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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.
Tom Petty Jake Owen
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Jake Owen Says Tom Petty’s Comments About Country Music Were ‘Ridiculous, Uneducated’

Jake Owen is a fan of Tom Petty. The singer says he's long called his fellow Floridian an influence, but after hearing the rocker's comments about country music, he had to take a step back.

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Chris Young and Blake Shelton
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Videos by Chris Young, Blake Shelton Aim for Top Spot on Top 10 Countdown

Country women have been dominating the Taste of Country Top 10 VIdeo Countdown for the last several weeks, but videos by men like Chris Young, Blake Shelton and Tate Stevens are at their heels, looking to take the top spot away. Find out what new music video is No. 1 this week, and vote on next week's Top 10.

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The Band Perry
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The Band Perry Announce We Are Pioneers World Tour

The Band Perry will begin their first headlining tour this fall in Sweden. The We Are Pioneers Tour kicks off on Nov. 8 in Gothenburg and will continue through 10 European countries (20 shows total) before returning to North America in 2014.

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Indiana State Fair stage collapse
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Sugarland’s Equipment Insurer Sues for Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse Damages

The company that provided insurance for the equipment used by Sugarland and Sara Bareilles at the Indiana State Fair in August 2011 is suing the state and several others for damages. The lawsuit seeks monetary compensation to cover equipment harmed during the and after the stage collapse.

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American Young
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American Young, ‘Love Is War’ – Song Review

There's an easy sweetness to American Young's harmonies. On their debut single 'Love Is War,' the duo does more than just mirror one another. Jon Stone and Kristy OsmunsonĀ are two distinct, yet compatible halves of a truly unique piece of country fruit.

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Sugar Shelton
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Artist Creates a Blake Shelton Replica Out of Dixie Crystals

Blake Shelton dropped Dixie Crystals Sugar into his hit song 'Boys 'Round Here,' and now an artist has dropped Dixie Crystals Sugar on Blake Shelton. Reginald Adams, the president and CEO of Museum of Cultural Arts Houston, created a portrait of the singer using sugar and sugar packaging. A time-lapsed video shows his process.

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Chris Young
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Chris Young Out of Intensive Care

Chris Young spent part of Thursday (Aug. 15) in the intensive care unit of a hospital near Denver, Colo., but by nightfall he'd been moved to a normal room, where he is on the mend. Throughout the last 24 hours, the 'Aw Naw' singer has been tweeting to fans ... and Brad Paisley.

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Tompall Glaser
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‘Outlaw’ Tompall Glaser Dead at 79

Singer-songwriter Tompall Glaser helped define the Outlaw movement in country music, but also kept a cult following as a solo artist and found success as a member of a vocal trio. The 'Put Another Log on the Fire (Male Chauvinist National Anthem)' singer died on Tuesday (Aug. 13) at the age of 79.

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Luke Bryan
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Luke Bryan, ‘Crash My Party’ – Album Review

Luke Bryan plays it safe on 'Crash My Party,' his new album and the follow-up to the tremendously successful 'Tailgates and Tanlines.' With the exception of the infusion of hip-hop on two songs, there is little to differentiate the two projects.

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Brad Paisley, the Band Perry
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New Songs on the Radio – August 2013

At least one country music superstar debuted new music in August 2013, while several others released new songs to the radio that had been previously released on albums. Jennifer Nettles, Brad Paisley and the Band Perry lead the way with new songs this month.

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