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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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Tim McGraw, ‘Mary and Joseph’ – Song Review

Tim McGraw could make a pretty strong Christmas album if he chose to do so. His new release 'Mary and Joseph' is a creative -- but not too creative -- interpretation of the story of Jesus' birth. McGraw tells it like he's told the best stories of his two decade-long career, with a sweet reverence for the struggles his characters are living through.

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Kix Brooks
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Kix Brooks, ‘Moonshine Road’ – Song Review

Kix Brooks takes a trip back to Lake Bistineau in his new semi-autobiographical single 'Moonshine Road.' The singer says the cut is based on a spot he and his trouble-making friends would take to at night. The steam is still fresh on this swampy, country-blues cut. Memories of his Moonshine Road aren't thick with moss, even though it's been a few decades since those hell-raising years.

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Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood
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2012 American Music Awards Pictures: Country Music’s Best Dressed

Country stars shined on stage and on the red carpet at the 2012 American Music Awards on Sunday night. The ABC broadcast featured performances by Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, and moments to celebrate for fans of Underwood, Swift, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum. These four artists were just a few of Nashville's best that turned heads on the AMAs red carpet.

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Aaron Lewis, ‘Forever’ – Song Review

Aaron Lewis seems capable of landing a country music hit, if he'd only quit looking inward and begin looking outward. The longtime rocker's outlaw sensibilities and genuine love of the country lifestyle resonated with fans on 'Country Boy,' his most successful solo single to date. On 'Forever,' we hear all about the struggles of life on the road. The story is hardly something the average fan can attach themselves to. 

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Dustin Lynch
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Dustin Lynch, ‘She Cranks My Tractor’ – Song Review

The title of Dustin Lynch's new single 'She Cranks My Tractor' will make the country boys snicker, but in case someone doesn't quite get the joke, the song doubles back with line after line of gratuitous innuendo. It's a rowdy good time, one that ends just before the singer finds it necessary to spell out S-E-X.

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Faith Hill, James Otto, Sara Evans
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Election Day 2012: Country Stars Push Fans to Exercise Their Right to Vote

It's Election Day, and country music's biggest stars are joining the push to make sure every eligible voter takes time to get to the polls before they close tonight. The importance of the election is clear to every concerned American.

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Kelly Clarkson
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Kelly Clarkson Says Failed Family Marriages Makes Her and Boyfriend Brandon Blackstock Cautious

Kelly Clarkson continues to dodge the inevitable marriage question, saying she and boyfriend Brandon Blackstock have a long-term future together without explaining why she wants to hold off on marriage. In an interview with Taste of Country Nights radio host Jeremy Robinson this week, the 2012 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year nominee explains why they're moving so slowly -- or at least slower than fans want them to. 

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Jason Aldean
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Jason Aldean on Recent Tabloid Troubles: ‘I’m Gonna Just Be Quiet From Now On’

Jason Aldean is hoping to win the Entertainer of the Year award at the 2012 CMAs in Nashville on Thursday (Nov. 1), but he tells Taste of Country Nights host Jeremy Robinson that his year doesn't depend on it. The singer was one of many who have joined the radio host in preparation for the ABC broadcast. Aldean says if he wins, he'll party like a rock star -- but it won't be anything that will put him back on TMZ. 

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Eric Church
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Eric Church on 2012 CMA Awards Nominations: ‘It’s Strange for Me’

Eric Church heads into the 2012 CMA Awards with five nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year. While he's excited -- and would be appreciative of any honor he can take back to his band -- the 'Creepin'' singer tells Taste of Country Nights host Jeremy Robinson awards are not what drives him. In fact, he finds the fast turn-around from one year ago a little bizarre.

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Tim McGraw
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Tim McGraw Announces New Album, ‘Two Lanes of Freedom,’ and New Single

Tim McGraw will debut a new single from his upcoming 'Two Lanes of Freedom' album at the 2012 CMA Awards on Thursday night. The singer made the announcement alongside details of the new album on Tuesday morning. 'One of Those Nights' is part of a collection of songs that promises to cover his broadest emotional range yet.

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Karen Fairchild, Mike Eli, Kimberly Perry, Zac Brown, Hillary Scott
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2012 CMA Vocal Group of the Year Award Prediction? – Readers Poll

While the power of the Vocal Duo of the Year category has waned in recent years, the Vocal Group of the Year pool at the 2012 CMA Awards is overflowing with talent. How tight is this category? Rascal Flatts weren't even nominated for what seems like the first time since mullets were en vogue. Who do you think will win the Vocal Group of the Year award at the CMAs?

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George Strait, ‘Give It All We Got Tonight’ – Song Review

With George Strait announcing a retirement from the road after his next tour, it's tempting to gush all over his new single 'Give It All We Got Tonight' like a school girl going on about a cute new teacher. A wave of nostalgia threatens objectivity, even though Strait will still be recording after 2014. The first song from his upcoming new album can be summed up in three words...

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