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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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Aww, Snap … ‘American Idol’ Audition Ends With Keith Urban Getting ‘Slapped’ [Watch]

It's not clear if 'American Idol' contestant Samuel Prince earned praise for his singing, but his acting was pretty good. Harry "Henry" Connick, Jr. does a nice job in this video, as well ... maybe too nice a job for Keith Urban's liking.

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Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Toby Keith
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Billy Currington, Eli Young Band + Many More Join 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival Lineup

It's getting closer, folks! The full 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival lineup is now available, and in addition to headliners Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Toby Keith, 14 other acts have been revealed!

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Ricky Gunn Returns Home for ‘King of This Town’ Video [Exclusive Premiere]

Ricky Gunn's debut music video is a love story, but you'll need to watch to the very end to find out why. 'King of This Town' looks back to the singer's own childhood for inspiration. It's a song about remembering your roots even when seemingly more attractive options present themselves, like the head cheerleader.

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Carrie Underwood to Open Super Bowl With Special ‘Sunday Night Football’ Theme

Carrie Underwood isn't done opening NBC's season of 'Sunday Night Football' quite yet. The singer will introduce a special version of her theme song before the Super Bowl. 'Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight' will replace 'Waiting All Day for Sunday Night' when the Seattle Seahawks square off against the New England Patriots next Sunday (Feb. 1).

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Lee Brice Joins Garth Brooks for Performance of ‘More Than a Memory,’ Shares Secret of the Song

On Saturday night (Jan. 24), Lee Brice joined Garth Brooks onstage in Boston, Mass. to sing 'More Than a Memory,' a song he helped write for the superstar when he temporarily came back from retirement in 2007. Fans may remember it was the only song to ever debut at No. 1 on the radio airplay charts.

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Artists to Watch in 2015 – No. 1: Chris Lane

Chris Lane is a natural choice for Taste of Country's top Artist to Watch of 2015. It's unlikely you've heard of him yet, as he doesn't even have a record deal. However, Lane rose to the top of this list -- a list that took notice of Sam Hunt last January, long before 'Leave the Night On' hit airwaves -- like he does everything ...

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