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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.
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Kelly Clarkson, ‘Underneath the Tree’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Degree of difficulty plays a role in judging what one thinks of any Kelly Clarkson song, especially her new Christmas single 'Underneath the Tree.' The woman can do things most singers cannot. When she's on -- and she's been on since she began offering dedicated singles to country radio -- she stands alone.

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Thomas Rhett Shares Why Reba McEntire’s Son Is Part of His Scariest Halloween Memory

Growing up as singer-songwriter Rhett Akins' son, Thomas Rhett got into a few exclusive parties as a kid, including Reba McEntire's Halloween shindig one year. The 'It Goes Like This' singer tells Taste of Country about one frightening moment involving the legend's son Shelby, who was much, much bigger than Rhett. 

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Cute Kids Singing Country Songs – Jason Aldean, ’1994′

This 5-year-old's mom says he's a Jason Aldean fanatic, and you'll probably agree. Brady has listened to nothing but Aldean's music since he was old enough to make radio requests, so it's no surprise he knows all the lyrics to '1994.' This video was put together to get the singer's attention, and it's so good, we thought we'd help. 

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Scotty McCreery Talks Junk Foods, Dance Moves + New Season of ‘American Idol’ During ToC Twitter Takeover

Fans learned some new things about Scotty McCreery on Tuesday (Oct. 22). The singer took over Taste of Country's Twitter page for 30 minutes before a show at the N.C. State Fair, just to answer fan questions. His responses were as entertaining as the questions.

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Sara Evans Goes Behind the Scenes of New ‘Slow Me Down’ Video, and It’s Hilarious – Exclusive Premiere

The video for Sara Evans' new single 'Slow Me Down' co-stars NASCAR driver Carl Edwards as the singer's love interest. It's a breakup song, so there's no hot and heavy between the two, only animated arguing. Watch it all unfold, and find out what they're really saying as the music plays in this ToC exclusive behind-the-scenes clip.

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Can You Guess Which Country Star’s House This Is?

One star's four bedroom, five bathroom home in California hit the market in October 2012 for $13 million, but sold two months later for much, much less. This singer made his career in rock n' roll, but certainly had some success on country radio. He's an icon, and his former home is nothing short of spectacular -- especially after a remodel and new appliances.

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Can You Guess the Artist in This Yearbook Photo?

This handsome young man's schooling years were the early-to-mid '50s, but he was well on his way to musical stardom by the dawn of the '60s. His first hit would come in 1962, and a four decade-long career would include over 100 singles and nearly a dozen No. 1 hits. Do you think you recognize this singer?

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Luke Bryan’s Wife Caroline Trashes Wedding Dress

The ladies tied to Luke Bryan and Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney were joined by Carah Owen (Randy Owen's daughter-in-law) to trash the dress. That's Caroline Bryan in white, getting sloppy with ribs and ranch dressing while Tiffany Fallon and Owen hose her down with tequila and Budweiser. But they didn't stop there.

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Eric Church to Debut New Music at the 2013 CMA Awards?

Does the video tease Eric Church released to his fan club have anything to do with reports that he's planning to debut new music at the 2013 CMA Awards? For almost a year, the 'Springsteen' singer has been giving fans subtle updates on the progress of his new album, and now it seems possible a full revealing is just days away.

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Corey Smith, ‘Ain’t Going Out Tonight’ – Exclusive Song Premiere [Listen]

Singer-songwriter Corey Smith is set to release his new single 'Ain't Going Out Tonight' to iTunes on Tuesday (Oct. 15), but fans can listen to the song in its entirety now with this Taste of Country exclusive song premiere. Like all songs from his previous eight albums, the country-rocker wrote every word to this uptempo, banjo-heavy rambler.

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