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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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What’s Behind the ’80s Rock Revival in Country Music?

Country curmudgeons looking to blame hip-hop for what they see as the fall of country music have it wrong. Sure, acts like Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean are quick to drop rappers alongside country legends when listing influences, but it’s the aggressive, unapologetically loud guitar riffs of the ‘80s that are truly shaping the format today.

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Lucy Hale
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Lucy Hale, ‘You Sound Good to Me’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Lucy Hale’s country career begins with the official release of her single ‘You Sound Good to Me.’ The ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star chose a song written by three of the top songwriters in Nashville and quickly made it her own with an energetic, syncopated love story that soon turns into a party-jam.

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Brantley Gilbert
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Brantley Gilbert Interview: Hitmaker Talks Mexico Trip, Biggest Fears and How YouTube Would Have Killed His Career

The two competing sides of Brantley Gilbert's personality make him one of the more fascinating artists walking around Nashville. He's a rebel who writes his own rule book on and off stage. He's also a sensitive songwriter, willing to reveal his broken heart or darkest memories to a room full of beer-swilling fans.

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Clay Walker
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Man With a View: Clay Walker on Why He’s in a Great Place to Have a Big Year in 2014

Clay Walker is at an interesting point in his life and career. He's a survivor. He's lived twice as long as doctors predicted he would when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996, and he's lasted much longer than your average Nashville hat.

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Parmalee
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Parmalee Interview: ‘Carolina’ Singers Overcome Perceptions, Shooting and Six-Figure Credit Card Debt for Country Debut

Parmalee know firsthand that being seen as commercially viable is as important as talent in the music business. What good is talent, after all, if no one knows what to do with it?

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Joel Crouse
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Joel Crouse, ‘Why God Made Love Songs’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Joel Crouse proves that his first single wasn’t just beginner's luck with his follow-up, ‘Why God Made Love Songs.’ The debut stalled on the country charts, but left a good impression with country music fans. In this new track, Crouse continues to show a professionalism beyond his 21 years without losing his youthful exuberance.

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Kristy Lee Cook
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Kristy Lee Cook Interview: One-Time ‘American Idol’ Contestant Inspired by Love, Heartbreak and Her Horses

Kristy Lee Cook is getting a rare second chance. Typically, when an artist splits with a label, he or she flounders for a few years on an independent label before slipping away from public conscious. Cook is signed to Broken Bow Records (Jason Aldean's label) and has released a duet with Randy Houser called 'Wherever Love Goes.' The love ballad from her upcoming new album shows her sensitive side, which she says is rare.

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