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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.
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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 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 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 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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Sara Evans Goes Behind the Scenes of New ‘Slow Me Down’ Video, and It’s Hilarious – Exclusive Premiere

The video for Sara Evans' new single 'Slow Me Down' co-stars NASCAR driver Carl Edwards as the singer's love interest. It's a breakup song, so there's no hot and heavy between the two, only animated arguing. Watch it all unfold, and find out what they're really saying as the music plays in this ToC exclusive behind-the-scenes clip.

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Can You Guess Which Country Star’s House This Is?

One star's four bedroom, five bathroom home in California hit the market in October 2012 for $13 million, but sold two months later for much, much less. This singer made his career in rock n' roll, but certainly had some success on country radio. He's an icon, and his former home is nothing short of spectacular -- especially after a remodel and new appliances.

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Eric Church to Debut New Music at the 2013 CMA Awards?

Does the video tease Eric Church released to his fan club have anything to do with reports that he's planning to debut new music at the 2013 CMA Awards? For almost a year, the 'Springsteen' singer has been giving fans subtle updates on the progress of his new album, and now it seems possible a full revealing is just days away.

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Corey Smith, ‘Ain’t Going Out Tonight’ – Exclusive Song Premiere [Listen]

Singer-songwriter Corey Smith is set to release his new single 'Ain't Going Out Tonight' to iTunes on Tuesday (Oct. 15), but fans can listen to the song in its entirety now with this Taste of Country exclusive song premiere. Like all songs from his previous eight albums, the country-rocker wrote every word to this uptempo, banjo-heavy rambler.

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Dierks Bentley, Jana Kramer, Billy Currington, Brantley Gilbert
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Tropical Nights: Boots in the Sand Getaway Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets for country music's getaway party at the Riviera Maya in Mexico will go on sale Friday (Oct. 4) morning. Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington and Jana Kramer are the four headliners for Tropical Nights: Boots in the Sand, the ultimate vacation escape. It's five days and four nights of nothing but white sand, blue skies and country music.

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Luke Bryan Rolls His Truck Into a Pond

Luke Bryan may need to borrow his wife's car for a few weeks after rolling his truck into a pond. The singer tweeted a picture of what appears to be his black, Chevrolet pickup with its front end submerged in water. A boy that looks like his oldest son Bo is in the bed looking down at the tailgate.

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