country hit with "Beat of the Music." It's included on his debut album, Bring You Back.

Brantley Gilbert is back with a bang thanks to his latest hit, "Bottoms Up." Once he finished writing the song with his co-writers, Brantley knew "Bottoms Up" should be the lead single from his upcoming album, Just as I Am.

Dustin Lynch's debut #1 hit, "Cowboys & Angels," gave fans a rather soft  first impression. His latest single, "Where It's At," delivers a better idea of what to expect from his concerts .Dustin rocks hard & dances around onstage. He loves to have fun & keeps the show upbeat." Dustin spent 312 days on the road last year & plans to spend just as much time touring this year!

If Adam Eckersley hadn't made the decision to pick up a guitar at age 12 he'd probably be a professional fisherman or a market gardener by now. Adam & his band recorded their 1st album of 11 songs in late 2012 at the Surry Hills Songrimes studio. The single, Give Her The World, was written by Adam about his wife, Brooke McClymont, who was pregnant at the time with their daughter, Tiggy.

Congrats to  south-west Sydney based songstress Christie Lamb on hitting Top Five status with "All She Wrote" which lyrically deals with a young woman plucking up the courage to leave an abusive relationship. "Manhunt" is Christie's new one getting hefty airplay on Stereo 974.

Rosanne Cash has been to Australia three times,"& toured here with Lucinda Williams & Mary Chapin Carpenter - dubbed The Highwaywomen. Rosanne hopes to be back soon & is touring at the moment throughout the USA to promote The River & The Thread - her highest selling album to date. We are playing the single "A feather's not a Bird".

The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville will be paying tribute to Kenny Rogers in an upcoming exhibit.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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

BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 22ND APRIL 2014 Posted: Tue 22nd Apr 2014 - 16:04

Scotty McCreery beat all comers in Taste of Country's March Man-Ness contest, designed to determine country music's sexiest male. The final came McCreery beat out Dan & Shay, Hunter Hayes, & Brett Eldredge!  Now on your Station, "Feelin It," the second single from his third album See You Tonight.

Kip Moore Debuts New Sound with Single 'Dirt Road'. Kip Moore is entering a new stage of music making with his latest single, "Dirt Road." The cut comes from his upcoming album. The song tells what it's like being young kid & young teenager."

Glen Campbell recently entered a heath care facility after three years of battling Alzheimer's disease. He was moved to an Alzheimer's facility last week

A number of artists have covered his big hits which include "Gentle on my Mind" , "Southern Nights", "Witchita Lineman" & "Galveston". A piece of trivia . Glen was considered a pop singer who made the pop charts in the sixties & seventies, & was accepted as a "Country" singer much later.

While growing up in Paris, Brett Eldridge wasn't only listening to country music but also to singers like Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra & Bobby Darin. After hearing Brooks & Dunn at the age of 16 he became fascinated by country music.  Brett's first single, "Raymond," a song about an Alzheimer's patient, came out in September of 2010.  This has been a great year for Brett as "Don't ya" soared up the charts, his current single is "Beat of the Music."

Kenny Chesney has taken the year off, from touring; it's not like he's out on some island soaking up the sun & sipping on drinks. Kenny announced that he is currently in the studio working on a new album, however, no release date has been announced!

Rodney Crowell's new cd "Tarpaper Sky" marks the veteran songwriter's return to solo recording. "Fever on the Bayou: is a standout track, listen out for it on Stereo 974.

Willie Nelson has just turned 81 & has just received his black belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul, a modern Korean martial arts system.

Martina McBride's latest album, 'Everlasting,' debuted at the top of the charts, knocking out two of country music's biggest acts to claim the #1 spot. The album, which is a collection of cover songs with her own interpretation of each tune, is her first project released on her own label. McBride's record marks the first time a solo female artist has debuted in the No. 1 spot with an independently released & distributed album in the 50-year history of the Billboard Country Albums chart.

The Queensland town of Roma has just staged its 35th annual Easter in the Country festival which will feature leading Australian group The Wolfe Brothers as the headline act. The band finished second in "Australia's Got Talent" in 2012. Their debut album, It's On, remained in the charts for 35 weeks & generated three hit singles. The Tasmanian band was nominated for four Golden Guitars at this year's Country Music Awards of Australia & will release their second album in June. Stereo 974 are proud to be playing the Wolfe Brothers & have supported them by playing their material before National release.

Jerrod Niemann recently scores his second career #1 song with "Drink to That All Night.  The debut single from Niemann's new High Noon album, Niemann is currently on tour & will join Keith Urban on the road all summer for Urban's "Raise 'Em Up" Tour!!!!

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 15TH APRIL 2014 Posted: Tue 15th Apr 2014 - 15:04

In your car, at the office, at home or at play . WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED!
On line at stereo974.com or on your radio 97.4 FM

Sometimes in life, when you're handed lemons , just mix that juice with vodka and make yourself a lemon drop martini . Or maybe mix up a Coke and whiskey .
In Dierk Bentley's new single "Drunk on a Plane," that's exactly what the poor fella does after finding himself standing at the altar alone, having been jilted by his soon-to-be spouse. He orders up a strong one, boards the plane and takes the honeymoon solo! It's slightly tragic, yet hilarious, all at the same time. "Drunk on a plane" getting good reaction on Stereo 974 right now.

New music on Stereo 974 includes the track by Carlene Carter "Little Black Train" from her new cd, Carter Girl. A third generation member of the Carter family, her mum June Carter Cash and dad Carl Smith. Lots of material to choose from in compiling the album that is out now!

Lee Ann Womack has signed for a new record label and is set to release her first cd for 6 years in September.

Lucy Hale is exited about the release of her debut album "Road Between". Now heard on Stereo 974 with her hit "You sound so good to me"!!!!

Ronnie Dunn has released his second "solo" album "Peace-Love and Country Music". There are 14 tracks on the cd and Ronnie Dunn fans will be hearing tracks over the next few weeks on Melbourne's Hot Country . Stereo 974.

Dan & Shay have hit the top of Billboard's Country album chart with their debut cd,
"Where it all began".  Dan & Shay are the only duo to debut at No.1 in Country with a first album and are the highest charting artists' of 2014.

Celebrating 20 years in Country Tanya Kernaghan with her new single "Call Home",  heard on your favorite station for Country Stereo 974.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 8TH APRIL 2014 Posted: Tue 8th Apr 2014 - 11:04

There has to be a way to recycle the Top stars of the past few years into contemporary radio. Is Country now the new pop, Just party music, Alien to its heritage, or is this just a phase?
Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Ronnie Milsap, Vince Gill, Reba, Martina Mc Bride & Tracey Lawrence . all finding it hard to get a song in today's Country Market! The "sound" of Country music has changed, some say for the worse, some say the production has become "slicker'. The debate between Traditionalists & New Country will continue.
Recent surveys place "Country Music" as America's favorite listening format,  more & more people are listening. My take on this is we now listen to our music in different forms such as, mp3, memory stick or downloaded in various forms on your Iphone! The days of 45's cartridge players, cassette & cd's are way behind us .
You don't drive a 60's motor car, you drive the latest model, you don't watch black & white TV, you watch colour, you don't watch on 15 inch screens it's  50 inch or bigger, you don't wear fashion from last Century, you wear up to date fashion . Country music has changed & we have to embrace the New!

Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts has made guest appearances recently on "Nashville" & he says acting is definitely something he's open to pursuing more. Meanwhile Jay is focused on music as Rascal Flatts prepares to release & promote their new album, Rewind.

At just 17, Danielle Bradbery is the youngest contender in a talented pack of new females vying to break through on Country radio & she's already had a measure of success, what with a win on season four of "The Voice," a self-titled, debut album with its first single, "Heart Of Dixie" . Listen up for her new one "Young in America".

"You look up & it's three in the mornin'/You're still sippin' whatever they're pourin'/You got your shades on/You got your drink up/Like you're VIP at the nightclub." Not only does this describe your last night out, but it's also part of the chorus to Love & Theft's new single, "Night That You'll Never Forget." Now playing on your favorite station!

Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith died Thursday (April 3) at his home, age 93. Smith appeared on the Billboard Country charts in 1948 with "Guitar Boogie", which reached #8. In 1955, Smith composed a banjo instrumental he titled "Feudin' Banjos." Smith took on Warner Bros. after the song appeared (uncredited) as the song "Dueling Banjos" in 1972's Deliverance. The song went to #5 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Smith's lawsuit won a substantial settlement, which gave him songwriting credit & back royalties. Guitar Boogie was released on MGM Records & was the inspiration for Rock around the clock. Check it out on You Tube. He hosted the syndicated program The Arthur Smith Show, which became one of the first Country music television shows to be syndicated nationally.

"Out among the stars" a collection of Johnny Cash Songs has hit #1 on the Billboard Country album chart. His son, John Carter Cash discovered the songs after the Man in Black died in 2003. It's Johnny Cash's tenth #1 Country Album.

Natalie Howard's album Under (Love's) Umbrella has been nominated for Country Album of the Year in the Independent Music Awards in America. Natalie said she was proud & elated to hear she had been selected in the final five of submissions received from around the world. The four other nominees are all from the USA.

Adam Brand & Troy Cassar-Daley will perform at the inaugural Mount Isa Fest music festival "to boost the spirits of drought-affected graziers". The festival is due to be held on Saturday May 10th 2014.

Morgan Evans is riding high at the moment. In recent weeks he has taken off three awards: Oz Artist of the Year, Australian Video of the Year & Male Oz Artist of the Year. Morgan's new cd is being given high exposure on Stereo 974!!!!

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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

BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG WEDNESDAY 2ND APRIL 2014 Posted: Wed 2nd Apr 2014 - 12:04

Country superstar Brad Paisley has returned from a very successful Scandinavian tour where he played to sold out crowds in Stavanger and Oslo, Norway and Gothenberg and Stockholm, Sweden. Chris Young was special guest on all of the dates. Brad is getting ready to release his new song "River Bank" soon.

Miranda Lambert is taking a few months off the road It's the longest break she's had since she was 17, it's a chance to recharge the batteries.

Trace Adkins' wife of 16 years, Rhonda has filed for divorce. The news has come after a tough few months for Trace, that included a stint in rehab for alcohol abuse and the death of his Dad.

Looking forward to another tribute album later this year that will be out by Sony Music. Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith and Zack brown will be featured on rerecording's of Doobie Brothers classics including "listen to the Music" and "Black Water".
Charlie Daniels Band have recorded "Off the Grid" Doin it Dylan a tribute to Bob Dylan including 10 of Dylan's hits!

"Hold On" a song inspired by his dad who passed away last year has hit number One in Country and is the most important number One in Dierks Bentley's career.

Organisation of the successful Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Week in Kempsey is to run from this year under the umbrella of the Slim Dusty Foundation, operators of the Slim Dusty Centre. A full rundown of guest stars at this year's Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Week will be announced shortly. Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Week 2014 will run at the Kempsey Showground from Monday October 20 to Sunday October 26.

Vince Gill and Amy Grant have been dealing with her father's increasing dementia, which hasn't been easy. Thankfully, Grant is able to lean on her husband for support and love during such a difficult time.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG TUESDAY 25TH MARCH 2014 Posted: Tue 25th Mar 2014 - 14:03

Playing your last show in Nashville is a big deal and George Strait was joined by Eric Church, Sheryl Crow and Kenny Chesney. All part of George Strait's farewell tour.
Did you know every major record label passed on George back in 1977 and he didn't get on the charts for another four years?  Now the 12th best selling artist of all time and the 2nd best selling country artist behind Garth Brooks.

Congratulations to Vince Gill to become a grandfather, daughter Jenny and Husband Josh expecting their first baby soon.

Watch for tribute albums for Country Legend - Merle Haggard including an all star album in his honour during the Academy Of Country Music Awards April 6th.

If you are a Brantley Gilbert fan - you'll be waiting for the album "Just as I Am" that has the lead single "Bottom's Up" currently Top Ten on the Country Chart.

"Helluva Life" the current smash from "Sunshine and Whiskey" has zoomed to Number One and is the first big hit for the Michigan born Frankie Ballard.

At 56 - Sammy Kershaw hasn't stopped, he is now writing about his life and promises to leave nothing out. The 56 year old isn't leaving his music behind to become an author. He has just released his latest - "Can't put my finger on it" from his latest album.

Dwight Yoakam is heading to TV and the series "Under the Dome" he plays a Barber at the "Two Scissors". He apparently will be a key character in series two of the hit show.

Some of the acts appearing at this year's Gympie Muster will include The McClymonts, Sara Storer, Adam Harvey, McAlister Kemp and Lee Kernaghan.
The Muster will be held from August 28-30.

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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