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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.
Karli Chayne
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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Karli Chayne Shares Stories of Family, Stars and Dreams

Karli Chayne was three years old when she first entered a recording studio, but she didn't really start taking music seriously until she was closer to four. OK, that's an exaggeration, but not by much. Growing up in Bolivar, Mo., the 19-year-old's family were more than supportive. They led the way!

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Luke Bryan
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Luke Bryan, ‘Kill the Lights’: Everything You Need to Know

2015 is the year for new music from Luke Bryan. The singer released Kill the Lights on Friday,  Aug. 7, and has finally announced the track list and songwriters for his fifth studio album. Taste of Country went digging to find everything there is to find out about the project.

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Rascal Flatts
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Rascal Flatts’ WE Fest Performance Becomes Giant Singalong

Fans knew every word of Rascal Flatts' set to close Day 1 of WE Fest 2015, so Gary LeVox figured, 'Why not let them sing?' The lead singer held the microphone to the audience during almost every song of the trio's 90-minute performance on Thursday night (August 6), and the crowd was happy to answer.

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Karli Chayne
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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Karli Chayne, An Opry-Raised Soul Singer With Big Country Dreams

More often than not, Karli Chayne will close her Monday night Song Suffragettes set with "Mercy," a soulful ballad she helped an old high school classmate write. It's a pure, uninterrupted love song that begins slowly and crescendos into each chorus in steps. “I don’t want you to set / me / free,” she sings, pleading with an imaginary lover.

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Thomas Rhett
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Thomas Rhett Talks About His ‘Crazy’ Collaboration With Brett Eldredge

Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge have cut a song for Eldredge’s Illinois album, and the “Crash and Burn” singer says it’s pretty wild. It sounds like their upcoming CMT on Tour tour will be crazy, as well. The two friends have a lot in common, and a similar set of rowdy fans.

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Ben Ryan Metzger
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Viral ‘Kick the Dust Up’ Cover Mixes Elvis’ Sound With Michael Jackson’s Dance Moves

Country music may have found its Psy. Ben Ryan Metzger doesn’t sing originals, but his covers of songs like Luke Bryan’s hit “Kick the Dust Up” are quickly going viral, mostly because of his fantastic dance moves. And his wardrobe.

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