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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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Top 40 Country Songs – July 2013

The Top 40 Country Songs for July 2013 don't include a runaway No. 1 hit. In fact, a strong argument could be made for last month's No. 1, 'Boys 'Round Here' by Blake Shelton. While it has peaked on the charts, the laid-back country hit is still among the top sellers and most requested on country radio.

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Aaron Lewis, ‘Granddaddy’s Gun’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Aaron Lewis's new single 'Granddaddy's Gun' should easily become the biggest country hit of his career. The third release from 'The Road' album speaks to an audience that's increasingly being told to quiet down. While the song has appeared on more than one album in recent years, it's Lewis who truly does it justice. 

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Little Jimmy Dickens to Begin Vocal Chord Radiation Treatment

Little Jimmy Dickens, one of the Grand Ole Opry's most recognizable stars since he became a member in 1948, will continue to miss shows as he undergoes radiation treatments on his vocal chords. A release from the Opry says the treatments are for a pre-cancerous condition.

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Category: Country Music News
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Alleged John Rich Stalker Arrested

A 36-year-old attorney from Brentwood, Tenn. was arrested over the weekend and charged with aggravated stalking in a case involving John Rich. Mark Christopher Sevier is accused of stalking Rich, even after police issued restraining orders in July and August 2012. The two men have a relationship that goes back to at least 2005.

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Billy Ray Cyrus and Wife Tish Spotted Cuddling After Lunch

Is there hope for Billy Ray Cyrus's marriage after all? If a picture is worth a thousand words, then order up a thousand "yeses" after the two were spotted leaving lunch with daughter Noah over the weekend. The family -- including another unidentified young woman -- look satisfied and happy in the picture.

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Craig Morgan, ‘Wake Up Loving You’ – Song Review

Craig Morgan says he thinks his new single 'Wake Up Lovin' You' is going to be the biggest of his career. The soaring ballad is the singer's first love song to be released as a single since George W. Bush was in office. His vocal performance will cause even his longtime fans to do a double take. 

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Lady Antebellum Wanted ‘Golden’ to Be an Album for the Ages

The members of Lady Antebellum said they were satisfied with their third album, 'Own the Night.' But looking back, the trio's producer called it an artistic disappointment. That feeling provided more than enough motivation and focus to make sure their latest effort, 'Golden,' was something they could live with forever.

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Vote to Determine the Top 10 Videos of the Week in Taste of Country’s Countdown

Country music's reigning Entertainer of the Year has a new video on the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown poll this week. Luke Bryan has released the long-awaited video for his latest single 'Crash My Party.' If anyone has a shot to take down multi-week champion Carrie Underwood, it's Bryan and his faithful fans. 

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