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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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Garth Brooks’ Toughest Fan Amazes, Makes Everyone Cry During Minneapolis Show

Garth Brooks has performed thousands of shows, but his Friday night concert in Minneapolis is one he’ll surely remember as one of his best ever. A woman battling breast cancer will certainly remember it as her finest concert.

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Garth Brooks Brings ‘GMA’ Audience to Tears With Performance of ‘Mom’ [Watch]

Garth Brooks' song 'Mom' begins with “A little baby told God, ‘Hey, I’m kinda scared,’" and ends with a room full of country fans in tears. The singer performed the song on 'Good Morning America' on Friday morning (Nov. 7), and left women like Robin Roberts gasping for air.

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Miranda Lambert
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Top 5 Moments From the 2014 CMA Awards

The 2014 CMA Awards were almost two separate shows. The first half featured pop artists and country music's leading ladies dominating the stage and podium when winners names were called. The second half was a return to traditional with its performers and winners. As for the best moments from the night? This Top 5 Moments From the 2014 CMA Awards video highlights all that went right during country's biggest night.

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Category: CMA Awards, Music News, TV
Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley Take on Ebola, Taylor Swift, the President and Renee Zellweger in 2014 CMAs Monologue

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood went there. In what might be remembered as their edgiest monologue in their seven years hosting the CMA Awards, the co-hosts took on politics, epidemics and … Taylor Swift’s turn to pop music.

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Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban + Miranda Lambert Are Early 2014 CMA Awards Winners

Two of the most nominated artists at the 2014 CMA Awards learned they were winners before the show even started. Dierks Bentley has won the Music Video of the Year award, while Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert took Musical Event of the Year.

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Zombies Take Over Country Music!

Oh no! In what seems to be a Halloween takeover, zombies have descended 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, Bob Seger
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Jason Aldean, Bob Seger to Collaborate on ‘CMT Crossroads’

Jason Aldean and classic rocker Bob Seger will team up for an taping of 'CMT Crossroads' this month. It's Aldean's second appearance on the show, following a 2009 collaboration with Bryan Adams.

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Brad Paisley Gets Wet for ‘Perfect Storm’ Video [Exclusive Preview]

Brad Paisley returns to the water for his dramatic new 'Perfect Storm' video. While the entire clip won't be available until Tuesday (Oct. 7), the star has shared this intriguing preview with Taste of Country readers first.

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Jake Owen and Ava
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Jake Owen Lets Adorable First Grader Sing, Play Drums in Concert [Watch]

Jake Owen saw a familiar face in the front row at his recent concert in Tupelo, Miss. and decided she needed to help him sing 'The One That Got Away.' The fact that the girl is six didn't stop him, and her mother certainly didn't mind. It had been a difficult few months for Ava Schipke.

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley Buys Drones for Riser Tour Openers

Trucks and guitars are typically exchanged after a major country tour wraps up (Miranda Lambert bought Carrie Underwood a motorcycle after she recorded 'Somethin' Bad). But Dierks Bentley takes the prize for most creative, unusual and potentially dangerous thank you gift.

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