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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 Ice Cream
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Watch: Rachel Farley Talks School, Boys and Music During Messy Interview at 2013 Taste of Country Music Festival

Rachel Farley dished on her boyfriend situation (sorry, guys) and why she's so over school during a messy interview at the 2013 Taste of Country Music Festival on Friday (June 15). The 'Ain't Easy' singer did her best to keep her ice cream from landing with a splat on her stage clothes as the sun had it dripping all over her hand. Moments later, she was on stage thrilling thousands of crazy country fans on Hunter Mountain in New York.

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Trace Adkins
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Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry + More Satisfy at 2013 Taste of Country Festival – Day 2 Pictures

Day 2 of the Taste of Country Music Festival brought some sunshine and a few of the rowdiest bands in country music out to play. Beginning with newcomer Rachel Farley -- who more than held her own -- the six acts to take the stage in Hunter, N.Y. shook the valley of the venue located in the Catskills Mountains on Friday (June 14).

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Justin Moore
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Justin Moore Ramps Up Country Fans at 2013 Taste of Country Music Festival – Pictures

Creating the loudest moment of the first-ever Taste of Country Music Festival was Justin Moore's goal on Friday night (June 14), and while there's still a day's worth of music to go, he set the bar high. Mixing his hits with popular covers, the 'Point at You' singer left the suddenly sun-drenched crowd screaming for more -- or Moore

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Parmalee
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Watch: Parmalee Dish on Their Partying Reputation at 2013 ToC Music Festival

With songs like 'Musta Had a Good Time,' 'Day Drinking' and 'Staring Down the Barrel of a Shot Glass,' one gets the impression that the Parmalee guys like to lead the party. Matt Thomas and Josh McSwain opened up about their wild ways during a video interview before their set at the Taste of Country Music Festival on Thursday (June 13).

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LoCash Cowboys Bubba
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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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Naomi Judd
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Naomi Judd Takes CMT to Task for ‘By the Way’ Mention of George Jones During Awards Show

Naomi Judd feels CMT did George Jones a disservice by limiting their tribute to the Possum during the 2013 CMT Music Awards. In addition to the short time allotted for the dedication, the legend was critical of the group the network chose to perform Jones' music.

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Taylor Swift
Big Machine Records

Taylor Swift, ‘Red’ – Song Review

Taylor Swift has released three singles to pop radio since releasing her last country single, but her country fans can rest easy knowing that they get all the best songs from the 'Red' album. The title track marks the superstar's first country offering since 'Begin Again,' a track released before the album was even available.  

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Eli Young Band
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Eli Young Band, ‘Drunk Last Night’ – Song Review

Eli Young Band's new single 'Drunk Last Night' is a subtle, but important, departure from songs on the 'Life at Best' album. The track shuffles along at a slightly faster tempo than 'Crazy Girl' or 'Even if It Breaks Your Heart,' but the chorus and production breathe new life into the band's sound. 

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Carrie Underwood Mike Fisher
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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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