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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.
Hank Williams Jr.
Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival

Hank Williams Jr. Thompson Square + More Close 2014 Taste of Country Music Festival [Pictures]

The final day of the Taste of Country Music Festival included a rowdy set from Hank Williams Jr., and more polished performances from newcomer Chase Rice, and Vocal Duo of the Year winner Thompson Square.

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Jana Kramer
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Jana Kramer, ‘Love’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Jana Kramer shows the world how to make an extremely personal moment universal in her new song ‘Love.’ The first single from her forthcoming album comes drenched in pain and honey. It burns like whiskey but also leads to something more celebratory.

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Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival
Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival

Randy Houser Goes Acoustic at ToC Fest After Bus Breaks Down [Pictures]

Very few performers can take a stage in front of nearly 20,000 rowdy country fans and deliver a stirring, satisfying, hour-long acoustic performance. Randy Houser did just that at the Taste of Country Music Festival on Saturday night, after his bus broke down leaving his crew unable to get his gear to Hunter Mountain.

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Kip Moore
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Kip Moore Says ‘Dirt Road’ Explores His Own Questions of Faith

Kip Moore says his new single 'Dirt Road' is the song that should have been released as the first single from his upcoming album. That's not sour grapes, or a jab at his record label. The Georgia-born singer says it was a collective decision to go with 'Young Love,' but in hindsight the new song -- currently nearing the Top 40 -- is more representative of his new studio album.

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Justin Moore to Release Motley Crue Cover as Next Radio Single

Justin Moore says his version of Motley Crue's 'Home Sweet Home' will be his next single to radio. The singer walked the red carpet with Crue lead singer Vince Neil last Wednesday at the CMT Awards. The two are also rumored to have filmed a music video together.

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George Strait
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Watch George Strait Perform His Final Song [Video]

Balloons and confetti rained on the fans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night as George Strait played his final song, and walked off the stage forever for now. The Cowboy Rides Away ended with an all-star version of the track from 'Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind.'

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Dan and Shay, Lady A, Danielle Bradbery
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2014 CMA Music Festival – The Best From ToC’s Instagram Page

Taste of Country was everywhere during CMA Music Festival, and we had our phones working overtime snapping the best shots of artists, crowds and ... weirdness. There was plenty of each during the four-day country music festival. Here's the best from our Instagram page.

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