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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.
Joel Crouse
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Joel Crouse, ‘Why God Made Love Songs’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Joel Crouse proves that his first single wasn’t just beginner's luck with his follow-up, ‘Why God Made Love Songs.’ The debut stalled on the country charts, but left a good impression with country music fans. In this new track, Crouse continues to show a professionalism beyond his 21 years without losing his youthful exuberance.

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Kristy Lee Cook
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Kristy Lee Cook Interview: One-Time ‘American Idol’ Contestant Inspired by Love, Heartbreak and Her Horses

Kristy Lee Cook is getting a rare second chance. Typically, when an artist splits with a label, he or she flounders for a few years on an independent label before slipping away from public conscious. Cook is signed to Broken Bow Records (Jason Aldean's label) and has released a duet with Randy Houser called 'Wherever Love Goes.' The love ballad from her upcoming new album shows her sensitive side, which she says is rare.

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Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert
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New Songs on the Radio – December 2013

The year won't end with a whisper. New songs on the radio for December 2013 include first releases from Brantley Gilbert and Jamie Lynn Spears' new albums and the next releases from Chris Young, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban. It will be a big month, even if it's a short month as the music industry shuts down for the holidays. 

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Blake Shelton
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Blake Shelton, ‘Doin’ What She Likes’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Blake Shelton's love songs may be a good barometer of his marriage to Miranda Lambert. If they ever lose sincerity or that special sense that he's focused on his bride, fans will know something has gone horribly wrong. Things were clearly going very right when he recorded 'Doin' What She Likes,' the fourth single from 'Based on a True Story.'

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Austin Webb
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Austin Webb Battles Cold, Emotions in ‘Slip on By’ Behind-the-Scenes Video – Exclusive Premiere

Austin Webb's single 'Slip on By' is getting an emotional reaction from fans at his live shows. The video doesn't let up one bit. In this exclusive premiere of the behind-the-scenes clip, the singer shares what he first loved about the song, as well as the treatment for the music video. 

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson Sparks Controversy With Remarks on Gays, African Americans

Phil Robertson -- 67-year-old patriarch of the Duck Commander empire and star of A&E's 'Duck Dynasty' -- held nothing back in talking about what he calls the illogical sin of homosexuality. Fans of the show know that the Robertsons are conservative Christians, but no one from the family has addressed specific topics during the reality show.

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Keith Urban
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Keith Urban, ‘Cop Car’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Keith Urban's 'Fuse' album is full of creative risks that fall back on strong songwriting and unique perspective. A song about falling in love in the back of a police car? That's never been done before. In 'Cop Car,' the superstar finds a way to make his narrative relatable to even the most law-abiding romantic.

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Lady Antebellum Help ASCAP Celebrate 100 Year Anniversary with ‘More Than the Stars’ – Song Premiere

Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum join over a dozen top songwriters and composers in a 100th birthday song and video for ASCAP, the professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers.

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