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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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St Jude Children's Research Hospital
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Pushing Pause to Recognize the Kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

On Thursday and Friday, March 5-6, Taste of Country will turn its focus to the kids at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For a second straight year you'll learn of the heartbreak no one should ever be saddled with, and how country music is making a difference.

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Ashley Monroe
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Ashley Monroe, ‘On to Something Good’ [Listen]

Fans can hear Ashley Monroe smiling as she sings her new song “On to Something Good.” The difference between this swinging, feel-good tune and the dark tracks heard on her debut album is stunning. But then suddenly, it’s captivating.

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Jerrod Niemann
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Jerrod’s Jukebox: Jerrod Niemann’s Favorites From Yesterday and Today [Listen]

Jerrod Niemann is quietly known to many as a country music historian, so when he recommends a song it's best to just listen without asking questions. Each week, the "Drink to That All Night" singer will add a new song to Jerrod's Jukebox, a Spotify playlist available first to Taste of Country readers.

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Top 40 Country Songs – March 2015

The No. 1 song on the March 2015 edition of the Top 40 Country Songs list isn't a radio hit yet, but it's been the most impressive sales story of the year. Few artists have more heat than this guy, and while he may be controversial, it's difficult to deny his rising popularity.

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Rachel Potter
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Now Streaming: Listen to Rachel Potter, ‘Not So Black and White’

Rachel Potter is a familiar face and familiar voice to many, and when you're through listening to her new Not So Black and White album, you may figure out why you know her. Or you'll listen to this ToC exclusive stream and enjoy her for the first time.

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Florida Georgia Line Respond to Charlie Robison’s Sony Exec/Country Radio Blast

Respected songwriter Charlie Robison may not have been looking to start a feud with country duo Florida Georgia Line, but his comments about country radio and a statement made by a top label executive were sure to draw a response.

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