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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. In 2014 they moved to Nashville where they now live with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and theirs sons. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
Sturgill Simpson Merle Haggard
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Sturgill Simpson ‘Disgusted’ With ACM’s Merle Haggard Spirit Award

On Monday singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson took to Facebok to blast the ACMs for creating an award that celebrates Merle Haggard’s legacy. He accused the Academy of Country Music of joining others who have “hitched their wagon to his name.”

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Tim McGraw Live Like You Were Doing
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No. 4: Tim McGraw, ‘Live Like You Were Dying’ – Top Country Songs of the Century

“It’s just the greatest message ever put on the radio in my opinion, and to the world frankly,” one country artist said of Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying." The singer is a bit more humble about song No. 4 on this list of the Top Country Songs of the Century, but he recognizes the importance of the song.

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Lee Ann Womack I Hope You Dance
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No. 5: Lee Ann Womack, ‘I Hope You Dance’ – Top Country Songs of the Century

All five remaining songs on this list of the Top Songs of the Century required little or no conversation. Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" is an inspiring sonic masterpiece that blanketed country radio for five years before pulling back ever so slightly.

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Little Big Town Girl Crush
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No. 6: Little Big Town, ‘Girl Crush’ – Top Country Songs of the Century

Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" is a song that inspired other artists. Song No. 6 on this list of the Top Country Songs of the Century reminded anyone feeling held down in a very cautious genre that it's alright to be different.

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Gretchen Wilson Redneck Woman Song of the Century
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No. 8: Gretchen Wilson, ‘Redneck Woman’ – Top Country Songs of the Century

Gretchen Wilson admits that while her hit song "Redneck Woman" was skyrocketing up the airplay charts she didn't feel like she fit in. Years later she'd tell Taste of Country that at the time, she felt underdressed for a black tie party. It's now clear the guests at that party were happy she injected new energy into their predictable sound.

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