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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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Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett + More Talk About the Thrill of Playing CMA Music Festival [Watch]

Brett Eldredge says it best when he says the CMA Music Festival is unlike any other country music — or just music — festival on the planet. Fans who couldn’t make it to Nashville in June will get a chance to experience the party on ABC next Tuesday (Aug. 4). The “Lose My Mind” singer joins several other hit makers to talk about the thrill of playing stages big and small during this important week.

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The Best of Country Music 2015 (So Far)

The best song? The best album? The best photo? Summer truly brought the best of country music 2015, and this recap highlights 10 things you need to know all about this year. Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and newcomer Kelsea Ballerini are all included, but No. 1 goes to someone that for years has slid under the radar.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Martina McBride

Martina McBride's catalog of hits is well-known, but a few facts about the singer may come as a surprise to even her biggest fans. In recent years, McBride has become one of the most accessible artists via Twitter, but she still holds back a few details of her private life. We promise not to embarrass anyone, but Taste of Country has dug up 10 things you might not know about the "I'm Gonna Love You Through it" singer.

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Party for One? Sarah Ross Has a Secret She Wants You to Know

Sarah Ross' biggest fan may be her grandfather. He calls her nearly every day saying he's playing a song from her new Calm Before the Storm EP to one of his friends. That's cute, right? One imagines this group of old men passing around a pot of coffee at Denny's while listening to sweet, sweet country music — if you're forecasting a big "but," take a step back, because one is coming.

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Miranda Lambert, Karen Fairchild Close Nashville Show With ‘Girl Crush’ [Watch]

Miranda Lambert previewed her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour with a set that will be tough to top when she hits the road in September. Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town was just one special guest, joining Lambert to sing an emotional version of “Girl Crush.”

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