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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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Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Working on Christmas Duets Album

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are working on a holiday duets album. The two have both said recording a full album together is a priority, and recent statements from the 'Mom' singer indicate the project is a priority for 2015.

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9 Important Quotes From Frankie Ballard’s Media Roundtable

Frankie Ballard recently sat down with Taste of Country and select media to talk about his impressive year in 2014, new music, and being the opening act on Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes Tour. For nearly an hour he brought the room into his life, the life of an opening act. The 'Helluva Life' singer is still very much on his way up, something he's reminded of every day by -- if no one else -- himself.

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5 Best Football Songs

Country music and football are more closely tied than country music and NASCAR. More than a few stars have used the gridiron as the backdrop for love stories or tales of inspiration, and dozens of others have begun a song between the hash marks. These top football songs all feature the sport prominently, not just as a passing detail.

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Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Glen Campbell
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2015 ACM Awards Nominations – Surprises and Snubs

Only two 2015 ACM Award nominees for Entertainer of the Year were nominated in 2014. That might be the biggest surprise from the just-announced ACMs nominations. A closer look reveals many of the stars we've come to count on, with a few glaring exceptions.

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Aww, Snap … ‘American Idol’ Audition Ends With Keith Urban Getting ‘Slapped’ [Watch]

It's not clear if 'American Idol' contestant Samuel Prince earned praise for his singing, but his acting was pretty good. Harry "Henry" Connick, Jr. does a nice job in this video, as well ... maybe too nice a job for Keith Urban's liking.

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Billy Currington, Eli Young Band + Many More Join 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival Lineup

It's getting closer, folks! The full 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival lineup is now available, and in addition to headliners Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Toby Keith, 14 other acts have been revealed!

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