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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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LoCash Cowboys Get Crowd Involved During 2013 ToC Music Festival Opening Set

Before kicking off the inaugural Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y. on Thursday night (June 13), Chris Lucas and Preston Brust of the LoCash Cowboys told Taste of Country that one song from their new album could be the 'Duck Dynasty' theme song, should the popular A&E show ever need another. That turned into something of a prophetic statement.

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Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Pulled Over After CMA Festival Performance

Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher were pulled over by police after the singer performed a rain-shortened set to close the 2013 CMA Music Festival. Fisher was driving the couple home Sunday evening (June 9) when police stopped him for going 11 over in a 45MPH zone.

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2013 CMT Music Awards Performances – Full List

Jason Aldean opened the 2013 CMT Music Awards with a blistering hot performance alongside rocker Lenny Kravitz. The two may have never performed live together before, but their version of 'American Woman' showed no flaws. Kravitz shredded while Aldean took his turn at the classic song's verse and chorus. It was the beginning to a eclectic night of live music. 

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Lonestar, ‘Life as We Know It’ – Exclusive Album Stream

Lonestar's new 'Life as We Know it' album is available as of June 4, and the band is giving Taste of Country readers a chance to hear the whole thing with an exclusive stream. 'Life as We Know It' is the first album with original lead singer Richie McDonald since 'Mountains' from 2006.

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Blake Shelton Rips Houston Music Critic for Dissing ‘The Voice’ Singer Holly Tucker

Blake Shelton was sad to see Holly Tucker eliminated on 'The Voice' on Tuesday (June 4), but he became furious after reading a tweet from a Texas music critic that the 'Boys 'Round Here' singer perceived as a slight to his team member.

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New Videos From Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum Make Big Moves on ToC Countdown

Fans threw support behind new videos from Hunter Hayes and Lady Antebellum this week, landing each a plum spot on the new Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. 'I Want Crazy' comes in at No. 6, and 'Goodbye Town' lands at No. 8. Five videos that have been battling for No. 1 continue to duke it out for the top spot. 

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