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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.
Velma Smith
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Groundbreaking Guitarist Velma Smith Dies

Pioneering guitar player Velma Smith has died. The 87-year-old Musicians Hall of Famer is best known for being one of the first women to work as a session player in Nashville. Hank Snow, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Eddy Arnold were among the legends the Kentucky native recorded with.

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Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean
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Top 40 Country Songs – August 2014

The top country song of August 2014 has quietly become a huge hit for an artist who's becoming as dependable as your favorite pair of blue jeans. This song relied on a laugh-out-loud music video for a boost, but in-studio creative impulses proved to be the hook that snagged No. 1.

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Tyler Farr
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Tyler Farr, ‘A Guy Walks Into a Bar’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Tyler Farr does heartbreak like Miranda Lambert does crazy. His new song ‘A Guy Walks Into a Bar’ is a dark story wrapped around a decades (centuries?) old joke. Spinning something familiar is the quickest way to build a hit, and Farr’s first single from his second album should be his biggest yet.

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley: CMA Music Fest Proves This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Country Music Anymore

Dierks Bentley says the yearly CMA Music Festival in Nashville captures the essence of where country music is at, and where the genre is headed. Few are more excited about performing than the 'Drunk on a Plane' singer. Fans will get to see his enthusiasm spill over on Aug. 5, during ABC's 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock' performance.

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Scotty McCreery
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Scotty McCreery on Kissing Girls in Videos: ‘It’s a Respect Thing’

Scotty McCreery's 'Feelin' It' video finds him having fun with his real-life friends. The group frolics in the surf along North Carolina's coast, and while there's a playful romance between a few of the "actors," you won't find this singer puckering up with some strange girl.

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