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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 Music Festival Survival Tips

The most popular country music festivals -- like Taste of Country's own -- last up to five days and include dozens of artists. It's a big commitment to try to take it all in, and you'll want to do so in a way that allows you to be presentable at work on Monday morning. By following this list of 10 Country Music Festival Survival Ti

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Top 10 Video Countdown
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Late Voting Surge Bumps Three Superstars From Taste of Country Video Countdown

Last week, stars like Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood dominated the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. Their new videos seemed poised to rule once again, until a late surge in votes from fans of country newcomers left many of these stars scrambling for seats -- and few on the outside looking in.

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Top 10 Video Countdown
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Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton Debut New Videos in This Week’s Taste of Country Countdown

New music videos from Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton have shaken up this week's Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. Both 'Pirate Flag' and 'Sure Be Cool if You Did' cracked the list, but neither were able to steal the top spot in their debut week. That battle remains one exclusive to three singers who have been going at it for weeks. 

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Carrie Underwood Tate Stevens Kelly Clarkson Grammys
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Five Things to Take Away From the 2013 Grammy Awards

Nashville didn't quite dominate the 2013 Grammy Awards like fans hoped, but there were still plenty of country highlights during the three-and-a-half-hour CBS telecast. Carrie Underwood was the big winner, but other stars left a memorable impression for their performances and style.

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Zac Brown Band Crowd the 2013 Grammys Stage to Accept Best Country Album

The Grammy Awards continue to be good to Zac Brown Band. There hasn't been a year that the country group has been nominated that they haven't taken home an award, and 2013 was no different. Their new album 'Uncaged' was named Best Country Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. 

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Carrie Underwood Walks Grammys Red Carpet in $31 Million Diamond Necklace

You don't need many accessories when you're wearing a $31 million necklace. Aside from her wedding ring and a stunning black Roberto Cavalli gown (plus a few intimates, we suspect), that's all Carrie Underwood had on as she walked the red carpet on Sunday night (Feb. 10) at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

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Carrie Underwood Shows Emotions Accepting Best Country Solo Performance Award at the 2013 Grammys

Carrie Underwood won her seventh lifetime Grammy Award on Sunday night (Feb. 10), picking up her second of 2013 for her hit song 'Blown Away.' The singer fought back tears thanking her fans and family as she hoisted the award for Best Country Solo Performance. 

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Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown, Kelly Clarkson
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Most Anticipated 2013 Grammys Performance? – Readers Poll

Country music promises to set the tone for the 2013 Grammy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 10), as Taylor Swift will be the first artist to take the stage. Swift kicks off the 8PM CBS broadcast, but -- like so many of the other performances -- what she'll sing is still a mystery.

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Mindy McCready, Billy McKnight
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Mindy McCready’s Ex-Husband Files Motions to Gain Primary Custody of Son

Custody arrangements for Zander -- Mindy McCready's 6-year-old son with ex-husband Billy McKnight -- are once again in dispute, as McKnight has filed multiple motions with regards to McCready's parenting and rocky personal life. He's asking for primary custody of the boy, and has filed additional motions to compel McCready to submit to drug and alcohol testing and undergo a psychological evaluation.

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Dustin Lynch
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Dustin Lynch Admits Chicks Like to ‘Crank His Tractor,’ Talks Taste of Country Festival

Dustin Lynch fans are having as much fun with his new single 'She Cranks My Tractor' as he is watching them. During an interview with Taste of Country Nights host Jeremy Robinson, the singer admitted women love to sing along to the Top 25 cut from his self-titled debut album.

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Top 10 Videos Jan 25
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Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Make Big Moves in This Week’s Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown

The Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown is decided completely by fan vote, and readers have put one superstar's video ahead of all others for a second straight week. There was plenty of change within the other nine spots, though, with Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley making big moves. 

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