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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.
Scotty McCreery
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Scotty McCreery Lands No. 1 Country Album in America

Scotty McCreery is back on top. 'See You Tonight' has become his second straight album to debut at No. 1 on the country album charts, selling just over 52,000 copies in its first week in stores and at digital retailers. That's 10Kmore than Willie Nelson, whose 'To All the Girls' ranked second.

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Kevin Fowler Proves Country Cred in ‘How Country Are Ya?’ Video – Exclusive Premiere

The title track from Kevin Fowler's upcoming seventh studio album asks a question the Texas singer is proud to answer. During 'How Country Are Ya?' Fowler is pushed by a cutie at the bar to prove his country credibility. The music video -- available for the first time via this Blake exclusive premiere -- is his unique and comical response.

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Sara Evans Goes Behind the Scenes of New ‘Slow Me Down’ Video, and It’s Hilarious – Exclusive Premiere

The video for Sara Evans' new single 'Slow Me Down' co-stars NASCAR driver Carl Edwards as the singer's love interest. It's a breakup song, so there's no hot and heavy between the two, only animated arguing. Watch it all unfold, and find out what they're really saying as the music plays in this ToC exclusive behind-the-scenes clip.

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Taylor Swift
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2013 CMA Awards Predictions

Predicting who will win the nine major honors at the 2013 CMA Awards seems pretty easy ... until you begin to overthink it. Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Kacey Musgraves lead the way in number of nominations, but it's not far-fetched to imagine all three coming away empty-handed. This is the sort of stuff that happens when there's two months to mull over the possibilities.

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Sheryl Crow, ‘Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Sheryl Crow's new single 'Callin' Me When I'm Lonely' is the anti-'Easy,' as it's a big vocal showcase that leans toward sharp, jabbing emotions. The country newcomer opens up to show off a voice that's bathed in retro cool. This is a no-tricks ballad that finds a woman struggling to stay away from a guy she aches for.

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Corey Smith
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Corey Smith, ‘Ain’t Going Out Tonight’ – Exclusive Song Premiere [Listen]

Singer-songwriter Corey Smith is set to release his new single 'Ain't Going Out Tonight' to iTunes on Tuesday (Oct. 15), but fans can listen to the song in its entirety now with this Blake-FM exclusive song premiere. Like all songs from his previous eight albums, the country-rocker wrote every word to this uptempo, banjo-heavy rambler.

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Scotty McCreery, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen
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Sexy, Silly, Sassy Country Celeb Selfies: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift + More Share Close-Ups

Some are sexy, more than a few are silly and one is just plain dangerous. Country stars like Carrie Underwood and Jake Owen regularly use Twitter and Instagram to connect with fans, bringing them into their daily lives in a new and creative ways. Whether it's Scotty McCreery getting ready for makeup, Luke Bryan flashing his bass, or Tim McGraw just being Tim McGraw, you'll agree that these stars are worth keeping an eye on.

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Dierks Bentley, Jana Kramer, Billy Currington, Brantley Gilbert
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Tropical Nights: Boots in the Sand Getaway Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets for country music's getaway party at the Riviera Maya in Mexico will go on sale Friday (Oct. 4) morning. Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington and Jana Kramer are the four headliners for Tropical Nights: Boots in the Sand, the ultimate vacation escape. It's five days and four nights of nothing but white sand, blue skies and country music.

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Luke Bryan
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Luke Bryan Rolls His Truck Into a Pond

Luke Bryan may need to borrow his wife's car for a few weeks after rolling his truck into a pond. The singer tweeted a picture of what appears to be his black, Chevrolet pickup with its front end submerged in water. A boy that looks like his oldest son Bo is in the bed looking down at the tailgate.

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Gary Allan Involved in Bus Accident

Through the years, Gary Allan has had his share of bus troubles. His new tour bus was dinged up this week in an accident before a show in Birmingham, Ala. The 'It Ain't the Whiskey' singer tweeted a photo of a crunched cargo door while letting fans know everyone was alright.

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Kacey Musgraves
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Kacey Musgraves, ‘Follow Your Arrow’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

That at least one publication referred to Kacey Musgraves' 'Follow Your Arrow' as a "gay anthem" speaks to how far behind country music is on the subject. The controversial single equally promotes being skinny and overweight, having a drink or staying sober, going to church or sleeping in, and smoking marijuana. All of these topics have been covered -- and accepted -- previously in the genre.

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Billy Currington Pleads No Contest, Sentenced on Elderly Abuse Charge

Billy Currington plead no contest to one charge stemming from an April incident with a tour boat captain near his home in Tybee Island, Ga. Friday's (Sept. 27) court hearing brings an end to a five-month investigation and court battle over who said what on April 15.

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