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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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Taste of Country Nights to Begin 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

Taste of Country Nights radio has teamed up with a dozen different country stars to present this year's festive 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. Beginning Thursday (Dec. 6), host Jeremy Robinson will shower listeners and Taste of Country readers with awesome gifts, from Christmas decorations, to autographed guitars, to trips. A new prize will be given away each night.

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Florida Georgia Line, ‘Here’s to the Good Times’ – Album Review

Never has a single better represented an artist's album than 'Cruise' does for Florida Georgia Line's 'Here's to the Good Times.' Thick production, heavy guitarwork and big fat hooks define the 11 songs -- six of which were written by Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. 

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2013 Grammy Awards Nominees Announced

Country music took center stage on CBS Wednesday night (Dec. 5), where the 2013 Grammy nominees were announced during a fun-filled hour of music. Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson picked up early nominations, and Swift joined rapper LL Cool J as host of the Grammy nominations concert. After just a few minutes of the broadcast, Dierks Bentley and the Band Perry were performing Johnny Cash songs for viewers.

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Love and Theft, Florida Georgia Line Surprise Jake Owen Wearing Only Underwear

Country duos Love and Theft and Florida Georgia Line pranked Jake Owen in a way he's sure not to soon forget. During a recent stop on the CMT tour, the four men showed up onstage in just boots and underwear -- or 'adult diapers' -- with pacifiers in their mouths and 'bottles' of beer, meant to celebrate Owen's new baby.

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Jana Kramer Hospitalized

Jana Kramer cut short a show in West Palm Beach, Fla. and was taken to the hospital after falling ill on Saturday night (Dec. 1). Her boyfriend, fellow country singer Brantley Gilbert, was also at the WIRK Country Christmas show and was able to swoop in to carry her off of the stage when it became clear she couldn't continue.

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Tim McGraw, ‘Mary and Joseph’ – Song Review

Tim McGraw could make a pretty strong Christmas album if he chose to do so. His new release 'Mary and Joseph' is a creative -- but not too creative -- interpretation of the story of Jesus' birth. McGraw tells it like he's told the best stories of his two decade-long career, with a sweet reverence for the struggles his characters are living through.

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LeAnn Rimes, ‘Borrowed’ – Song Review

LeAnn Rimes might be making some of the best music of her life, but songs like her new single 'Borrowed' won't help her threadbare tie to radio. The first single from her upcoming 'Spitfire' album tells the story of the early days of her romance with Eddie Cibrian. A more caustic subject may not exist.

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Best Dierks Bentley Song? – Readers Poll

Next year will mark 10 years since Dierks Bentley released his debut single 'What Was I Thinkin'.' Longtime country fans will remember that song as one of the most exciting debuts in country music history, but has it remained the 37-year-old's best song? After six albums and 19 singles, what is your favorite Dierks Bentley song?

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Shania Twain’s ‘Up!’ Turns 10

Shania Twain proved she was still the most popular country music singer in the world when she released 'Up!' in 2002. The album features hit singles like the titletrack, 'I'm Gonna Getcha Good' and 'Forever and for Always.' The sad news related to this anniversary is that it also means it's been an entire decade since Twain has released a new album. 

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