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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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Love and Theft’s Eric Gunderson Welcomes Baby Boy

Eric Gunderson of Love and Theft is a first-time father as his wife Emily gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday (March 10). Everyone is said to be doing well, but the couple won't be at peace at home anytime soon, as the new arrival was born two months early and is in the NICU.

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Gloriana
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Gloriana Reveals Whose Real-Life Relationship Led to ‘Can’t Shake You’

Part of what makes Gloriana's new single 'Can't Shake You' so appealing is that anyone who's gone through a difficult breakup (which is pretty much everyone) can relate to the story. During an interview with Taste of Country Nights radio, the country trio shared which of their past lovers inspired the emotional ballad. 

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Tim McGraw (Feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban), ‘Highway Don’t Care’ – Song Review

While Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift's vocals on 'Highway Don't Care' would be enough to make the song a hit and one of the best of 2013, it's Keith Urban's guitar that makes the track one of the best collaborations of the decade -- maybe even ever. Each artist brings his or her best effort to the song from McGraw's 'Two Lanes of Freedom' album. It's a sterling example of what can happen when artists are left to be artists, without the handcuffs of music business politics. 

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Brad Paisley, ‘Beat This Summer’ – Song Review

Brad Paisley wasn't joking when he said he was working to push himself places never gone before on his upcoming album, 'Wheelhouse.' The second single, 'Beat This Summer,' is a double-take sort of record in that after it begins, you do a double-take toward your stereo or computer to try to make sense of what's going on. 

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Over Two Dozen NASCAR Fans Injured at End of Daytona Race

Country stars like Reba McEntire and Rodney Atkins are leading NASCAR fans in prayer this evening after a horrific accident at the end of Saturday's (Feb. 23) race at Daytona which left over two dozen fans injured. One adult is in surgery with a life-threatening head injury, while a 14-year-old is in critical condition.

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Mindy McCready’s Ex Billy McKnight on Singer’s Suicide: ‘I Can’t Say It Shocked Me’

Billy McKnight -- Mindy McCready's ex-boyfriend and the father to her oldest son, Zander -- says he's not surprised that the singer took her own life on Sunday afternoon. Right now he is worried for his son, as well as McCready's son with David Wilson, 10-month-old Zayne.

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Mindy McCready Recorded Possible ‘Video Suicide Note’

One day before Mindy McCready was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the singer sent a private investigator she had been working with a cryptic message. It was a single frame from a video they had been working on together of McCready singing a song called 'I'll See You Yesterday.'

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Remember When Garth Brooks Played for the New York Mets?

Major League Baseball spring training begins this week, and in the year 2000, that meant country superstar Garth Brooks reported for duty to the New York Mets clubhouse. It was the second of three stints the singer had in the bigs, and he left with an unimpressive batting average.

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2013 ACM Nominations
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2013 ACM Awards Nominees Announced

Nominees for the 2013 ACM Awards were announced Wednesday morning during a digital press conference at the ACM Facebook and Twitter pages. Eric Church leads his country peers with seven nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. It's up to fans to decide who will be named Entertainer of the Year. Five artists -- including both ACM hosts -- are up for a chance to win the night's biggest prize on April 7 in Las Vegas. 

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Carrie Underwood Insists There’s No Feud With Taylor Swift

Last week, tabloids circulated rumors that Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift had to be kept separate at the 2013 Grammys because of a feud between the two country superstars. Anonymous "sources" said the two "hate each other" and executives at the awards show had to make sure they didn't cross paths. As you could probably guess, none of it's true, according to Underwood herself.

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Lady Antebellum Excited to Bring New ‘Party Record’ to Taste of Country Music Festival, Dave Haywood Says

Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum shared a few more details about the trio's new album and Hillary Scott's pregnancy during an interview with WGNA radio recently. The band -- who will play the Taste of Country Music Festival in June -- has just released 'Downtown' as the lead single from a fourth album which Haywood says will follow suit.

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