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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.
Jerrod Niemann
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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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Jennifer Nettles
Josh Lowe for Taste of Country

Jennifer Nettles Delivers Emotional Set to Fans in Denver – Exclusive Pictures

Jennifer Nettles' solo tour has been filling up theaters nationwide. On Saturday (March 22), she brought the That Girl Tour to Denver, Colo., thrilling fans at the Paramount Theatre. Brandy Clark opened the show. Check out exclusive pictures, courtesy of Taste of Country photo correspondent Josh Lowe.

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George Strait
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2014 ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year – Why George Strait Should Win

If George Strait wins the Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2014 ACMs in Las Vegas, he’ll set a record for longest break between EOYs. Strait won his first -- and shockingly only -- honor in 1989, more than 25 years ago! Brooks and Dunn currently hold the record with five years between wins (1996 to 2001).

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David Nail
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David Nail Says Musical Transition to Brighter Songs on ‘I’m a Fire’ Mirrors Personal Struggles

It's tempting to latch onto a narrative that the happier themes David Nail explores on 'I'm a Fire' mirror his treatment for depression. Before this album, he was known for dark, heavy ballads about the loss of love, but now tracks like 'Whatever She's Got' and 'I'm a Fire' find him bathing in sunshine.

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Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Taylor Swift
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What Does It Mean to Have the No. 1 Song in Country Music? (Part 2)

Earlier this year, a movie advertisement promoted its Golden Globe nominations, but the graphic they used flashed the word “winner” across the screen, as in “winner” of several nominations. A casual viewer would believe the film won several Golden Globes, but the ceremony was still weeks away at the time. This sort of tricky advertising isn’t limited to cinema. With several charts and complicated methods of computation, just about anyone can have a No. 1 country song.

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Sara Evans
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Exclusive: Sara Evans Recruits Vince Gill for ‘Stone-Cold Country’ Song ‘Better Off’ [Watch]

Sara Evans' invited Vince Gill to sing on a song called 'Better Off,' a ballad from her' new 'Slow Me Down' album. The cut finds Evans in her wheelhouse. “‘Better Off’ is a stone-cold country song,” she says in this behind-the-song video exclusive to Taste of Country.

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