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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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Miranda Lambert, Karen Fairchild Close Nashville Show With ‘Girl Crush’ [Watch]

Miranda Lambert previewed her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour with a set that will be tough to top when she hits the road in September. Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town was just one special guest, joining Lambert to sing an emotional version of “Girl Crush.”

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Ashley Monroe Talks About Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s Kindness Amid Divorce Drama

Last Monday, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert got a divorce, but by Friday they’d found common ground in cheering on good friend Ashley Monroe as she released her new album The Blade. Monroe says she didn’t know the two of them were conspiring to tweet each other about her, but she’s grateful.

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Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Divorce Records Sealed

A former Oklahoma state representative says “there’s some shenanigans going on” with regards to the sealing of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s divorce records. Former Rep. Aaron Stiles says the judge was not following the law when he sealed the couple's records last week.

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Lafayette Shooting Victim Jillian Johnson Member of Country Band the Figs

Jillian Johnson, one of the two people killed by a gunman at a Lafayette, La. movie theater on Thursday night, was a businesswoman, artist and member of a well-respected local country music group called the Figs. Friends and fans from Nashville to Louisiana have taken to her Facebook wall to offer their favorite memories in the hours since the shooting.

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Hunter Hayes Heartbroken After Hometown Lafayette Movie Theater Shootings

For Hunter Hayes, the movie theater shootings in Lafayette are personal. The "21" singer calls the area his home community as he grew up less than 10 miles away. Along with over a dozen other stars, Hayes reacted on Twitter.

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The Best of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Singing Together [Watch]

Thanks for the memories, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. While the two will surely be booked for the same event in the future (both are already set to play WE Fest the second weekend of August) they’re unlikely to sing a song together again. So Taste of Country has compiled the best moments from previous, impromptu duets. What’s your No. 1?

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Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill Join Ashley Monroe for ‘The Blade’ Release Party

The title track of Ashely Monroe's new The Blade album is a duet with Miranda Lambert, so when she didn't appear during Monroe's performance of the song at the Basement in Nashville on Wednesday night (July 22), it seemed unlikely the two friends would share the stage at all that night.

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