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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.
Sam Hunt
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Sam Hunt, ‘Take Your Time’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

With ‘Take Your Time,’ Sam Hunt isn’t going to win back any country music lovers who dismissed him and his style after one listen to ’Leave the Night On.’ The song is even more influenced by R&B (specifically '90s R&B), and even more likely to irritate stodgy traditionalists.

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Woody Harrelson, Taylor Swift
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Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lawrence + Friends Spoof Taylor Swift’s ’1989′ on ‘SNL’ [Watch]

The year was 1989 -- Taylor Swift was born, and actor Woody Harrelson hosted 'Saturday Night Live' for the first time. During his return to the television show's stage over the weekend, Harrelson paid homage to both events while spoofing 'Blank Space,' from Swift's most recent album.

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Festival
Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival

10 Best Things About the Taste of Country Music Festival

The 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival promises performances by Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and nearly two dozen other top country performers. But the artists are just one of many reasons to make this festival your choice for next June. Here are the 10 best things about the Taste of Country Music Festival, set for June 12-14, 2015!

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Category: Lists, Newsletter
Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks Brings ‘GMA’ Audience to Tears With Performance of ‘Mom’ [Watch]

Garth Brooks' song 'Mom' begins with “A little baby told God, ‘Hey, I’m kinda scared,’" and ends with a room full of country fans in tears. The singer performed the song on 'Good Morning America' on Friday morning (Nov. 7), and left women like Robin Roberts gasping for air.

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Miranda Lambert
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Top 5 Moments From the 2014 CMA Awards

The 2014 CMA Awards were almost two separate shows. The first half featured pop artists and country music's leading ladies dominating the stage and podium when winners names were called. The second half was a return to traditional with its performers and winners. As for the best moments from the night? This Top 5 Moments From the 2014 CMA Awards video highlights all that went right during country's biggest night.

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Category: CMA Awards

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