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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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Eric Church, Jerrod Niemann + More Fire Up Country Jam Colorado Crowd [Pictures]

Eric Church sure knows how to make an entrance. The 'Cold One' singer walked unassumingly on stage Saturday night at Country Jam Colorado, picking the electric intro to 'The Outsiders.' Within moments his band had filed in, preparing for a chorus that was explosive -- literally.

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Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett + More Rattle the Mountains at 2014 Country Jam Colorado [Pictures]

Lady Antebellum drew the largest crowds at 2014 Country Jam Colorado on Friday night, but opener Thomas Rhett proved he's well on his way to becoming a headliner as well. Kellie Pickler, Jana Kramer, Josh Thompson and Rachel Lipsky all played country's most scenic stage for Day 2 of Country Jam in Grand Junction, Colo.

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Baby Antebellum Update, Thomas Rhett’s Dance Moves + More — Backstage at 2014 Country Jam Colorado

Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott talked about what their babies are up to before taking the stage with Charles Kelley and Lady Antebellum at 2014 Country Jam in Grand Junction, Colo. on Friday night. Of course for Haywood, Baby A isn't born yet, but he was kind enough to provide a pregnancy update. They're just one of over a dozen artists who stopped to talk with Taste of Country backstage at the festival.

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Lady Antebellum’s Men Talk About Working With Kate Upton on ‘Bartender’ Video

Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum are both married, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t appreciate their co-star in the new ‘Bartender’ music video. Supermodel Kate Upton stars in the clip, and Hillary Scott says her band mates were … attentive.

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Jake Owen Brings the Beach to Country Jam Colorado [Pictures]

Jake Owen closed day one of Country Jam Colorado on Thursday night, with a collection of his biggest hits, plus a few surprises for the fans that had been waiting all day to see him. The 'Beachin'' singer brought the beach to the mountains, playing his full set barefoot, as usual.

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Chase Rice Joins Colt Ford for ‘The High Life’ – Video Preview

Colt Ford’s new album ‘Thanks for Listening’ will drop on July 1, but fans can enjoy ‘The High Life’ now. Chase Rice wrote and collaborated with Ford on the song, and in a music video set for release early next week. Get a sneak peek at the fun in this video preview exclusive to Taste of Country.

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Jerrod Niemann Interview: Singer Prepares to Settle Down, But Keeps Gambling With Songs on ‘High Noon’

There's a room in Jerrod Niemann's house; a red room. Don't jump to conclusions, although it is where the 'Drink to That All Night' singer says he builds confidence. Think red walls, a red ceiling, thick shag carpet -- red.

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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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Jerrod Niemann Introduces His ‘Donkey’ Song – Exclusive Preview [Listen]

In less than a month, Jerrod Niemann's fans will be able to get their hands on 'Donkey,' a laugh-out-loud new track from the 'High Noon' album. The song -- available for preview via this Taste of Country exclusive -- plays also plays a pivotal role in Niemann's 'Journey to High Noon,' a wild western filmed amongst a bar full of outlaws and beautiful women. 

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