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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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2013 American Country Awards Winners – Full List

With 20 honors to announce in just two hours, the 2013 American Country Awards wasted little time in getting to the winners on Tuesday night (Dec. 10). Luke Bryan accepted the first blue Fender guitar of the night for Male Artist of the Year. He also won Touring Artist of the Year before taking home the night's biggest prize, Artist of the Year. Along with Florida Georgia Line, the 'Drink a Beer' singer was the big winner in Las Vegas.

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Sara Evans Reveals Details of ‘Sexy’ New ‘Slow Me Down’ Album

Sara Evans has revealed the finer details of her upcoming seventh studio album. The singer says 'Slow Me Down' will be available on March 4, 2014, featuring three big-name collaborations and production by an old friend. During an interview to discuss songs from the album, Evans tells Taste of Country "sexy" is the best one-word description for her first release since 'Stronger.'

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5 Best Carrie Underwood Songs From ‘The Sound of Music Live!’ [Watch]

Carrie Underwood wasn't involved in every performance during Thursday night's (Dec. 5) live theatrical broadcast of 'The Sound of Music Live!' on NBC, but she definitely carried the bulk of the singing. While some were critical of her acting, few can complain about her vocal performances. Each one was a brilliant interpretation that stayed true to the original score but avoiding sounding like Broadway karaoke. Her Top 5 songs include solo moments, and collaborations with others in the show's cast.

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Carrie Underwood Shines in ‘The Sound of Music Live!’

NBC's live theatrical broadcast of 'The Sound of Music' was not without mistakes common in live theater, but one would need to be a student of Broadway to have caught them. Carrie Underwood and a cast of theater and television actors stayed true to the spirit of the musical, making seamless adjustments for Thursday night's (Dec. 5) adaptation.

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Willie Nelson Tour Bus Accident Leaves Three Hospitalized

Three people were hospitalized after Willie Nelson's band's tour bus slammed into a bridge pillar on I-30 in Sulphur Springs, Texas early Saturday morning (Nov. 23). The singer was not on board, but the incident has resulted in the postponement of several tour dates.

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Blake Shelton Reveals Why He Didn’t Officiate Kelly Clarkson’s Wedding

Blake Shelton visited 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' on Wednesday night (Nov. 20), where he talked about everything from his late father's touching letter, to his crush on talk show host Hoda Kotb. He also explained why he didn't officiate Kelly Clarkson's recent wedding, something he was planning on doing earlier in 2013.

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Darius Rucker: ‘Country Music Is Screwed’ if ‘Wagon Wheel’ Not Nominated for a Grammy

It didn't win the Song of the Year or Single of the Year award at the 2013 CMAs, but Darius Rucker thinks his hit cover of 'Wagon Wheel' should be considered for a Grammy. In fact, he's going to be upset about it if it isn't.

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The Cadillac Three (Feat. Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Mike Eli), ‘The South’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

With 'The South,' the Cadillac Three make many of the other rock-inspired country artists seem as aggressive as a Beanie Baby. Their debut single would land squarely in the rock n' roll genre 40 years ago, but time has blurred those lines. The proper response to answer cries of "That ain't real country" is to turn the volume of this jam up louder ... and louder ... and louder.

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