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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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Country Music 2014
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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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Billy Ray Cyrus
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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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Lee Brice, George Strait, Jake Owen
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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
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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 Have ‘Something to Prove’ With New ‘Rewind’ Album

Rascal Flatts aren't comfortable resting over everything they've accomplished to date. During their Off the Record interview with Taste of Country it becomes clear there's still a stone in their shoe that keeps them from getting too comfortable with being listed as an influence to newcomers, not a format leader. That could change after songs from 'Rewind' saturate the marketplace.

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Brantley Gilbert
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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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Rascal Flatts Perform Acoustic Version of ‘Riot’ from ‘Rewind’ Album [Exclusive Video]

Sometimes a band will spend hours, days or even weeks deciding if a song is good enough to make an album. Then there are songs like 'Riot,' a ballad from Rascal Flatts' new 'Rewind' album. The trio talks about the first time they heard the song before performing an intimate, acoustic version of the track.

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