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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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Eric Church Says the Outsiders Tour Will Rely on More Than Hits

The setlist for Eric Church’s upcoming tour won’t just be a greatest hits lineup. The singer tells Taste of Country he’s going to dig deeper to find the songs that have really affected fans.

“I go back to the very beginning, and the ones that

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Danielle Bradbery vs. Blake Shelton – The Showdown

With a late push, Danielle Bradbery soared past her Showdown competition earlier this week. The singer's new song 'Young in America' topped the debut from Natalie Stovall and the Drive in impressive fashion, setting up a battle with her mentor.

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Charlie Daniels Interview: Country’s Biggest Bob Dylan Fan Offers His Interpretations on ‘Doin’ It Dylan’

To say Charlie Daniels is a Bob Dylan fan is to say the famous country singer plays an OK fiddle. It's an understatement. Daniels was in Dylan's band to record three albums in the late '60s and early '70s, and has since appreciated his music, even if he didn't necessarily always know what the folk-rocker was talking about.

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Blake Shelton (Feat. Gwen Sebastian), ‘My Eyes’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Blake Shelton’s ‘Based on a True Story’ album is five singles deep, but fans who haven’t picked it up yet are just now getting to hear the best track. ‘My Eyes’ is a sexy love song that heats the sheets to a melting point hotter than his previous two lovers.

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Album Spotlight: Ronnie Dunn, ‘Peace Love and Country Music’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

Ronnie Dunn's first independent album, 'Peace Love and Country Music,' isn't a wild departure from his previous solo album. It's aggressive, but not angry as some may have expected. Perhaps these aren't the adjectives he's looking for, bu

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Danielle Bradbery vs. Natalie Stovall and the Drive – The Showdown

Kellie Pickler's new song 'Closer to Nowhere' can take a break. After five wins she has another Showdown Hall of Fame inductee. Today and Thursday it's a song battle between two of the brighter new stars in country music.

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