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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.
Lady Antebellum
Capitol Nashville

Album Spotlight: Lady Antebellum, ‘Golden’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

The best moments on Lady Antebellum's fourth album 'Golden' find Charles Kelley or Hillary Scott singing solo, with minimal help from the other on harmonies. There is no shortage of songs that act as features for the two talented vocalists. The evolution of the trio finds them becoming a dual threat super power instead of a two-headed pop-rock-country group.

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Country Prom Pictures: See What Top Nashville Singers Wore for Their Big Night

More than one country star made daring decisions on their prom night, but few made a bold country statements with their gowns or suits. You'll find no boots, hats or excessive rhinestones in this list of country prom pictures. Instead, you'll see a little leg, a few low-cut dresses and plenty of smiles as stars young and not-so-young reveal how they spent that magical high school moment.

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Category: Lists
Thomas Rhett
Valory Music Co.

Thomas Rhett, ‘It Goes Like This’ – Song Review

'It Goes Like This' is the safest of the three singles Thomas Rhett has released, but he sacrifices nothing in sharp songwriting in his effort to land a hit on country radio. The charismatic songwriter is a natural storyteller, and his lyrics bounce to life with each verse and chorus. 

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George Jones’ Widow Recounts Singer’s Final Hours

The wife of the late George Jones has opened up for the first time about how the legendary singer spent his last days and hours before his death on April 26. Nancy Jones says the family knew his health was fading fast, but they chose to keep it quiet as not to worry friends, fans and family.

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Category: Country Music News
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Top 40 Country Songs – May 2013

George Jones cracks this Top 40 Country Songs of May 2013 list after his late April death propelled his song 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' into the Top 20 on digital sales charts. The hit -- arguably the greatest of all time -- also found a new home on country radio, especially on stations that had focused mostly on new up and comers. The newbies still dominate this list, with the top spots going to three of the biggest stars of the last decade. 

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Vote to Determine the Top 10 Videos of the Week in Taste of Country’s Countdown

Each week, Taste of Country readers decide the Top 10 new country music videos, which means each week, your favorite video has a chance to be No. 1. Online voting is the only thing considered to decide who comes in at No. 1 -- and dead last. Find your favorite video or videos and vote up to once every hour to make sure they're not left outside the countdown this week.

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Category: Country Music News
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Alan Jackson’s Daughter Victim of Facebook Hoax

Reports that Alan Jackson's middle daughter Ali was hospitalized after a car accident have proven untrue after the singer's publicist confirmed the story was a hoax. A fake Alan Jackson Facebook page was set up with a post that seemed to come from the hitmaker. It was not his official page, however.

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Jason Aldean and His Wife Jessica Reportedly Separate

Jason Aldean and his wife Jessica Ussery have reportedly separated, less than one year after the singer was caught kissing Charlotte Bobcats dancer and former 'American Idol' singer Brittany Kerr. Ussery didn't attend the ACM Awards in Las Vegas earlier this month. Sources indicate the split may have happened as early as January.

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