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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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Wynonna Judd Eliminated From ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Wynonna Judd's next great challenge has ended prematurely. The country legend and her professional dance partner Tony Dovolani were eliminated from 'Dancing With the Stars' on Tuesday night (April 2) after their Samba received the night's lowest scores on Monday. The dancer with the lowest total of fan votes and judges scores is sent home each week.

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Vote to Determine the Top 10 Videos of the Week in Taste of Country’s Countdown

Women continue to rule the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. For a third straight week, a video for a song sung by a female topped the weekly countdown. It was Carrie Underwood's 'Two Black Cadillacs' last week, and prior to that, 'American Beautiful' by the Henningsens. Can new clips by Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton or Eric Church best the country superstar? It's up to fans to decide the weekly Top 10.

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Tate Stevens vs. Tracy Lawrence – The Showdown

It's difficult to label Tate Stevens' Friday Showdown win over Justin Moore's new song an upset. After all, the 'X Factor' winner proved he's a fan-favorite by winning the singing competition. The response to 'Power of a Love Song' is still impressive, however. Behind the strength of strong phone call voting, Stevens' debut single survived to find a new challenge today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio. 

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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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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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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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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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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’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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