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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.
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Can You Guess Which Country Artist This Kid Grew Up to Be?

“I thought to myself, this is so unfair that my brother gets to be a dinosaur and I’m stuck with Mickey Mouse," this country singer said about his boyhood Halloween costume. "I mean, dinosaurs could eat a mouse in a bow tie in a matter of seconds!" It's a valid point. Do you think you can figure out who this is?

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Junior High Students Create Their Own Powerful ‘All Kinds of Kinds’ Video

Kids from North Park Junior High have made Miranda Lambert's 'All Kinds of Kinds' their theme song. The Lockport, N.Y. students and faculty teamed up to film a moving 4-and-a-half-minute video revealing all the different "kinds" that walk the halls each day. "Dare greatly to be the kind that you are" is their motto.

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

This 1920s home was renovated before one country music superstar picked it up in 2011. It was among her early real estate buys -- and there have been a number of others since! Perhaps she needed more than a few months to turn a profit on this nearly 5,000 square-foot property, however. She took a loss when she sold in the summer of 2011.

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Kevin Fowler Proves Country Cred in ‘How Country Are Ya?’ Video – Exclusive Premiere

The title track from Kevin Fowler's upcoming seventh studio album asks a question the Texas singer is proud to answer. During 'How Country Are Ya?' Fowler is pushed by a cutie at the bar to prove his country credibility. The music video -- available for the first time via this Taste of Country exclusive premiere -- is his unique and comical response.

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Scotty McCreery Taking Over Taste of Country Twitter to Answer Fan Questions

Come Tuesday, Scotty McCreery is in charge. The 'See You Tonight' singer will be taking over Taste of Country's Twitter page for 30 minutes to answer fan questions about ... well, anything you want! His new album, school, his trouble with girls, his favorite pizza toppings -- nothing is off limits. 

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Sheryl Crow, ‘Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Sheryl Crow's new single 'Callin' Me When I'm Lonely' is the anti-'Easy,' as it's a big vocal showcase that leans toward sharp, jabbing emotions. The country newcomer opens up to show off a voice that's bathed in retro cool. This is a no-tricks ballad that finds a woman struggling to stay away from a guy she aches for.

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Billy Currington Pleads No Contest, Sentenced on Elderly Abuse Charge

Billy Currington plead no contest to one charge stemming from an April incident with a tour boat captain near his home in Tybee Island, Ga. Friday's (Sept. 27) court hearing brings an end to a five-month investigation and court battle over who said what on April 15.

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Jake Owen, Danielle Bradbery Compete on ToC Top 10 Video Countdown

New videos from Jake Owen and Danielle Bradbery promise to shake up the Taste of Country Top 10 standings next week. 'Days of Gold' and 'The Heart of Dixie' are moving quickly up radio charts, and both artists have very motivated fan bases. Will they or anyone else be able to dethrone two-week winner Scotty McCreery however?

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