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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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Darius Rucker and Friends Share a Stage for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital [Pictures]

Performances from Kenny Rogers and Corey Smith, a surprise from one-third of Lady Antebellum, and an all-star version of ‘Wagon Wheel’ were amongst the many highlights at Darius Rucker’s fifth annual charity concert for St. Jude on Monday night (June 2).

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Billy Ray Cyrus Reveals Acoustic Version of ‘Some Gave All’ – Exclusive Premiere

Billy Ray Cyrus’ new album ‘Icon: the Distance’ will be released on Tuesday (June 3). The 11 tracks feature hits and new versions of lesser-known hits. One song that gets a fresh spin is ‘Some Gave All.’ Listen to an intimate acoustic version of the track exclusive at Taste of Country.

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Top 40 Country Songs – June 2014

Fans will find a few fresh faces near the top of the Top 40 Country Songs of June 2014 list. Dustin Lynch, Lee Brice and Chris Young all cracked the Top 10, with 'Where It's At' leaping a dozen spots to hit No. 6. The top song goes to a hit that the singer's fans believed in long before radio. It might be the perfect song for summer 2014.

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Rascal Flatts’s Gary LeVox Admits He Was More Than Skeptical of Joe Don Rooney

Fans know ‘The Church on Cumberland Road’ was the first song Rascal Flatts ever performed together, and they recently heard lead singer Gary LeVox describe the moment as something God came down from heaven to deliver. A few minutes earlier, that same night, LeVox was threatening to leave the stage before that show began. He was “disgusted” that Joe Don Rooney was filling in.

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Rascal Flatts Say Compromise Is Key to Their Success

Country superstars Rascal Flatts get along, but they don't always agree. There is at least one song on the trio's new 'Rewind' album that didn't initially get a full vote of confidence from lead singer Gary LeVox, but they have a process for working out their differences.

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Introducing Sam Hunt: Georgia-Raised Singer Releases ‘Speakers’ Video – Exclusive Premiere

In January, Sam Hunt was named Taste of Country's No. 1 Artist to Watch in 2014. Now fans can find out why. The singer has signed to MCA Nashville and released a video for an R&B-flavored love song called 'Speakers.' Watch it now, during this ToC exclusive premiere.

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Logan Mize Proves He ‘Can’t Get Away from a Good Time’ in New Music Video – Exclusive Premiere

Logan Mize has everything you need for a party in his new music video for ‘Can’t Get Away from a Good Time.’ Beginning with a beautiful babe in a bikini, it quickly becomes clear that the fun finds him … not that he’s complaining.

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Album Spotlight: Brantley Gilbert, ‘Just As I Am’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

On ‘Just As I Am’ Brantley Gilbert has matched the raw adrenaline found on earlier records with some of the best songwriting you’ll hear this year. The result is 11 deeply satisfying tracks, each ripped from his personal life.

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Rascal Flatts Perform Acoustic Version of ‘Payback’ [Exclusive Video]

During this 'Off the Record' performance of 'Payback,' fans will get a chance to appreciate contributions from the rest of Rascal Flatts' band, specifically the banjo player. The track is a feisty, undeniably catchy country-rocker from 'Rewind.' With this acoustic performance fans see that the banjo man really holds it down.

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The Wild Feathers Share ‘Guitar Center Sessions’ Performance of ‘Left My Woman’ – Exclusive Video Premiere

The new season of DirectTV's 'Guitar Center Sessions' includes a performance from alt-country rockers the Wild Feathers. The Texas-raised, Nashville-formed group's set will be televised on Sunday (May 25), but they're sharing this performance of 'Left My Woman' exclusively with Taste of Country readers.

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Brantley Gilbert’s Family and Teachers Share Stories During ‘Hometown Throwdown’

You'll learn all about Brantley Gilbertby visiting his hometown, and meeting with the people that raised him. Before the BG Nation rallied around him, the 'Bottoms Up' singer was a hell-raiser, but his mother, coaches and teachers can't say enough positive things about him.

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