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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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Garth Brooks Helps Jay Leno Say Goodbye to ’The Tonight Show’ [Watch]

At the request of Jay Leno, Garth Brooks performed 'The Dance' during the host's final episode of 'The Tonight Show.' Thursday (Feb. 6) night's goodbye also featured appearances from dozens of celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey and Sheryl Crow.

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Kyle Nunn
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Man Accused of Using Country Star’s Name to Scam Family of Sick Toddler

Police in Louisville, Ky. say a man scammed a family and a local business out of $9,000 by claiming he could arrange a Jason Aldean concert to raise money for a sick 2-year-old girl. Kyle Nunn has been arrested and charged with two felony counts of theft by deception.

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Meet Eric Paslay: Newcomer Tearing Down Walls With Self-Titled New Album – Exclusive Premiere [Watch]

Eric Paslay says he enjoys the anonymity that comes with being a new artist on a major tour. Each show is a chance for the 'Friday Night' singer to make a fan's first impression a positive one.

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Country Singers Who Played Football

Country music's football pedigree dates back almost 70 years, when one country legend first strapped on his maskless leather helmet to toss the pigskin around. More recently, stars like Kenny Chesney have made the sport a top priority during boyhood and beyond. One artist listed below played semi-pro ball, while the rest just suited up for high school teams. See them all below!

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It Was Love at First Listen for Parmalee With ‘Close Your Eyes’ – Exclusive Video

Following up a No. 1 single is a challenge for any new artist, but Parmalee feel pretty confident about their chances with 'Close Your Eyes.' The track from the group's new 'Feels Like Carolina' album was a no-brainer. In this video premiering exclusively on Taste of Country, singer Matt Thomas says he fell for it the moment he heard it. 

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Lucy Hale, ‘You Sound Good to Me’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Lucy Hale’s country career begins with the official release of her single ‘You Sound Good to Me.’ The ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star chose a song written by three of the top songwriters in Nashville and quickly made it her own with an energetic, syncopated love story that soon turns into a party-jam.

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Brantley Gilbert Interview: Hitmaker Talks Mexico Trip, Biggest Fears and How YouTube Would Have Killed His Career

The two competing sides of Brantley Gilbert's personality make him one of the more fascinating artists walking around Nashville. He's a rebel who writes his own rule book on and off stage. He's also a sensitive songwriter, willing to reveal his broken heart or darkest memories to a room full of beer-swilling fans.

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Luke Bryan
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2013 American Country Awards Winners – Full List

With 20 honors to announce in just two hours, the 2013 American Country Awards wasted little time in getting to the winners on Tuesday night (Dec. 10). Luke Bryan accepted the first blue Fender guitar of the night for Male Artist of the Year. He also won Touring Artist of the Year before taking home the night's biggest prize, Artist of the Year. Along with Florida Georgia Line, the 'Drink a Beer' singer was the big winner in Las Vegas.

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