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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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Casey James Spills on Yanking His Mom’s Shoulder Out of Socket at a Show

Casey James is looking forward to kicking off the Taste of Country Christmas Tour with JB and the Moonshine Band this week in Abilene, Texas. When the 'Crying on a Suitcase' singer stopped by the Taste of Country Nights studio to talk about the tour, he revealed that his mother occasionally hops on stage with him. At least, she used to...

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JB and the Moonshine Band Excited to Kick Off the Taste of Country Christmas Tour

Texas country stars JB and the Moonshine Band are itching to begin the Taste of Country Christmas Tour this week. The first show of the run -- a stop in Abilene, Texas -- is scheduled for Thursday (Nov. 15). Lead singer JB Patterson tells Taste of Country Nights radio host Jeremy Robinson that he's especially looking forward to playing dates with Casey James, who's also on the bill.

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Ashley Judd Considering Run for U.S. Senate in 2014

Actress Ashley Judd could be looking toward politics for her next job. The younger sister to Wynonna Judd and daughter to Naomi Judd is said to be considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2014, but in a statement, she would only go as far as indicating that it's possible -- but too early -- to discuss the potential campaign.

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Sara Evans, Billy Ray Cyrus
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Barack Obama Re-Elected President of the United States: Country Stars React

Barack Obama was re-elected President of the United States on Tuesday (Nov. 6) following a heated battle with Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the key battleground state of Ohio. Within minutes of learning the news, country music's top stars were celebrating, congratulating, complaining or simply making jokes about the 2012 election results. Like much of the nation, Nashville's best are split politically. 

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Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood
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Five Things Noticeably Missing From the 2012 CMA Awards

There were first-time winners in the Entertainer, Album and Vocal Group of the Year categories at the 2012 CMA Awards, and fans saw brilliant performances by stars like Little Big Town, Kelly Clarkson, the Band Perry and Zac Brown Band. However, there were a few noticeable absences from this year's Nashville ceremony. 

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Country Stars Show Off Their 2012 Halloween Costumes

While Halloween isn't until Wednesday (Oct. 31), country music stars put on their costumes to celebrate at concerts and events over the weekend. Hands down, these are the scariest, the sexiest and the most creative country music Halloween costumes for 2012. You may never look at these singers the same again!

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Hurricane Sandy 2012: Country Artists Offer Prayers, Warnings and Jokes as Storm Approaches

With the eye of 2012's Hurricane Sandy expected to make landfall in the next 24 hours, residents along the east coast are taking measures to stay safe during, and after, what is being described as the "perfect storm." Country music's reach extends into all 50 states, so it's no surprise that many of the top names took to Twitter to encourage those in Hurricane Sandy's path to be extra cautious. A few even added some much-needed humor to the conversation surrounding Frankenstorm.

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‘Nashville’ Season 1, Episode 2 Song List

Country songs were once again a supporting character in the plot of this week's second episode of 'Nashville' on ABC. During 'I Can't Help It,' fans watch as many of the lead characters struggle with feelings they shouldn't be feeling. The Deacon and Rayna romance seemed ripe from the start of the pilot episode, but another character let a song pull her heart away from a man.

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Dustin Lynch Performs ‘Cowboys and Angels’ Acoustic – Exclusive Video

Add Dustin Lynch to the list of country stars finding their way into the Taste of Country Nights studio. The 'Cowboys and Angels' singer stopped by recently to play his hit song 'Cowboys and Angels' for listeners nationwide. The tender acoustic version of the song makes one of the more well-loved singles of the year a little more memorable.

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Brantley Gilbert
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Brantley Gilbert, ‘More Than Miles’ – Song Review

Fans will learn more about Brantley Gilbert in a song than during any radio or newspaper interview. The singer pours the emotions of what (and who) he left behind to chase country music dreams into his new single 'More Than Miles,' available only on the deluxe edition of his 'Halfway to Heaven' album.

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‘Nashville’ Premiere – What Was the Song Duet at the End of the Show?

While the 'Nashville' premiere episode on ABC was loaded with country music, one performance at the very end by characters Scarlett O'Connor and Gunnar Scott (played by Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio) is receiving the most attention. The song -- 'If I Didn't Go Better' -- was written and originally recorded by a male/female duet that became a Grammy winning act in 2012. 

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‘Christmas With Scotty McCreery’ Clips Hit the Web

Scotty McCreery fans can find a preview of his new holiday album, 'Christmas With Scotty McCreery,' thanks to an early leak to the internet. Thirty-second snippets of all 11 tracks from the Christmas-focused release have been pieced together in a preview below. McCreery's album includes two originals and nine classic Christmas songs. 

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