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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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Pat Green Comes Full-Circle With New ‘Home’ Album

Pat Green says "I finally found my way home," on the title-track to his new studio album, but what does that mean? For Green and his loyal fanbase, the definition of "Home" is complicated, revealing and emotional. In three-and-a-half minutes he explains where he's been and where he's headed. During a conversation with Taste of Country, the 43-year-old elaborated.

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Good Advice and Good Pizza Led to Kelsea Ballerini’s First No. 1 Hit

Kelsea Ballerini and the three other songwriters behind her history-making hit "Love Me Like You Mean It" held a formal celebration for hitting No. 1 earlier this week. The singer looked back at her journey from Knoxville to Nashville during a media roundtable, and revealed the advice that ultimately led to the song's creation.

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The Band Perry
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The Band Perry ‘Dreaming in Color’ on New Album

The color yellow may be just the beginning of the Band Perry’s visual introduction to their third studio album. So far, all promotional materials for their single “Live Forever” have been drenched in canary yellow, but the trio tells Taste of Country there’s more to come.

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Luke Bryan Looks to the Legends While Pushing the Boundaries of Country Music

During a recent No. 1 party for a trio of Jason Aldean songs, songwriter Chris DeStefano said he loves being a songwriter today, because he can let so many of his influences show. Country, rock, R&B, hip-hop, blues and soul ... spend an hour listening to the radio and you'll hear something borrowed from every corner of the country, even though much of it is coming from south Georgia.

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Top 10 Luke Bryan Songs

Luke Bryan's best songs are honest, easy to digest observations of life and love, with heaping doses of the singer and Entertainer of the Year's boyish personality added for extra flavor. He's an absolute original capable of turning a goofy story into one we all can't wait to hear again and tell our friends.

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The Band Perry Enjoy Shrinking Show for Smaller Venues

For the Band Perry, success is in the small details. The family trio are one of the hardest working acts in country music, and it shows when you see them live. Every moment is considered to maximize impact. Every gesture is meant for those in the front row, as well as those in the back row of the arena.

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