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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.
Eric Church
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Eric Church to Debut New Music at the 2013 CMA Awards?

Does the video tease Eric Church released to his fan club have anything to do with reports that he's planning to debut new music at the 2013 CMA Awards? For almost a year, the 'Springsteen' singer has been giving fans subtle updates on the progress of his new album, and now it seems possible a full revealing is just days away.

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Kristian Bush
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Kristian Bush Enjoys Integrating His Kids Into Songwriting

For the first summer in nearly a decade, Kristian Bush didn't tour with Sugarland, as the duo is on hiatus. This meant more time to write, pursue solo projects and just be a dad again. The co-founder of country's most successful duo since Brooks and Dunn says he's rolling all three of those jobs into one enjoyable ball -- and loving it.

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Sheryl Crow, ‘Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Sheryl Crow's new single 'Callin' Me When I'm Lonely' is the anti-'Easy,' as it's a big vocal showcase that leans toward sharp, jabbing emotions. The country newcomer opens up to show off a voice that's bathed in retro cool. This is a no-tricks ballad that finds a woman struggling to stay away from a guy she aches for.

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Corey Smith
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Corey Smith, ‘Ain’t Going Out Tonight’ – Exclusive Song Premiere [Listen]

Singer-songwriter Corey Smith is set to release his new single 'Ain't Going Out Tonight' to iTunes on Tuesday (Oct. 15), but fans can listen to the song in its entirety now with this Taste of Country exclusive song premiere. Like all songs from his previous eight albums, the country-rocker wrote every word to this uptempo, banjo-heavy rambler.

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Scotty McCreery, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen
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Sexy, Silly, Sassy Country Celeb Selfies: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift + More Share Close-Ups

Some are sexy, more than a few are silly and one is just plain dangerous. Country stars like Carrie Underwood and Jake Owen regularly use Twitter and Instagram to connect with fans, bringing them into their daily lives in a new and creative ways. Whether it's Scotty McCreery getting ready for makeup, Luke Bryan flashing his bass, or Tim McGraw just being Tim McGraw, you'll agree that these stars are worth keeping an eye on.

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley Tries to Explain New Son’s ‘Procedure’ to His Daughters

Dierks Bentley is not one to overlook a teachable moment. Just hours after wife Cassidy gave birth to their son Knox, the singer was having lunch with his daughters (ages five and 2), trying to explain the differences between boys and girls and why some boys undergo a circumcision soon after birth.

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Kristian Bush
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Kristian Bush Excited to Release ‘Love or Money’ to iTunes in the U.S.

American fans of Sugarland star Kristian Bush's solo material have been begging him to release 'Love or Money' at iTunes, and he's been paying attention. Thursday's (Oct. 10) release will be his first official release as a solo artist since ... umm, maybe ever?

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Eric Church Added to Country Jam Colorado 2014 Lineup as Special Pre-Sale Begins

Beginning today, Taste of Country and The Boot readers are able to score advance tickets to Country Jam 2014 in Grand Junction, Colo. The June 19-22 country music and camping festival will feature headliners Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen and -- just confirmed -- Eric Church!

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Kenny Rogers
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Album Spotlight: Kenny Rogers, ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

Kenny Rogers' new album 'You Can't Make Old Friends' is a collection of songs as diverse as this legend's career. No two of the 11 cuts could be placed neatly within the same sub-genre of country music. Intense displays of love, hope, anger and patriotism keep the listener pulled forward to hear what will come next.

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