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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. In 2014 they moved to Nashville where they now live with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and theirs sons. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
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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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Nicki and Jimmy Hot Pepper Karaoke
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Hot Pepper Karaoke? These Tim McGraw Fans Were Game at 2015 ToC Festival!

Everyone was feeling pretty good during the first day of the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival. Well, everyone except for the crazy campers brave enough to play a round of Hot Pepper Karaoke. It's exactly what it sounds like.

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Dierks Bentley Ready for Fire (Kinda) on Sounds of Summer Tour

Dierks Bentley's Sounds of Summer tour may be the hottest tour in country music ... literally. The run of dates kicks off on Friday (June 5) in Raleigh, N.C., and it's the biggest production the "Say You Do" singer has ever known. During a tour rehearsal this week in Nashville, Bentley shared some of his new toys.

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Wounded Army Veteran Gives Brantley Gilbert His First Purple Heart

There’s not much that will ever compete with the gift Brantley Gilbert received from an Army veteran last month. Justin Patterson, a former sniper who says he’s barely left the house in two years due to symptoms from PTSD, joined Gilbert on his motorcycle ride for the Wounded Warrior Project. Then, he said thank you in the most unbelievable way.

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Darius Rucker
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Darius Rucker Offering Fans Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for a Good Cause

Next month, you could be playing golf alongside Darius Rucker and a bunch of his famous friends, just one day after kicking it VIP style at the Darius and Friends St. Jude benefit concert in Nashville.

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Keith Urban, B.B. King
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Remember When Keith Urban and B.B. King Led an All-Star Jam? [Watch]

A few country stars had a chance to jam with B.B. King over the years, but none got the opportunity Keith Urban had in 2009. The country picker and the blues great led an all-star jam at the Grammys that year. King died at the age of 89 on Thursday night (May 14).

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