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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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Kacey Musgraves, ‘Follow Your Arrow’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

That at least one publication referred to Kacey Musgraves' 'Follow Your Arrow' as a "gay anthem" speaks to how far behind country music is on the subject. The controversial single equally promotes being skinny and overweight, having a drink or staying sober, going to church or sleeping in, and smoking marijuana. All of these topics have been covered -- and accepted -- previously in the genre.

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Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan
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Top 40 Country Songs – October 2013

Keith Urban has a new song inside the Top 5 of the list of Top 40 country songs for October 2013. It's the second straight month he's done that, but he achieved the feat with two different songs. 'We Were Us,' Urban's duet with Miranda Lambert, isn't No. 1 this month. That honor goes to a song that is indisputably the hottest song in country music -- even if it's not everyone's favorite song. 

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Jake Owen, Danielle Bradbery Compete on ToC Top 10 Video Countdown

New videos from Jake Owen and Danielle Bradbery promise to shake up the Taste of Country Top 10 standings next week. 'Days of Gold' and 'The Heart of Dixie' are moving quickly up radio charts, and both artists have very motivated fan bases. Will they or anyone else be able to dethrone two-week winner Scotty McCreery however?

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Luke Bryan Helps YouTube Sensation Score First Kiss With ‘The View’ Host Jenny McCarthy

Luke Bryan co-hosted 'The View' last week, but YouTube sensation Tommy Woolridge stole the show. The man who famously used Bryan and other artists' lyrics to try to pick up women and failed had much better success with former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy. Much better success.

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New Songs on the Radio – September 2013

Country radio lights up with new songs from superstars like Keith Urban and Hank Williams, Jr. in September 2013. 'We Were Us' is from Urban's new 'Fuse' album. It's a duet with Miranda Lambert that has fans buzzing even louder about the highly-anticipated project. Williams, Jr.'s 'I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink' is also a duet (and a cover). 

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Chris Young Pushed to Stretch His Style, Vocal Limits on ‘A.M.’

For Chris Young, a new album is an opportunity to push himself further both creatively and vocally. This comes with risks. It's easy to push too far and find your fans responding with criticism, or even worse, ambivalence. That doesn't seem like it's going to be a problem for this 28-year-old.

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Taylor Swift, Gary Allan, Carrie Underwood
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Gary Allan Says His Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood Comments Were Taken Out of Context

What seemed like the next round of artist vs. artist criticisms was misconstrued and taken out of context, according to one of the parties involved. Gary Allan says his answer to Larry King's question about whether or not Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are country has been spun in a way he didn't intend.

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Zac Brown: Luke Bryan’s New Song ‘Is the Worst I’ve Ever Heard’

Zac Brown took tailgate, moonlight and daisy dukes songs to task during a recent radio interview. The singer held nothing back with his opinion of certain modern day country sounds, including the latest single from Luke Bryan.

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First-Ever Tropical Nights to Bring Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert + More to Beautiful Mexico

The inaugural country music adventure Tropical Nights in Riviera Maya, Mexico will include performances and exclusive opportunities to hang with some of country's biggest stars -- Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington and Jana Kramer.

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Taste of Country Writer, Sister Station Receive 2013 CMA Broadcast Awards Nominations

Among the nominees announced for the 2013 CMA Awards were radio stations and on-air personalities, chosen as the best in the business. WGNA afternoon host and Taste of Country writer Kevin Richards was honored for a third straight year. Additionally, station WYRK in Buffalo, N.Y. was chosen as a as a nominee for CMA Radio Station of the Year, medium market.

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2013 CMA Awards Nominees Announced

The 2013 CMA Awards nominees have been announced, with stars like Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift once again leading a pack of talented Entertainer and Male/Female Vocalist of the Year contenders. The reveal included one big surprise in the Entertainer of the Year category, as George Strait earns a nomination for the first time since 2009. 

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