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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.
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Jake Owen Says He and Wife Lacey Having Marriage Struggles

Jake Owen says he and wife Lacey have been struggling with communication lately, and they've even talked about divorce. But opening up about their “Real Life” issues has “made us feel better talking about the things we’ve kept from each other.”

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NFL Lineman JJ Watt Tackles Zac Brown Band Stage-Crasher [Watch]

A Zac Brown Band fan jumped on stage to join the group in Milwaukee on Sunday, but Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt made sure the man's appearance was short ... and painful. Watch as Watt sacks the man like he was quarterbacking the Tennessee Titans.

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How Tyler Farr ‘Crashed’ Jerrod Niemann and Wife’s Hotel Room in Jamaica

It begins with "I was in bed with my wife ..." and ends with "I can't believe he didn't get hurt!" In between, Jerrod Niemann's story about Tyler Farr breaking into his hotel room in Jamaica takes all sorts of strange twists and turns, and ends with someone having to pay for damages.

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Country Stars React: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

Friday's (June 26) historic decision in favor of same-sex marriage in America led to a predictable rush of reactions from those both for and against the Supreme Court's decision. Country music's biggest stars also weighed in, and not everyone feels the 5-4 decision making same-sex marriage possible in all 50 states is good for our country's future.

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Kenny Chesney Fans Play Hot Pepper Karaoke to Get Ready for ToC Fest 2016 [Watch]

Kenny Chesney fans took the Hot Pepper Karaoke challenge last weekend, and it wasn't pretty. It sure was funny though. Watch as nearly a dozen of his fans at the Taste of Country Music Festival peppered up for a chance at internet fame.

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5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Country Music Daddy

We're not gonna say we have the perfect gift for Father's Day, but ... okay, we have the perfect gift for Father's Day. Actually, perfect gifts. The new Taste of Country Store offers several handmade (in America) items your dad will love. And there's a couple dozen things moms and daughters may enjoy, too.

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Tim McGraw Working on New Music and a New Movie

Tim McGraw didn't play any songs fans hadn't heard before during his set at the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival, but that doesn't mean he's not holding onto new music. The singer says he's working on an album and a movie, and his next single is likely to come from a new project.

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See Taste of Country Music Festival Day 2 in Under 60 Seconds

Tim McGraw headlined a perfect Saturday (June 13) at the Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y. Country fans could count the clouds they saw on one hand, but few were turning their attention away from the stage. Watch the field fill up during this time-lapse video from Hunter Mountain.

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See Taste of Country Music Festival Day 1 in Under 60 Seconds

Nearly 20,000 country fans came, set up camp, drank and partied with Keith Urban, Eli Young Band, Colt Ford and more on Friday night (June 12). It was Day 1 of the Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y., and if you missed all or part of it, here it is in under 60 seconds.

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