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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.

Garth Brooks on Ireland Fiasco: ‘The Problem Isn’t Here’

Journalists from Ireland traveled to Nashville to ask Garth Brooks questions about the five canceled Dublin shows, and the singer didn't hold back. Putting the blame squarely on government officials, Brooks said "The problem isn't here."

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Jake Owen
Josh Lowe for Taste of Country

Jake Owen, Charlie Worsham Cowboy Up at Greeley Stampede [Pictures]

Jake Owen and Charlie Worsham played a sold out set at the Greeley Stampede in Greeley, Colo. last month. The 'Want You Too' singer opened the show, before Owen brought a few surprises to the stage with him. See highlights in this Taste of Country photo gallery from the concert.

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Florida Georgia Line
Republic Nashville

Florida Georgia Line, ‘Dirt’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

‘Dirt’ is not the song Florida Georgia Line fans were expecting. Gone is the bravado, the hyper-time drum beats and the contagious hooks. Instead, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard rely on steel guitar and lyrical depth to make this ballad work.

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Ukulele Molly
YouTube

Ukulele Molly Tries to Save Historic Nashville Studio With Original Song [Watch]

Can one little girl save one of the most historic music studios in Nashville? The famed Studio A, a room that's hosted Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and George Strait, could be targeted for demolition if new owners don't choose to preserve it. Ten-year-old Molly Jeanne doesn't want that to happen.

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Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Lee Brice
Rick Diamond / Larry Busacca / Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

Top 40 Country Songs – July 2014

The top country song for July 2014 is hardly a summer song, but it's much too hot to rank any lower than No. 1. This love ballad is as sincere as they come; a song every man and woman can relate to on some level

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Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood
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Artists Wearing the American Flag

While a few country artists only wear the American flag on special occasions, others will pull out a patriotic jacket, tank top or guitar whenever the mood strikes them. Country music leads all genres in terms of patriotism, so it's not surprising to find many pictures of the biggest artists wearing the American flag over the last ten years.

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Love Theft
Ed Rode, Getty Images

Love and Theft Interview: Stephen Barker Liles on Heartbreak, New Album and Slowing Down

It's a fair question for Love and Theft, given that both Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson are fathers who are in committed relationships. It's also fair because the duo has built a pretty good repu

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Carrie Underwood
Neilson Barnard, Getty Images

Carrie Underwood Fan Undeterred by Lightning Strike, Hot Plate Burn, Seizure

Carrie Underwood, meet your most loyal fan! At Country Fest in Cadott, Wisc. over the weekend, Gage Stroening did all he could to see the Underwood -- and meet Randy Houser -- after being jolted by lightning and stepping on a red-hot hot plate. Following a brief seizure and visit to the emergency room, the Minnesota man was back at Country Fest.

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