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Billy Dukes

Billy Dukes' music background includes jobs as music director and night DJ at WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh, N.C.; writer for Recoil Magazine, a monthly out of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Western Michigan University graduate followed a girl to Raleigh in 2006 and wisely married her one year later. They live in northeast Wake County with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and their son. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Song Suffragettes Cover Miranda Lambert’s ‘Automatic’

It's no surprise that Miranda Lambert is a popular artist for the Song Suffragette singer/songwriter performers to cover. Recently the five women took on "Automatic," Lambert's Gold certified hit from Platinum. This acoustic version lives up to that gold standard.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Kacey Musgraves, ‘Dime Store Cowgirl’ [Listen]

The personal, humble “Dime Store Cowgirl” is one of the best from Kacey MusgravesPageant Material album. Find this singer and storyteller at her best during this three-and-a-half minute biography that is at times funny, contrite and revealing.

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10 Shania Twain Facts You Won’t Believe

Shania Twain overcame some major obstacles on her way to country music superstardom. One could even say she rose to the top of the country ranks because of what she had to get through growing up in Ontario. However she was a successful singer before signing with Mercury and meeting Mutt Lange.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Maddie & Tae, ‘Start Here’

On Start Here, the colorful, dynamic debut album from country duo Maddie & Tae, the two best friends are at their best when they’re stirring up trouble. Fans who fell in love with “Girl In a Country Song” will find plenty more to adore between imaginative ballads of love and heartache.

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Remember George Strait’s First No. 1 Single? [Listen]

It’s the song that started it all for George Strait. Believe it or not, it actually took a few tries before the King would nab his first No. 1 on the country charts. 59 others would follow during a 33-year (and counting) career. Do you remember which song hit the top of the charts first?

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The Risk-Takers: Maddie & Tae’s Well-Planned Journey to ‘Start Here’

Spend time around Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye and find yourself quickly getting wrapped up in their innocence. They'll accidentally dress alike. When one has to sneeze, the other will blurt "Purple elephant!" to make it go away. They make birthday wishes and keep them secret.

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