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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. In 2014 they moved to Nashville where they now live with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and theirs sons. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
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Kelsea Ballerini Talks About Her First Times

Kelsea Ballerini has released her First Time album, featuring the hit single "Love Me Like You Mean It." The breakthrough country female is known for her sweet voice and sharp songwriting, for being friends with Taylor Swift and for her quirky — and very willing — storytelling. So Taste of Country asked about some of her other first times.

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Taylor Swift Rep Responds to Lawsuit From Accused Butt-Grabbing Radio DJ

Taylor Swift's team has commented on the circumstances that led to a Denver radio deejay's removal in June of 2013. David Mueller recently filed a lawsuit denying allegations he lifted Swift's skirt and grabbed her butt at a pre-show meet and greet. He was fired shortly after the concert.

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Carrie Underwood’s First Periscope Is Awkward, Adorable and Informative

Last week, Carrie Underwood tried Periscope for the very first time, giving fans a look at her pre-concert world. It took a few moments for the singer to get comfortable with the live-streaming social media app, but by the end, she was a pro … sort of.

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Luke Bryan Says Transparency in Personal Life Helps Fans

Luke Bryan hopes that by sharing the ups and downs of his personal life, he can be an inspiration for others. The “Strip It Down” singer doesn’t shy away from conversations about his wife, kids or the kids he took in when his brother-in-law died last November. He even talks openly about the tragedies that still haunt his family.

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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Ella Mae Bowen Sings ‘I Don’t Wanna Watch’

Ella Mae Bowen sings every note of her heart-shattering ballad "I Don't Wanna Watch" like she's serenading the man who left her. During a recent performance at the Listening Room in Nashville, September's #LetTheGirlsPlay artist silenced the crowd as she performed this original.

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The Best of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Singing Together [Watch]

Thanks for the memories, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. While the two will surely be booked for the same event in the future (both are already set to play WE Fest the second weekend of August) they’re unlikely to sing a song together again. So Taste of Country has compiled the best moments from previous, impromptu duets. What’s your No. 1?

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Alan Jackson Continues to Do as George Jones Asked Him [Watch]

Alan Jackson's Angels and Alcohol album is as country as country gets — something that fans of the format may find refreshing, but something that his longtime fans expect. The 10 songs tell stories of love, heartbreak, drinking and family, but really, the 56-year-old is just doing what his hero asked him to do years ago.

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Jennifer Nettles to Play Dolly Parton’s Mother in NBC’s ‘Coat of Many Colors’

Three well-known celebrities have joined the cast of a movie based on Dolly Parton’s childhood. Two are TV actors, but singer Jennifer Nettles is the third, and she's slotted to portray Parton’s mother.

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Dustin Lynch Will Apply Lessons Learned from Luke Bryan to Hell of a Night Tour

Dustin Lynch says when he moved to Nashville he didn’t really have anyone eager to tell him what to do, and what not to do as an plucky, young country singer. That doesn’t mean he’s not open to learning. Luke Bryan recently joined a list of superstars who the “Hell of a Night” singer has gone to school on.

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