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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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For Jennifer Bates and Son Tyler, St. Jude Provided ‘A Sigh of Relief’

In March 2010, Jennifer Bates found herself in a spot every mother can relate to. Her 2-year-old son Tyler was sick -- vomiting, low energy, dizziness, sore muscles -- and she sensed there was something very wrong that doctors weren't fixing with standard treatments. For three weeks, she worried and kept a close eye on him as she tended to her eight-month-old triplets.

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Mandy Moody Reflects on Decision to Have Six-Week-Old’s Eye Removed at St. Jude

The first weeks after childbirth are precious. Ideally, it's a time to bond with baby, but it's also a chance for mom to recover physically and emotionally. Mandy Moody's postpartum experience with her third child Lela was rudely interrupted when doctors discovered the strange glow in the little girl's left eye was actually retinoblastoma, a rare and malignant form of cancer. 

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Exclusive: Kevin Fowler Credits Blackjack Billy for Getting ‘How Country Are Ya?’ to Work [Watch + Listen]

Kevin Fowler's catchy No. 1 hit 'How Country Are Ya?' languished, as the singer couldn't get past the chorus and the "Yep" that comes between each lyric. In this video exclusive to Taste to Country, Fowler shares how two members of Blackjack Billy moved the title track along during the songwriting process. Fans can also listen to the song in its entirety below.

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Exclusive: Kevin Fowler Resurrected ‘Love Song’ for ‘How Country Are Ya?’ Album [Watch + Listen]

'Love Song' is Kevin Fowler's newest single. The fun track from 'How Country Are Ya?' was actually written a few years ago -- in fact, the singer had forgotten about it. In this video exclusive, fans can hear Fowler's explanation for the title before listening to the song in its entirety. 

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Exclusive: Kevin Fowler Introduces ‘How Country Are Ya?’ Album With Help From Earl Dibbles, Jr. [Watch + Listen]

Kevin Fowler is releasing his new 'How Country Are Ya?' album on March 4. The project marks a return to the Texas singer's roots, as it's an independently produced project, which means there's nothing holding him back.

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Jerrod Niemann Introduces His ‘Donkey’ Song – Exclusive Preview [Listen]

In less than a month, Jerrod Niemann's fans will be able to get their hands on 'Donkey,' a laugh-out-loud new track from the 'High Noon' album. The song -- available for preview via this Taste of Country exclusive -- plays also plays a pivotal role in Niemann's 'Journey to High Noon,' a wild western filmed amongst a bar full of outlaws and beautiful women. 

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