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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. 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.
Chris Young
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Grammys, CMAs or ACMs? Chris Young Shares His Preference When It Comes to Different Voting Methods

The CMAs, ACMs or the Grammys ... which awards show gets it right? With the Grammy Awards coming on Sunday (Jan. 26), --- and immediate controversy about country music’s winners sure to follow -- there is bound to be debate about who is most qualified to dish out the honors. Is it the fans, the industry, music critics or some combination of all three? Chris Young says “Yes.”

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Dierks Bentley, Eric Church
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New Country Music Releases – February 2014

The trickle of new country releases will turn into a flowing river in February, with new albums from Dierks Bentley and Eric Church drawing the most attention. Bentley's 'Riser' hits stores February 25, while his labelmate releases his follow-up to 'Chief' on February 11. 'The Outsiders' includes the current single, 'Give Me Back My Hometown.' 

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Zac Brown, Natalie Maines, Kenny Chesney
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Why the Grammys Rarely Honor CMA/ACM Awards Winners

In the last 10 years, country fans have come away scratching their heads after the Grammys. Artists and albums that are ignored at the CMA and ACM Awards are honored at the all-genre ceremony that takes place each winter. Only twice in the last decade have the CMAs and Grammys agreed on Song of the Year. Only three times beyond that was the CMA Awards winner even nominated for a Grammy.

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Jon Pardi
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Album Spotlight: Jon Pardi, ‘Write You a Song’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

Jon Pardi’s debut album ‘Write You a Song’ employs no tricks, gimmicks or novelties to sell a straight-forward brand of country music. The best songs are rowdy, Bakersfield-influenced jams that introduce the California-raised singer as someone whose tour you'll want to follow closely in 2014. Even the love songs come with a sharp edge, something that defines him as an artist.

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Whiskey Myers
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Whiskey Myers, ‘Where the Sun Don’t Shine’ – Exclusive Song Premiere [Listen]

Gritty country-rockers Whiskey Myers are eager to release their third album 'Early Morning Shakes' on Feb. 4. A video for the band's first single 'Home' was made available in November, and now they're sharing 'Where the Sun Don't Shine' with fans during this exclusive Taste of Country premiere. 

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