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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.
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See Taste of Country Music Festival Day 2 in Under 60 Seconds

Tim McGraw headlined a perfect Saturday (June 13) at the Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y. Country fans could count the clouds they saw on one hand, but few were turning their attention away from the stage. Watch the field fill up during this time-lapse video from Hunter Mountain.

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Tim McGraw Digs Deep Into Catalog to Headline Taste of Country Music Festival

Tim McGraw played a few of the songs one expects to hear from him during his headlining set at the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival. Then, he reached back for forgotten hits, or at least the hits radio stations nationwide have forgotten. His fans certainly did not on this night, Day 2 of the third-annual event.

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Nicki and Jimmy Hot Pepper Karaoke
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Hot Pepper Karaoke? These Tim McGraw Fans Were Game at 2015 ToC Festival!

Everyone was feeling pretty good during the first day of the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival. Well, everyone except for the crazy campers brave enough to play a round of Hot Pepper Karaoke. It's exactly what it sounds like.

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Hank Williams Jr. Thompson Square + More Close 2014 Taste of Country Music Festival [Pictures]

The final day of the Taste of Country Music Festival included a rowdy set from Hank Williams Jr., and more polished performances from newcomer Chase Rice, and Vocal Duo of the Year winner Thompson Square.

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Hank Williams Jr. Brings Hits, Rock Covers to 2014 Taste of Country Music Festival [Pictures]

Hank Williams Jr. closed the 2014 Taste of Country Music Festival with a mix of covers, hits and variations on well-known tracks from his deep catalogue. Thousands filled Hunter Mountain to hear the country music legend, and he didn't disappoint.

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Thomas Rhett, Thompson Square + More, Backstage at the 2014 TOC Music Festival

Over the course of the three-day Taste of Country Music Festival, over a dozen of the top performers stopped backstage to chat with ToC and talk about ... stuff. Thomas Rhett revealed why he won't gamble with Darius Rucker. Thompson Square talked "Bus Rules."

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Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival
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Brad Paisley Brings Country Nation Tour to Taste of Country Music Festival [Pictures]

Brad Paisley closed the Taste of Country Music Festival on Saturday night (June 14). A familiar song finished his nearly two-hour long set, but there was little ordinary about his show.

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Brad Paisley, Randy Houser + More Bring Party to Hunter Mountain – 2014 TOC Music Fest, Day 2 Pictures

Brad Paisley and Randy Houser's sets at the 2014 Taste of Country Music Festival couldn't have been more different, but both men left the crowd wanting more. Paisley was the Saturday night headliner, but the 'Goodnight Kiss' singer was the day's biggest surprise.

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Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival
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Randy Houser Goes Acoustic at ToC Fest After Bus Breaks Down [Pictures]

Very few performers can take a stage in front of nearly 20,000 rowdy country fans and deliver a stirring, satisfying, hour-long acoustic performance. Randy Houser did just that at the Taste of Country Music Festival on Saturday night, after his bus broke down leaving his crew unable to get his gear to Hunter Mountain.

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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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