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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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Kellie Pickler Gives an Update on Summer, Good Friend With Breast Cancer

Last summer, Kellie Pickler shaved off her blonde hair to support her friend Summer Miller, who was preparing to undergo treatment for breast cancer at the time. The singer and 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant has offered an update on Miller's condition, and the news is good.

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Fire Destroys Buildings at Loretta Lynn’s Hurricane Mills Ranch

Weather or a faulty power strip may be to blame for a fire that destroyed one building and damaged others at Loretta Lynn's home on Thursday night (Feb. 21). Firefighters arrived to Hurricane Mills at 7:30PM to put out the blaze. Lynn's management later tweeted to tell fans she was safe.

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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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Tim McGraw (Feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban), ‘Highway Don’t Care’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

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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Hunter Hayes Says His ‘Mrs. Right’ Will Need to Be Patient

Hunter Hayes kicked off 2013 with a performance at the Grammys and an eye-popping six ACM nominations. The 'Somebody's Heartbreak' singer also expects to have new music for fans this year, and he'll play the first-ever Taste of Country Music Festival this June. As for true romance? Well, he's still searching.

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Remember Who Country Music’s First Reality TV Show Winner Was?

Before there was Scotty McCreery, Carrie Underwood or even Kelly Clarkson, another country act got a start on a television singing competition. Ed McMahon's 'Star Search' named its first Vocal Group winner in 1983, and helped launch the career of a pack of hitmakers as reliable as any in the early to mid-90s. 

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