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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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See Taste of Country Music Festival Day 2 in Under 60 Seconds

Tim McGraw headlined a perfect Saturday (June 13) at the Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y. Country fans could count the clouds they saw on one hand, but few were turning their attention away from the stage. Watch the field fill up during this time-lapse video from Hunter Mountain.

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Toby Keith Closes Taste of Country Music Festival With Power, Patriotism

Toby Keith playing "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" to 15,000 country music fans will never get old. The singer closed the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival with his two most patriotic songs, but those were far from the only two highlights from Sunday night (June 14).

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Tim McGraw Working on New Music and a New Movie

Tim McGraw didn't play any songs fans hadn't heard before during his set at the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival, but that doesn't mean he's not holding onto new music. The singer says he's working on an album and a movie, and his next single is likely to come from a new project.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Keith Urban, ‘John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16’ [Listen]

On “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” Keith Urban returns to more traditional country themes while continuing to push his sound in new directions. Lyrically, the funky new window to his next studio album is immediately relatable. It won’t need the time songs like “Cop Car” and “Raise ‘Em Up” needed to cook.

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Florida Georgia Line Debut ‘Dirt’ at the Grand Ole Opry [Exclusive Premiere]

Florida Georgia Line brought "Dirt" to the Grand Ole Opry for the first time earlier this year, and the moment was one you had to be there to witness. Fortunately, even if you weren't in the crowd, you can take it in during this Taste of Country exclusive premiere.

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Wounded Army Veteran Gives Brantley Gilbert His First Purple Heart

There’s not much that will ever compete with the gift Brantley Gilbert received from an Army veteran last month. Justin Patterson, a former sniper who says he’s barely left the house in two years due to symptoms from PTSD, joined Gilbert on his motorcycle ride for the Wounded Warrior Project. Then, he said thank you in the most unbelievable way.

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Dierks Bentley Ready for Fire (Kinda) on Sounds of Summer Tour

Dierks Bentley's Sounds of Summer tour may be the hottest tour in country music ... literally. The run of dates kicks off on Friday (June 5) in Raleigh, N.C., and it's the biggest production the "Say You Do" singer has ever known. During a tour rehearsal this week in Nashville, Bentley shared some of his new toys.

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Chris Young Says Filming Sexy Video Scenes Has Never Been Awkward

Being the leading man in a sexy music video isn't awkward for Chris Young, but that’s not to say he looks forward to pawing a cute blond who may be wearing nothing but thin underwear. Young admits his clip for "I’m Comin’ Over" is his sexiest yet, but his team helps keep him comfortable during the more ... intimate moments.

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