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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.
Darius Rucker
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Darius Rucker Kept Out of ‘Darius and Friends’ After Party

On Monday night (June 2), Darius Rucker and friends wanted to celebrate their accomplishments after raising money for St. Jude and entertaining a sold-out crowd at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. Unfortunately, Rucker wasn't allowed to enter the chosen after party bar.

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ToC Encore: The Best of Country Music 2014 (So Far)

As 2014 nears the halfway point, it's time to reflect on the best of country music. The best songs, the best albums and the best moments of 2014 come from newcomers and superstars. They come from awards shows and reality television. The Best of Country Music 2014 comes from all over.

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Darius Rucker and Friends Share a Stage for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital [Pictures]

Performances from Kenny Rogers and Corey Smith, a surprise from one-third of Lady Antebellum, and an all-star version of ‘Wagon Wheel’ were amongst the many highlights at Darius Rucker’s fifth annual charity concert for St. Jude on Monday night (June 2).

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Billy Ray Cyrus Reveals Acoustic Version of ‘Some Gave All’ – Exclusive Premiere

Billy Ray Cyrus’ new album ‘Icon: the Distance’ will be released on Tuesday (June 3). The 11 tracks feature hits and new versions of lesser-known hits. One song that gets a fresh spin is ‘Some Gave All.’ Listen to an intimate acoustic version of the track exclusive at Taste of Country.

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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 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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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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