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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.
Shania Twain
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Shania Twain Reacts to Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision

On Tuesday (June 26), the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, clearing the way for married gay couples to receive tax, health and pension benefits. Shania Twain was among the first of a few country stars to celebrate the decision.

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Taste of Country Music Festival 2013: 10 Things We Learned From This Year’s Event

The first-ever Taste of Country Music Festival is now behind us. What started as a rainy weekend ended with country music fans spread across the hill, dancing along with songs by Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington, Hunter Hayes and many more. Real estate was difficult to come by for the entire three-day festival, but Saturday's nice weather really packed Hunter Mountain.

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Watch: Joe Nichols Talks About Randy Travis Duet and Raising Daughters Before ToC Music Festival Set

Joe Nichols was handpicked by Randy Travis to record the new George Jones tribute 'Tonight I'm Playing Possum.' Before his set at the 2013 Taste of Country Music Festival, the 'Sunny and 75' singer told ToC that the two only recently developed a relationship, and Travis likely picked him because he knew he'd appreciate the opportunity. 

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Gloriana
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Watch: Gloriana Dish on Tom Gossin’s Bachelor Party, Rachel Reinert’s Sexiest Men in Country at 2013 ToC Music Festival

Gloriana's Rachel Reinert responded to making the 2013 Taste of Country Sexiest Females in Country Music list at the Taste of Country Music Festival over the weekend. The lone female in the trio said she's both honored and embarrassed by all the attention, but she wasn't too overcome to quickly rattle off four names who top her personal Sexiest Males list. 

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Carrie Underwood Mike Fisher
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Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Pulled Over After CMA Festival Performance

Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher were pulled over by police after the singer performed a rain-shortened set to close the 2013 CMA Music Festival. Fisher was driving the couple home Sunday evening (June 9) when police stopped him for going 11 over in a 45MPH zone.

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Blake Shelton
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Blake Shelton Rips Houston Music Critic for Dissing ‘The Voice’ Singer Holly Tucker

Blake Shelton was sad to see Holly Tucker eliminated on 'The Voice' on Tuesday (June 4), but he became furious after reading a tweet from a Texas music critic that the 'Boys 'Round Here' singer perceived as a slight to his team member.

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Hunter Hayes Lady Antebellum
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New Videos From Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum Make Big Moves on ToC Countdown

Fans threw support behind new videos from Hunter Hayes and Lady Antebellum this week, landing each a plum spot on the new Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. 'I Want Crazy' comes in at No. 6, and 'Goodbye Town' lands at No. 8. Five videos that have been battling for No. 1 continue to duke it out for the top spot. 

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