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Billy Dukes

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.
Charlie Daniels
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Charlie Daniels, ‘Take Back the USA’ – Song Review

Credit Charlie Daniels for not letting his personal politics overwhelm his new song about joining together to make America great again. On the surface, 'Take Back the USA' sounds like a rally cry for those who believe a change is needed in the White House -- and given the timing and the singer's opinion of the current administration, that's likely what he's hoping it becomes. But Daniels never places the blame squarely on Republicans or Democrats in this tune.

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Jerrod Niemann, Hunter Hayes
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Jerrod Niemann vs. Hunter Hayes – The Showdown

With one more win, Jerrod Niemann will put his new song 'Only God Could Love You More' into the Showdown Hall of Fame. The ballad has topped singles by Thompson Square, Jason Aldean and Montgomery Gentry in recent days. Today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio, Niemann fans will have to out-duel fans of the 2012 CMA New Artist of the Year. 

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Jerrod Niemann, Thompson Square
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Jerrod Niemann vs. Thompson Square – The Showdown

Jerrod Niemann squeaked out a win over three country superstars on Thursday. While Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church were busy performing 'The Only Way I Know' at the CMA Awards, fans of 'Only God Could Love You More' flooded the online and phone polls at Taste of Country Nights radio to push the ballad to a new day -- and a new challenger. 

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Aldean

Jason Aldean (Featuring Luke Bryan and Eric Church), ‘The Only Way I Know’ – Song Review

Jason Aldean's new single 'The Only Way I Know' weaves from the same spool as his biggest hits. Themes of hard work, loyalty and small town values have been at the core of hits like 'Fly Over States,' 'Tattoos on This Town,' and most recently, 'Take a Little Ride,' even if you need to look beyond the cutie in the passenger seat to find them. On the new single from 'Night Train,' Aldean's message is more direct. but no less effective. 

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Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan
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Top 40 Country Songs – November 2012

November begins with a flurry of new songs by country superstars like Jason Aldean, George Strait and the Band Perry, but as they're brand new, each song hasn't had a chance to work its way up the Top 40 Country Songs list. That means more seasoned hits by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood get a crack at No. 1, yet both of these superstars fall behind a hot country newcomer this month.

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Nashville
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‘Nashville’ Season 1, Episode 4 Song List

The latest episode of the hit ABC drama 'Nashville' featured less original music than any of the others so far. There weren't any cuts from mainstream country acts either, leaving many wondering what artists were played between important scenes in Season 1, Episode 4, titled 'We Live in Two Different Worlds.' 

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Jeremy, Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift Reveals Who She’ll Never, Ever Write a Song About

On previous albums, Taylor Swift has written songs about ex-boyfriends like (allegedly) John Mayer, Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner and Jake Gyllenhaal. During an interview with Taste of Country Nights host Jeremy Robinson, the 'Begin Again' singer shared who she will not record a new song about, like, ever. 

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Kelly Clarkson
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Kelly Clarkson (Feat. Vince Gill), ‘Don’t Rush’ – Song Review

How do you convince a skeptical country audience that you're country? You get Vince Gill to sing and play guitar on your first true country single. That's what Kelly Clarkson did with 'Don't Rush,' a song she'll perform at the CMA Awards on Nov. 1. The pairing is magic. 

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Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean
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2012 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Award Prediction? – Readers Poll

A new class of country heroes has taken over the Male Vocalist of the Year category at the CMA Awards. Once-familiar names like Chesney and Paisley have been purged from the list of nominees, with newcomers like Luke Bryan and Eric Church filling the spots in 2012. While one can argue for someone other than these five men, it's difficult to argue against any of them. Who do you think will win the Male Vocalist of the Year award at the 2012 CMAs?

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