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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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Easton Corbin, ‘Clockwork’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Easton Corbin’s new single ‘Clockwork’ takes a unique approach to a one-night stand story. Corbin is the guy left with regrets after a familiar woman dials him up for a play date. The soft-spoken singer plays the role well, delivering another warm, sincere vocal performance.

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FGL, Bon Jovi, Parmalee
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What’s Behind the ’80s Rock Revival in Country Music?

Country curmudgeons looking to blame hip-hop for what they see as the fall of country music have it wrong. Sure, acts like Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean are quick to drop rappers alongside country legends when listing influences, but it’s the aggressive, unapologetically loud guitar riffs of the ‘80s that are truly shaping the format today.

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Gambler
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Cute Kids Singing Country Songs – Kenny Rogers, ‘The Gambler’

Just when you think this little dude is through with his interpretation of the 'The Gambler' by Kenny Rogers, he breaks into the next verse and another round of the chorus. That's pretty good for a kid so young. There are a lot of life lessons to be learned from this hit, and little Liam seems to have a handle on them at a young age. 

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Oak Ridge Boys
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Ronnie Gant, Publisher Responsible for ‘Elvira’ + More, Dead at 69

Ronnie Gant is another man who quietly helped shape the careers of many famous country stars while receiving little public attention. The Oak Ridge Boys and Garth Brooks are two acts that owe him a tip of the hat this week. Gant died on Saturday (Jan. 4) in Nashville.

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Scotty McCreery Shares a Few of His Favorite Things – Exclusive Video

Scotty McCreery recently sat down to talk about what he's most looking forward to this Christmas. His wish list is, not surprisingly, humble. It's the simple joys of the holidays that the North Carolina-born singer says are his favorites come December 25. 

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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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Blake Shelton
Warner Music Nashville
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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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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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