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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.
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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Grammy Winners Little Big Town Talk About the Risks of ‘Pontoon’

One could see the look of pure jubilation on the faces of the four Little Big Town members as they accepted their Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance on Sunday night (Feb. 10). “This is such a long time coming for us, we’re so thrilled,” Phillip Sweet -- the admittedly emotional one in the group -- said, gushing into the microphone. 'Pontoon' is the band's biggest hit to date. It may also be their biggest risk, which is saying something for group that has never met vanilla. 

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Walks Grammys Red Carpet in $31 Million Diamond Necklace

You don't need many accessories when you're wearing a $31 million necklace. Aside from her wedding ring and a stunning black Roberto Cavalli gown (plus a few intimates, we suspect), that's all Carrie Underwood had on as she walked the red carpet on Sunday night (Feb. 10) at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

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Mindy McCready, Billy McKnight
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Mindy McCready’s Ex-Husband Files Motions to Gain Primary Custody of Son

Custody arrangements for Zander -- Mindy McCready's 6-year-old son with ex-husband Billy McKnight -- are once again in dispute, as McKnight has filed multiple motions with regards to McCready's parenting and rocky personal life. He's asking for primary custody of the boy, and has filed additional motions to compel McCready to submit to drug and alcohol testing and undergo a psychological evaluation.

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Tim McGraw
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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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Brazil Fire Band
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Pop-Country Band at Center of Tragic Brazil Club Fire

Officials say pyrotechnics set off by the band Gurizada Fandangueira started a fire that killed 233 people in southern Brazil early Sunday morning (Jan. 27). Many more are being treated for injuries as crews dig through the debris at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria.

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Album Spotlight: Gary Allan, ‘Set You Free’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

Gary Allan delivers the emotionally rich album his fans expect while stretching his sound in multiple new directions on 'Set You Free,' the singer's ninth studio album and first in three years. The songwriting is strong from the first track to the last, with Allan mixing moments of joy and hope within his familiar anguish.

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