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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. In 2014 they moved to Nashville where they now live with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and theirs sons. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
Kalie Shorr Fight Like a Girl
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ToC Critic’s Pick: Kalie Shorr, ‘Fight Like a Girl’ [Listen]

Kalie Shorr’s “Fight Like a Girl” is everything you expect from the title, and then it's much more. Yes, it’s an anthem for marginalized females in country music, business and life. But it’s also a reminder of what songwriters in Nashville and beyond are fighting for daily.

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Jason Davis, Getty Images

2016 ACM Awards Nominations Surprises and Snubs

For anyone sick of the same-old-same-old each awards season, the nominations for the 2016 ACM Awards felt like a cleansing rain. New artists replaced old in several key categories. Additionally, the structure of the show changed. Some fan bases have reason to complain however, while others feel their efforts have been justified.

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Church Stapleton ACM Nominations
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2016 ACM Awards Nominees Announced

Dierks Bentley announced the first of the 2016 ACM Awards nominees on Monday morning (Feb. 1). Eric Church leads the way with five nominations so far. Singers up for Entertainer of the Year, Male and Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Duo and Group were announced live on CBS This Morning.

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Luke Bryan Chris Stapleton
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Luke Bryan Adds Chris Stapleton to Select 2016 Tour Dates

Two stadium dates on Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights Tour will include a performance from Chris Stapleton. The “Home Alone Tonight” singer took to Twitter to reveal the news on Thursday night. But it's not the first time they’ve collaborated.

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