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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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Country Singers Who Played Football

Country music's football pedigree dates back almost 70 years, when one country legend first strapped on his maskless leather helmet to toss the pigskin around. More recently, stars like Kenny Chesney have made the sport a top priority during boyhood and beyond. One artist listed below played semi-pro ball, while the rest just suited up for high school teams. See them all below!

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Tyler Farr
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Tyler Farr Interview: ACM New Artist of the Year Nominee Isn’t Afraid to Ask Famous Friends for Help

If you're active on Twitter, you've probably seen a celebrity endorsement for Tyler Farr for the fan-voted Semi-Finals round of the ACM New Artist of the Year award. The 'Redneck Crazy' singer has gotten help from two-time BCS champion quarterback AJ McCarron, comedian Larry the Cable Guy and an adorable wrinkly bloodhound named Cooter Brown.

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Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Respond to ‘Remind Me’ Lawsuit

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood deny any wrongful conduct in a copyright infringement suit involving their 2011 hit ‘Remind Me.’ Singer/songwriter Amy Bowen filed the suit in May, claiming the songwriters stole from her.

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Pete Seeger
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Folk Legend Pete Seeger Dead at 94

Pete Seeger says he lost his heart to the banjo when he was just a teenager. It happened at a mountain dance festival in North Carolina. It was the mid '30s, and he was with his father. “There was a kind of honesty in country music that I didn't find in pop music,” he would say later. The moment inspired Seeger, who died on Monday (Jan. 27) at the age of 94, to become one of the most influential voices of the century.

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Kelleigh Bannen
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Kelleigh Bannen, ‘Famous’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Somebody scorned Kelleigh Bannen, and she’s making the most of it. Her new single ‘Famous’ is a good old-fashioned revenge song set to a very contemporary beat. The chorus is infectious, but like good moods and success, not the common cold or ringworm.

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Cute Kids Singing Country Songs – LeAnn Rimes, ‘Blue’

We don't know who she is, or where she is today, but this girl could have had a big career in country music. Her commanding performance of LeAnn Rimes' 'Blue' will blow your hair back. Watch this little girl sing a song that was originally performed by a singer about her age. 

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It Was Love at First Listen for Parmalee With ‘Close Your Eyes’ – Exclusive Video

Following up a No. 1 single is a challenge for any new artist, but Parmalee feel pretty confident about their chances with 'Close Your Eyes.' The track from the group's new 'Feels Like Carolina' album was a no-brainer. In this video premiering exclusively on Taste of Country, singer Matt Thomas says he fell for it the moment he heard it. 

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