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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.
Dierks Bentley, Eric Church
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New Country Music Releases – February 2014

The trickle of new country releases will turn into a flowing river in February, with new albums from Dierks Bentley and Eric Church drawing the most attention. Bentley's 'Riser' hits stores February 25, while his labelmate releases his follow-up to 'Chief' on February 11. 'The Outsiders' includes the current single, 'Give Me Back My Hometown.' 

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Brantley Gilbert Interview: Hitmaker Talks Mexico Trip, Biggest Fears and How YouTube Would Have Killed His Career

The two competing sides of Brantley Gilbert's personality make him one of the more fascinating artists walking around Nashville. He's a rebel who writes his own rule book on and off stage. He's also a sensitive songwriter, willing to reveal his broken heart or darkest memories to a room full of beer-swilling fans.

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Dierks Bentley Takes ToC Readers Behind the Scenes of New ‘I Hold On’ Video

Dierks Bentley's 'I Hold On' video debuts in full Wednesday (Oct. 30), but the country star wants Taste of Country readers to see behind the scenes of one of the sets used to film the clip. Bentley calls this his favorite video that he's ever made. Find out why in this clip!

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Tyler Farr’s Nashville Story Is Original Thanks to Luck, Determination and a Blown Blood Vessel

Tyler Farr's Nashville story is one of hard work, determination, opera and a popped blood vessel. The 'Redneck Crazy' singer is a unique mix of polish and grit, like a dirt road sprinkled with diamonds. Few in Nashville can claim the vocal training that sent this kid from the Ozarks to Missouri State University on a vocal performance scholarship. Then, he blew it -- literally -- while on tour with Colt Ford.

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Randy Houser, ‘Goodnight Kiss’ [Listen]

Randy Houser's new single 'Goodnight Kiss' picks up where 'Runnin' Outta Moonlight' left off. The singer has his arms around a pretty girl, and he's humbly asking her to make a memory they'll never forget. After a Platinum single, the Mississippi-born country singer repeats the feeling brought on by love's anticipation.

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Blackjack Billy, ‘The Booze Cruise’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

The summer's biggest party is on board 'The Booze Cruise,' an infectious new track from Blackjack Billy. From the first hit of electric guitar, one finds himself inspired to stand up and shake it, even if -- or especially if -- office etiquette discourages such behavior.

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Brad Paisley Joins the Rolling Stones to Sing ‘Dead Flowers’ in Philadelphia

Brad Paisley is the latest country star to join the Rolling Stones on stage during their 50 and Counting Tour. The 'Beat This Summer' singer jammed with guitarist Keith Richards and traded verses with Mick Jagger during the rock group's 1971 hit 'Dead Flowers' on Tuesday (June 18). 

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