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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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Cole Swindell, ‘Hope You Get Lonely Tonight’ -ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Sharp lyrics, fine storytelling and an undeniable familiarity make Cole Swindell’s new booty-call song unique. ‘Hope You Get Lonely Tonight’ lacks the moody drama of hits like ‘Need You Now.’ This singer’s approach is much more relatable.

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David Nail Says Musical Transition to Brighter Songs on ‘I’m a Fire’ Mirrors Personal Struggles

It's tempting to latch onto a narrative that the happier themes David Nail explores on 'I'm a Fire' mirror his treatment for depression. Before this album, he was known for dark, heavy ballads about the loss of love, but now tracks like 'Whatever She's Got' and 'I'm a Fire' find him bathing in sunshine.

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2014 ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year – Why George Strait Should Win

If George Strait wins the Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2014 ACMs in Las Vegas, he’ll set a record for longest break between EOYs. Strait won his first -- and shockingly only -- honor in 1989, more than 25 years ago! Brooks and Dunn currently hold the record with five years between wins (1996 to 2001).

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Eric Paslay, ‘Song About a Girl’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

‘Song About a Girl’ is the song that will take Eric Paslay’s career to new heights. Sure, ‘Friday Night’ was a No. 1 hit, but this edgy rocker is the one that will grab you by the ears like Grandma used to do.

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Exclusive: Sara Evans Recruits Vince Gill for ‘Stone-Cold Country’ Song ‘Better Off’ [Watch]

Sara Evans' invited Vince Gill to sing on a song called 'Better Off,' a ballad from her' new 'Slow Me Down' album. The cut finds Evans in her wheelhouse. “‘Better Off’ is a stone-cold country song,” she says in this behind-the-song video exclusive to Taste of Country.

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Exclusive: Kevin Fowler Introduces ‘How Country Are Ya?’ Album With Help From Earl Dibbles, Jr. [Watch + Listen]

Kevin Fowler is releasing his new 'How Country Are Ya?' album on March 4. The project marks a return to the Texas singer's roots, as it's an independently produced project, which means there's nothing holding him back.

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