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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.
Josh Thompson
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Josh Thompson Interview: New ‘Turn It Up’ Album Explores His Small-Town Roots

Josh Thompson's new 'Turn It Up' album (April 1) sticks to what the singer does best. The 10 songs fall in line with the unique brand of blue collar country this Wisconsin native introduced on 'Way Out Here' in 2010. A lots changed since then, but a few important things have stayed the same.

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Category: Country Music News
Jennifer Nettles
Josh Lowe for Taste of Country

Jennifer Nettles Delivers Emotional Set to Fans in Denver – Exclusive Pictures

Jennifer Nettles' solo tour has been filling up theaters nationwide. On Saturday (March 22), she brought the That Girl Tour to Denver, Colo., thrilling fans at the Paramount Theatre. Brandy Clark opened the show. Check out exclusive pictures, courtesy of Taste of Country photo correspondent Josh Lowe.

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Miranda Lambert
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2014 ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year – Why Miranda Lambert Should Win

A win in the Entertainer of the Year category at the 2014 ACM Awards would solidify Miranda Lambert as one of the all-time great female vocalists. She's got a great batting average at the last three Academy of Country Music Awards, pocketing 10 of the 13 awards she was nominated for. The big honor has alluded her so far, however.

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George Strait
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2014 ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year – Why George Strait Should Win

If George Strait wins the Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2014 ACMs in Las Vegas, he’ll set a record for longest break between EOYs. Strait won his first -- and shockingly only -- honor in 1989, more than 25 years ago! Brooks and Dunn currently hold the record with five years between wins (1996 to 2001).

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Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Taylor Swift
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What Does It Mean to Have the No. 1 Song in Country Music? (Part 2)

Earlier this year, a movie advertisement promoted its Golden Globe nominations, but the graphic they used flashed the word “winner” across the screen, as in “winner” of several nominations. A casual viewer would believe the film won several Golden Globes, but the ceremony was still weeks away at the time. This sort of tricky advertising isn’t limited to cinema. With several charts and complicated methods of computation, just about anyone can have a No. 1 country song.

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Category: Country Music News

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