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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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Randy Houser Says ‘Like a Cowboy’ Is a Risk He’s Used to Taking

Randy Houser's single "Like a Cowboy" is a big, Western ballad tucked between amped-up country-rock or pop songs. It stands out like rhinestones on a cowboy standing outside the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the singer is comfortable with that. In fact, few may be more comfortable with that.

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Florida Georgia Line Respond to Charlie Robison’s Sony Exec/Country Radio Blast

Respected songwriter Charlie Robison may not have been looking to start a feud with country duo Florida Georgia Line, but his comments about country radio and a statement made by a top label executive were sure to draw a response.

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Sam Hunt, Choreographer Matt Steffanina Partner for New ‘Leave the Night On’ Video [Exclusive Premiere]

A new dance video for Sam Hunt's "Leave the Night On" exemplifies his willingness to push country music's boundaries further than perhaps anyone before him. It could earn him an ACM this spring, or maybe just a sweet performance of the chart-topping song. Hunt and hip-hop choreographer Matt Steffanina teamed up to create the video, available during this exclusive Taste of Country premiere.

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When YouTube Matters

The debate about if and when an artist should share their music on free streaming platforms like YouTube or Spotify is as simple as the philosophical “If a tree falls in the woods …” question. Your favorite artist may write and record the best country song ever, but if no one hears it, did he really?

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Love and Theft Talk Writing With Friends on ‘Whiskey on My Breath’ Album, Play Chubby Bunny [Watch]

The title track of Love and Theft's new 'Whiskey on My Breath' album lists seven songwriters. Seven! Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson recently sat down to talk about that and fatherhood, and to play a game you may recognize from grade school.

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