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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.
City of Hope
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Florida Georgia Line, Scotty McCreery + More Suit Up for City of Hope Softball Game [Photos]

The 24th annual CMA Fest Celebrity Softball game wasn't without competition, but in the end, the cause and a good time were most important things. Florida Georgia Line, Scotty McCreery, Danielle Bradbery, Sara Evans and Jana Kramer were just a few of the stars who stepped up for City of Hope.

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Dustin Lynch
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Dustin Lynch Remembers Sneaking Backstage at the CMA Music Festival

Dustin Lynch grew up just south of Nashville, but never went to the CMA Music Festival as a kid. It wasn't until he moved here full time at age 18 that he started attending. The 'Where It's At' singer remembers once sneaking backstage at one of the more popular venues.

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Ashley Monroe
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Ashley Monore Breaks Hearts, Sings New Music During CMA Fest Showcase

To say Ashley Monroe falls into herself during a song is misleading, and an understatement. When the singer drops her head and gives into the weight of her lissome eyelashes, it's as if theater curtains have dropped, concealing a world of chaos and disharmony that the audience only hears about on her albums, and on stage.

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Category: Country Music News
Country Music 2014
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ToC Encore: The Best of Country Music 2014 (So Far)

As 2014 nears the halfway point, it's time to reflect on the best of country music. The best songs, the best albums and the best moments of 2014 come from newcomers and superstars. They come from awards shows and reality television. The Best of Country Music 2014 comes from all over.

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Darius Rucker
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Darius Rucker Kept Out of ‘Darius and Friends’ After Party

On Monday night (June 2), Darius Rucker and friends wanted to celebrate their accomplishments after raising money for St. Jude and entertaining a sold-out crowd at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. Unfortunately, Rucker wasn't allowed to enter the chosen after party bar.

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Billy Ray Cyrus
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Billy Ray Cyrus Reveals Acoustic Version of ‘Some Gave All’ – Exclusive Premiere

Billy Ray Cyrus’ new album ‘Icon: the Distance’ will be released on Tuesday (June 3). The 11 tracks feature hits and new versions of lesser-known hits. One song that gets a fresh spin is ‘Some Gave All.’ Listen to an intimate acoustic version of the track exclusive at Taste of Country.

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Category: Country Music News
Payback OTR
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Rascal Flatts Perform Acoustic Version of ‘Payback’ [Exclusive Video]

During this 'Off the Record' performance of 'Payback,' fans will get a chance to appreciate contributions from the rest of Rascal Flatts' band, specifically the banjo player. The track is a feisty, undeniably catchy country-rocker from 'Rewind.' With this acoustic performance fans see that the banjo man really holds it down.

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