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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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Town of Tioga, Texas Rallies Around ‘Adopted Son’ Randy Travis

Randy Travis moved to Tioga, Texas only recently, but the town of just 803 people is treating him like a lifelong friend. Townsfolk say the singer has been nothing but generous and humble since becoming part of the community, and they're pulling for him as he fights for his life after congestive heart failure and a stroke.

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Category: Country Music News
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Randy Travis’ Doctors: Singer Showing Signs of Improvement After Congestive Heart Failure

Randy Travis' team of doctors say the singer is showing signs of improvement after being admitted to a Texas hospital with congestive heart failure and a presumed cardiomyopathy on Sunday (July 7). The singer has since been transferred to a different facility for specialized care.

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Category: Country Music News

Danielle Bradbery, ‘The Heart of Dixie’ – Song Review

Danielle Bradbery's natural sweetness pours through on her debut single, but 'The Heart of Dixie' isn't a perfect match for the 16-year-old. It takes years of experience to be a great storyteller, especially when the main character is going through something the singer hasn't. Her performance is admirable, but not memorable. 

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Shania Twain Reacts to Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision

On Tuesday (June 26), the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, clearing the way for married gay couples to receive tax, health and pension benefits. Shania Twain was among the first of a few country stars to celebrate the decision.

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Little Jimmy Dickens to Begin Vocal Chord Radiation Treatment

Little Jimmy Dickens, one of the Grand Ole Opry's most recognizable stars since he became a member in 1948, will continue to miss shows as he undergoes radiation treatments on his vocal chords. A release from the Opry says the treatments are for a pre-cancerous condition.

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Category: Country Music News
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Billy Ray Cyrus and Wife Tish Spotted Cuddling After Lunch

Is there hope for Billy Ray Cyrus's marriage after all? If a picture is worth a thousand words, then order up a thousand "yeses" after the two were spotted leaving lunch with daughter Noah over the weekend. The family -- including another unidentified young woman -- look satisfied and happy in the picture.

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Tim McGraw, ‘Southern Girl’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Tim McGraw's latest album 'Two Lanes of Freedom' is full of songs that should live long after their run up the charts. The latest is 'Southern Girl,' a too-easy-to-fall-for tribute to American women born where the weather's hot nine months a year.

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Vote to Determine the Top 10 Videos of the Week in Taste of Country’s Countdown

Country music's reigning Entertainer of the Year has a new video on the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown poll this week. Luke Bryan has released the long-awaited video for his latest single 'Crash My Party.' If anyone has a shot to take down multi-week champion Carrie Underwood, it's Bryan and his faithful fans. 

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Lady Antebellum and Jake Owen to Headline Country Jam 2014

Lady Antebellum and Jake Owen have just been announced as two of the four headliners for Country Jam 2014 in Grand Junction, Colo. After a star-studded lineup left fans hoarse from screaming in 2013, next year's list of artists is shaping up to be even better. 

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