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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.
Miranda Lambert
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Miranda Lambert Sings ‘You and Tequila’ With Kenny Chesney in Chicago

Miranda Lambert played her own set at Soldier Field in Chicago over the weekend, and then returned to the stage to join headliner Kenny Chesney on his hit "You and Tequila." Lambert sings Grace Potter's part on the ballad — fans were enthusiastic to say the least. Video shows that the "Little Red Wagon" singer kind of nailed it.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Keith Urban, ‘John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16’ [Listen]

On “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” Keith Urban returns to more traditional country themes while continuing to push his sound in new directions. Lyrically, the funky new window to his next studio album is immediately relatable. It won’t need the time songs like “Cop Car” and “Raise ‘Em Up” needed to cook.

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Wounded Army Veteran Gives Brantley Gilbert His First Purple Heart

There’s not much that will ever compete with the gift Brantley Gilbert received from an Army veteran last month. Justin Patterson, a former sniper who says he’s barely left the house in two years due to symptoms from PTSD, joined Gilbert on his motorcycle ride for the Wounded Warrior Project. Then, he said thank you in the most unbelievable way.

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Florida Georgia Line Debut ‘Dirt’ at the Grand Ole Opry [Exclusive Premiere]

Florida Georgia Line brought "Dirt" to the Grand Ole Opry for the first time earlier this year, and the moment was one you had to be there to witness. Fortunately, even if you weren't in the crowd, you can take it in during this Taste of Country exclusive premiere.

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley Ready for Fire (Kinda) on Sounds of Summer Tour

Dierks Bentley's Sounds of Summer tour may be the hottest tour in country music ... literally. The run of dates kicks off on Friday (June 5) in Raleigh, N.C., and it's the biggest production the "Say You Do" singer has ever known. During a tour rehearsal this week in Nashville, Bentley shared some of his new toys.

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Garth Brooks
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Garth Brooks Says Chances of Canceling Tampa Shows Were ‘A Billion to One’

Garth Brooks says he knew when he booked them that there was a slim chance he’d have to cancel his shows in Tampa, Fla., but it would take a perfect storm to make it happen. The storm rolled in. The singer told a local radio station that these were the first U.S. shows he’s ever had to cancel and explained why they couldn’t just move.

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Tracy Lawrence
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Tracy Lawrence: ‘I’ve Got the Best Band I’ve Ever Had’

Tracy Lawrence has been releasing country music and entertaining audiences for over two decades, but he says his current show is the best he’s every been a part of. The Taste of Country Music Festival performer recently put the band to the test, asking a group of stage players to record his biggest hits for his Greatest Hits: Evolution album.

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Chris Young Says Filming Sexy Video Scenes Has Never Been Awkward

Being the leading man in a sexy music video isn't awkward for Chris Young, but that’s not to say he looks forward to pawing a cute blond who may be wearing nothing but thin underwear. Young admits his clip for "I’m Comin’ Over" is his sexiest yet, but his team helps keep him comfortable during the more ... intimate moments.

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