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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.
Jerrod Niemann
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Jerrod Niemann Interview: Singer Prepares to Settle Down, But Keeps Gambling With Songs on ‘High Noon’

There's a room in Jerrod Niemann's house; a red room. Don't jump to conclusions, although it is where the 'Drink to That All Night' singer says he builds confidence. Think red walls, a red ceiling, thick shag carpet -- red.

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Jennifer Nettles
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Jennifer Nettles Delivers Emotional Set to Fans in Denver – Exclusive Pictures

Jennifer Nettles' solo tour has been filling up theaters nationwide. On Saturday (March 22), she brought the That Girl Tour to Denver, Colo., thrilling fans at the Paramount Theatre. Brandy Clark opened the show. Check out exclusive pictures, courtesy of Taste of Country photo correspondent Josh Lowe.

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Cassadee Pope, Kellie Pickler
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Cassadee Pope vs. Kellie Pickler – The Showdown

Cassadee Pope's Showdown with the new song from the Band Perry was the closest in recent memory. 'I Wish I Could Break Your Heart' won with just 51 percent of the vote, but even a one-vote margin is good enough to allow an artist to move on in this fan-voted song battle.

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Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith
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Most Famous Mullets in Country

More than 20 years ago, the mullet was born. We're proud that country music is home to some of the most famous mullets of all time, with mullet-sporting singers ranking only second to hockey in the early '90s, perhaps. A number of country artists kept the old school haircut into the new millennium, with two on this list of the most famous mullets keeping the 'do until just recently. 

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Luke Bryan
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2014 ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year – Why Luke Bryan Should Win

A Luke Bryan repeat isn’t a bad bet at the 2014 ACM Awards. The ‘Play It Again’ singer was a surprise winner of the Entertainer of the Year trophy last April, but not an undeserving one. Typically, an artist 'deserves it' for two or three years before finally being recognized. Bryan won on his very first try and immediately became the hottest act in the genre.

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Miranda Lambert
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2014 ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year – Why Miranda Lambert Should Win

A win in the Entertainer of the Year category at the 2014 ACM Awards would solidify Miranda Lambert as one of the all-time great female vocalists. She's got a great batting average at the last three Academy of Country Music Awards, pocketing 10 of the 13 awards she was nominated for. The big honor has alluded her so far, however.

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Cassadee Pope, The Band Perry
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Cassadee Pope vs. the Band Perry – The Showdown

Former 'The Voice' champion Cassadee Pope won her second straight Showdown song battle earlier this week, topping 'Miss You,' the latest from Darius Rucker. On Wednesday and Thursday the country newcomer's 'I Wish I Could Break Your Heart' will tangle with the Band Perry, and their latest hit 'Chainsaw.'

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George Strait
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2014 ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year – Why George Strait Should Win

If George Strait wins the Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2014 ACMs in Las Vegas, he’ll set a record for longest break between EOYs. Strait won his first -- and shockingly only -- honor in 1989, more than 25 years ago! Brooks and Dunn currently hold the record with five years between wins (1996 to 2001).

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