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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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Junior High Students Create Their Own Powerful ‘All Kinds of Kinds’ Video

Kids from North Park Junior High have made Miranda Lambert's 'All Kinds of Kinds' their theme song. The Lockport, N.Y. students and faculty teamed up to film a moving 4-and-a-half-minute video revealing all the different "kinds" that walk the halls each day. "Dare greatly to be the kind that you are" is their motto.

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Willie Nelson Stars Alongside Harry Connick, Jr. in ‘Angels Sing’ Christmas Movie Clip – Exclusive Premiere

Willie Nelson plays a mysterious character named Nick in one of the year's more anticipated Christmas movies. 'Angels Sing' will be available on demand and in select theaters beginning Nov. 1. Watch the country legend star alongside Harry Connick, Jr. in this clip, premiering exclusively on Taste of Country. 

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Scotty McCreery Lands No. 1 Country Album in America

Scotty McCreery is back on top. 'See You Tonight' has become his second straight album to debut at No. 1 on the country album charts, selling just over 52,000 copies in its first week in stores and at digital retailers. That's 10Kmore than Willie Nelson, whose 'To All the Girls' ranked second.

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Can You Guess Which Country Artist This Kid Grew Up to Be?

This cutie with a helmet of chestnut brown hair would grow up to be one of the most beautiful women in country music. Her early '90s style is your first clue as to who this singer might be. Don't pay attention to the word on her shirt, however. Even she doesn't know what it means. Do you think you recognize this future star?

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Scotty McCreery Talks Junk Foods, Dance Moves + New Season of ‘American Idol’ During ToC Twitter Takeover

Fans learned some new things about Scotty McCreery on Tuesday (Oct. 22). The singer took over Taste of Country's Twitter page for 30 minutes before a show at the N.C. State Fair, just to answer fan questions. His responses were as entertaining as the questions.

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2013 CMA Awards Predictions

Predicting who will win the nine major honors at the 2013 CMA Awards seems pretty easy ... until you begin to overthink it. Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Kacey Musgraves lead the way in number of nominations, but it's not far-fetched to imagine all three coming away empty-handed. This is the sort of stuff that happens when there's two months to mull over the possibilities.

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Caroline Bryan
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Luke Bryan’s Wife Caroline Trashes Wedding Dress

The ladies tied to Luke Bryan and Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney were joined by Carah Owen (Randy Owen's daughter-in-law) to trash the dress. That's Caroline Bryan in white, getting sloppy with ribs and ranch dressing while Tiffany Fallon and Owen hose her down with tequila and Budweiser. But they didn't stop there.

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Sheryl Crow, ‘Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Sheryl Crow's new single 'Callin' Me When I'm Lonely' is the anti-'Easy,' as it's a big vocal showcase that leans toward sharp, jabbing emotions. The country newcomer opens up to show off a voice that's bathed in retro cool. This is a no-tricks ballad that finds a woman struggling to stay away from a guy she aches for.

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Corey Smith, ‘Ain’t Going Out Tonight’ – Exclusive Song Premiere [Listen]

Singer-songwriter Corey Smith is set to release his new single 'Ain't Going Out Tonight' to iTunes on Tuesday (Oct. 15), but fans can listen to the song in its entirety now with this Taste of Country exclusive song premiere. Like all songs from his previous eight albums, the country-rocker wrote every word to this uptempo, banjo-heavy rambler.

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