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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.
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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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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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Rascal Flatts Say Compromise Is Key to Their Success

Country superstars Rascal Flatts get along, but they don't always agree. There is at least one song on the trio's new 'Rewind' album that didn't initially get a full vote of confidence from lead singer Gary LeVox, but they have a process for working out their differences.

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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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Brantley Gilbert’s Family and Teachers Share Stories During ‘Hometown Throwdown’

You'll learn all about Brantley Gilbertby visiting his hometown, and meeting with the people that raised him. Before the BG Nation rallied around him, the 'Bottoms Up' singer was a hell-raiser, but his mother, coaches and teachers can't say enough positive things about him.

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Rascal Flatts Perform Acoustic Version of ‘Payback’ [Exclusive Video]

During this 'Off the Record' performance of 'Payback,' fans will get a chance to appreciate contributions from the rest of Rascal Flatts' band, specifically the banjo player. The track is a feisty, undeniably catchy country-rocker from 'Rewind.' With this acoustic performance fans see that the banjo man really holds it down.

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Rascal Flatts Perform Acoustic Version of ‘The Church on Cumberland Road’ [Exclusive Video]

'The Church on Cumberland Road' is a signature song for Rascal Flatts, so it was an easy choice for their 'Off the Record' cover. The three men explain why this Shenandoah track is so special to them before delivering a brilliant live performance of a highlight from their live shows.

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