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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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Kenny Chesney Happy to Let Three Little Girls Steal His Spotlight in Evansville

During a The Big Revival tour stop in Evansville, Ind. on Thursday night (June 4), Kenny Chesney spied three adorable little girls dancing and singing every word to every song he played. So he did the only natural thing and brought them on stage.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: James Otto, ‘Somewhere Tonight’ [Listen]

It’s all new for James Otto. The singer’s new song “Somewhere Tonight” represents a new style to go with his new record label and new look. Okay, he hasn’t had long hair in quite awhile, but admit it … Otto has never looked like the bad boy he’s playing on this single's cover art.

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Colt Ford Tweaks Song ‘Answer to No One’ for Rick Perry’s Presidential Campaign

Colt Ford has let his vote for the 2016 presidential campaign be known. The singer has turned his 2012 song “Answer to No One” into a rallying cry for former Texas governor Rick Perry. Perry used it as an introduction song while announcing his presidential campaign Thursday in Texas.

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#LetTheGirlsPlay Photo Scrapbook: Morgan Dawson Proves She Was Born to Sing

June's #LetTheGirlsPlay artist was born singing, almost literally. Morgan Dawson was raised in Longview, Texas and is a very proud (as you'll soon see) Longhorn. At age five she tried to find a vocal teacher but kept striking out because no one would take her seriously. Then finally, someone did — and holy cow did it pay off.

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Wounded Army Veteran Gives Brantley Gilbert His First Purple Heart

There’s not much that will ever compete with the gift Brantley Gilbert received from an Army veteran last month. Justin Patterson, a former sniper who says he’s barely left the house in two years due to symptoms from PTSD, joined Gilbert on his motorcycle ride for the Wounded Warrior Project. Then, he said thank you in the most unbelievable way.

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Florida Georgia Line Debut ‘Dirt’ at the Grand Ole Opry [Exclusive Premiere]

Florida Georgia Line brought "Dirt" to the Grand Ole Opry for the first time earlier this year, and the moment was one you had to be there to witness. Fortunately, even if you weren't in the crowd, you can take it in during this Taste of Country exclusive premiere.

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Chris Young: ‘There’s Personal Experience in Just About Everything I Write’

Chris Young says his new single "I'm Comin' Over" is a different kind of relationship song, but it's one nearly everyone can relate to. The "should we, shouldn't we" ballad is his fans' first peek at where his fifth studio album is headed. He says it comes from personal experience.

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Crank Calls, Celebrity Lingerie and Bad Breakups: 5 Minutes With Mickey Guyton

Mickey Guyton's self-titled EP tells stories from her love life and love-gone-wrong life. It turns out the Texan is a pretty good story teller off stage as well, and she's got a number of juicy stories to share. Like that one time she was working in the Nordstrom lingerie department and two well-known country artists came to her for help.

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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Morgan Dawson Could Be Country’s Next ‘Rebel Child’

Morgan Dawson is a classic songwriter, but she's been blessed with a voice that will make you wreck your lipstick if you're applying when she starts to sing. On the stage, all the emotions she wants to express off the stage come pouring out. She seizes the opportunity to say what she should have said ... then.

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Dierks Bentley Ready for Fire (Kinda) on Sounds of Summer Tour

Dierks Bentley's Sounds of Summer tour may be the hottest tour in country music ... literally. The run of dates kicks off on Friday (June 5) in Raleigh, N.C., and it's the biggest production the "Say You Do" singer has ever known. During a tour rehearsal this week in Nashville, Bentley shared some of his new toys.

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