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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.
Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan
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2014 CMA Awards Nominations – Surprises and Snubs

The 2014 CMA Awards nominations will no doubt leave plenty of fanbases annoyed upset breathing fire. Many of the same names appear in each of the major categories -- there wasn't too much turnover in 2014 -- despite signs that fans are turning toward newer artists like Brantley Gilbert and Florida Georgia Line. One of these artists' labelmates might have the biggest beef with voters, however.

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Old Dominion Talk Swagger, Their New EP and Writers’ Regret

Spend an hour listening to SiriusXM's country channel the Highway and you're likely to hear Old Dominion's 'Shut Me Up.' The catchy country-rocker is also a Spotify hit, with over 1.5 million streams, and (predictably), it's a big hit at the band's live shows. It's far from their only hit, however. You'll hear plenty more of those on traditional country radio.

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Keith Urban Helps Make Local Singer a Star During Denver Show [Exclusive Pictures]

Keith Urban's Raise 'Em Up Tour came to Denver recently, and the 'Somewhere in My Car' singer showed why he's one of the most exciting live acts in country music. Urban, Brett Eldredge and Jerrod Niemann played Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre on Aug. 29, but it was a surprise guest that left everyone talking.

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Jason Aldean Reveals ‘Fast Lanes’ From Target Deluxe Edition of ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ [Listen]

Jason Aldean has announced his new studio album 'Old Boots, New Dirt' will be in stores on Oct. 7, but fans don't have to wait that long to hear the deep cuts. Taste of Country readers can hear 'Fast Lanes,' a song available only on Target's deluxe edition, now.

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Miranda Lambert and More Congratulate Carrie Underwood on Her Pregnancy

One day after Carrie Underwood announced she was pregnant, congratulations have begun pouring in from country music's biggest stars. Miranda Lambert sent her friend and 'Somethin' Bad' costar a public note, posting to social media.

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Savannah Berry Covers Lady Antebellum’s ‘Bartender’ for Taste of Country [Watch]

When Savannah Berry sits down to sing, people tend to listen very closely. Blake Shelton sure did, as did Sugarland. The singer and former contestant on 'The Voice' introduces a new ToC series called Savannah Sings with a performance of 'Bartender' by Lady Antebellum.

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Rocks Jazz Aspen Snowmass [Exclusive Pictures]

Two days before spilling her pregnancy news on Twitter, Carrie Underwood told fans at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass her secret. Then she proceeded to tear through a lengthy set, showing no signs of the usual maladies that can hold a pregnant woman down.

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Pat Green Reveals ‘Girls From Texas’ Lyric Video [Exclusive Premiere]

Pat Green's new album is finished, and fans are finally getting to hear it ... some of it. The Texas-bred singer tapped Lyle Lovett for a song called 'Girls From Texas.' Listen to the breezy ballad via this exclusive ToC premiere of the lyric video!

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