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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.
Savannah Sings
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Savannah Berry Covers ‘Try’ for Taste of Country [Watch]

Former 'The Voice' contestant and rising country star Savannah Berry falls into this performance of 'Try' by Colbie Caillat. The 19-year-old sounds as if the song and the story are her own. Watch during this exclusive performance for Taste of Country.

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Brooke Hester
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Meet the Little Girl Who Made Miranda Lambert Weep

Perhaps you’ve seen the video. Perhaps you’ve watched it twice, because in watching Miranda Lambert break down on stage, you found some new reason to be absolutely certain you say “I love you” with a big hug to your children each night. Brooke Hester is the 7-year-old in the viral video wearing a pink hat and holding a picture and a flower. Her story from Lambert's show at a recent stop in Texas makes the moment so much more meaningful.

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Tim McGraw
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Album Spotlight: Tim McGraw, ‘Sundown Heaven Town’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

In looking forward, Tim McGraw turned backward during the building and recording of 'Sundown Heaven Town.' Many of the 13 tracks recall some of his biggest hits of the last 20 years and do so without feeling dusty.

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Dustin Lynch
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Dustin Lynch to Headline the 2014 Taste of Country Christmas Tour

One of country's fastest-rising stars will headline the Taste of Country Christmas Tour in 2014. Dustin Lynch will take the stage for 13 high-octane shows this November and December. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (Sept. 17), but ToC readers can get tickets through an exclusive pre-sale right now!

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Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood
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Remember How Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Met?

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have been married for since 2005, and as most fans know they’ve been friends much longer. The pair sang together on countless Brooks hits, and were frequent touring partners while both were married to other people. The story of their first meeting isn’t nearly as romantic as the rest of their courtship. It involves a song, an attic and a $10 bill.

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

There's one big clue as to who owns this rural Tennessee property: The log cabin is a second home for a star and his family -- a place for him to escape to when he needs to write or work outdoors. The home and surrounding property give him somewhere to get sweaty, something he still appreciates even after all his country music success. 

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Cute Kid George Jones
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Cute Kids Singing Country Songs – George Jones, ‘White Lightning’

Not only is this little guy singing George Jones, but he's doing so at the request of the Possum himself. Jones bends down to convince the young man to sing his hit 'White Lightning,' which the boy knows like most kids know their ABCs. One gets a real sense of Jones' love and appreciation of the younger singing generations in this video. 

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Josh Turner
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Josh Turner Continually ‘Adapting’ as He Ages

It's been a decade since Josh Turner released his debut single 'Long Black Train.' As he prepares his next album, fans will find that the singer's new sound is a contrast to the style he introduced in 2003, but he still remains true to his traditional country roots.

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