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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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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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Top 40 Country Songs – December 2012

Luke Bryan has two songs on the Top 40 Country Songs for December 2012 list -- both in the Top 10 -- but neither is the month's hottest. It's a repeat honor for one country duo, who just one year ago were unsigned newcomers looking for a break.

The Band Perry make a big leap this month, and new s

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Best Country Collaboration Of 2012? – Readers Poll

The year has ended with a flourish of high-profile collaborations from top country music stars. Jason Aldean pulled two of the hottest males artists in Nashville into the same room to record 'The Only Way I Know' in 2012, while Kelly Clarkson convinced Vince Gill to lend his voice and guitar to 'Don't Rush.' These are the most recent, but hardly the only collaborations from the banner year. What was the best musical match-up from 2012?

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Tim McGraw, ‘Mary and Joseph’ – Song Review

Tim McGraw could make a pretty strong Christmas album if he chose to do so. His new release 'Mary and Joseph' is a creative -- but not too creative -- interpretation of the story of Jesus' birth. McGraw tells it like he's told the best stories of his two decade-long career, with a sweet reverence for the struggles his characters are living through.

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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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Best Dierks Bentley Song? – Readers Poll

Next year will mark 10 years since Dierks Bentley released his debut single 'What Was I Thinkin'.' Longtime country fans will remember that song as one of the most exciting debuts in country music history, but has it remained the 37-year-old's best song? After six albums and 19 singles, what is your favorite Dierks Bentley song?

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Big and Rich, ‘Party Like Cowboyz’ – Song Review

In 'Party Like Cowboyz,' Big and Rich once again become the wild-eyed, brash, cowboy rockers that originally attracted so many fans to their diesel-powered style when they debuted in 2003.  No one is going to accuse John Rich and Big Kenny of excessive versatility, but they do what they do with genuine conviction and passion.

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Casey James Spills on Yanking His Mom’s Shoulder Out of Socket at a Show

Casey James is looking forward to kicking off the Taste of Country Christmas Tour with JB and the Moonshine Band this week in Abilene, Texas. When the 'Crying on a Suitcase' singer stopped by the Taste of Country Nights studio to talk about the tour, he revealed that his mother occasionally hops on stage with him. At least, she used to...

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JB and the Moonshine Band Excited to Kick Off the Taste of Country Christmas Tour

Texas country stars JB and the Moonshine Band are itching to begin the Taste of Country Christmas Tour this week. The first show of the run -- a stop in Abilene, Texas -- is scheduled for Thursday (Nov. 15). Lead singer JB Patterson tells Taste of Country Nights radio host Jeremy Robinson that he's especially looking forward to playing dates with Casey James, who's also on the bill.

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