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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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NFL Lineman JJ Watt Tackles Zac Brown Band Stage-Crasher [Watch]

A Zac Brown Band fan jumped on stage to join the group in Milwaukee on Sunday, but Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt made sure the man's appearance was short ... and painful. Watch as Watt sacks the man like he was quarterbacking the Tennessee Titans.

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Country Stars React: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

Friday's (June 26) historic decision in favor of same-sex marriage in America led to a predictable rush of reactions from those both for and against the Supreme Court's decision. Country music's biggest stars also weighed in, and not everyone feels the 5-4 decision making same-sex marriage possible in all 50 states is good for our country's future.

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5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Country Music Daddy

We're not gonna say we have the perfect gift for Father's Day, but ... okay, we have the perfect gift for Father's Day. Actually, perfect gifts. The new Taste of Country Store offers several handmade (in America) items your dad will love. And there's a couple dozen things moms and daughters may enjoy, too.

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See Taste of Country Music Festival Day 2 in Under 60 Seconds

Tim McGraw headlined a perfect Saturday (June 13) at the Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y. Country fans could count the clouds they saw on one hand, but few were turning their attention away from the stage. Watch the field fill up during this time-lapse video from Hunter Mountain.

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Patrick Tewey
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Tim McGraw Digs Deep Into Catalog to Headline Taste of Country Music Festival

Tim McGraw played a few of the songs one expects to hear from him during his headlining set at the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival. Then, he reached back for forgotten hits, or at least the hits radio stations nationwide have forgotten. His fans certainly did not on this night, Day 2 of the third-annual event.

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See Taste of Country Music Festival Day 1 in Under 60 Seconds

Nearly 20,000 country fans came, set up camp, drank and partied with Keith Urban, Eli Young Band, Colt Ford and more on Friday night (June 12). It was Day 1 of the Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y., and if you missed all or part of it, here it is in under 60 seconds.

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