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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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Mindy McCready Recorded Possible ‘Video Suicide Note’

One day before Mindy McCready was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the singer sent a private investigator she had been working with a cryptic message. It was a single frame from a video they had been working on together of McCready singing a song called 'I'll See You Yesterday.'

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Top 10 Video Countdown
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Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton Debut New Videos in This Week’s Taste of Country Countdown

New music videos from Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton have shaken up this week's Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. Both 'Pirate Flag' and 'Sure Be Cool if You Did' cracked the list, but neither were able to steal the top spot in their debut week. That battle remains one exclusive to three singers who have been going at it for weeks. 

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Kimberly Perry Boyfriend
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Is Kimberly Perry of the Band Perry Dating a Baseball Player?

The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry recently revealed that she has a boyfriend, and some diligent detective work indicates that it's Toronto Blue Jays catcher JP Arencibia. Fans and followers may have noticed the singer in a Blue Jays hoodie, but the most obvious clues come from the major leaguer's Twitter account

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Taylor Swift’s Ex-Boyfriend Conor Kennedy Arrested Outside of White House

Taylor Swift's summer boyfriend Conor Kennedy was arrested outside the White House on Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 13). The 18-year-old was detained along with his father and 46 others as they protested to bring attention to the issue of climate change and the construction of a controversial oil pipeline.

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Walks Grammys Red Carpet in $31 Million Diamond Necklace

You don't need many accessories when you're wearing a $31 million necklace. Aside from her wedding ring and a stunning black Roberto Cavalli gown (plus a few intimates, we suspect), that's all Carrie Underwood had on as she walked the red carpet on Sunday night (Feb. 10) at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

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Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown, Kelly Clarkson
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Most Anticipated 2013 Grammys Performance? – Readers Poll

Country music promises to set the tone for the 2013 Grammy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 10), as Taylor Swift will be the first artist to take the stage. Swift kicks off the 8PM CBS broadcast, but -- like so many of the other performances -- what she'll sing is still a mystery.

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Remember When Willie Nelson Settled His Tax Bill?

Twenty years ago, on Feb. 2, 1993, Willie Nelson settled his $16.7 million tax bill for around $9 million. The trouble began when the IRS decided that tax shelters his accountants set up were not valid. A massive audit resulted in the government seizing much of his property and selling it at auction. 

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Tim McGraw
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Tim McGraw Has Split Loyalties on Super Bowl Sunday

Country superstar, actor and diehard football fan… that's Tim McGraw. The 'One of Those Nights' singer will be on the West Coast when Super Bowl XLVII begins this Sunday (Feb. 3) but he tells Taste of Country he'll be watching. As for who he's rooting for? It's complicated.

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Dustin Lynch
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Dustin Lynch Admits Chicks Like to ‘Crank His Tractor,’ Talks Taste of Country Festival

Dustin Lynch fans are having as much fun with his new single 'She Cranks My Tractor' as he is watching them. During an interview with Taste of Country Nights host Jeremy Robinson, the singer admitted women love to sing along to the Top 25 cut from his self-titled debut album.

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Montgomery Gentry
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Montgomery Gentry Have ‘No Ill Words’ for Older Generation of Country Stars

Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry was still catching up on the details of the Blake Shelton vs. Ray Price Facebook battle when Taste of Country Nights host Jeremy Robinson caught up with him last week. The dark-haired singer told listeners that the duo won't be tossing sharp words toward fans of classic country or the artists that built the format anytime soon.

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