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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.
Tyler Farr
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Tyler Farr Interview: ACM New Artist of the Year Nominee Isn’t Afraid to Ask Famous Friends for Help

If you're active on Twitter, you've probably seen a celebrity endorsement for Tyler Farr for the fan-voted Semi-Finals round of the ACM New Artist of the Year award. The 'Redneck Crazy' singer has gotten help from two-time BCS champion quarterback AJ McCarron, comedian Larry the Cable Guy and an adorable wrinkly bloodhound named Cooter Brown.

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Kip Moore
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Kip Moore Won’t Be Denied in ‘Young Love’ Behind-the-Scenes Clip – Exclusive Video

Kip Moore's new 'Young Love' video tells the story of two lovers who battle through obstacles -- and parental disapproval -- to make their white-hot romance work. Told through the eyes of the nostalgic singer, the circle-of-life song strikes a chord with anyone who has broken a rule to do what feels right.

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Hunter Hayes, ‘Invisible’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Hunter Hayes debuted his new single ‘Invisible’ at the 2014 Grammys on Sunday night (Jan. 26). The impassioned vocal performance is a pep-talk for those who've been bullied, but it also feels like a response to the pages of his own teenage journal. Hayes says the song is very personal, and it shows.

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Dierks Bentley, Eric Church
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New Country Music Releases – February 2014

The trickle of new country releases will turn into a flowing river in February, with new albums from Dierks Bentley and Eric Church drawing the most attention. Bentley's 'Riser' hits stores February 25, while his labelmate releases his follow-up to 'Chief' on February 11. 'The Outsiders' includes the current single, 'Give Me Back My Hometown.' 

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Cute Kids Singing Country Songs – LeAnn Rimes, ‘Blue’

We don't know who she is, or where she is today, but this girl could have had a big career in country music. Her commanding performance of LeAnn Rimes' 'Blue' will blow your hair back. Watch this little girl sing a song that was originally performed by a singer about her age. 

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It Was Love at First Listen for Parmalee With ‘Close Your Eyes’ – Exclusive Video

Following up a No. 1 single is a challenge for any new artist, but Parmalee feel pretty confident about their chances with 'Close Your Eyes.' The track from the group's new 'Feels Like Carolina' album was a no-brainer. In this video premiering exclusively on Taste of Country, singer Matt Thomas says he fell for it the moment he heard it. 

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