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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.
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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Trace Adkins, Clay Walker, Jason Michael Carroll
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When the Good Die Young: Great Songs and the Unexpected Reasons They Never Became Hits

The story goes like this: Clay Walker releases a ballad called 'She Likes It in the Morning' to radio in 2008, and after a few weeks, it dies. That's radio-speak for it falls off the country charts and never gets played again. Fans loved it, however, and Walker sings the yoke out of it. So ... what happened?

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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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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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‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson Sparks Controversy With Remarks on Gays, African Americans

Phil Robertson -- 67-year-old patriarch of the Duck Commander empire and star of A&E's 'Duck Dynasty' -- held nothing back in talking about what he calls the illogical sin of homosexuality. Fans of the show know that the Robertsons are conservative Christians, but no one from the family has addressed specific topics during the reality show.

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Krystal Keith Interview: Toby’s Daughter on Blues, Ballads, Big Guns and New ‘Whiskey and Lace’ Album

The title track of Krystal Keith's debut album is about an exotic dancer, and even though it's the last of 10 aggressive blues/rock/country tracks on 'Whiskey and Lace,' it's the best place to start. Keith helped write the song. In fact, it was the Oklahoma born-and-raised daughter of Toby Keith who pushed her band and co-writing partners to be even more aggressive.

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Brian Kelley
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Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley Gets Married

Brian Kelley of hot duo Florida Georgia Line married his girlfriend of seven months on Monday afternoon (Dec. 16) in Nashville. The singer had known 23-year-old Brittney Marie Cole for over three years, and once they started dating earlier in 2013, both said they "just knew."

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Sara Evans Reveals Details of ‘Sexy’ New ‘Slow Me Down’ Album

Sara Evans has revealed the finer details of her upcoming seventh studio album. The singer says 'Slow Me Down' will be available on March 4, 2014, featuring three big-name collaborations and production by an old friend. During an interview to discuss songs from the album, Evans tells Taste of Country "sexy" is the best one-word description for her first release since 'Stronger.'

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