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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.
Jake Owen
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Jake Owen: ‘What We Ain’t Got’ Is the Perfect Song at an Imperfect Time

The last two years have humbled Jake Owen. Musically, he's continued to run songs up the country music charts while filling up amphitheaters nationwide. But the birth of his daughter and his father's cancer scare set this once swashbuckling kid from the beach back on his heels.

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Country Crushes
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Country Confessions: Stars Reveal Their Celebrity Crushes

A few are embarrassing, many are pretty hot, and one or two are jaw-dropping. Taste of Country asked over two dozen country stars who their celebrity crushes are, and while a few of the same names kept popping up -- Jennifer Aniston, beware -- most of the answers were as varied as the artists.

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Sam Hunt, ‘Take Your Time’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

With ‘Take Your Time,’ Sam Hunt isn’t going to win back any country music lovers who dismissed him and his style after one listen to ’Leave the Night On.’ The song is even more influenced by R&B (specifically '90s R&B), and even more likely to irritate stodgy traditionalists.

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Remember When Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Fell in Love Onstage?

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's anniversary is May 14, but knowing what we know now, another date is just as important. In 2005 fans saw a dopey grin on Shelton's face that was much more than one singer admiring another in song. As Lambert sang her portion of 'You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma' during the CMT '100 Greatest Duets' concert, the 'Honey Bee' star fell hard.

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10 Best Things About the Taste of Country Music Festival

The 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival promises performances by Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and nearly two dozen other top country performers. But the artists are just one of many reasons to make this festival your choice for next June. Here are the 10 best things about the Taste of Country Music Festival, set for June 12-14, 2015!

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