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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.
Joe Nichols
Paul Brasil for Taste of Country

Joe Nichols’ 2013 ToC Festival Set Includes Covers by Tom Petty, Sir Mix-a-Lot – Pictures

Sir Mix-a-Lot didn't have traditional country singer Joe Nichols in mind when he recorded 'Baby Got Back,' but the honey smooth-voiced singer gave the song new life at the 2013 Taste of Country Music Festival on Saturday night (June 15). In addition to hits like 'The Impossible' and 'Brokenheartsville,' Nichols mixed in Sir Mix and 'Runnin' Down a Dream' by Tom Petty.

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Category: Country Music News
Craig Campbell
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Watch: Craig Campbell Spills on Co-Writing With His Wife at ToC Music Festival 2013

Craig Campbell co-wrote the song 'Topless' with his wife Mindy, which might be a surprise to fans who've heard the slightly risque country cut. At live shows, the singer encourages fans to sing along and interpret the lyrics how they like ... to a certain point. 

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Category: Country Music News
Montgomery Gentry
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Watch: Montgomery Gentry Open Up About ‘Celebrate American Heroes’ Campaign Before 2013 ToC Fest Performance

Before each show on their summer run of tour dates, Montgomery Gentry are selecting a local hero to showcase during their set. The idea is simple: recognize a man or woman from local fire or police department, or someone who made a difference elsewhere. Then, simply say "thank you." 

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Rachel Farley Ice Cream
Paul Brasil for Taste of Country

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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Category: Country Music News
Trace Adkins
Paul Brasil for Taste of Country

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
Paul Brasil for Taste of Country

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
Paul Brasil for Taste of Country

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
Paul Brasil for Taste of Country

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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Category: Country Music News
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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