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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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2014 ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year – Why George Strait Should Win

If George Strait wins the Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2014 ACMs in Las Vegas, he’ll set a record for longest break between EOYs. Strait won his first -- and shockingly only -- honor in 1989, more than 25 years ago! Brooks and Dunn currently hold the record with five years between wins (1996 to 2001).

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David Nail Says Musical Transition to Brighter Songs on ‘I’m a Fire’ Mirrors Personal Struggles

It's tempting to latch onto a narrative that the happier themes David Nail explores on 'I'm a Fire' mirror his treatment for depression. Before this album, he was known for dark, heavy ballads about the loss of love, but now tracks like 'Whatever She's Got' and 'I'm a Fire' find him bathing in sunshine.

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Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Taylor Swift
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What Does It Mean to Have the No. 1 Song in Country Music? (Part 2)

Earlier this year, a movie advertisement promoted its Golden Globe nominations, but the graphic they used flashed the word “winner” across the screen, as in “winner” of several nominations. A casual viewer would believe the film won several Golden Globes, but the ceremony was still weeks away at the time. This sort of tricky advertising isn’t limited to cinema. With several charts and complicated methods of computation, just about anyone can have a No. 1 country song.

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Exclusive: Sara Evans Recruits Vince Gill for ‘Stone-Cold Country’ Song ‘Better Off’ [Watch]

Sara Evans' invited Vince Gill to sing on a song called 'Better Off,' a ballad from her' new 'Slow Me Down' album. The cut finds Evans in her wheelhouse. “‘Better Off’ is a stone-cold country song,” she says in this behind-the-song video exclusive to Taste of Country.

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Taste of Country, Townsquare Media Stations Raise Over $1 Million for St. Jude

On March 6 and 7, Taste of Country partnered with 16 Townsquare Media radio stations to help raise money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The two-day radiothon/webathon featured stories from St. Jude patients and parents who've called the campus home. Additionally, country stars like Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Lee Brice and Justin Moore stepped up for the kids at St. Jude, and the results were impressive. 

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Search Warrant Issued in Holly Bobo Case, Whitney Duncan Asks for Prayers

Singer Whitney Duncan’s cousin Holly Bobo went missing nearly three years ago, but police haven’t given up their search. A search warrant was recently executed although authorities remain tight-lipped on the nature of the search.

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