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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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‘Nashville’ Songs: Music From Season 1, Episode 7

Season 1, Episode 7 of 'Nashville' featured three original songs, one of which was written by a star of the ABC drama. The music from the show continues to come from top Nashville songwriters, both legends and newcomers. It's a special blend that keeps you leaning toward the television to hear the next surprise 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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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles Shows Off Her Halloween ‘Pumpkin’

Proving she has one of the best senses of humor in country music, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles painted her very pregnant belly orange for Halloween and shared the picture with fans on Twitter. The singer is expecting her first baby with husband Justin in November. 

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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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Country Stars Show Off Their 2012 Halloween Costumes

While Halloween isn't until Wednesday (Oct. 31), country music stars put on their costumes to celebrate at concerts and events over the weekend. Hands down, these are the scariest, the sexiest and the most creative country music Halloween costumes for 2012. You may never look at these singers the same again!

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Lee Brice, Love and Theft, Hunter Hayes, Thompson Square, Brantley Gilbert
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2012 CMA New Artist of the Year Award Prediction? – Readers Poll

The five nominees for the 2012 CMA New Artist of the Year award reached their current levels of fame in very different ways. Thompson Square might be the only true "new artist," meaning an act that was previously unheard of before releasing a smash debut album. The others are no less deserving, however. This is an interesting category that will be fun to watch on Nov. 1. Who do you think will win the New Artist of the Year award at the 2012 CMAs?

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Keith Urban

Keith Urban is celebrating his 45th birthday today (October 26)! Despite already having released six albums and notching 14 No. 1 hits in 13 years, it seems like his best days are still ahead. On a personal level, Urban's found the love of his life and they're raising two cutie-pie daughters together. Nicole Kidman has also become his muse, leading the singer to make stronger music than ever. 

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Dustin Lynch Performs ‘Cowboys and Angels’ Acoustic – Exclusive Video

Add Dustin Lynch to the list of country stars finding their way into the Taste of Country Nights studio. The 'Cowboys and Angels' singer stopped by recently to play his hit song 'Cowboys and Angels' for listeners nationwide. The tender acoustic version of the song makes one of the more well-loved singles of the year a little more memorable.

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Jason Aldean’s Apology – Readers Poll

Jason Aldean offered a heartfelt apology to fans within hours of pictures showing him kissing a woman (former 'American Idol' singer Brittany Kerr) who was not his wife surfaced on Sunday. The scandal is sure to be the center of his life for the next few weeks or months, even with a new album in stores on Oct. 16. Much of the debate on Facebook and Taste of Country has centered on this question: Does he owe fans an apology or an explanation? 

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Eli Young Band’s Jon Jones and Wife Expecting First Baby

Soon, the Eli Young Band's tour bus will need an extra bunk -- be it a tiny one. Bassist Jon Jones announced that his wife Sarah is expecting the couple's first child, a baby boy, due on Dec. 23. That makes two babies in 2012 for the ACM Award-winning group, as singer Mike Eli welcomed his first baby in July.

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