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It's been a busy week. Across Victoria we've seen fires across all sorts of places. A very interesting week, a very successful week but for those that lost properties a very sad week. We should think about those - 45 houses were destroyed since Saturday. So in a week we've seen 45 houses disappear. Add to the houses lost in the Grampians previously, that's 78 houses destroyed in Victoria so far this summer and you can only hope that stops with the change in the weather.

A busy week but a really successful week. I think Victorian communities have really seen the fire services step up and step up so well and they've acknowledged that and said congratulations to everyone. So whether you're a volunteer or a career person, whether you're on the back of a truck or in a management team, whether you're home protecting your area or you're away at major fires I say thank you to everyone, because it's been a fantastic commitment. And it extends past the fire services. Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, local government, Red Cross, local community groups, it shows the commitment people will give when there's a time of need. It's something that's very special and we should say well done to everyone. We should also stop and think we've done it and done it so well.

But you can't do it without the community, the community have done so well. We focus sometimes on the loss of 78 houses, but think about how many houses have been threatened by fire and survived. We should think about people. We haven't lost a life, not one life lost and we've had horrendous fires, very intense, fast moving, unpredictable, which means we've got that right. Likewise we haven't seen significant injury. I know there have been injuries but none have been significant injuries and that's also been a positive takeaway from what's been a very busy week.

It hasn't left us, East Gippsland's still got fires, and we don't want to forget East Gippsland because it's a very important part of Victoria. So those in the Goongerah, Bonang, Tubbut area have got fires around them, have lost property. Some of them are only regaining access to their communities now and their properties. So that's a long haul for them. Right at the start, the lightning that started three weeks ago now has been with them with fires around them, smoke in the area and fire threatening them ongoing. So we've got to say to East Gippsland we're all with you. Those communities that have had the biggest impact now are only just getting back on their feet now and it's a hard road to come from.

The other one that's challenging us significantly is the fire that's in the Hazelwood open cut. A grass fire ran in there on Sunday the 9th and has been burning since then. Likewise in Yallourn open cut there's a small fire that's difficult to get out but they've done very well to get it contained to where it is now. And during the past week have had fires in the Australian Paper Mill just north of Morwell. So the Latrobe Valley's had grass fires, coal mine fires, fires that have impacted on the stockpiles of the Australian Paper Mill and huge CFA and MFB resources, telebooms, aerial appliances, aircraft in the sky, a huge ongoing operation. I think the Hazelwood mine will burn for a number of weeks and the biggest concern with that is the amount of smoke that it's putting up over Morwell. It's certainly a key issue between the fire authorities, EPA and the Department of Health to make sure we get the messaging right and make sure the Morwell community get the information they need about their safety and wellbeing.

The next week, the weather is milder. The highest fire danger rating we believe in the forecast is very high. We've had some rain particularly in the northern part of the state, but it doesn't take long for that rain to disappear because it was only 10 or 15 millimetres. So that's critical. In the very north western corner there was more rain so that's obviously welcome, but we have got most parts of Victoria still very dry. The fire danger rating won't be in the higher levels, but people still need to be mindful about fires, particularly small fires that can do damage, and we need to stay on the ball, but certainly let's take the welcome respite forward with us.

So in closing thank you to everyone. It's been a great week, great things achieved, we've had losses and our hearts are open to those who lost their properties and hopefully they get the help they need to re-establish themselves. We'll enjoy what is a milder week across Victoria.

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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG MONDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2014 Posted: Mon 17th Feb 2014 - 14:02

Frankie Ballard released his new album "Sunshine & Whiskey" last week and its lead single "Helluva Life" is his first Top 10 hit and is on its way to the Top 5! The chorus says, 'The bad times make the good times better!

The message was going to be true for a lot of people's journey in life outside of the music business."

Garth Brooks is slated to perform five sold-out shows at Dublin, Ireland's Croke Park in July 2014. About 400,000 people are slated to attend the shows, which run from July 25th to 29th. However, Croke Park operators agreed limit the number of concerts it hosts to three per year. Residents of the area have threatened a High Court injunction if licenses are allowed for the fourth and fifth Brooks concerts. Promoters have 10 weeks to apply for a license before the first show, and residents are allowed five weeks to protest the application. It has been 17 years since Brooks' last concert in Dublin.

Heidi Newfield, Ira Dean and Keith Burns .known as Trick Pony, have reunited to record new music and tour in 2014.

Suzy Bogguss has been around country music for a while and has just released an album of Merle Haggard songs - in fact 12 of Merle's finest.

Singer-songwriter and Georgia native Cole Swindell has been part of the Nashville music scene since before his current hit, "Chillin' It," became a radio sensation. While on the road with good friend Luke Bryan, Swindell used the time to master his craft and wrote several songs for Bryan's Spring Break EPs as well as cuts for Thomas Rhett, Scotty McCreery, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young and Craig Campbell. Now with Warner Bros. Records!

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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MEDIA RELEASE WEDNESDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2014 Posted: Wed 12th Feb 2014 - 12:02

Crews working to make road access safe

Fire authorities working on the Mickleham Kilmore fire have begun turning their attention to clearing

dangerous trees left by the fire which has claimed at least 12 homes.

Deputy Incident Controller John Leben said easing fire conditions meant crews could now access areas

affected by fire with the intention opening roads for residents to return home.

"We've got many, many dangerous trees right around the fire area and particularly along roads. Roads in

these areas burnt are very, very dangerous," Mr Leben said.

"It's important to recognise the danger doesn't pass when the fire does."

Mr Leben said he understood the frustration of residents who were desperate to return to their

properties, and was keen to make access safe for them at the earliest opportunity.

"At first light crews, with the help of local government authorities and VicRoads, will continue clearing

assessing and removing dangerous trees. It's vital we help people get back to normality at the earliest


Mr Leben said an example of the danger was an incident on Monday evening when a falling limb struck

a firetruck. Luckily no-one was injured.

Impact assessment teams will continue to enter fire affected areas and cataloguing losses of homes,

outbuildings, fences, and community infrastructure today.

Department of Environment and Primary Industries Animal Health staff have begun visiting fire affected

properties to make rapid impact assessments and help landowners with urgent animal welfare needs.

For assistance landowners can call the DEPI customer service centre on 136186.

Mr Leben urged anyone who didn't need to be in the area to stay away and that generous donations of

stock feed and other items should be made via recovery agencies, rather than directly to affected areas.

He said while conditions had eased residents needed to stay on their toes.

"There's still a chance the fire could pose a threat if conditions change. Stay informed by listening to

ABC radio, monitor the CFA website and download the FireReady App," Mr Leben said.

Information on relief and recovery support, including emergency financial assistance from the Victorian

and Commonwealth governments, is available at www.recovery.vic.gov.au. People affected by fires can

also contact the Red Cross on 1800 727 077.

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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG 11TH FEBRUARY 2014 Posted: Tue 11th Feb 2014 - 14:02

Miranda Lambert has released "Automatic," the lead single from her fifth studio album. The song, is about slowing down and appreciating the good things in life: "taking a breath and remembering what it's like to live life a little more simply,"

The Building Conservation Trust, the national marine habitat program of the Coastal Conservation Association, has added Kenny Chesney as an honorary board member. Founded in 2010 to enable people who love and enjoy the oceans!

The Grand Ole Opry celebrates 40 years of country music at its permanent home, the Grand Ole Opry House, beginning next month, with special events kicking off weekend March 15 and continuing throughout the year.

Six months after a life-threatening health crisis, it appears that Randy Travis could be getting ready to get back to work. Travis has begun to ease back into playing his guitar, and is "anxious to get back to work and connect with his fans.

Hunter Hayes, the Zac Brown Band and the Band Perry are among the artists who will appear on a deluxe reissue of Sir Elton John's 1973 album, 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.'

Clay Walker hosted his second annual Band Against MS Ride in Houston, Texas, joined by over a thousand eager riders: February 1st.

The bicycle trek benefited Band Against MS (BAMS), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational material and support for those living with MS.

If you've wondered how Tim McGraw looks great, here's the answer: Working out and eating healthy keep the 'Lookin' for That Girl' singer at the top of his game and helps him enjoy touring.

With strict tour schedules and a hectic traveling lifestyle, McGraw hopes being healthy on the road will help keep him doing what he loves for even longer. "Looking for the Girl "the latest from McGraw's newest cd and you can hear it as a key song on Stereo 974.

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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JOINT MEDIA RELEASE 10 FEBRUARY 2014 Posted: Mon 10th Feb 2014 - 22:02

The Hon Michael Keenan MP
Minister for Justice

The Hon Kim Wells MP
Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services
and Bushfire Response


10 February 2014

The Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and the Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Bushfire Response Kim Wells today announced that disaster assistance was now available to communities affected by the weekend's bushfires in Victoria.
"The Commonwealth and Victorian Governments have moved quickly to activate financial assistance including personal hardship assistance for families, and for councils to conduct emergency relief operations, clean-up activities, and to begin restoring or rebuilding essential public assets damaged by the fires," Mr Keenan said.
The support is provided under the jointly-funded Commonwealth-Victorian Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
The emergency financial assistance is available for eligible residents in bushfire-affected local government areas in outer Melbourne, Central and Northern and North-East Victoria, and Gippsland.
Under Victoria's Personal Hardship Assistance Program, the following financial assistance is available to eligible households:
• Emergency relief assistance, which provides payments of up to $500 per adult and $250 per child up to a maximum of $1,250 per household to cover emergency accommodation, food, clothing, or personal items, and personal and financial counselling; and
• Emergency re-establishment assistance, which provides up to $31,050 per household for clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs, rebuilding and replacing some damaged contents. It is also available to eligible Victorians in extreme hardship whose homes have become uninhabitable as a result of the fires.
"People experiencing personal hardship and distress should contact their local council in the first instance, or call the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 to enquire about what assistance they may be eligible for," Mr Wells said.

"They could also download further information from the Emergency Relief and Recovery Victoria website, at www.recovery.vic.gov.au."
Minister Wells said that authorities were continuing to assess the damage caused by the weekend's bushfires, and that if assistance was required in other communities, it would be extended to those locations.
"Many fires continue to burn today and I urge people to ensure they are aware of their surroundings and monitor more than one form of emergency advice.
"Victorians should be mindful of the ongoing bushfire risk and make appropriate preparations for their families, homes and businesses," Mr Wells said.
For further information contact the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 or visit the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au


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MEDIA RELEASE SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2014 Posted: Mon 10th Feb 2014 - 00:02


Stereo 974 is the official emergency response radio broadcaster for Melbourne's western suburb region.
We play an important role in communicating emergency announcements as they happen. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week on call for the emergency response units should the need arise to communicate important announcements. In fact all local Councils have published and distributed leaflets/fridge magnets outlining that in the event of an emergency occurring that residents are to tune to our station for up to date information.
I would like to advise all our listeners that all through today Sunday 9 February and right throughout the night into Monday 10 February, STEREO 974 will be conducting LIVE TO AIR Emergency Response Announcements for updates on the fire affected areas within our region.
We have our full Management Team on board working thought the night to ensure all alerts are delivered across our airways.
As well as our on air messages we have been & will be posting Emergency Response Alerts  on our STEREO 974 Facebook page as they come through via the CFA.

Media Enquiries: Rod Boyd - General Manager
03 9318-0930

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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG FEBRUARY 4TH 2014 Posted: Tue 4th Feb 2014 - 11:02

Eight months since the release of her last single, Miranda Lambert is excited to introduce "Automatic," the first song from her forthcoming album. Written by Miranda, Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby, the autobiographical song reflects on the days of pay phones, learning to drive a stick shift, driving to Dallas to buy an Easter dress, recording the country countdown on her cassette recorder and more. "'Automatic' is a song about the good life"

Travis Tritt will be part of a new movie based on the life of Walt Disney - "As Dreamers Do". Travis will narrate and has also written a song for the film - "What Dreamers Do".

Eric Pasley has a big hit on his hands with "Friday Night" - originally recorded by Lady Antebellum for their 2011 album "Own the Night"

To celebrate 40 years together, the Bellamy Brothers will be touring again 2014. In addition, they will release a 3 song EP as a teaser for their upcoming 40th Anniversary album - a two disc set that will include 15 new songs and 15 number one hits.

If you are a fan - the Bellamy Brothers will be in OZ - October for a series of concerts - and will be at The Crown Casino October 17th - 18th.

Following their live collaboration at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard have announced that they're working on entire album together, fans can expect it "as soon as they get it together."

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG JANUARY 28TH 2014 Posted: Tue 28th Jan 2014 - 12:01

Jennifer Nettles "That Girl" sweeps into #1, arriving at #2 is Rosanne Cash's "The River & the Thread". These are the new leaders on the Country Album chart this week on Billboard Magazine's roundup of songs. Check out songs from both albums now playing!

Kenny Chesney has filed a copyright suit against a merchandising company for illegally using his name & a copyrighted logo without permission. The logo featuring a guitar propped against a palm tree was at the center of a previous dispute.


Jerrod Niemann has unveiled the title, cover & release date for his third studio album "High Noon", Niemann has announced is set for release in March Stateside . The cover image is done in an old west poster style, showing Niemann flanked by a couple of babes & a donkey.

"High Noon" was a huge movie from the fifties with Gary Cooper, the title tune -being sung by Tex Ritter.

The most important thing to Vince Gill & Paul Franklin when they were recording "Bakersfield," an album of Merle Haggard & Buck Owens cover songs was that Haggard approved of their work. Haggard loved it & wrote the albums liner notes. You can hear some of their songs on Stereo 974!

Since making his country music debut in 1973, Ronnie Milsap won 3 CMA top male vocalist prizes, 6 Grammy Awards & other trophies while notching 40 #1 country hits, 35 of them on the Billboard country singles chart. His Billboard total places him fourth on the all-time list, trailing only George Strait, Conway Twitty & Merle Haggard. His new album "Summer Number Seventeen," finds him revisiting some of the songs that he liked as a younger man, as he reworks "It's All in the Game," "Tears on My Pillow," "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)" & others. Milsap, who turned 71 last week & who has been making records for 51 years. Keep your radio on Stereo 974 for tracks from the new cd.

Kenny Rogers, the singer who is an avid photographer, was recently honored for his skills behind the camera. The 75yr old was given an honorary master of photography degree from Professional Photographers of America during their annual Imaging USA conference in Phoenix.

Lee Kernaghan & Sara Storer dominated this year's Country Music Awards of Australia (Golden Guitars) presented in Tamworth. Lee took out Single of the Year for "Flying With The King" which went on to also win him Male Artist & Video Clip of the Year. Lee's latest album "Beautiful Noise" was named Top Selling Album of the Year. Sara won Female Artist & the Album of the Year for "Lovegrass".

Luke O'Shea won two Golden Guitars both for his tribute to Joy McKean - Lady Of The Land: Heritage Song of the Year & Song of the Year with co-writer Drew McAlister. Jeff Brown & Keith Jamieson took home Golden Guitars for Bush Ballad of the Year. O'Shea was named Duo of the Year with their song Thank You, Angels, while Pete Denahy was awarded Instrumental of the Year for Cotton Eyed Joe.

The unveiling of statues of Joy McKean & Slim Dusty took place in the main street of Tamworth, Australia's Country Music Capital during the Country Music Festival. The statues pay tribute to Slim & Joy for their contribution to Australia & Australian country music over almost seven decades.

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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

BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG JANUARY 21ST 2014 Posted: Tue 21st Jan 2014 - 12:01

More than 40 years after he first came to Nashville, Ronnie Milsap is as inspired as ever. The award-winning country & R&B singer will release a new album "Summer #17". The album is described as homage to the music that inspired Milsap's signature sound & includes a reworking of his '80s hit "Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)." The title track to "Summer #17" has a similarly nostalgic air. Dates are being finalized for his "40/40 Vision Tour," celebrating more than 40 years & 40 #1 country hits!

Jamie O"Neal is set to release her first new studio album in five years , taking on some of Country music's classics. The cd is called "Eternal" with versions of "Help me make it through the Night" also a great duet with Andy Griggs on "Golden Ring". Jamie is known for her big hit "There is no Arizona".

New album release that's getting country fans excited is the new one by Martina McBride - Everlasting!

A collection of soul covers including "Suspicious Minds" the Presley classic & "If you don't know me by now" the old Harold & the Blue Notes "classic'' also featured "To know him is to love Him." The cd will be out in March .

Country Superstar Trace Adkins has entered rehab for alcohol abuse. Trace has been off the wagon for twelve years.

Shania Twain is heading home. The singer has just announced plans to perform in her native Canada, for the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada in July. The show will also mark her first full concert in a decade, not counting her current Las Vegas show, 'Still the One.'

Tim McGraw is often exposed to new music by his three daughters who listen to a lot of different genres besides country & he says, "The more music is exposed to you & the more you hear & the more styles of music you hear, that's always going to be an influence on what you do." Tim's new song "Lookin" for that Girl" is from his new album out soon.

For the first time in history, two of Australia's most successful international superstars, Frank Ifield & Keith Potger are coming together to present a show featuring stories & songs from the era they topped the world music charts. This year celebrates Frank's 50th year since he had three successive number one hit songs in the United Kingdom as he paved the way for what was to become an influx of Australian artists into that part of the world. It also celebrates the 50th year since Keith Potger as a member of The Seekers, first went to the UK to begin the rapid rise to fame & domination of the world music charts. Under the banner "When Aussies Ruled Britannia" Frank & Keith will sing their songs that made it to the charts. The tour will take in shows at Castlemaine, Geelong, Penrith, Queanbeyan, Shepparton, Tamworth & Wollongong.

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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

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.

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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.

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