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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.
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Pistol Annies Fight Like Family

The Pistol Annies (Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley) are as close as sisters, for better and worse. Recently, the trio shared that they insist on riding the same tour bus together ("We travel in a pack"), but sometimes that means there's nowhere to go when they fight. Oh, yeah -- they fight. 

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Category: Country Music News
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Hottest Country Wives

Country heartthrobs like Luke Bryan and Jake Owen may not be the best looking members of their own family. Beauty finds beauty it seems, and this list of country music's hottest wives is confirmation. You already know what superstar spouses like Faith Hill and Miranda Lambert look like. These ladies are the lesser-known better halves of country music's top singers.

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Alabama Named Best Country Band of All Time

The last hour of voting during the finals of March Bandness was frenzied, to say the least. Thousands of fans of Alabama and the Charlie Daniels Band cast a ballot in the waning minutes. The boys from Fort Payne, Ala. were trailing until the end, when they surged ahead and took the title of Best Country Band of All Time

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Category: Country Music News

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

Here's a strange fact about the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown: Only videos from blonde singers have reached the No. 1 spot. Toby Keith kept the streak alive last week, as fans chose 'Hope on the Rocks' as the most popular clip of the week. Casey James and Carrie Underwood were close behind with their recent videos, but new offerings from the Band Perry and 'X Factor' winner Tate Stevens could challenge them for the title. 

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Category: Country Music News
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Blake Shelton vs. Kacey Musgraves – The Showdown

Two ACM Awards nominees will square off in today's Showdown. Blake Shelton goes for win number five in a row with 'Boys 'Round Here.' That would put him into the Showdown Hall of Fame for the first time, but Female Vocalist of the Year Kacey Musgraves is standing in his way with her five-star rated single 'Blowin' Smoke.'

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

Women continue to rule the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. For a third straight week, a video for a song sung by a female topped the weekly countdown. It was Carrie Underwood's 'Two Black Cadillacs' last week, and prior to that, 'American Beautiful' by the Henningsens. Can new clips by Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton or Eric Church best the country superstar? It's up to fans to decide the weekly Top 10.

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Category: Country Music News
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Blake Shelton, ‘Boys ‘Round Here’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

There is comedy in Blake Shelton singing with Pistol Annies, as he does on his new single 'Boys 'Round Here.' One imagines a country Hugh Hefner surrounded by his beauties. In real life, the Annies likely (very likely) don't attend to his every need and agree with him at all costs, but they do on this song, and it's absolutely charming. 

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Tate Stevens vs. Tracy Lawrence – The Showdown

It's difficult to label Tate Stevens' Friday Showdown win over Justin Moore's new song an upset. After all, the 'X Factor' winner proved he's a fan-favorite by winning the singing competition. The response to 'Power of a Love Song' is still impressive, however. Behind the strength of strong phone call voting, Stevens' debut single survived to find a new challenge today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio. 

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New Country Music Releases – April 2013

Get ready to be broke by April 30. No fewer than three superstars are releasing new country music albums in April 2013, and that's before you get to projects from LeAnn Rimes and 'X Factor' winner Tate Stevens. The Band Perry, Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney are just a few of the names releasing new music.

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Category: Country Music News
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Kacey Musgraves, ‘Blowin’ Smoke’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

The magic of many of the songs on Kacey Musgraves' debut album -- including her new single 'Blowin' Smoke' -- is in the little details. 'Merry Go 'Round' thrived in efficient specificity. The follow-up is equally effective in its portrayal of a life waiting tables.

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