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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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Possibilities, Little Red Wagons and Teardrops Raise Over $270K During Day 1 of St. Jude Radiothon

The first tears fell shortly after 6AM this morning, with the first smile and sounds of laughter coming soon after. The annual Townsquare Media St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Radiothon raised over $270K on Thursday. Highlights included stories about patients like Markell and Susannah, Darius Rucker's song "Possibilities" and a song in memory of a sweet little boy named Chance.

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Pushing Pause to Recognize the Kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

On Thursday and Friday, March 5-6, Taste of Country will turn its focus to the kids at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For a second straight year you'll learn of the heartbreak no one should ever be saddled with, and how country music is making a difference.

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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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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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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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