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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.
Cadillac Three
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The Cadillac Three (Feat. Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Mike Eli), ‘The South’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

With 'The South,' the Cadillac Three make many of the other rock-inspired country artists seem as aggressive as a Beanie Baby. Their debut single would land squarely in the rock n' roll genre 40 years ago, but time has blurred those lines. The proper response to answer cries of "That ain't real country" is to turn the volume of this jam up louder ... and louder ... and louder.

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Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan
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New Songs on the Radio – November 2013

With the CMA Awards, country superstars seized an opportunity to get their new songs on radio and television in November 2013. Some extra TV time can do wonders for a song's ascent up the radio charts or sales charts. Luke Bryan's 'Drink a Beer' is one example of how the timing can pay off, as after the show, millions were searching for more information.

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Thomas Rhett
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Thomas Rhett Interview: Rising Singer Knows How Life on the Road Can Destroy a Marriage

Fame, money and confidence can lead a 23-year-old to debauchery very quickly. Throw in a guitar, a few sensitive songs, alcohol and a room full of female fans ... hey, there's a reason few country newcomers get married before they've had two hit albums.

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Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley
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Country Feuds, Obamacare, Kenny Rogers Targeted During Brad Paisley + Carrie Underwood’s 2013 CMA Awards Opening

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood provided at least three "Oh no they didn't!" moments during their opening monologue at the 2013 CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 6). Zac Brown, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Julianne Hough, Obamacare, Keith Urban, 'Duck Dynasty' and the 'evil' Kenny Rogers were all targets. Almost everyone took the jabs with a smile.

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Garth Brooks Kid
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Cute Kids Singing Country Songs – Garth Brooks, ‘Friends in Low Places’

Five-year-old Emma grabs a wooden spoon and finds a room with good lighting to begin this performance of 'Friends in Low Places' by Garth Brooks. Sure, the superstar preferred a hands-free microphone, but a girls gotta make do with what's around the house before being able to afford the latest in technology. 

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LeAnn Rimes, Blake Shelton, RaeLynn
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Country Stars Dress Up, Spoof Each Other for Halloween 2013

Artists like LeAnn Rimes and RaeLynn spoofed other country stars on Halloween 2013. 'The Voice' singer took a playful jab at Blake Shelton circa 2002, while Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian dressed as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers circa 1983. The most adorable costume pictures, of course, came from the new parents. Hillary Scott, Jennifer Nettles and Chely Wright all shared photos of their tots on Thursday.

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