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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.
ToC Fest 2014
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Nine Great Artists Added to 2014 Taste of Country Music Festival Lineup

Nine new artists have just been added to the 2014 Taste of Country Music Festival lineup, which already included Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert.

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Luke Bryan
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2013 American Country Awards Winners – Full List

With 20 honors to announce in just two hours, the 2013 American Country Awards wasted little time in getting to the winners on Tuesday night (Dec. 10). Luke Bryan accepted the first blue Fender guitar of the night for Male Artist of the Year. He also won Touring Artist of the Year before taking home the night's biggest prize, Artist of the Year. Along with Florida Georgia Line, the 'Drink a Beer' singer was the big winner in Las Vegas.

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Sara Evans
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Sara Evans Reveals Details of ‘Sexy’ New ‘Slow Me Down’ Album

Sara Evans has revealed the finer details of her upcoming seventh studio album. The singer says 'Slow Me Down' will be available on March 4, 2014, featuring three big-name collaborations and production by an old friend. During an interview to discuss songs from the album, Evans tells Taste of Country "sexy" is the best one-word description for her first release since 'Stronger.'

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Krystal Keith
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Album Spotlight: Krystal Keith, ‘Whiskey and Lace’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

A strong voice, proclivity for leaning into life's edges and good decision-making make Krystal Keith's debut album a unique experience in 2013. She's a multi-dimensional female artist, and on 'Whiskey and Lace,' she's able to show all she can do while keeping cohesion.

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Parmalee
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Album Spotlight: Parmalee, ‘Feels Like Carolina’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

Parmalee do what they do best on more than half the songs on 'Feel Like Carolina.' This group of reformed rockers compel you to buy a ticket to their live show with songs like 'I'll Bring the Music,' Dance' and especially 'Move.'

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Willie Nelson
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Willie Nelson, ‘Family Bible’ for ‘Angels Sing’ – Exclusive Premiere [Listen]

Willie Nelson is part of an all-star cast in 'Angels Sing,' a holiday movie now available on demand and in select theaters. He's also part of a pretty great soundtrack! Hear the legend sing 'Family Bible' via this ToC exclusive premiere. 

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Carrie Underwood, Sound of Music
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5 Best Carrie Underwood Songs From ‘The Sound of Music Live!’ [Watch]

Carrie Underwood wasn't involved in every performance during Thursday night's (Dec. 5) live theatrical broadcast of 'The Sound of Music Live!' on NBC, but she definitely carried the bulk of the singing. While some were critical of her acting, few can complain about her vocal performances. Each one was a brilliant interpretation that stayed true to the original score but avoiding sounding like Broadway karaoke. Her Top 5 songs include solo moments, and collaborations with others in the show's cast.

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Shines in ‘The Sound of Music Live!’

NBC's live theatrical broadcast of 'The Sound of Music' was not without mistakes common in live theater, but one would need to be a student of Broadway to have caught them. Carrie Underwood and a cast of theater and television actors stayed true to the spirit of the musical, making seamless adjustments for Thursday night's (Dec. 5) adaptation.

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Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley
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Judge Denies Dismissal of Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood ‘Remind Me’ Lawsuit

A lawsuit alleging that the songwriters behind Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood's hit duet 'Remind Me' stole from another songwriter will move forward after a federal judge ruling in Nashville on Tuesday (Dec. 3).

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Sarah Darling
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Sarah Darling Ready for a Bittersweet Christmas Holiday

This holiday season will be different for Sarah Darling, to put it mildly. She'll be celebrating her first Christmas with husband James Muriel, but she'll also be celebrating her first Christmas without her grandfather -- a man she calls the "rock" of the family.

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Colt Ford
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Ronnie Dunn Next to Join Colt Ford in ‘Ride Through the Country Revisited’ BTS Clip – Exclusive Video

Colt Ford made a fan of Ronnie Dunn during a live show a few years ago. The country legend admits in this behind-the-scenes video that he quickly judged Ford, but after hearing his show, he understood. In fact, he joined him to sing the chorus of 'Mr. Goodtime' on the 'Ride Through the Country Revisited' album. 

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