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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.
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Country Artists Remember on 9/11 Terrorist Attacks Anniversary

It's been 12 years since two planes hit the World Trade Center towers in New York City and a third crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Today, on 9/11, country stars like Josh Turner, Trisha Yearwood and Rodney Atkins are united in taking a moment to remember the victims of those terrorist attacks, as well as those who died when a hijacked plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. 

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Album Spotlight: Keith Urban, ‘Fuse’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

'Fuse' is a fine title for Keith Urban's seventh studio album, but 'Short Fuse' might be even better. There's very little to burn before one gets to the heart of this explosion of energy set to a modern country beat. The collection of 13 songs is the singer's least traditional offering to date, but few will complain about that.

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Taste of Country Writer, Sister Station Receive 2013 CMA Broadcast Awards Nominations

Among the nominees announced for the 2013 CMA Awards were radio stations and on-air personalities, chosen as the best in the business. WGNA afternoon host and Taste of Country writer Kevin Richards was honored for a third straight year. Additionally, station WYRK in Buffalo, N.Y. was chosen as a as a nominee for CMA Radio Station of the Year, medium market.

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2013 CMA Awards Nominees Announced

The 2013 CMA Awards nominees have been announced, with stars like Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift once again leading a pack of talented Entertainer and Male/Female Vocalist of the Year contenders. The reveal included one big surprise in the Entertainer of the Year category, as George Strait earns a nomination for the first time since 2009. 

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Team Blake Shelton Scores Cher as Guest Mentor for ‘The Voice’ Season 5

Blake Shelton may be freaking out right now, as it's been announced that Cher will be his team's guest mentor when the Battle Rounds begin on 'The Voice' this season. The other three coaches' guest mentors were also revealed, just two weeks before the NBC series resumes.

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George Strait’s 2014 Tour Dates Announced

George Strait's 2014 Cowboy Rides Away Tour dates were revealed during a press conference on Monday (Sept. 9). This is Strait’s final tour, and the singer announced 26 shows, set to begin on Jan. 9, 2014 and end in June or later with a to-be-determined date in Dallas, Texas.

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Carrie Underwood Sporting Walking Boot After Onstage Injury

Carrie Underwood caught one of her five-inch high heels in the tail of her shirt on Thursday (Sept. 5) during a show in Corpus Christi, Texas. The singer was singing 'Undo It' when she fell to the ground, injuring her left foot. "I can't move my toes. Is that bad?" she asked after the incident.

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Alan Jackson: ‘There’s Really No Country Left’

Alan Jackson knows there's plenty of great music to be found on country radio, but he misses the "real roots-y, traditional stuff" -- real country music. The legend admits he's sad about the lack of "country stuff" and finds himself wondering if it'll ever come back.

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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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