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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.
Nick Fradiani
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Inside ‘American Idol’: Scott Borchetta Says Nick Fradiani Starting to Show His Country Side

When Maddie Walker was booted from American Idol, country fans may have thought it was a season lost for the format. All may not be lost, however. Mentor Scott Borchetta says tonight, Nick Fradiani's country side will begin to show.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Thomas Rhett, ‘Crash and Burn’ [Listen]

With “Crash and Burn” Thomas Rhett introduces a new brand sub-genre of country music. It's tempting to label it “Mo-Country,” but the artist Rhett relies on for influence didn’t come from Motown. We’ll call this lead single from Rhett’s next album “So-Country.”

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Remember When Luke Bryan Made His Grand Ole Opry Debut?

Eight years ago today (April 6) when Luke Bryan made his Grand Ole Opry debut, the singer was barely married, and barely known to country music fans. His debut single “All My Friends Say” was slowly moving up the charts, and the audience was still packed with friends and family from his hometown of Leesburg, Ga. and beyond. The memory, however, is surely bittersweet for Bryan.

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