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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.
Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert
Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival

Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert + More Open Up Backstage at the Taste of Country Music Festival

All five of Friday's performers at the Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y. took a moment backstage to talk about their new music, live shows, or what they'd be drinking if they were part of the crowd. Dierks Bentley talked about how his wife feels about his pilot's outfit. Blackjack Billy showed everyone how to (or how not to) line dance.

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Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival

Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley + More Reward Fans at 2014 Taste of Country Music Festival – Day 1 Pictures

Fans covered Hunter Mountain like snow in December during Dierks Bentley's set at the Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y. on Friday night. The singer was the last of five singers to take the stage, and was forced to follow a powerful show from Brantley Gilbert. He handled the pressure well.

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Brantley Gilbert
Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival

Brantley Gilbert Rowdies Up the Taste of Country Music Festival Crowd [Pictures]

Not many artists can break hearts and stir up trouble quite like Brantley Gilbert. The 'Small Town Throwdown' singer brought his brand of country music to the Taste of Country Music Festival on Friday night, playing 21 songs to over 10,000 screaming fans.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood is the most successful 'American Idol' singer of all time. She's married to NHL player Mike Fisher, and she loves her dogs Ace and Penny. These things you likely know, but the 10 items on this Things You Didn't Know About Carrie Underwood list will leave you shocked, amused and maybe a little terrified.

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Dustin Lynch
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Dustin Lynch Remembers Sneaking Backstage at the CMA Music Festival

Dustin Lynch grew up just south of Nashville, but never went to the CMA Music Festival as a kid. It wasn't until he moved here full time at age 18 that he started attending. The 'Where It's At' singer remembers once sneaking backstage at one of the more popular venues.

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Ashley Monroe
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Ashley Monore Breaks Hearts, Sings New Music During CMA Fest Showcase

To say Ashley Monroe falls into herself during a song is misleading, and an understatement. When the singer drops her head and gives into the weight of her lissome eyelashes, it's as if theater curtains have dropped, concealing a world of chaos and disharmony that the audience only hears about on her albums, and on stage.

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