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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG JANUARY 14TH 2014 Posted: Tue 14th Jan 2014 - 13:01

I'm backkkkk .. I hope everyone had a great Christmas & New Year break!!!!

Now for what's happening in COUNTRY

The Eli Young Band's new album 10,000 Towns will be released this March & the bands Mike Eli, says that this record is a little bit more on the up-tempo side than any record they've ever made before. As for their current single "Drunk Last Night", Mike says it has an unlikely fan, his 18 month old daughter! When asked if he worried about his daughter 'Kline Olivia' learning the lyrics to their current hit Drunk Last Night, Mike says, "My daughter loves Drunk Last Night. She's like, "Daddy again, daddy again, daddy again!" & that means play Drunk Last Night!!!!

Miranda Lambert is returning to "TheVoice" as a mentor for Team Shakira on season six which premieres February 24 in the USA.

Rumor has it Billy Ray Cyrus is remaking his hit single "Achy Breaky Heart" into a hip-hop-song. Do you think the song stands the test of time and genre to have what it takes to make a comeback? Just based on the trend in music, it will probably be a smash hit. I however, believe there are some songs that have had their moment & this is one of them.

Rascal Flatts upcoming album will be kind of a rebirth for the group, their new release will feature the song "Rewind". Thirteen years together as a group they will hit the road soon with Sheryl Crow to promote their new music.

The wait is nearly over for Dierks Bentley. His new cd will be out in February called "Riser", "Hold On" is the first single released. The recording took place following the death of his Father & is a very "personal" project for Dierks.

Florida Georgia Line are having great success with "Cruise", now the #1 most downloaded country single of all time. The song has sold more than 6.3 million copies.

Taylor Swift & Hunter Hayes have made it to the 30 under 30 List of the brightest young stars in Forbes Magazine.

The compilation album showcasing finalists & ultimate winners from this year's Golden Guitar Awards - The Winners 2014 - has been released by the Country Music Association of Australia. The Winners 2014 is a combination CD & DVD featuring established artists like Lee Kernaghan, The McClymonts & Sara Storer alongside new stars & breaking acts like Ashleigh Dallas, The Adam Eckersley Band, Luke O'Shea & Jasmine Rae. The 42nd Golden Guitar Awards, Country Music Awards of Australia will be staged at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre on Saturday January 25.

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG DECEMBER 17TH 2013 Posted: Wed 18th Dec 2013 - 12:12

The year may be nearing an end, but for Florida Georgia Line, it just keeps getting better. The CMT Artists of the Year honorees will wrap their Here's to the Good Times tour & Billboard magazine has placed them at the top of their Best of 2013 list for the country genre.

The first time Martina McBride released an album of cover songs it was the fastest-selling album of her career. "Timeless" was released in 2005 & sold more than 1 million copies & with the release of "Everlasting," her second collection of cover tunes, she's hoping for the same success. Tracks include "If You Don't Know Me By Now," originally by Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," popularized by Aretha Franklin, & Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me," which McBride performs as a duet with Gavin DeGraw.

On her 24th birthday, Taylor Swift was the one giving the gifts, the pop/country star has made a $100,000 donation to the Nashville Symphony. The donation caps a difficult 2013 for the symphony, which suffered a financial crisis earlier this year. Swift's donation news comes two months after the opening of the Taylor Swift Education Center in Nashville, the product of a $4 million donation Swift pledged to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

Rolling Stone magazine is going country. The venerable rock & roll, politics & pop culture magazine announced this week that it will be launching Rolling Stone Country in 2014. Rolling Stone cited strong country album sales as one reason for the expansion. They are up 4.2 percent, thanks to best-selling artists like Taylor Swift & Luke Bryan.

Jayne Denham's latest single 'Beyond These City Lights' features special guest Shannon Noll. Shannon was recently featured on 'Australian Story' by the ABC. 'Beyond These City Lights' is the third single from Jayne Denham's new album Renegade

Harvey & Cassar-Daley withdraw from Golden Guitars. Comments led to the duo's withdrawal. The album has racked up big sales & is a collection of some of Country music's biggest hits.

The Album of the Year nominated The Great Country Songbook ,is one of the best albums released this year, but claims that it featured too many American songs has caused the duo to withdraw.

If you like Country, keep it on Stereo 974 weekdays 8am til" 6pm & overnight with Rod Boyd Midnight to Dawn - seven nights a week!!!!

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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

BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG DECEMBER 10TH 2013 Posted: Tue 10th Dec 2013 - 13:12

Garth Brooks announced plans for a 2014 world tour, "We’re going on a world tour in 2014" said Brooks, who will be coming out of retirement. It was announced on the Good Morning America Show this past week! Brooks released "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences," a 6 disc set that includes covers, his greatest hits & a DVD of his Las Vegas show, two weeks ago.

Warner Bros. Records guitarist-vocalist Frankie Ballard will release his new album, Sunshine & Whiskey, on Feb. 11. Ballard previously released his self-titled debut album in 2011.

Grand Ole Opry member & Country music singer Craig Morgan recently returned to the Opry stage to perform & to celebrate five years as an Opry member. Currently has "Wake up with You" as his single getting airplay over Stereo 974.

Dolly Parton is proud to announce her latest recording endeavour, a partnership between her own label Dolly Records & Sony Masterworks. The label deal will launch her new album "Blue Smoke" in New Zealand & Australia on January 31, 2014 to coincide with her international "Blue Smoke" world tour which will hit New Zealand & Australia in February 2014.

Darius Rucker is scoring with "Radio" getting top 10 status & says his next release will most likely be "Miss You" from the cd album "True Believers"….

Could an Academy Award be in Hank Williams Juniors future? The country music hit maker’s song, ‘Angels Are Hard to Find’ appears in the blockbuster movie ‘Gravity’, starring George Clooney & Sandra Bullock. The tune is played as Clooney & Bullock, who are on a mission in space realize they are in grave danger when their shuttle is destroyed & their hope of rescue diminishes. The tune provides a much needed emotional backdrop for the intensity of the scene.
"This song was on two albums 1974 album ‘Living Proof’ & the 1991 album ‘Pure Hank’.

Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson have taken home the Country ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) award for Best Country Album with Wreck & Ruin. The recording duo were up against Troy Cassar-Daley & Adam Harvey's duets album The Great Country Songbook, Lee Kernaghan's Beautiful Noise, Jasmine Rae's If I Want To & Sara Storer's Lovegrass.

Kris Kristofferson announces Australian Tour, country legend to play shows in March & April 2014!!!!

Sara Evans has revealed the finer details of her upcoming seventh studio album. 'Slow Me Down' will be available on March 4th 2014, featuring three big name collaborations & production by an old friend!

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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

BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG DECEMBER 3RD 2013 Posted: Tue 3rd Dec 2013 - 15:12

The 23 year old Taylor Swift earned four trophies at the American Music Awards! Swift took home the night’s top honor "Artist of the Year", a title she previously won in 2011. She also took home trophies for "Favorite Album" with Country (for RED), along with "Favorite Female Artist -Country" & "Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock". Swift has held the title of Favorite Female Artist - Country, since 2008.

Duo Florida Georgia Line won their first American Music Award, earning the all-genre honor of "Single of the Year" for their remix of Cruise.

Meanwhile, Luke Bryan repeated his win in the "Favorite Male Artist - Country" category, while Lady Antebellum walked away with the trophy for "Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Country". The trio has held that title since 2010.

Singer Lynn Anderson is recovering after a minor car accident while en route to the George Jones Tribute Concert in Nashville. Lynn will be on the road again in 2014 promoting her upcoming album of Gospel Music. Known for her big Country Hit, "Rose Garden".

Keith Urban has just scored his 16th #1 single with "We were us" & now it’s his hair that is getting all of the attention – (short in the back & shaggy in the front). It’s his first major change in over 20 years!

Brad Paisley is due to receive the 2013 Video Visionary Award honoring Brad’s 15 years of entertaining videos to his songs. His current single "The Mona Lisa" from his "wheelhouse" cd is being played on your Station….

If you hear the latest song by "little Big Town" you know it’s about being drunk on love "Sober". Like most songs you get to hear it a few times & it grows on you. It’s not about being drunk, even though the line repeated in the chorus "When I die I don’t want to go sober".

"Redneck Crazy" has gone Gold & now the news is out it has gone Platinum. New country artist for 2013 Tyler Farr is knocked out that the cd is the highest charted album by a new Country Artist on the Billboard Country Music Album Chart. Listen for the newly added "Whiskey in my Water" being played on Stereo 974.

Shania Twain has just been named "Country Weekly" most beautiful woman 2013. Shania beat Terri Clark, Reba McIntire, Lauren Alaina & Katie Armiger in the Country Women Singers section.

"Summer Number Seventeen" will be the upcoming album by Ronnie Milsap. The singer pays homage to the songs he grew up with including versions of "Tears on my Pillow" & "Georgia on my Mind".

A concert starring Dianna Corcoran & Aleyce Simmonds! The concert with two-time Golden Guitar winner Dianna & rising star Aleyce will be staged at The Tamworth Capitol Theatre on Friday January 24 at 8pm. Both Dianna & Aleyce have been announced as finalists in the Female Artist of the Year category in the 2014 Golden Guitar Awards & both currently have strong performing albums, "Love & Therapy" for Dianna & "Believe" for Aleyce.

Keith Urban has announced Australian shows supporting his new album Fuse. The Light The Fuse Tour Australia will roll through Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Narrabi & Perth. Starting in June next year!

Keith Urban's Light The Fuse Tour Australia Dates:
Saturday, June 14 - Townsville, 1300 Smiles Stadium
Tuesday, June 17 - Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Saturday, June 21 - Sydney, Allphones Arena
Wednesday, June 25 - Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
Friday, June 27 - Narrabri, Collins Park
Sunday, June 29 - Perth, Perth Arena

Have a great week.
Bob Taylor.

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


Support a great cause this Sunday 1st December 2013. The Lions Club of Caroline Springs & District Vic, is hosting a BBQ @ Bunnings Caroline Springs between 8am to 4pm to raise money for "TUNE IN NOT OUT". If you are in the area be sure to stop by!

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

BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG NOVEMBER 20TH 2013 Posted: Tue 26th Nov 2013 - 12:11

Working on a new album, Ronnie Dunn’s newest song will be "I wish I still smoked Cigarettes". Ronnie is also developing his label "Little Will-E" Records.
After much recent speculation & dodging the question during a recent TV appearance, Kelly Clarkson has confirmed that she is pregnant.

Trace Adkins is taking it upon himself to make sure his fans get into the holiday spirit. The singer kicked off his eclectic Christmas Show tour on Friday (Nov. 15), which promises a little something for everyone’s musical tastes. Adkins gave music industry insiders in Nashville a sneak peek of the festive production, which includes the 12-piece Sarepta Symphony, as well as guest vocals by Lily Costner & Andrea Zonn. Scottish singer Alyth McCormack & the Irish folk group the Chieftains, who both appear on Adkins’ accompanying Christmas album, ‘The King’s Gift,’ are also credited during the concert.

The nominees for the 2014 Country Music Award of Australia have been announced & not surprisingly, Keith Urban is nominated for several, including Male Artist, Single for "Little Bit of Everything," Album & Sanity Australian Top Selling Album for FUSE.  Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson & Charley Pride are also nominated in the International Top Selling Album category.  The 2014 CMAA’s will take place in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia on January 25th.

George Strait became the first country artist ever to be presented with the Billboard "Legend of Live" award last week during the 10th annual Billboard touring awards. The award honors individuals or bands that have made significant & lasting contributions to live music & the touring business. George has been touring for over 30 years & will retire after he wraps up The Cowboy Rides Away Tour next year.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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


Lions Club of Caroline Springs & District, Vic - POP UP STAND!
Be sure to get down to CS Square in Caroline Springs this Saturday to visit the Lions Club of Caroline Springs & District, Vic pop up stand! The Lions Club will be there to answer questions about what Lions is all about, as well as selling their famous Christmas cakes (Located outside Gloria Jeans)

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

BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG NOVEMBER 13TH 2013 Posted: Wed 13th Nov 2013 - 14:11

Carrie Underwood‘s journey to fame is now being chronicled in a comic book! ‘Fame: Carrie Underwood’ is 32 pages chock full of her rise from small town girl to country music stardom. The comic book won’t just be a bunch of jokes, though. Released by Bluewater Productions in print and digital, the story is one of faith, determination and inspiration, following Underwood’s trials and tribulations that eventually lead her to where she is now: superstar status! Underwood isn’t the only country star to be featured in a comic book, Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw‘s lives have been immortalized in comics by Bluewater and Brad Paisley will soon be another ‘Fame’ subject.

The release of Kellie Pickler‘s fourth studio album, ‘The Woman I Am,’ is keeping the singer busy over the next couple of weeks, ‘The Woman I Am’ was produced by Luke Wooten and Frank Liddell and features 12 new songs, three of which were co-written by Pickler.

Kix Brooks‘ role as one-half of the award-winning duo Brooks & Dunn might have ended in 2010, but he isn’t about to ease into retirement. The singer-songwriter is adding lead actor and producer to his already lengthy list of accomplishments. Brooks recently took on his first starring role in the new western film, ‘Ambush at Dark Canyon.’

Jasmine Rae has released her latest video for the single 'Just Don't Ask Me How I am.' The song is the second single from her ARIA-nominated album If I Want To. The clip was filmed around Luna Park in Sydney, while the song was written by Jasmine Rae and George Teren in Nashville.
Listen for the song now playing on Melbourne’s Hot Country

The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum have both been added to the list of performers appearing on the CMA Awards show ceremony, which is set to air LIVE on CMC at midday, November 7.

Originally from Gippsland ,now living in Canada ,Gord Bamford who has taken off Country Artist of the  Year in Canada with two Top 20 songs  now playing on your favorite station "Must be a Woman" also "Your  lips close to mine". Gord has just released a new cd "Country Junkie"   we are proud to be playing it exclusively on Stereo 974 …listen out for "Saturday’s Beer"  .

Check out the new release by Adam Brand "My Acoustic Diary"  we are featuring "Gone Fishin’" and "Freedom Rebels" just two of the 13 tracks of Adam’s biggest hits.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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

BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG NOVEMBER 7TH 2013 Posted: Thu 7th Nov 2013 - 11:11

Eric Church's, The Outsiders, will be the North Carolina singer's fourth studio album and is slated to arrive Feb. 11. Following the success of 2011's Chief, Church says he pushed his material even farther away from what he considers comfortable in country music. As evidenced by its title track and first single, The Outsiders will explore a range of musical styles, including heavy metal and hard rock.

Barbara Mandrell, has been selected for induction into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville. In addition to her success as a recording artist, TV star and entertainer, Mandrell is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame. As an instrumentalist, she also plays guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, Dobro, saxophone and accordion.

Luke Bryan opens The 47th Annual CMA Awards with his recent No. 1 hit, "That's My Kind of Night." The singer-songwriter will return later in the show to sing his poignant new single "Drink A Beer," dedicating this performance to his brother Chris and sister Kelly, whom he lost in 1996 and 2007 respectively.

Darius Rucker is starting off his "True Believers" tour kicking off Jan.29th featuring David Nail and the Eli Young Band.

Tim McGraw has done it again. The singer has scored his 35th No. 1 hit, with his latest single, 'Southern Girl.' The song is the third chart-topping hit from his current 'Two Lanes of Freedom' album.

McGraw is spending a lot of time traveling these days. He is juggling performing his Soul2Soul show alongside his wife Faith Hill at the Venetian in Las Vegas, along with filming his next movie, 'Tomorrowland,' with George Clooney in Vancouver.

Taylor Swift recently filmed her part in the upcoming movie The Giver, starring Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes


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BOB'S WEEKLY BLOG OCTOBER 30TH 2013 Posted: Thu 31st Oct 2013 - 14:10

The Taylor Swift Education Center will open earlier than expected at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. The product of a $4 million donation Swift pledged in 2012, the largest single donation made by an artist in the museum’s 46-year history. The centre spans two floors & includes three classrooms & a learning lab, as well as an interactive children’s exhibit gallery that will open next year.

Now into their seventies…Bobby Bare & Kenny Rogers have just accepted their inductions into the Country Muisc Hall of Fame.

Andy Griggs is back soon with a new cd release…. "Triple Play Plus".

Pistol Annies Singer Ashley Monroe has tied the knot with a Baseball Pitcher John Danks. The wedding was officiated by Blake Shelton.

"Cold Beer with your name on it" is the current single for Josh Thompson from his upcoming cd album to be released early next year. Josh will hit the road on tour with Justin Moore & Randy Hauser this November until May next year.

Luke Bryan scores his eighth #1 single with "That’s my kinda night" from the platinum selling, "Crash my Party".

Finalists have been announced for the 2013 ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards to be staged in Sydney on Sunday December 1st 2013. In the Best Country Album category, the finalists are Troy Cassar-Daley & Adam Harvey's duets album The Great Country Songbook, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson's Wreck And Ruin, Lee Kernaghan with Beautiful Noise, Jasmine Rae's If I Want To & Sara Storer's Lovegrass!!!!

Willie Nelson has just released his latest album, "To All The Girls..." is a collection of newly recorded duets between the American musical legend & a list of contemporary pop-country women singers.

"To All The Girls..." celebrates Willie's 80th birthday year with a selection of moving & heartfelt performances of classic songs from America's country, pop, gospel repertoire & more.

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

CAROLINE SPRINGS RSL - REMEMBRANCE DAY - 11TH NOVEMBER 2013 Posted: Wed 23rd Oct 2013 - 14:10

Caroline Springs RSL Sub Branch advises there will be a Service for Remembrance Day 11th November 2013

LOCATION: RSL Memorial - located on The Parade Caroline Springs
TIME: 11am sharp.

Seating will be available for our more senior members and special guest of the congregation.

Following the Service snacks will be available at The Pipes Cafe close by & anybody who has the time & can make it, are welcome to join us for lunch at The Club, Western Hwy, Caroline Springs [home of the RSL Sub Branch].

People wishing to join our RSL are welcome to on the day.

For further information: Peter Burquest. Mobile 0411463414, or p.burquest@bigpond.com or burnsidemurray@yahoo.com.au

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

BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG OCTOBER 23RD 2013 Posted: Wed 23rd Oct 2013 - 12:10

Sugarland member Kristian Bush has just released his first solo single in the US! Bush has had a long break from writing for Sugarland; the duo are on hiatus, and singer Jennifer Nettles is also pursuing solo work. Love or Money’ is the name of the track and be sure to listen out as you’ll hear it soon!

Shania Twain is having so much fun performing her Shania: Still the One show in Las Vegas, she has decided to extend her residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace into 2014.

Kellie Pickler is hotter than ever after winning ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ and she returns in November with ‘The Woman I Am’. She has already revealed two of the songs from the project; ‘Someone Somewhere Tonight’ and ‘Little Bit Gypsy.’

Carrie Underwood is soon going to need to find another wall to place all of her awards and accolades. Underwood was surprised following her ‘Sound of Music’ rehearsal in New York City last week by Gary Overton, the Chairman and CEO of her record label, Sony Music. The label executive personally delivered three plaques commemorating new RIAA certifications to the songstress.

‘Good Girl’ reached double platinum status for more than two million downloads, while ‘Two Black Cadillacs’ was certified platinum for sales in excess of one million units, and her debut DVD, ‘The Blown Away Tour: LIVE’ earned gold status, selling more than 500,000 units.. She is nominated for three CMA Awards, for Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for ‘Blown Away,’ and Music Video of the Year, also for ‘Blown Away.’

Catherine Britt's Always Never Enough was named winner of Best Country Album at the Independent Music Awards

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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