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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.
Sam Hunt
MCA Nashville

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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Category: Music Videos
Brantley Gilbert
Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images

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 Have ‘Something to Prove’ With New ‘Rewind’ Album

Rascal Flatts aren't comfortable resting over everything they've accomplished to date. During their Off the Record interview with Taste of Country it becomes clear there's still a stone in their shoe that keeps them from getting too comfortable with being listed as an influence to newcomers, not a format leader. That could change after songs from 'Rewind' saturate the marketplace.

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Brantley Gilbert
Terry Wyatt, Getty Images

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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Wild Feathers
Courtesy of Guitar Center

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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Category: Country
Payback OTR
YouTube

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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