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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.
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Gary Allan Says Tying ‘Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)’ Video to Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort Was ‘No-Brainer’

Gary Allan's new single,, 'Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),' is a song of hope and inspiration to anyone staring at trouble or tragedy. The singer says that when he watched news reports of what Hurricane Sandy victims were going through, he knew the song could be part of the rebuilding effort. With a tie-in to the Red Cross, the new music video does just that.

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Thompson Square vs. the Band Perry – The Showdown

It took a late surge of votes on Taste of Country Nights radio to give Thompson Square a third straight Showdown win on Monday. The duo's new song 'If I Didn't Have You' squeaked by Kelly Clarkson's new single 'Don't Rush,' but the path to the Hall of Fame won't be any easier on Tuesday. 

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Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town’s Brother-in-Law Dies in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident

Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman has confirmed that her brother-in-law, Thomas Allen Schlapman, was killed in a motorcycle accident the night before Thanksgiving. The singer took to Facebook to thank fans for the support, and to explain more about a story first reported by numerous Nashville and Lynchburg, Va. area news outlets.

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Thompson Square vs. Kelly Clarkson – The Showdown

After a mini-holiday, the Showdown returns today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio, with reigning champion Thompson Square well-rested to take a high-powered challenger. Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill's duet of 'Don't Rush' is up against 'If I Didn't Have You,' the latest from the husband-wife duo. 

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Jana Kramer Hospitalized

Jana Kramer cut short a show in West Palm Beach, Fla. and was taken to the hospital after falling ill on Saturday night (Dec. 1). Her boyfriend, fellow country singer Brantley Gilbert, was also at the WIRK Country Christmas show and was able to swoop in to carry her off of the stage when it became clear she couldn't continue.

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Hayden Panettiere Involved in Nashville Car Accident

'Nashville' star Hayden Panettiere was involved in a two-car accident earlier this month, caused by her alleged failure to stop at a red light and the other driver's improper merge. No one was seriously hurt, but both the BMW and a Geo Prism were towed from the scene.

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Carrie Underwood to Star in Live Broadcast of ‘The Sound of Music’

Next Christmas season, Carrie Underwood will bring us the gift of music. The 'Blown Away' superstar will play the role of Maria von Trapp in a live broadcast of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical 'The Sound of Music.' The singer takes on a role made famous first by Mary Martin on Broadway, then by Julie Andrews in the 1965 Oscar-winning movie of the same name.

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Trace Adkins Responds to Those Upset by His Confederate Flag Earpiece

Trace Adkins upset some viewers during his performance of 'We Three Kings' and 'The Christmas Song' at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting Wednesday night, which was broadcast nationwide on NBC. The actual performance was stirring and elegant, however, Adkins' Confederate flag earpiece is what people have been talking about since.

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Frank Dycus, Songwriter for George Strait, Gary Allan + More, Dead at 72

Frank Dycus, the man who helped write hit songs like 'Marina del Ray' for George Strait and 'Gonna Get a Life' for Mark Chesnutt, has died. The songwriter had over 500 songs published during a 45-year career that included many works with frequent Strait songwriter Dean Dillon.

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Florida Georgia Line Say Upcoming Album Is Equal Parts Florida and Georgia

The members of new country duo Florida Georgia Line say their upcoming album 'Here's to the Good Times' will capture the spirit of their high-octane live shows, which have been selling out with frequency this fall. In an interview with Taste of Country Nights, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley share that the songs represent where both men come from. 

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Country Fans

Giving is fun, but sometimes shopping for people on your holiday gift list can be a little taxing -- especially if you've waited until now to begin. This 2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Country Music Fans highlights 10 items from Nashville's biggest stars. There's bound to be something unique that the hard-to-shop-for man or woman on your list will squeal over come Christmas Day.

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