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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.
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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David Nail
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New ‘David Nail: I’m a Fire’ Episodes Take Fans Backstage – Exclusive Video Preview

David Nail is currently starring in an AT&T U-verse series called 'David Nail: I'm a Fire,' and two more episodes are set to roll out on Wednesday (June 25). Enjoy a preview of each during this Taste of Country exclusive.

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Lady Antebellum
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Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott: Eisele Is a ‘Chatterbox’

Hillary Scott's daughter Eisele will turn a year old on July 22, and the Lady Antebellum singer says she's almost walking. During an interview with Taste of Country at Country Jam Colorado, Scott spills what her daughter is up to, while bandmate Dave Haywood also let fans know how his wife is doing as they near their due date.

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Thomas Rhett
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Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett + More Rattle the Mountains at 2014 Country Jam Colorado [Pictures]

Lady Antebellum drew the largest crowds at 2014 Country Jam Colorado on Friday night, but opener Thomas Rhett proved he's well on his way to becoming a headliner as well. Kellie Pickler, Jana Kramer, Josh Thompson and Rachel Lipsky all played country's most scenic stage for Day 2 of Country Jam in Grand Junction, Colo.

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Taylor Swift
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Three Arrested at Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island Home

Three people were arrested outside of Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island beach house on Sunday (June 15) after police say they threw beer bottles in the direction of a security guard and flipped him off. Each was charged with disorderly conduct.

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Willie Nelson
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Willie Nelson’s ‘Band of Brothers’ Video Features Rowdy Backstage Fun – Exclusive Premiere

The title-track from Willie Nelson’s new ‘Band of Brothers’ album could be a theme song for his motley group of players and friends. The singer has released a video for the song that showcases the crew having fun backstage and off stage. During this ToC video premiere fans get a look at a more relaxed, almost silly, country music legend.

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Tim McGraw Announced as 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival Headliner

The Taste of Country Music Festival continues to get bigger. Tim McGraw has just been announced as the first headliner for the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y. Next year’s event will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 12-14, 2015.

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