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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.
Alan Jackson Archives
Alan Jackson Archives
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Alan Jackson Shares George Jones’ Last Letter

Not long before he died, George Jones penned a final letter to Alan Jackson. He was asking for a favor, one the younger country singer was likely happy to fulfill. Now, as Jackson releases his Angels and Alcohol album he's shared a photo of that letter with Taste of Country readers.

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Alan Jackson Talks About the ‘Angels and Alcohol’ Song Inspired by His Father

Alan Jackson's admiration for his father is well-known, and it's been the inspiration for some previous hits. Another could come from his new Angels and Alcohol album. The singer says the first track came from good advice his dad gave him.

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Kid Rock Publicist Recalls Moment the Singer Stopped Waving Confederate Flag

Kid Rock has offered a lengthy response to criticism and protest surrounding use of the Confederate flag during concerts. His publicist confirms what many of his fans already knew: Rock hasn’t used the flag in years. In fact, there’s a very specific reason he packed it up for good.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Alan Jackson, ‘Jim and Jack and Hank’ [Listen]

With “Jim and Jack and Hank,” Alan Jackson remains true to the straight road through town. With trendy shops and sexier streets being built and destroyed all around him, he has not deviated. The new song isn’t a throwback, it’s the song he’s always sung.

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Alan Jackson Continues to Do as George Jones Asked Him [Watch]

Alan Jackson's Angels and Alcohol album is as country as country gets — something that fans of the format may find refreshing, but something that his longtime fans expect. The 10 songs tell stories of love, heartbreak, drinking and family, but really, the 56-year-old is just doing what his hero asked him to do years ago.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Andy Grammer (Feat. Eli Young Band), ‘Honey, I’m Good” [Listen]

Andy Grammer may have been able to enjoy a country hit without Eli Young Band’s participation on “Honey, I’m Good,” but the Texas foursome make it a little easier for the traditional fan to embrace.

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Luke Bryan Brings Little Girl Onstage for ‘Someone Else Calling You Baby’ [Watch]

Luke Bryan played a sold out Vanderbilt University football stadium on Saturday night (July 11), but many fans might have come away talking about the cute lady he shared a stage with. Not Shania, not Jana, not Cassadee ... actually we don't even know her name, but her take on "Someone Else Calling You Baby" was precious.

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