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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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The Showdown: Kellie Pickler vs. Billy Currington

Steven Tyler's debut country single "Love Is Your Name" scored a fifth straight Showdown win meaning the classic rocker's song gets retired to the Hall of Fame. Two new songs will battle today and Thursday. It's the lead single from Kellie Pickler's new album against the second single from Billy Currington's Summer Forever.

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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 announced Kill the Lights will drop on August 7, but hasn’t revealed too much more about which songs or songwriters he’ll pick for the project. Taste of Country went digging to find everything there is to find out about the singer’s fifth studio album.

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Love Tomatoes? What Country Fans Can Learn From #SaladGate

Two quotes from the past week offer a revealing look into the dark corners and recesses of country music and country radio. One, you may have heard — although it’s the lesser-hyped of consultant Keith Hill’s two quotes. The second comes from an artist many don’t know, or at least don’t know well.

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Garth Brooks Says Chances of Canceling Tampa Shows Were ‘A Billion to One’

Garth Brooks says he knew when he booked them that there was a slim chance he’d have to cancel his shows in Tampa, Fla., but it would take a perfect storm to make it happen. The storm rolled in. The singer told a local radio station that these were the first U.S. shows he’s ever had to cancel and explained why they couldn’t just move.

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Tracy Lawrence: ‘I’ve Got the Best Band I’ve Ever Had’

Tracy Lawrence has been releasing country music and entertaining audiences for over two decades, but he says his current show is the best he’s every been a part of. The Taste of Country Music Festival performer recently put the band to the test, asking a group of stage players to record his biggest hits for his Greatest Hits: Evolution album.

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Chris Young Says Filming Sexy Video Scenes Has Never Been Awkward

Being the leading man in a sexy music video isn't awkward for Chris Young, but that’s not to say he looks forward to pawing a cute blond who may be wearing nothing but thin underwear. Young admits his clip for "I’m Comin’ Over" is his sexiest yet, but his team helps keep him comfortable during the more ... intimate moments.

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