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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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Zombies Take Over Country Music!

Oh no! In what seems to be a Halloween takeover, zombies have suspended on Nashville. Officials are warning area residents -- and country music fans in general -- to stay away from any artist suspected to have a taste for flesh.

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Jason Aldean
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Jason Aldean, ‘Night Train’ – Album Review

If four or five songs from Jason Aldean's new 'Night Train' album reach No. 1, does that mean it's indisputably a great country music record? This seems likely to happen -- the hits are there and Aldean is red hot right now -- yet from top to bottom, the singer's fifth project leaves one wanting some magic never felt before.

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Little Big Town, Faith Hill
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Little Big Town vs. Faith Hill – The Showdown

With a big push from followers on Facebook, Little Big Town toppled one-day champion Brad Paisley yesterday and last night on Taste of Country Nights radio. The quartet's new song 'Tornado' moves in position to take down another country music superstar in Faith Hill on Friday. 

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Justin-Moore
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Justin Moore Talks Life, Death and Impact of ‘If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away’

'If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away' is an extremely personal song for Justin Moore, as it mentions a deceased grandfather he was very close to. The song 'Grandpa' from his self-titled debut album was about the same man. Taste of Country Nights host Jeremy Robinson can relate to what Moore went through with his grandpa's death, and he shares his own story with listeners. 

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Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan
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2012 CMA Awards Performers

The 2012 CMA Awards performers are beginning to be announced. The November 1 show in Nashville promises to feature the hottest superstars and country newcomers, as well as a few surprise collaborations. With artists like Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town leading the nominees, the ABC broadcast should be one a country music fan won't want to miss. 

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Tim McGraw Wins Most Recent Round of Court Battle With Curb Records

It wasn't a major victory, but Friday's (Sept. 21) decision by a Nashville judge definitely favors Tim McGraw and his current record label, Big Machine Records. The ongoing battle between the singer and his former label home, Curb Records, will now move to an appeals court, where it's possible Big Machine may still have to turn over sensitive documents.

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Brantley Gilbert, Billy Ray Cyrus
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Brantley Gilbert vs. Billy Ray Cyrus – The Showdown

Rack up another Showdown win for Brantley Gilbert. The singer's new song 'Kick It in the Sticks' is a longtime favorite of fans, and they're not shy about voting for the country-rocker. Yesterday, the single topped lablemate Justin Moore's new song ''Til My Last Day,' meaning it goes against a new challenger today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio. 

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Faith Hill, ‘American Heart’ – Song Review

Faith Hill has a new album finished, but it seems fans won't get to hear it until a single sticks. 'American Heart' is at least the third new song fans nationwide have heard -- including 'Come Home' and the title track, 'Illusion,' played during the 'CMA Music Festival' special on ABC. Like the others, it's a thick production made accessible by the wonder of Hill's voice. 

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Zac Brown Band Whip Through ‘The Wind’ in ‘CMA Music Festival’ Special Appearance

It seems certain that if 'The Wind' by the Zac Brown Band was playing nonstop in offices and job sites across the country, the work day could be shortened by four hours -- but we'd all be just as productive. The talented seven-piece band worked through the warp-speed country track during the 'CMA Music Festival' special on ABC Monday night. 

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Dierks Bentley
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Fans Go Crazy for Dierks Bentley’s ’5-1-5-0′ During ‘CMA Music Festival’ Special

The crowd at LP Field was dedicated to Dierks Bentley, and they showed up with signs and billboards to support the '5-1-5-0' singer during his set at the CMA Music Festival in June. Bentley performed his hit for ABC cameras, and on Monday night, fans who couldn't get to Nashville got to see the results on the 'Country's Night to Rock' special.

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Carrie Underwood
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Fans ‘Blown Away’ by Carrie Underwood’s ‘CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock’ Performance

For a brief moment on Monday, Carrie Underwood seemed vulnerable. After finishing 'Blown Away,' the singer appeared to be out of breath. One wondered how she'd begin the equally challenging 'Last Name,' but then she made it look easy. "This is what not to do at CMA Fest, OK," Underwood said before beginning her 2008 hit during the 'Country's Night to Rock' special.

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Charlie Daniels Band to Rework ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ for ‘Monday Night Football’ Open

One country legend will replace another as the Charlie Daniels Band takes a turn at opening up 'Monday Night Football' on ESPN next week. Daniels has reworked 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' for the broadcast's opening theme. It appears to be a one game only engagement.

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