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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.
Jason Aldean and Lenny Kravitz
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2013 CMT Music Awards Performances – Full List

Jason Aldean opened the 2013 CMT Music Awards with a blistering hot performance alongside rocker Lenny Kravitz. The two may have never performed live together before, but their version of 'American Woman' showed no flaws. Kravitz shredded while Aldean took his turn at the classic song's verse and chorus. It was the beginning to a eclectic night of live music. 

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Florida Georgia Line
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2013 CMT Music Awards Winners – Full List

Florida Georgia Line are the big winners so far at the 2013 CMT Music Awards. Their video for 'Cruise' picked up the night's first award for Breakthrough Video of the Year and later won Duo Video of the Year. Miranda Lambert is another two-time winner at this year's CMT Awards. 

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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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Dustin Lynch
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Dustin Lynch, ‘Wild in Your Smile’ – Song Review

'Wild in Your Smile,' Dustin Lynch's third single from his self-titled debut album, is another vocal showcase for the 28-year-old Tennessee native. The song is a fan favorite, one many liked for the followup to 'She Cranks My Tractor.' As Lynch hashes out a familiar story, his confidence is both reliable and charming.

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley (Feat. Kacey Musgraves), ‘Bourbon in Kentucky’ – Song Review

Dierks Bentley breaks from his longtime producer Brett Beavers to record his new single 'Bourbon in Kentucky.' Sonically, the song is more experimental than anything the Batman and Robin duo put together. Beavers and Bentley's best work shook like a rattlesnake or pierced deep into the veins with a heartbreaking poison capable of inducing painful flashbacks of past relationships. Few have been as successful over the past decade.

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Trace Adkins
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Trace Adkins Accidentally Recorded an Album of Love Songs

'Love Will …' is the new collection of love songs from Trace Adkins. It's a project that makes complete sense, as few men in country music can match the singer's romantic baritone. Adkins says he didn't intend to make the project he ended up with, however.

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Kellie Pickler
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Kellie Pickler Wins ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Kellie Pickler has been named the winner of Season 16 of 'Dancing With the Stars,' besting Disney star Zendaya in the final two. "Grandpa Ken, we got you the trophy buddy," partner Derek Hough shouted, referring to the man who raised Pickler. NFL player Jacoby Jones finished third, with gymnast Aly Raisman finishing fourth.

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