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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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Georgia Music to Be Celebrated With Star-Studded Lineup at the Ryman

Dallas Davidson says he can tell when a song he's listening to has been written by, or is being performed by a Georgian. “I can tell by the way they talk, the wording and the phrasing," he says. Of course, these days Georgia is a pretty fair guess — the Peach State has become the new Texas in country music — but he promises he's not bluffing.

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#LetTheGirlsPlay Photo Scrapbook: Kalie Shorr on Music, Friends and Nashville

Kalie Shorr is ToC's first #LetTheGirlsPlay artist, and so far you've learned about her through music and storytelling. Today, the 20-year-old redhead gets to tell her story using photos from her childhood in this cool scrapbook-style gallery.

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Kalie Shorr
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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Kalie Shorr Knows What It Takes to Break

When Kalie Shorr left home for Nashville two years ago, she brought her dog, a few personal belongings and money awarded to her on a music scholarship. The $2,500 covered the gas to make the 1,200 mile drive, a deposit on an apartment, some of her first month's living expenses and not much else. Vanderbilt and Belmont would take her, but Shorr had a dream. She had the itch. But first she needed a J-O-B.

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Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean
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Biggest Stories of 2015 (So Far)

Some of country's biggest stories of 2015 were life-changing, while others were career-changing. And then some were seemingly unimportant, but they went viral anyway! Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan make up part of this list, but neither of these three superstars is responsible for the biggest story of 2015 so far.

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