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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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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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Tim McGraw, ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’ – Album Review

"Optimism" is the word Tim McGraw uses to describe his new album 'Two Lanes of Freedom,' and despite a garnish of somber ballads and hopeless love stories, the singer is dead on. The project's production creates the buoyant mood that carries each of the 15 songs on the accelerated deluxe version. In fact, one's opinion of 'Two Lanes of Freedom' may rest on production decisions made by McGraw and Byron Gallimore.

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Top 40 Country Songs – February 2013

The new single from country superstar Blake Shelton debuts at a higher place on this month's Top 40 Country Songs list than any new song in ToC history. 'Sure Be Cool if You Did' is a hit with fans -- they are requesting it at radio and scooping it up on iTunes like bread and milk before a storm. Shelton's new song isn't No. 1, however. That honor goes to a uncompromisingly dark track from one of Nashville's hottest newcomers. 

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Tim McGraw Has Split Loyalties on Super Bowl Sunday

Country superstar, actor and diehard football fan… that's Tim McGraw. The 'One of Those Nights' singer will be on the West Coast when Super Bowl XLVII begins this Sunday (Feb. 3) but he tells Taste of Country he'll be watching. As for who he's rooting for? It's complicated.

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Dustin Lynch Admits Chicks Like to ‘Crank His Tractor,’ Talks Taste of Country Festival

Dustin Lynch fans are having as much fun with his new single 'She Cranks My Tractor' as he is watching them. During an interview with Taste of Country Nights host Jeremy Robinson, the singer admitted women love to sing along to the Top 25 cut from his self-titled debut album.

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