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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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Alabama Named Best Country Band of All Time

The last hour of voting during the finals of March Bandness was frenzied, to say the least. Thousands of fans of Alabama and the Charlie Daniels Band cast a ballot in the waning minutes. The boys from Fort Payne, Ala. were trailing until the end, when they surged ahead and took the title of Best Country Band of All Time

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Top 5 Viral Moments From the 2013 ACM Awards

The 2013 ACM Awards produced some predictable and unpredictable moments on Sunday night. Luke Bryan won Entertainer of the Year, which few would have bet on in Las Vegas if gambling on awards shows was something people did. Miranda Lambert's wins were more expected, but equally deserving. 'Over You' is among the best songs of the last 15 years, and she and husband Blake Shelton are worthy of the honors.

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Wynonna Judd Reflects on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Experience, Elimination

Hours after being eliminated from the 'Dancing With the Stars' competition, Wynonna Judd took to Twitter to talk to her fans and thank all of those who believed in her and voted for her and partner Tony Dovolani during her time on the ABC series. Judd became the second dancer to go home on Tuesday night (April 2) after a Samba that left judges less than impressed on Monday.

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Kellie Pickler Named Prom Queen After Brilliant Jive on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Wynonna Judd Struggles

The two dancers representing country music on ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars' are headed in very different directions. Kellie Pickler amazed the judges and live audience on Monday night (April 1) with a "ridiculously amazing" Jive set to 'Footloose.' Her score of 25 led the night, while Wynonna Judd's 15 for her Samba was the lowest tally. 

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Blake Shelton vs. Kacey Musgraves – The Showdown

Two ACM Awards nominees will square off in today's Showdown. Blake Shelton goes for win number five in a row with 'Boys 'Round Here.' That would put him into the Showdown Hall of Fame for the first time, but Female Vocalist of the Year Kacey Musgraves is standing in his way with her five-star rated single 'Blowin' Smoke.'

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Vote to Determine the Top 10 Videos of the Week in Taste of Country’s Countdown

Women continue to rule the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. For a third straight week, a video for a song sung by a female topped the weekly countdown. It was Carrie Underwood's 'Two Black Cadillacs' last week, and prior to that, 'American Beautiful' by the Henningsens. Can new clips by Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton or Eric Church best the country superstar? It's up to fans to decide the weekly Top 10.

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Blake Shelton vs. Drake White – The Showdown

A win in today's Showdown would put Blake Shelton one win away from the Hall of Fame. On Friday, the singer's new song 'Boys 'Round Here' made short work of 'He Loves to Make Me Cry' by Kristen Kelly. Fans will have a chance to vote for the new single from 'Based on a True Story ...' all day today, as well as tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio. 

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Charlie Daniels Hospitalized for Pacemaker Implant, Pneumonia

Country legend Charlie Daniels is expected to remain hospitalized until Friday as he recovers from pneumonia and a pacemaker implant to regulate his heart rate. The singer was admitted to a Nashville area hospital on Monday (March 25). He says he hadn't been feeling well.

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Blake Shelton, ‘Boys ‘Round Here’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

There is comedy in Blake Shelton singing with Pistol Annies, as he does on his new single 'Boys 'Round Here.' One imagines a country Hugh Hefner surrounded by his beauties. In real life, the Annies likely (very likely) don't attend to his every need and agree with him at all costs, but they do on this song, and it's absolutely charming. 

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Thompson Square, ‘Just Feels Good’ – Album Review

The best songs on Thompson Square's new album 'Just Feels Good' sound like a conversation between the two married lovers. Early on, their back-and-forth is light and playful. Later ballads take a more somber tone, but all that find the 'If I Didn't Have You' singers sharing lead are highlights from the duo's sophomore project.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kenny Chesney

In recent years, Kenny Chesney has began to reveal layers of his personal life through his music. Songs from 'Hemingway's Whiskey,' 'Welcome to the Fishbowl' and 'Life on a Rock' are his most personal and introspective to date, but he's still somewhat of a private person, one who shuns social media in favor of retreats to the islands. There are plenty of things even a superfan of the 'Pirate Flag' singer might not know. 

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James Wesley, ‘Thank a Farmer’ – Song Review

James Wesley has a real feel for the life and struggles of the blue-collar American. His new song 'Thank a Farmer' is similar to his previous Top 30 hit 'Real' in its honest, no-nonsense approach. The worst thing a singer can do with a song like either of these is come off as contrived. Wesley is a long way away from being accused of that. 

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