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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.
Sara Evans
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Exclusive: Sara Evans Recruits Vince Gill for ‘Stone-Cold Country’ Song ‘Better Off’ [Watch]

Sara Evans' invited Vince Gill to sing on a song called 'Better Off,' a ballad from her' new 'Slow Me Down' album. The cut finds Evans in her wheelhouse. “‘Better Off’ is a stone-cold country song,” she says in this behind-the-song video exclusive to Taste of Country.

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Taste of Country, Townsquare Media Stations Raise Over $1 Million for St. Jude

On March 6 and 7, Taste of Country partnered with 16 Townsquare Media radio stations to help raise money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The two-day radiothon/webathon featured stories from St. Jude patients and parents who've called the campus home. Additionally, country stars like Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Lee Brice and Justin Moore stepped up for the kids at St. Jude, and the results were impressive. 

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Craig Campbell, Lucy Hale
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Craig Campbell vs. Lucy Hale – The Showdown

Craig Campbell took down another country superstar over the weekend, as his new hit 'Keep Them Kisses Comin'' topped the latest from Luke Bryan with almost 60 percent of the vote. On Monday and Tuesday, the fun love song will face another that feels just as good between car speakers. 

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Tyler Bates
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For Jennifer Bates and Son Tyler, St. Jude Provided ‘A Sigh of Relief’

In March 2010, Jennifer Bates found herself in a spot every mother can relate to. Her 2-year-old son Tyler was sick -- vomiting, low energy, dizziness, sore muscles -- and she sensed there was something very wrong that doctors weren't fixing with standard treatments. For three weeks, she worried and kept a close eye on him as she tended to her eight-month-old triplets.

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Craig Campbell, Luke Bryan
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Craig Campbell vs. Luke Bryan – The Showdown

Craig Campbell and his fans scored a big Showdown win over the Eli Young Band earlier this week. 'Keep Them Kisses Comin'' took an early lead over 'Dust' and never looked back. His reward: a matchup with the hottest star in country music. 

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Lela
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Mandy Moody Reflects on Decision to Have Six-Week-Old’s Eye Removed at St. Jude

The first weeks after childbirth are precious. Ideally, it's a time to bond with baby, but it's also a chance for mom to recover physically and emotionally. Mandy Moody's postpartum experience with her third child Lela was rudely interrupted when doctors discovered the strange glow in the little girl's left eye was actually retinoblastoma, a rare and malignant form of cancer. 

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Jessica and Jordan Turri
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Former St. Jude Patient Jessica Turri Shares Ups and Downs of Life After Cancer

Jessica Turri is a beautiful example of everything doctors and researchers at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have accomplished, and the work that still needs to be done. The Memphis native was just nine years old when she began her inspirational battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Fourteen years later, she's cancer free -- but not without consequences.

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Suzie Pavlat
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A Father’s Duty: Jack Pavlat Says It’s His Job to Keep Daughter Suzie’s Memory Alive

There's a story Jack Pavlat likes to tell about his daughter, Suzie. The family had just moved from Virginia Beach, Va. to the Target House longterm residence at the St. Jude Children's Hospital. Ten-year-old Suzie had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, but was feeling good the day she moved in. She noticed the fountain with the elephant statues that sits out in front of the building. 

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