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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. In 2014 they moved to Nashville where they now live with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and theirs sons. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
Risers 2017 Group Photo
John Shearer

Watch All Seven Taste of Country RISERS Original Performances

You've now met all seven Taste of Country RISERS, artists poised to break in a big way in 2017. Now treat yourself to a concert of all seven original performances. Some of these are songs you know, most are songs you need to know. All seven will make you fans.

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Remember When Garth Brooks Played for the New York Mets?

Major League Baseball spring training is right around the corner, and in the year 2000, that meant country superstar Garth Brooks reported for duty to the New York Mets clubhouse. It was the second of three stints the singer had in the bigs, and he left with an unimpressive batting average.

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Runaway June RISERS
John Shearer

Runaway June, RISERS Inspired by Visits With Garth, Willie + More

Opening up for Garth Brooks can be terrifying for a new country group like Runaway June. The size of the crowds and stages, plus the idea that one if not two country music icons could be watching from just a few feet away — that’s a lot for anyone to take. At the end of the night, the “Lipstick” singers and 2017 Taste of Country RISERS were anything but afraid.

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Experience the Houston Rodeo Through Luke Bryan’s Eyes

Luke Bryan took Taste of Country readers and followers backstage on Instagram prior to his massive show at the Houston Rodeo on Thursday night (March 16). The singer and ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee shared pics from the hallways, with fans and of him receiving a special honor.

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Florida Georgia Line Team With Backstreet Boys for Smooth Tour Stadium Dates

Florida Georgia Line announced three stadium shows as part of their Smooth Tour with Nelly and Chris Lane. During an appearance on Good Morning America, the duo also shared that Backstreet Boys will join them for stops in Boston, Minneapolis and Chicago.

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