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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.
Geroge Strait
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George Strait, ‘Give It All We Got Tonight’ – Song Review

With George Strait announcing a retirement from the road after his next tour, it's tempting to gush all over his new single 'Give It All We Got Tonight' like a school girl going on about a cute new teacher. A wave of nostalgia threatens objectivity, even though Strait will still be recording after 2014. The first song from his upcoming new album can be summed up in three words...

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Halloween
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Country Stars Show Off Their 2012 Halloween Costumes

While Halloween isn't until Wednesday (Oct. 31), country music stars put on their costumes to celebrate at concerts and events over the weekend. Hands down, these are the scariest, the sexiest and the most creative country music Halloween costumes for 2012. You may never look at these singers the same again!

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Miranda Lambert, Charles Kelley, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley
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2012 CMA Album of the Year Award Prediction? – Readers Poll

The Album of the Year category at the 2012 CMA Awards is as strong as it has been since the show moved to ABC. In any other year, all five nominees would be considered sure things to take home the trophy. For this reason, it's difficult to predict a winner with any conviction -- although we'll give it a try. Who do you think will win the Album of the Year award at the 2012 CMAs?

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Blake Shelton, Mike Eli, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church
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2012 CMA Song of the Year Award Prediction? – Readers Poll

Nominees for Song of the Year at the 2012 CMA Awards are similar to those for Single of the Year -- with two exceptions. SOTY is given to the songwriters, which are the singers of the song plus one or two co-writers in three cases this year. Each day leading up to the Nov. 1 ABC broadcast, we're explaining how each nominee can win the CMA Award, offering our prediction and looking for yours. Who do you predict to win the Song of the Year award at the 2012 CMAs?

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Tim Johnson
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Hit Songwriter Tim Johnson Dead Following Battle With Cancer

Tim Johnson is behind the lyrics to some of the most powerful country music songs written over the last two decades. The songwriter had over 100 of his songs cut on major label records, and was a cherished father, husband and friend to many in the Nashville community. Johnson died Sunday morning (Oct. 21) after a long battle with cancer.

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Jason Aldean, Little Jimmy Dickens, Scotty McCreery
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Biggest News Story of the Week? – Readers Poll

New music, new tours and a new country music scandal marked a week ending Oct. 19. Jason Aldean and Scotty McCreery led the way with the studio albums, but it might have been Little Jimmy Dickens who stole the headlines with a strange story of identity theft. Darius Rucker also had some Opry-related news, and a country music legend is fighting for his life after a bladder infection puts him in the hospital. 

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Nashville
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‘Nashville’ Season 1, Episode 2 Song List

Country songs were once again a supporting character in the plot of this week's second episode of 'Nashville' on ABC. During 'I Can't Help It,' fans watch as many of the lead characters struggle with feelings they shouldn't be feeling. The Deacon and Rayna romance seemed ripe from the start of the pilot episode, but another character let a song pull her heart away from a man.

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Dustin Lynch
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Dustin Lynch Performs ‘Cowboys and Angels’ Acoustic – Exclusive Video

Add Dustin Lynch to the list of country stars finding their way into the Taste of Country Nights studio. The 'Cowboys and Angels' singer stopped by recently to play his hit song 'Cowboys and Angels' for listeners nationwide. The tender acoustic version of the song makes one of the more well-loved singles of the year a little more memorable.

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