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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.
How Country Are Ya
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Kevin Fowler Proves Country Cred in ‘How Country Are Ya?’ Video – Exclusive Premiere

The title track from Kevin Fowler's upcoming seventh studio album asks a question the Texas singer is proud to answer. During 'How Country Are Ya?' Fowler is pushed by a cutie at the bar to prove his country credibility. The music video -- available for the first time via this Taste of Country exclusive premiere -- is his unique and comical response.

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Sara Evans Goes Behind the Scenes of New ‘Slow Me Down’ Video, and It’s Hilarious – Exclusive Premiere

The video for Sara Evans' new single 'Slow Me Down' co-stars NASCAR driver Carl Edwards as the singer's love interest. It's a breakup song, so there's no hot and heavy between the two, only animated arguing. Watch it all unfold, and find out what they're really saying as the music plays in this ToC exclusive behind-the-scenes clip.

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Scotty McCreery
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Scotty McCreery Taking Over Taste of Country Twitter to Answer Fan Questions

Come Tuesday, Scotty McCreery is in charge. The 'See You Tonight' singer will be taking over Taste of Country's Twitter page for 30 minutes to answer fan questions about ... well, anything you want! His new album, school, his trouble with girls, his favorite pizza toppings -- nothing is off limits. 

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Can You Guess Which Country Star’s House This Is?

One star's four bedroom, five bathroom home in California hit the market in October 2012 for $13 million, but sold two months later for much, much less. This singer made his career in rock n' roll, but certainly had some success on country radio. He's an icon, and his former home is nothing short of spectacular -- especially after a remodel and new appliances.

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Can You Guess the Artist in This Yearbook Photo?

This handsome young man's schooling years were the early-to-mid '50s, but he was well on his way to musical stardom by the dawn of the '60s. His first hit would come in 1962, and a four decade-long career would include over 100 singles and nearly a dozen No. 1 hits. Do you think you recognize this singer?

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Tony Brown
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Famed Country Music Producer Tony Brown Arrested on Domestic Assault Charges

Tony Brown, a music producer and former record label executive who has worked with George Strait, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire and many others, was arrested last week and charged with domestic assault resulting in bodily injury.

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Caroline Bryan
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Luke Bryan’s Wife Caroline Trashes Wedding Dress

The ladies tied to Luke Bryan and Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney were joined by Carah Owen (Randy Owen's daughter-in-law) to trash the dress. That's Caroline Bryan in white, getting sloppy with ribs and ranch dressing while Tiffany Fallon and Owen hose her down with tequila and Budweiser. But they didn't stop there.

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Jerrod Niemann, Will Hoge
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Jerrod Niemann vs. Will Hoge – The Showdown

Jerrod Niemann and his fans seem up for any challenge. Earlier this week, the singer's new song 'Drink to That All Night' took care of 'I Hold On' by Dierks Bentley. It was a close contest, but in the end, a push from the Kansas-born singer's fans moved the song to a new Showdown round against a song famous for being part of a television commercial. 

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Eric Church
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Eric Church to Debut New Music at the 2013 CMA Awards?

Does the video tease Eric Church released to his fan club have anything to do with reports that he's planning to debut new music at the 2013 CMA Awards? For almost a year, the 'Springsteen' singer has been giving fans subtle updates on the progress of his new album, and now it seems possible a full revealing is just days away.

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Sheryl Crow, ‘Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Sheryl Crow's new single 'Callin' Me When I'm Lonely' is the anti-'Easy,' as it's a big vocal showcase that leans toward sharp, jabbing emotions. The country newcomer opens up to show off a voice that's bathed in retro cool. This is a no-tricks ballad that finds a woman struggling to stay away from a guy she aches for.

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Corey Smith
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Corey Smith, ‘Ain’t Going Out Tonight’ – Exclusive Song Premiere [Listen]

Singer-songwriter Corey Smith is set to release his new single 'Ain't Going Out Tonight' to iTunes on Tuesday (Oct. 15), but fans can listen to the song in its entirety now with this Taste of Country exclusive song premiere. Like all songs from his previous eight albums, the country-rocker wrote every word to this uptempo, banjo-heavy rambler.

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