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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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2013 Grammy Awards Nominees Announced

Country music took center stage on CBS Wednesday night (Dec. 5), where the 2013 Grammy nominees were announced during a fun-filled hour of music. Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson picked up early nominations, and Swift joined rapper LL Cool J as host of the Grammy nominations concert. After just a few minutes of the broadcast, Dierks Bentley and the Band Perry were performing Johnny Cash songs for viewers.

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Dierks Bentley
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Best Dierks Bentley Song? – Readers Poll

Next year will mark 10 years since Dierks Bentley released his debut single 'What Was I Thinkin'.' Longtime country fans will remember that song as one of the most exciting debuts in country music history, but has it remained the 37-year-old's best song? After six albums and 19 singles, what is your favorite Dierks Bentley song?

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Big and Rich
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Big and Rich, ‘Party Like Cowboyz’ – Song Review

In 'Party Like Cowboyz,' Big and Rich once again become the wild-eyed, brash, cowboy rockers that originally attracted so many fans to their diesel-powered style when they debuted in 2003.  No one is going to accuse John Rich and Big Kenny of excessive versatility, but they do what they do with genuine conviction and passion.

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Sara Evans, Billy Ray Cyrus
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Barack Obama Re-Elected President of the United States: Country Stars React

Barack Obama was re-elected President of the United States on Tuesday (Nov. 6) following a heated battle with Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the key battleground state of Ohio. Within minutes of learning the news, country music's top stars were celebrating, congratulating, complaining or simply making jokes about the 2012 election results. Like much of the nation, Nashville's best are split politically. 

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Faith Hill, James Otto, Sara Evans
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Election Day 2012: Country Stars Push Fans to Exercise Their Right to Vote

It's Election Day, and country music's biggest stars are joining the push to make sure every eligible voter takes time to get to the polls before they close tonight. The importance of the election is clear to every concerned American.

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Charlie Daniels
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Charlie Daniels, ‘Take Back the USA’ – Song Review

Credit Charlie Daniels for not letting his personal politics overwhelm his new song about joining together to make America great again. On the surface, 'Take Back the USA' sounds like a rally cry for those who believe a change is needed in the White House -- and given the timing and the singer's opinion of the current administration, that's likely what he's hoping it becomes. But Daniels never places the blame squarely on Republicans or Democrats in this tune.

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Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood
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Five Things Noticeably Missing From the 2012 CMA Awards

There were first-time winners in the Entertainer, Album and Vocal Group of the Year categories at the 2012 CMA Awards, and fans saw brilliant performances by stars like Little Big Town, Kelly Clarkson, the Band Perry and Zac Brown Band. However, there were a few noticeable absences from this year's Nashville ceremony. 

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Tim McGraw
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Tim McGraw Announces New Album, ‘Two Lanes of Freedom,’ and New Single

Tim McGraw will debut a new single from his upcoming 'Two Lanes of Freedom' album at the 2012 CMA Awards on Thursday night. The singer made the announcement alongside details of the new album on Tuesday morning. 'One of Those Nights' is part of a collection of songs that promises to cover his broadest emotional range yet.

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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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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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