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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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Kelly Clarkson, ‘Underneath the Tree’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Degree of difficulty plays a role in judging what one thinks of any Kelly Clarkson song, especially her new Christmas single 'Underneath the Tree.' The woman can do things most singers cannot. When she's on -- and she's been on since she began offering dedicated singles to country radio -- she stands alone.

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Thomas Rhett Shares Why Reba McEntire’s Son Is Part of His Scariest Halloween Memory

Growing up as singer-songwriter Rhett Akins' son, Thomas Rhett got into a few exclusive parties as a kid, including Reba McEntire's Halloween shindig one year. The 'It Goes Like This' singer tells Taste of Country about one frightening moment involving the legend's son Shelby, who was much, much bigger than Rhett. 

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Cute Kids Singing Country Songs – Jason Aldean, ’1994′

This 5-year-old's mom says he's a Jason Aldean fanatic, and you'll probably agree. Brady has listened to nothing but Aldean's music since he was old enough to make radio requests, so it's no surprise he knows all the lyrics to '1994.' This video was put together to get the singer's attention, and it's so good, we thought we'd help. 

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Album Spotlight: Thomas Rhett, ‘It Goes Like This’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

'Make Me Wanna' isn't representative of Thomas Rhett's entire debut album, but it may be the project's signature track. 'It Goes Like This' offers one surprise after another -- a stunning accomplishment considering a quarter of the songs are already well-known radio hits.

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Colt Ford Takes Fans in Studio for ‘Ride Through the Country Revisited’ Recording – Exclusive Video

John Anderson helps Colt Ford rework 'Waffle House' as the Georgia-born singer's band plays along during this behind-the-scenes clip of the recording of 'Ride Through the Country Revisited.' The 16-track album offers a second take on many of the songs Ford released five years ago. Brantley Gilbert, Ronnie Dunn and Wynonna are three of the other special guests who appear.

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Willie Nelson Stars Alongside Harry Connick, Jr. in ‘Angels Sing’ Christmas Movie Clip – Exclusive Premiere

Willie Nelson plays a mysterious character named Nick in one of the year's more anticipated Christmas movies. 'Angels Sing' will be available on demand and in select theaters beginning Nov. 1. Watch the country legend star alongside Harry Connick, Jr. in this clip, premiering exclusively on Taste of Country. 

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Scotty McCreery Lands No. 1 Country Album in America

Scotty McCreery is back on top. 'See You Tonight' has become his second straight album to debut at No. 1 on the country album charts, selling just over 52,000 copies in its first week in stores and at digital retailers. That's 10Kmore than Willie Nelson, whose 'To All the Girls' ranked second.

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