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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.
Tim McGraw
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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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Category: Country Music News
Lady Antebellum Jake Owen
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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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LoCash Cowboys
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LoCash Cowboys, ‘LoCash Cowboys’ – Album Review

The LoCash Cowboys' career has been a series of stops and starts -- until now. With the release of their self-titled debut album, Chris Lucas and Preston Brust finally get to show fans all sides of their personality. Ballads like 'Best Seat in the House' and the previously released 'Keep in Mind' soften the image that songs like 'C-O-U-N-T-R-Y' and 'Here Comes Summer' helped build.

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Category: Country Music News
Lady Antebellum
Paul Brasil for Taste of Country

Lady Antebellum Share Backstage Footage of Final Show Before Baby Break

Following Lady Antebellum's Saturday (June 15) performance at the Taste of Country Music Festival, Hillary Scott officially went on maternity leave. The singer is set to deliver her little girl sometime next month. The group's final set was much more than just another show. 

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Category: Country Music News
Joe Nichols

Watch: Joe Nichols Talks About Randy Travis Duet and Raising Daughters Before ToC Music Festival Set

Joe Nichols was handpicked by Randy Travis to record the new George Jones tribute 'Tonight I'm Playing Possum.' Before his set at the 2013 Taste of Country Music Festival, the 'Sunny and 75' singer told ToC that the two only recently developed a relationship, and Travis likely picked him because he knew he'd appreciate the opportunity. 

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Category: Country Music News
Gloriana
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Watch: Gloriana Dish on Tom Gossin’s Bachelor Party, Rachel Reinert’s Sexiest Men in Country at 2013 ToC Music Festival

Gloriana's Rachel Reinert responded to making the 2013 Taste of Country Sexiest Females in Country Music list at the Taste of Country Music Festival over the weekend. The lone female in the trio said she's both honored and embarrassed by all the attention, but she wasn't too overcome to quickly rattle off four names who top her personal Sexiest Males list. 

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Category: Country Music News

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