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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.
Country Crushes
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Country Confessions: Stars Reveal Their Celebrity Crushes

A few are embarrassing, many are pretty hot, and one or two are jaw-dropping. Taste of Country asked over two dozen country stars who their celebrity crushes are, and while a few of the same names kept popping up -- Jennifer Aniston, beware -- most of the answers were as varied as the artists.

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Sam Hunt
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Sam Hunt, ‘Take Your Time’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

With ‘Take Your Time,’ Sam Hunt isn’t going to win back any country music lovers who dismissed him and his style after one listen to ’Leave the Night On.’ The song is even more influenced by R&B (specifically '90s R&B), and even more likely to irritate stodgy traditionalists.

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Trisha Yearwood
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Trisha Yearwood: ‘The Odds Are Against Me’

Trisha Yearwood says her song 'PrizeFighter' has become a business anthem for her, as well as a personal one. With women in country music struggling to find radio space, and with the changes in the music business since she released her last album seven years ago, the 50-year-old knows better than to pin her expectations on sales or chart numbers.

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Remember When Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Fell in Love Onstage?

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's anniversary is May 14, but knowing what we know now, another date is just as important. In 2005 fans saw a dopey grin on Shelton's face that was much more than one singer admiring another in song. As Lambert sang her portion of 'You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma' during the CMT '100 Greatest Duets' concert, the 'Honey Bee' star fell hard.

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Festival
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10 Best Things About the Taste of Country Music Festival

The 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival promises performances by Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and nearly two dozen other top country performers. But the artists are just one of many reasons to make this festival your choice for next June. Here are the 10 best things about the Taste of Country Music Festival, set for June 12-14, 2015!

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Garth Brooks
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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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