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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.
Rachel Farley
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Rachel Farley Has No Trouble Fitting in With the Boys

Rachel Farley may be the only female soloist performing on June 14 at the Taste of Country Music Festival, but she won't have trouble fitting in. The 18-year-old Georgia-born newcomer is no delicate flower. Her single 'Ain't Easy' serves as an autobiography, and she cut her teeth playing Georgia bars with Brantley Gilbert before she could legally drive a car.

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Lonestar
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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
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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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Weston Burt
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Weston Burt Says Taste of Country Festival Will Take Him Back to His College Days

Newcomer Weston Burt's debut single 'Lucky Sometimes' has cracked country radio in a big way, especially on Sirius XM's the Highway channel. The uptempo cut finds a new way to say "I love you," and fans enjoy singing it back to him during live shows. They'll get another chance after Willie Nelson performs on opening night of the Taste of Country Music Festival.

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Category: Country Music News
Kenny Chesney
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Kenny Chesney Works Out With the Seattle Seahawks

Kenny Chesney spent some time off catching passes from the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Russell Wilson last week. Before a show at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington on Saturday (June 1), the country singer worked out with the Seattle Seahawks football team.

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LoCash Cowboys
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LoCash Cowboys Excited to Show Fans a Different Side of Their Music

If you wait long enough, being pigeonholed isn't a bad thing. That's the message from LoCash Cowboys' Chris Lucas, who readily admits songs like 'Here Comes Summer,' 'C-O-U-N-T-R-Y' and 'Truck Yeah' (written for Tim McGraw) put them in a rowdy, bad boy box that country radio wasn't quite ready for. Now, with groups like Florida Georgia Line having success, he hopes the songs from their own upcoming self-titled album will find some room as well. 

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Category: Country Music News
Hunter Hayes Lady Antebellum
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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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