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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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Krystal Keith Interview: Toby’s Daughter on Blues, Ballads, Big Guns and New ‘Whiskey and Lace’ Album

The title track of Krystal Keith's debut album is about an exotic dancer, and even though it's the last of 10 aggressive blues/rock/country tracks on 'Whiskey and Lace,' it's the best place to start. Keith helped write the song. In fact, it was the Oklahoma born-and-raised daughter of Toby Keith who pushed her band and co-writing partners to be even more aggressive.

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Brian Kelley
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Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley Gets Married

Brian Kelley of hot duo Florida Georgia Line married his girlfriend of seven months on Monday afternoon (Dec. 16) in Nashville. The singer had known 23-year-old Brittney Marie Cole for over three years, and once they started dating earlier in 2013, both said they "just knew."

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Sara Evans Reveals Details of ‘Sexy’ New ‘Slow Me Down’ Album

Sara Evans has revealed the finer details of her upcoming seventh studio album. The singer says 'Slow Me Down' will be available on March 4, 2014, featuring three big-name collaborations and production by an old friend. During an interview to discuss songs from the album, Evans tells Taste of Country "sexy" is the best one-word description for her first release since 'Stronger.'

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Gary Allan
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Gary Allan Reveals Full Story of How He Came to Nashville During Guitar Center Sessions – Exclusive Video Premiere

The micro-version of how Gary Allan got to Nashville is well-known, especially among his loyal fans. The 'It Ain't the Whiskey' singer recently sat down to record his episode of Guitar Center Sessions, where he shared all of the details, including the song his benefactor heard before writing him a check for $12,000. Watch him tell the story in this video, premiering on Taste of Country. 

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Luke Bryan
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2013 American Country Awards Winners – Full List

With 20 honors to announce in just two hours, the 2013 American Country Awards wasted little time in getting to the winners on Tuesday night (Dec. 10). Luke Bryan accepted the first blue Fender guitar of the night for Male Artist of the Year. He also won Touring Artist of the Year before taking home the night's biggest prize, Artist of the Year. Along with Florida Georgia Line, the 'Drink a Beer' singer was the big winner in Las Vegas.

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Krystal Keith
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Album Spotlight: Krystal Keith, ‘Whiskey and Lace’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

A strong voice, proclivity for leaning into life's edges and good decision-making make Krystal Keith's debut album a unique experience in 2013. She's a multi-dimensional female artist, and on 'Whiskey and Lace,' she's able to show all she can do while keeping cohesion.

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Willie Nelson
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Willie Nelson, ‘Family Bible’ for ‘Angels Sing’ – Exclusive Premiere [Listen]

Willie Nelson is part of an all-star cast in 'Angels Sing,' a holiday movie now available on demand and in select theaters. He's also part of a pretty great soundtrack! Hear the legend sing 'Family Bible' via this ToC exclusive premiere. 

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5 Best Carrie Underwood Songs From ‘The Sound of Music Live!’ [Watch]

Carrie Underwood wasn't involved in every performance during Thursday night's (Dec. 5) live theatrical broadcast of 'The Sound of Music Live!' on NBC, but she definitely carried the bulk of the singing. While some were critical of her acting, few can complain about her vocal performances. Each one was a brilliant interpretation that stayed true to the original score but avoiding sounding like Broadway karaoke. Her Top 5 songs include solo moments, and collaborations with others in the show's cast.

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