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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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Sam Hunt, Choreographer Matt Steffanina Partner for New ‘Leave the Night On’ Video [Exclusive Premiere]

A new dance video for Sam Hunt's "Leave the Night On" exemplifies his willingness to push country music's boundaries further than perhaps anyone before him. It could earn him an ACM this spring, or maybe just a sweet performance of the chart-topping song. Hunt and hip-hop choreographer Matt Steffanina teamed up to create the video, available during this exclusive Taste of Country premiere.

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When YouTube Matters

The debate about if and when an artist should share their music on free streaming platforms like YouTube or Spotify is as simple as the philosophical “If a tree falls in the woods …” question. Your favorite artist may write and record the best country song ever, but if no one hears it, did he really?

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Jason Aldean Heats Nashville During Burn It Down Tour Stop

The flames that fired from Jason Aldean's stage as he was lifted from behind a dynamic letter "A" to begin his show on Saturday night proved to be a metaphor for everything to come. Even his ballads sizzled during the 90-minute-long set that included cameos from openers Cole Swindell, Tyler Farr and Alabama's Randy Owen.

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5 Most Awesome Baby Names in Country Music

In recent years, stars like Eric Church, Joe Nichols, Hillary Scott and Keith Urban have reached outside the box when choosing names for their offspring. This 5 Best Baby Names in Country Music list rewards creativity.

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Darius Rucker
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Darius Rucker, ‘Southern Style’: Everything You Need to Know

Darius Rucker's fourth country solo album drops on March 31. Southern Style is the follow-up to the gold-certified True Believers album. So far, all fans have heard is "Homegrown Honey," his fast-climbing lead single that was released in August. More details have emerged, albeit slowly, about the project. Here's everything you need to know about Rucker's Southern Style.

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Rascal Flatts Retool Setlist, Stage and Band Before Las Vegas Residency

Fans of Rascal Flatts will notice quite a few things different when the trio takes the Joint stage in Las Vegas later this month. It's a smaller venue then they're used to, so of course the production will be scaled down. But they're also going to be playing new songs, with new people.

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