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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG SEPTEMBER 17TH 2013 Posted: Tue 17th Sep 2013 - 11:09

Kevin Fowler, one of Texas country’s most prolific artists, is set to release his seventh studio album How Country Are Ya’. Teaming up with producer Ken Tondre, How Country Are Ya? was recorded in Austin & features fifteen original tracks, all written by Fowler.

Jason Aldean has been selling out arenas & amphitheaters all over the country on his Night Train tour & now he's bringing the show closer to home. The singer will release a live DVD of the tour later this year.

Craig Morgan is expanding his resume. The singer, who made a guest appearance on the hit TV drama Rizzolli & Isles, the movie will be put together by the show’s star Angie Harmon. The upcoming movie will be somewhat of a departure for Morgan. "it’s a psychic thriller & Craig plays a Policeman.

Kip Moore has reason to celebrate. The announcement of the nominations for this year’s Country Music Association Awards left Moore with a nod for the New Artist of the Year award. The CMA announcement came on the heels of Moore’s third No. 1 hit from his debut album, ‘Up All Night.’ The album was the top-selling debut country record of 2012.

Aleyce Simmonds' new album Believe is now out. It's the second full-length release from the Golden-Guitar nominated Aleyce following 2011's acclaimed debut Pieces Of Me.

LeAnn Rimes took a trip to the emergency room in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday (Sept. 12), following a coughing fit that wouldn't quit. The result: 100% vocal rest & a canceled show.

Her debut country album 'Feels Like Home' has just been released, but Sheryl Crow is already settled into her home in Nashville .She is happy to live in a low-key city where the paparazzi aren't lurking around every corner.

Have a great week.

Bob Taylor.

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BOB'S WEEKLY BLOG SEPTEMBER 10TH 2013 Posted: Tue 10th Sep 2013 - 11:09

At 45 years old & seven studio albums into his country music career, Keith Urban isn’t interested in playing anything safe. The platinum-selling singer turned "American Idol" judge makes career decisions these days by taking a look at his comfort zone & then taking one whopping step outside of it. The strategy applies to how he made his new album, "Fuse," as well as how he approaches his second season in a judge’s seat on Fox’s reality singing competition. Keith Urban is ready to release his next single! The exciting news is that it will be a duet with Miranda Lambert. We Were Us is the second single off Keith's new album.

Neal McCoy is giving a nod to one of his heroes with the release of his latest CD: PRIDE: A Tribute To Charley Pride. Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins & Raul Malo all join McCoy to honor Pride on the 11-song collection that includes "I’m Just Me" (Malo), "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin" (Rucker), "Roll On Mississippi" (Adkins), and "Kaw-Liga." The set is due out Sept. 24. Pride has enjoyed a career that has spanned nearly 50 years & has sold more than 70 million albums. He turns 75 this year, and is touring Australia for the first time in 17 years this November.

Toby Keith is serving up standard & deluxe rounds of his upcoming album Drinks After Work, which is slated for release Oct. 29. Keith is the sole producer & principle songwriter on the project, with songwriting credit on nine of 10 track, beyond the title track & nine other cuts on the standard edition of the album, the 13-track deluxe addition also includes "Call A Marine," "Margaritaville" (featuring Sammy Hagar) and "Chuckie’s Gone." Toby Keith has toured extensively in Europe, but he has never performed in Australia, although that will change when he headlines the CMC Rocks the Hunter 2014 festival. Eli Young Band, Kellie Pickler, Craig Campbell & Love & Theft will also be among the acts performing during the three-day festival, which will run from March 14th through the 16th. CMC Rocks the Hunter is the biggest International Country & Roots Festival outside of North America & one of the premiere events on the Australian music calendar.

Kenny Rogers has a new album called "You Can’t Make Old Friends" coming out October 8th. It features a new duet with Dolly Parton.

Taylor Swift has truly arrived - she’ll be in the 2014 edition of Guinness World Records. First, Taylor has the fastest-selling digital single ever. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" went to #1 on iTunes’ singles chart in 50 minutes back on Aug.14, 2012. Taylor also is the first female solo artist - in any genre - to twice sell more than a million copies of an album in a week. She did that with her last two albums, Speak Now and Red.

The Tamworth Country Music Festival will pay tribute to Australia's King of Country Music, Slim Dusty, in January. Just a few months on from the 10th anniversary of Slim's passing, the Festival will celebrate Slim's contribution to Australian country music & culture through a number of special events.

Becoming a musician & singer/songwriter was a "natural" for young artist Ashleigh Dallas. Granddaughter of renowned country music icon Rex Dallas, Ash’s earliest memories were of singing with her Dad & going to her grandfather’s performances around her hometown of Tamworth NSW. Now playing on Melbourne’s Hot Country is Ashleigh’s new single.

Have a great week.

Bob Taylor.

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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG SEPTEMBER 6TH 2013 Posted: Tue 3rd Sep 2013 - 14:09

The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum has secured $78 million from private donations as part of its ongoing fundraising campaign to pay for a $100 million expansion, which is expected to be completed early next year.

Big Kenny Alphin of Big & Rich has a new project in the works called Electro Shine, a bulk collaboration that he says is "truly just a continuation of what the Muzik Mafia has always stood for, which is the expansion of music without prejudice." Electro Shine, which he predicts will be on the road this fall, marries elements of country music with reggae, rock, hip hop & electronic dance music for a hybrid style that he’s convinced will get people on their feet dancing.

George Strait & the Universal Group label have reached an agreement for George to record five brand-new albums over the next several years. George will retire from touring after his 2014 series of concerts, but he promised to continue recording. So, fans can definitely look forward to more George music in years to come.

Hank Williams, Jr. knows his songs aren’t getting much airplay on radio these days, but that fact doesn’t concern him. The 64-year-old released his latest album, 2012′s ‘Old School New Rules’ on his own label, Bocephus Records. Williams says that after many years with his longtime label, Curb, he was ready to start making music on his own terms.

For all the Taylor Swift fans out there the songstress will be unveiling a brand new song, ‘Sweeter Than Fiction,’ next week. The song isn’t for Swift’s next studio album ‘Sweeter Than Fiction,’ is actually for a movie called ‘One Chance.’ The film follows the star of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Paul Potts & his inspirational journey from being a Welsh steel mill worker to famed opera singer. One Chance’ stars Julie Walters & James Corden have drawn comparisons to ‘The Full Monty’ and ‘Billy Elliot.’

Country music fans are clearly glad to have new Travis Tritt music. The singer, who released his latest album, ‘The Calm After. . .‘ in July, hit the road earlier this year, & has been selling out concerts wherever he goes. Travis played at Toledo’s Hollywood Casino on Saturday night (Aug. 24), & drew the largest crowd the outdoor concert venue has ever seen. Tritt does have one new attraction at his shows — his 15-year-old daughter, Tyler Reese, who joins her dad on select shows for the duet, ‘Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough.’

Cassadee Pope has shared another song, ’11,’ from her upcoming ‘Frame by Frame‘ album. The autobiographical tune, she says, explores one of the most painful parts of her life — her parents’ divorce.

Chris Young says his new album, A.M., is basically an ode to having fun. "It’s past midnight and it’s on," "But there are also songs about matters of the heart, like "Goodbye," which deals with salvaging a relationship in the late night hours.

Nominations have opened for the 2013 Slim Dusty Community Mateship & Youth Awards. The Awards recognise particular individuals who represent the values that Slim lived by... fairness, mateship, family & community along with learning, & who make a positive contribution to society.

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG AUGUST 27TH 2013 Posted: Tue 27th Aug 2013 - 12:08

Trisha Yearwood & husband Garth Brooks will likely be teaming up for an album & eventual tour together.

Thomas Rhett has revealed the cover art, track listing & release date for his forthcoming debut album, ‘It Goes Like This.’ Due in October, ‘It Goes Like This’ will feature ‘Something To Do With My Hands’ & ‘Beer With Jesus,’ two recent hits that helped him earn his record deal.

Jennifer Nettles announced earlier this year she was taking a break from Sugarland to release her own project & now the singer has given fans a hint of what they can expect.

That Girl’ is the story of a woman who has been bamboozled, if you will, by a man,. "She doesn’t know at the moment of being lured into his sticky web, that he has someone waiting at home. However, when she finds out that he has someone else in the picture, she takes matters into her own hands and says, ‘Oh no honey. This is not happening. See, I’m gonna call her & tell her that you’re being ‘that guy’, cause I don’t wanna be ‘that girl.’ All part of lyrics you’ll relate to when you hear the song on Melbourne’s Hot Country!

The claps with a delay on this single were inspired by listening to ‘Cecilia’ by Simon & Garfunkel."

Tracy Lawrence has just released his first album in five years. ‘Headlights, Taillights and Radios’ marking a significant change for the singer.

He has sold more than 13 million albums over a 20-year career in country music, scoring a string of hits including ‘Time Marches On,’ ‘Find Out Who Your Friends Are,’ ‘Alibis’ & ‘Paint Me a Birmingham.’ 1. But Lawrence took a different approach for the new project, working with different musicians & employing edgier production techniques to create a more modern-sounding album, while still remaining true to his artistic identity

Australian country star Adam Brand has signed with ABC Music. His most recent album, There Will Be Love, debuted at number one on the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Country Chart & four on the mainstream albums chart. Adam is a 12 time Golden Guitar winner, has five number one ARIA country albums to his credit, more than half a million album sales & has been voted CMC (Country Music Channel) Oz Artist of the Year a record five times.

Miracle Girl is a song written by country singer/songwriter Dale Duncan celebrating the birth of Dale's daughter Phoebe who arrived prematurely & has survived to grow into a healthy 10-year-old. Dale recorded the song with fellow country singer & recording artist Johanna Hemara & the song is now raising money for the Miracle Babies Foundation.

Australian Duo McAlister Kemp have unveiled the first song from their new album project, plus new album release details with ‘Harder To Tame’, to be released on January 17, 2014They’ve also started to grab international attention, having performed with US Country Stars Big & Rich during the recent US Summer at the Country Thunder Festival in front of 40,000 people in Wisconsin.

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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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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