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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

LIONS CLUB OF CAROLINE SPRINGS & DISTRICTS VIC - BBQ - 1ST DECEMBER 2013 Posted: Wed 27th Nov 2013 - 12:11

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! Posted: Thu 14th Nov 2013 - 14:11

Lions Club of Caroline Springs & District, Vic - POP UP STAND!
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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

BLUEGRASS singer Kristy Cox announces the SHOWCASE OF FORTHCOMING ALBUM AT 2014 TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

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

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

SAFE PLATES DAY IN BRIMBANK Posted: Thu 17th Oct 2013 - 13:10

Sunshine police will next week be offering the local community an opportunity to have one way anti-theft screws fitted to number plates.

Safe Plate Day aims to prevent the occurrence of number plate theft and various flow-on offences such as petrol drive-offs in the local area.

Acting Sergeant Chris Hughes said the local community was encouraged to head along to Taylors Lakes on Saturday and have the anti-theft screws fitted for free.

"By having the screws fitted, vehicle owners will make it significantly harder for thieves to steal number plates," he said.

Local police will also be on hand to provide information and advice about vehicle security.

Safe Plate Day will take place on Saturday 26 October from 10am until 2.30pm at the northern car park of Shell - Coles Express, 410 Keilor-Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes.

The one-way anti-theft screws, donated by Shell - Coles Express, will be fitted by SES volunteers.

For further information, please contact Sunshine Police Station on 9313 3333.

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

BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG – OCTOBER 9TH 2013. Posted: Wed 9th Oct 2013 - 11:10

Grammy Award-winning superstar Gretchen Wilson will have a dream come true this month, when her debut Holiday album "Christmas in My Heart" is released on October 8, 2013. The 10-song cd will include a mix of traditional carols, holiday favourites & a few future classics. Produced by Gretchen, the new album will be the third album released this year on her Redneck Records label. This is something Gretchen wanted to do for a long time!

Kenny Rogers returns with his brand new album "You Can't Make Old Friends", the album reunites Rogers with long-time friend & collaborator Dolly Parton for a brand new duet on the title track, "You Can’t Make Old Friends." Hear it playing on Stereo 974.

Founding member of The Backstreet Boys is back in action with his new song "When the Whiskey Doesn't Work". Phoenix Stone’s previous single "100 Proof Moonshine" which was written & produced by Stone peaked at the #1 spot on the New & Active Charts & Billboard Top 50. Currently, his YouTube channel has over 3 million hits. Phoenix played two sell out shows this summer at the well known CMA Music Fest.

"Opry Goes Pink" has become an annual & honoured event, when the light on the signature barn backdrop at the Grand Ole Opry is turned pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And this year, on Oct. 22, LeAnn Rimes has the privilege of flipping the light switch. The special evening will include several activities to recognize breast cancer survivors along with performances from LeAnn, Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan.

Texas singer Danielle Bradbery at 17 is the youngest champion of "The Voice" & member of Team Blake is ready to release her self titled album in November .Currently on the Country playlist with "Heart of Dixie" her first release.

"Compass" the new Lady Antebellum song will appear on the deluxe version of "Golden" out in November.

Golden Guitar singer/songwriter Allan Caswell was the major winner at Southern Stars – Australian Independent Country Music Awards, with a total of three wins. Allan took home Australian Independent Album of the Year for It's A Country Song & Male Vocalist of the Year & Single of the Year with the album's title track.

Kristy Cox, who began her career in the talent quest at Mildura & who won Rising Star Female at last year’s awards was named Female Vocalist of the Year with "I Hate That I Still Love You" & was also announced as Australian Independent Artist of the Year.

Dean Perrett picked up Heritage Track of the Year for the fourth time with "Where Country Is" while popular duo & four-time Independent Artists of the Year at the Southern Stars Carter & Carter, took out the Group/Duo section.

Adam Brand has announced details for the November release of a new album – "My Acoustic Diary". Billed as a retrospective collection of 13 carefully selected songs, My Acoustic Diary spans Adam's career as a recording artist from 1998 through to the present. In addition to the newly recorded ""favourites", the album features two new tracks... the lead single "Freedom Rebels" & "Gone Fishin".

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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