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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.
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Can You Guess Who This Is?

Can You Guess the Artist in This Yearbook Photo?

This handsome young man's schooling years were the early-to-mid '50s, but he was well on his way to musical stardom by the dawn of the '60s. His first hit would come in 1962, and a four decade-long career would include over 100 singles and nearly a dozen No. 1 hits. Do you think you recognize this singer?

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Caroline Bryan
Jillian Hughes, Bombs Over Betty Photography

Luke Bryan’s Wife Caroline Trashes Wedding Dress

The ladies tied to Luke Bryan and Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney were joined by Carah Owen (Randy Owen's daughter-in-law) to trash the dress. That's Caroline Bryan in white, getting sloppy with ribs and ranch dressing while Tiffany Fallon and Owen hose her down with tequila and Budweiser. But they didn't stop there.

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Jerrod Niemann, Will Hoge
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Jerrod Niemann vs. Will Hoge – The Showdown

Jerrod Niemann and his fans seem up for any challenge. Earlier this week, the singer's new song 'Drink to That All Night' took care of 'I Hold On' by Dierks Bentley. It was a close contest, but in the end, a push from the Kansas-born singer's fans moved the song to a new Showdown round against a song famous for being part of a television commercial. 

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Eric Church
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Eric Church to Debut New Music at the 2013 CMA Awards?

Does the video tease Eric Church released to his fan club have anything to do with reports that he's planning to debut new music at the 2013 CMA Awards? For almost a year, the 'Springsteen' singer has been giving fans subtle updates on the progress of his new album, and now it seems possible a full revealing is just days away.

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Scotty McCreery
Mercury Records

Album Spotlight: Scotty McCreery, ‘See You Tonight’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

"Dynamic" could be a one-word review of Scotty McCreery's sophomore album, 'See You Tonight.' The 20-year-old's follow-up to his post-'American Idol' debut leans into life's exciting edges. The songwriting and production -- especially the production -- are sharp, but most exciting is the new sides of this singer fans see for the very first time.

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Sheryl Crow
Warner Music Nashville

Sheryl Crow, ‘Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Sheryl Crow's new single 'Callin' Me When I'm Lonely' is the anti-'Easy,' as it's a big vocal showcase that leans toward sharp, jabbing emotions. The country newcomer opens up to show off a voice that's bathed in retro cool. This is a no-tricks ballad that finds a woman struggling to stay away from a guy she aches for.

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Corey Smith
Corey Smith

Corey Smith, ‘Ain’t Going Out Tonight’ – Exclusive Song Premiere [Listen]

Singer-songwriter Corey Smith is set to release his new single 'Ain't Going Out Tonight' to iTunes on Tuesday (Oct. 15), but fans can listen to the song in its entirety now with this Taste of Country exclusive song premiere. Like all songs from his previous eight albums, the country-rocker wrote every word to this uptempo, banjo-heavy rambler.

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Scotty McCreery, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen
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Sexy, Silly, Sassy Country Celeb Selfies: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift + More Share Close-Ups

Some are sexy, more than a few are silly and one is just plain dangerous. Country stars like Carrie Underwood and Jake Owen regularly use Twitter and Instagram to connect with fans, bringing them into their daily lives in a new and creative ways. Whether it's Scotty McCreery getting ready for makeup, Luke Bryan flashing his bass, or Tim McGraw just being Tim McGraw, you'll agree that these stars are worth keeping an eye on.

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley Tries to Explain New Son’s ‘Procedure’ to His Daughters

Dierks Bentley is not one to overlook a teachable moment. Just hours after wife Cassidy gave birth to their son Knox, the singer was having lunch with his daughters (ages five and 2), trying to explain the differences between boys and girls and why some boys undergo a circumcision soon after birth.

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