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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.
Darius Rucker Friends
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Darius Rucker and Friends Share a Stage for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital [Pictures]

Performances from Kenny Rogers and Corey Smith, a surprise from one-third of Lady Antebellum, and an all-star version of ‘Wagon Wheel’ were amongst the many highlights at Darius Rucker’s fifth annual charity concert for St. Jude on Monday night (June 2).

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Lee Brice, George Strait, Jake Owen
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Top 40 Country Songs – June 2014

Fans will find a few fresh faces near the top of the Top 40 Country Songs of June 2014 list. Dustin Lynch, Lee Brice and Chris Young all cracked the Top 10, with 'Where It's At' leaping a dozen spots to hit No. 6. The top song goes to a hit that the singer's fans believed in long before radio. It might be the perfect song for summer 2014.

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Category: Lists

Rascal Flatts’s Gary LeVox Admits He Was More Than Skeptical of Joe Don Rooney

Fans know ‘The Church on Cumberland Road’ was the first song Rascal Flatts ever performed together, and they recently heard lead singer Gary LeVox describe the moment as something God came down from heaven to deliver. A few minutes earlier, that same night, LeVox was threatening to leave the stage before that show began. He was “disgusted” that Joe Don Rooney was filling in.

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Sam Hunt
MCA Nashville

Introducing Sam Hunt: Georgia-Raised Singer Releases ‘Speakers’ Video – Exclusive Premiere

In January, Sam Hunt was named Taste of Country's No. 1 Artist to Watch in 2014. Now fans can find out why. The singer has signed to MCA Nashville and released a video for an R&B-flavored love song called 'Speakers.' Watch it now, during this ToC exclusive premiere.

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Category: Music Videos
Brantley Gilbert
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Album Spotlight: Brantley Gilbert, ‘Just As I Am’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

On ‘Just As I Am’ Brantley Gilbert has matched the raw adrenaline found on earlier records with some of the best songwriting you’ll hear this year. The result is 11 deeply satisfying tracks, each ripped from his personal life.

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