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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.
Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean
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Biggest Stories of 2015 (So Far)

Some of country's biggest stories of 2015 were life-changing, while others were career-changing. And then some were seemingly unimportant, but they went viral anyway! Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan make up part of this list, but neither of these three superstars is responsible for the biggest story of 2015 so far.

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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Kalie Shorr Sings Self-Penned ‘Roses Are Red’

Kalie Shorr says performing with the Song Suffragette community has given her confidence in who she is as a musician. The Maine native isn't yet 21 years old, but she has a clear vision of who she is as an artist. "Roses Are Red" is a definitive song. Watch her emotional acoustic performance during this very first #LetTheGirlsPlay exclusive.

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Inside ‘American Idol’: Scott Borchetta Says Nick Fradiani Could Go Country

If Nick Fradiani wins Season 14 of American Idol, mentor Scott Borchetta says he may steer him towards country radio. The Connecticut native wasn't promoted as the next Nashville hitmaker when the show began, but in recent weeks he's shown his country side.

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Carrie Underwood Finds Time for Herself After Birth of Baby Isaiah

It's been two months since Carrie Underwood gave birth to her son Isaiah, and while she's no doubt experienced the endless highs and sleepless lows of being a new mother, she's also finding time for herself. Recent pics show the "Little Toy Guns" singer taking in a hockey game, rock concert and some rays during a family vacation.

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Brantley Gilbert Shows Support of Second Amendment With New Tattoo

Brantley Gilbert is making a statement with his new tattoo. The "One Hell of an Amen" signer added to his already impressive back tattoo. Now text from the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution sits just above his waist line.

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#LetTheGirlsPlay: It’s Time for a Movement

One year ago, Taste of Country compiled some startling facts about women in country music. At the time it’d been 18 months since a female solo artist notched a No. 1 hit in Billboard, and no new female solo artist had truly broken through to top the charts in years. Little has changed, but much is changing.

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5 Lessons Learned From Randy Travis

Randy Travis' 56 years have brought a catalog of hits and life lessons. The singer had help pulling himself out of a trouble during his formative years in North Carolina, and again when it was time to begin recovery from a devastating stroke. His music brings peace, but his story brings guidance.

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