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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.
Willie Nelson, Lady Antebellum
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Early Bird Taste of Country Music Festival Tickets Nearly Sold Out

Early bird tickets to see over a dozen artists at the Taste of Country Music Festival have almost sold out, with the last tickets expected to be gone before the weekend. Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, Hunter Hayes and more will be playing the June 13-15 festival in Hunter Mountain, N.Y. There's still time to get the discounted tix and camping passes. 

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Category: Country Music News
Tim McGraw
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Tim McGraw (Feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban), ‘Highway Don’t Care’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

While Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift's vocals on 'Highway Don't Care' would be enough to make the song a hit and one of the best of 2013, it's Keith Urban's guitar that makes the track one of the best collaborations of the decade -- maybe even ever. Each artist brings his or her best effort to the song from McGraw's 'Two Lanes of Freedom' album. It's a sterling example of what can happen when artists are left to be artists, without the handcuffs of music business politics. 

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Brad Paisley
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Brad Paisley, ‘Beat This Summer’ – Song Review

Brad Paisley wasn't joking when he said he was working to push himself places never gone before on his upcoming album, 'Wheelhouse.' The second single, 'Beat This Summer,' is a double-take sort of record in that after it begins, you do a double-take toward your stereo or computer to try to make sense of what's going on. 

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Hunter Hayes
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Hunter Hayes Says His ‘Mrs. Right’ Will Need to Be Patient

Hunter Hayes kicked off 2013 with a performance at the Grammys and an eye-popping six ACM nominations. The 'Somebody's Heartbreak' singer also expects to have new music for fans this year, and he'll play the first-ever Taste of Country Music Festival this June. As for true romance? Well, he's still searching.

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Jason Aldean
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Jason Aldean, ’1994′ – Song Review

Jason Aldean's nostalgic trip to a time of mullets and loud, heavily-starched cowboy shirts is a fun novelty on the 'Night Train' album. But if '1994' had a cinematic equivalent from that same year, it'd be 'It's Pat.' Like the movie, the song is cute the first time, and maybe fun when it's late and you're drunk, but after that ... 

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Mindy McCready Recorded Possible ‘Video Suicide Note’

One day before Mindy McCready was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the singer sent a private investigator she had been working with a cryptic message. It was a single frame from a video they had been working on together of McCready singing a song called 'I'll See You Yesterday.'

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Category: Country Music News
Zac Brown
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Zac Brown Band Crowd the 2013 Grammys Stage to Accept Best Country Album

The Grammy Awards continue to be good to Zac Brown Band. There hasn't been a year that the country group has been nominated that they haven't taken home an award, and 2013 was no different. Their new album 'Uncaged' was named Best Country Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. 

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Category: Country Music News
Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Walks Grammys Red Carpet in $31 Million Diamond Necklace

You don't need many accessories when you're wearing a $31 million necklace. Aside from her wedding ring and a stunning black Roberto Cavalli gown (plus a few intimates, we suspect), that's all Carrie Underwood had on as she walked the red carpet on Sunday night (Feb. 10) at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Shows Emotions Accepting Best Country Solo Performance Award at the 2013 Grammys

Carrie Underwood won her seventh lifetime Grammy Award on Sunday night (Feb. 10), picking up her second of 2013 for her hit song 'Blown Away.' The singer fought back tears thanking her fans and family as she hoisted the award for Best Country Solo Performance. 

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