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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.
Miranda Lambert
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Turning 30 and Upcoming Album Inspired Miranda Lambert’s Weight Loss

Miranda Lambert told reporters backstage at the 2013 CMA Awards that her upcoming 30th birthday inspired her new, slimmer, healthier figure. Her secret isn't so secret -- exercise and better eating habits allowed her to shed unwanted pounds.

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Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley
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Country Feuds, Obamacare, Kenny Rogers Targeted During Brad Paisley + Carrie Underwood’s 2013 CMA Awards Opening

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood provided at least three "Oh no they didn't!" moments during their opening monologue at the 2013 CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 6). Zac Brown, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Julianne Hough, Obamacare, Keith Urban, 'Duck Dynasty' and the 'evil' Kenny Rogers were all targets. Almost everyone took the jabs with a smile.

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Miranda Lambert
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Miranda Lambert Sports Slimmer Figure at 2013 BMI Country Awards

While Hunter Hayes and songwriters Dean Dillon and Rodney Clawson were the big winners at the BMI Country Awards in Nashville on Tuesday (Nov. 5), Miranda Lambert's slim figure is stealing the morning headlines. The CMA Female Vocalist of the Year nominee stepped out in a sleeveless black gown tight enough to show off her signature curves ... except the curves stayed home.

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LeAnn Rimes, Blake Shelton, RaeLynn
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Country Stars Dress Up, Spoof Each Other for Halloween 2013

Artists like LeAnn Rimes and RaeLynn spoofed other country stars on Halloween 2013. 'The Voice' singer took a playful jab at Blake Shelton circa 2002, while Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian dressed as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers circa 1983. The most adorable costume pictures, of course, came from the new parents. Hillary Scott, Jennifer Nettles and Chely Wright all shared photos of their tots on Thursday.

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Thomas Rhett
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Thomas Rhett Shares Why Reba McEntire’s Son Is Part of His Scariest Halloween Memory

Growing up as singer-songwriter Rhett Akins' son, Thomas Rhett got into a few exclusive parties as a kid, including Reba McEntire's Halloween shindig one year. The 'It Goes Like This' singer tells Taste of Country about one frightening moment involving the legend's son Shelby, who was much, much bigger than Rhett. 

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Willie Nelson
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Willie Nelson Stars Alongside Harry Connick, Jr. in ‘Angels Sing’ Christmas Movie Clip – Exclusive Premiere

Willie Nelson plays a mysterious character named Nick in one of the year's more anticipated Christmas movies. 'Angels Sing' will be available on demand and in select theaters beginning Nov. 1. Watch the country legend star alongside Harry Connick, Jr. in this clip, premiering exclusively on Taste of Country. 

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Colt Ford
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Colt Ford Takes Fans in Studio for ‘Ride Through the Country Revisited’ Recording – Exclusive Video

John Anderson helps Colt Ford rework 'Waffle House' as the Georgia-born singer's band plays along during this behind-the-scenes clip of the recording of 'Ride Through the Country Revisited.' The 16-track album offers a second take on many of the songs Ford released five years ago. Brantley Gilbert, Ronnie Dunn and Wynonna are three of the other special guests who appear.

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