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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.
Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood
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2012 American Music Awards Pictures: Country Music’s Best Dressed

Country stars shined on stage and on the red carpet at the 2012 American Music Awards on Sunday night. The ABC broadcast featured performances by Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, and moments to celebrate for fans of Underwood, Swift, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum. These four artists were just a few of Nashville's best that turned heads on the AMAs red carpet.

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Josh Abbott Band, ‘I’ll Sing About Mine’ – Song Review

Josh Abbott Band's new release to radio isn't as much of a single as it is a statement. The signature track from his 'Small Town Family Dream' album paints Abbott as a champion of outlaw country or a cantankerous whiner envious of greener grass, depending on one's personal view of music coming out of Nashville.

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Chris Young, Jana Kramer
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Chris Young vs. Jana Kramer – The Showdown

Friday night's Taste of Country Showdown promised to be a battle of country music titans, but one didn't show up. Chris Young fans dominated supporters of the Band Perry, meaning his new single 'I Can Take It From There' is just one win away from retirement and enshrinement into the Showdown Hall of Fame.

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Toby Keith, ‘Hope on the Rocks’ – Song Review

The title track to Toby Keith's 'Hope on the Rocks' album shows the singer's genuine understanding of the nuanced relationships between bartenders and their regulars. But it's not just barkeeps that will relate to the ballad. Servers, liquor store clerks, the dry cleaner, radio DJs... anyone who provides a service and a set of open ears will appreciate his story.

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Chris Young, JT Hodges
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Chris Young vs. JT Hodges – The Showdown

Chris Young benefitted from a late push of votes on Taste of Country Nights radio last night. The singer's new single 'I Can Take It From There' topped 'Don't Rush,' the new Kelly Clarkson single which she performed with Vince Gill at the 2012 CMA Awards. That makes two wins in a row for Young's new love song. 

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Barack Obama Re-Elected President of the United States: Country Stars React

Barack Obama was re-elected President of the United States on Tuesday (Nov. 6) following a heated battle with Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the key battleground state of Ohio. Within minutes of learning the news, country music's top stars were celebrating, congratulating, complaining or simply making jokes about the 2012 election results. Like much of the nation, Nashville's best are split politically. 

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Chris Young vs. Kelly Clarkson – The Showdown

Chris Young built an early lead and never looked back yesterday in the Showdown, both online and on Taste of Country Nights radio. The country crooner's new song 'I Can Take It From There' is as smooth as any he's released in recent years, and fans couldn't help but come back for seconds from the deep-voiced 27-year-old.

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