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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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Thomas Rhett Interview: Rising Singer Knows How Life on the Road Can Destroy a Marriage

Fame, money and confidence can lead a 23-year-old to debauchery very quickly. Throw in a guitar, a few sensitive songs, alcohol and a room full of female fans ... hey, there's a reason few country newcomers get married before they've had two hit albums.

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Cute Kids Singing Country Songs – Garth Brooks, ‘Friends in Low Places’

Five-year-old Emma grabs a wooden spoon and finds a room with good lighting to begin this performance of 'Friends in Low Places' by Garth Brooks. Sure, the superstar preferred a hands-free microphone, but a girls gotta make do with what's around the house before being able to afford the latest in technology. 

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Rachel Farley Interview: ‘Midnight Road’ Singer on Making the First Move, Her Feisty New Dog and Dressing for the CMAs

Rachel Farley is kind of a bad a-- on stage. In her studded black leather jacket and blue jeans, the singer -- who toured with country bad boy Brantley Gilbert before she could legally vote -- is a commanding presence. Sure, she's only 18, but she's known more life and death than some twice her age, right? 'Ain't Easy' began with a story about her grandfather running moonshine. Her new single 'Midnight Road' hardly backs off the throttle. 

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Kelly Clarkson, ‘Underneath the Tree’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Degree of difficulty plays a role in judging what one thinks of any Kelly Clarkson song, especially her new Christmas single 'Underneath the Tree.' The woman can do things most singers cannot. When she's on -- and she's been on since she began offering dedicated singles to country radio -- she stands alone.

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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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Baby Tears Up Listening to Mom Sing ‘My Heart Can’t Tell You No’ [Watch]

Sara Evans' 2011 version of Rod Stewart's 'My Heart Can't Tell You No' was pretty good, but it didn't make babies cry in this most adorable way. To be honest, we weren't completely sure why this sweet face is getting misty-eyed, until we watched this two-minute video. 

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Album Spotlight: Thomas Rhett, ‘It Goes Like This’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

'Make Me Wanna' isn't representative of Thomas Rhett's entire debut album, but it may be the project's signature track. 'It Goes Like This' offers one surprise after another -- a stunning accomplishment considering a quarter of the songs are already well-known radio hits.

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Cute Kids Singing Country Songs – Jason Aldean, ’1994′

This 5-year-old's mom says he's a Jason Aldean fanatic, and you'll probably agree. Brady has listened to nothing but Aldean's music since he was old enough to make radio requests, so it's no surprise he knows all the lyrics to '1994.' This video was put together to get the singer's attention, and it's so good, we thought we'd help. 

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