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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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You Think You Know Taylor Swift?

Of course you know Taylor Swift's hit songs. And you probably know her movie roles and songs inspired by famous boyfriends ... But do you know what her first job was? Or which family member gave her the gift of song? And did you know she once recorded a song about a country singer not named Tim McGraw?

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Spunky RaeLynn Performs ‘God Made Girls’ for Taste of Country [Watch]

RaeLynn stopped by the Taste of Country offices to perform her new single ‘God Made Girls’ this week. The country firecracker sang an emotional version of the song over a simple acoustic guitar, which we caught on tape to share with you.

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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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Jake Owen
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Jake Owen, Charlie Worsham Cowboy Up at Greeley Stampede [Pictures]

Jake Owen and Charlie Worsham played a sold out set at the Greeley Stampede in Greeley, Colo. last month. The 'Want You Too' singer opened the show, before Owen brought a few surprises to the stage with him. See highlights in this Taste of Country photo gallery from the concert.

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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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Love and Theft Interview: Stephen Barker Liles on Heartbreak, New Album and Slowing Down

It's a fair question for Love and Theft, given that both Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson are fathers who are in committed relationships. It's also fair because the duo has built a pretty good repu

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Fan Undeterred by Lightning Strike, Hot Plate Burn, Seizure

Carrie Underwood, meet your most loyal fan! At Country Fest in Cadott, Wisc. over the weekend, Gage Stroening did all he could to see the Underwood -- and meet Randy Houser -- after being jolted by lightning and stepping on a red-hot hot plate. Following a brief seizure and visit to the emergency room, the Minnesota man was back at Country Fest.

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