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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, Hunter Hayes
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Jerrod Niemann vs. Hunter Hayes – The Showdown

With one more win, Jerrod Niemann will put his new song 'Only God Could Love You More' into the Showdown Hall of Fame. The ballad has topped singles by Thompson Square, Jason Aldean and Montgomery Gentry in recent days. Today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio, Niemann fans will have to out-duel fans of the 2012 CMA New Artist of the Year. 

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Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton
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2012 CMA Entertainer of the Year Award Prediction? – Readers Poll

The Entertainer of the Year award at the 2012 CMA Awards will provide a nervous moment, as fans for the two favorites to win couldn't be further apart in terms of interests or tastes. The trophy is meant to honor the singer with the best year of sales, music, touring and general exposure, but really it comes down to who CMA voters like best. It's not as scientific as it seems it should be, although our prediction is based on hard data. 

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Trace Adkins, Chely Wright, Billy Ray Cyrus
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Trace Adkins Among Country Stars Trapped in New York City During Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy crashed into the east coast on Monday night, and Trace Adkins was among a handful of country singers trying to stay safe in the Big Apple. Chely Wright and Billy Ray Cyrus also took to Twitter to describe what was happening as the 100-year storm flooded the New Jersey and New York coastline. 

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Lady Antebellum
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Lady Antebellum, ‘On This Winter’s Night’ – Album Review

Lady Antebellum are practically built for Christmas albums. There's a Captain and Tennille quality to their partnership that's made hip by youth and intriguing subject matter. The trio's take on standards like 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' and 'Silent Night' are timeless, in that they could really be transported to any decade of country music. For them, covering yuletide hits is as easy as looking good. 

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Kyle Park
Winding Road Music
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Kyle Park, ‘The Night Is Young’ – Song Review

Kyle Park's new single, 'The Night Is Young,' is as straight forward of a country song as you'll find. Park sets off to tell a simple one-night story of a guy, a girl and a little trouble, and does so effortlessly. The Texas country singer has surrounded himself with a strong production team to make the first single from an upcoming new album easy to remember. 

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Jason Aldean
Broken Bow Records
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Jason Aldean, ‘Night Train’ – Album Review

If four or five songs from Jason Aldean's new 'Night Train' album reach No. 1, does that mean it's indisputably a great country music record? This seems likely to happen -- the hits are there and Aldean is red hot right now -- yet from top to bottom, the singer's fifth project leaves one wanting some magic never felt before.

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Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan
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2012 CMA Awards Performers

The 2012 CMA Awards performers are beginning to be announced. The November 1 show in Nashville promises to feature the hottest superstars and country newcomers, as well as a few surprise collaborations. With artists like Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town leading the nominees, the ABC broadcast should be one a country music fan won't want to miss. 

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Darius Rucker, Craig Morgan
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Darius Rucker vs. Craig Morgan – The Showdown

Darius Rucker stumbled during his first chance on the Showdown, but his new song 'True Believers' is now a two-night champion. Yesterday and last night on Taste of Country Nights radio, the love ballad beat 'Can't Shake You' by Gloriana. Today, he'll face off against a more seasoned country artists. 

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Martina McBride
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Martina McBride Admits She Thinks of Her Husband When Singing ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It’

Martina McBride's hit song 'I'm Gonna Love You Through It' joins 'Independence Day' and 'Concrete Angel' as songs from her catalog that carry great social importance on the breath of her soaring melody. McBride -- who's teaming up with General Mills to raise money and awareness for breast cancer this fall -- embraces the added responsibility, but says she only picks songs that meet her high expectations. 

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Jenny Ashley
Tall Tree Entertainment
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Jenny and Ashley Share Family Photos in Scrapbook-Style ‘You Made My Yesterday’ Clip – Video Premiere

Country duo Jenny & Ashley have a new single out, and of course the YouTube sensations have a new music video to go along with it. The sisters have released 'You Made My Yesterday' in this lyric video, premiering exclusively on Taste of Country.

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