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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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Who Will Be Blake Shelton’s 2013 ACM Awards Co-Host? – Readers Poll

Blake Shelton has dropped a few hints about who his co-host will be at the 2013 ACM Awards, but the secret won't be revealed until 25,000 people tweet a message from ACMCountry.com. But, that doesn't mean we can't speculate! Who do you think will join 'The Voice' coach and 'Sure Be Cool if You Did' singer onstage this spring? Below are our five favorite potential co-hosts, based on what Shelton says and who we'd like to see. 

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Florida Georgia Line, ‘Get Your Shine On’ – Song Review

Florida Georgia Line wasted no time following their infectious debut single with one that cements the duo as the good-time country party band they introduced themselves as. 'Get Your Shine On' had already charted before 'Cruise' reached No. 1. Both rely on a big, fat hook and songwriting that's sharper than they'll get credit for.

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Top 40 Country Songs – January 2013

One could do worse then choosing to spend holiday cash or gift cards on songs included in this Top 40 Country Songs of January 2013 list. Superstars like George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood are included, as are newcomers like Thomas Rhett, Kasey Musgraves and Hunter Hayes. The No. 1 song belongs to an artist who took nearly three years between albums, and has recently returned with a stirring song of inspiration. 

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New Country Music Releases – January 2013

Fans have been hungry for new music from two country artists and with the new country music releases for January 2013, the starvation will subside. Darius Rucker and Gary Allan will both release new albums early in the new year. In fact, both will release their long-awaited albums on the same day. 

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Lady Antebellum’s ‘Silent Night (Lord of My Life)’ Is iTunes Free Single of the Week

One of the more unique cuts from Lady Antebellum's 'On This Winter's Night' album has been made available for free on iTunes. 'Silent Night (Lord of My Life)' is the single of the week, meaning fans can grab it at no charge until Christmas.

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Randy Travis Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charges, New Details Emerge From Church Parking Lot Incident

Randy Travis entered a not guilty plea as a response to assault charges stemming from an August parking lot incident in Plano, Texas. The tangle at the Prestonwood Baptist Church resulted in the singer being charged with a Class C simple assault, which a spokesman for the Plano police described as something from a simply unwanted touch to any physical contact that doesn’t cause pain or injury.

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LeAnn Rimes Criticized After ‘X Factor’ Performance With Carly Rose Sonenclar

Everyone said the right things after LeAnn Rimes and 'X Factor' contestant Carly Rose Sonenclar finished singing the country superstar's 1997 hit 'How Do I Live.' But it was clear during the duet that there was concern for what was happening on stage. The day following, Rimes is being called "unstable," "out of it" and worse by internet news and tabloid sites.

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10 Biggest News Stories of 2012

Country superstars like Carrie Underwood, George Strait and Keith Urban had some of the top news stories of 2012, but not for reasons one may have predicted at the beginning of the year. Of these 10, only two are related to things that happen onstage or in a recording studio. The rest are moments we'll always remember... and that some artists wish they could forget. 

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Sammy Kershaw Shares Cajun Culture With New ‘A Sammy Klaus Christmas’ Album

It's been 18 years between Christmas albums for Sammy Kershaw, but the singer says despite personal and professional ups and downs, the meaning of the holiday hasn't changed one bit. On 'A Sammy Klaus Christmas' he says he was looking to simplify -- to create a collection of songs that kids could enjoy in the way he enjoyed the holidays during his childhood.

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Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ – Song Review

Dark and volatile are this year's black in country music, and Miranda Lambert reminds fans she is still the lead diva of danger with a new single called 'Mama's Broken Heart.' Her performance is every bit as enjoyably unstable as previous hits like 'Kerosene' and 'Gunpowder and Lead.' When she's mercurial, she's magic. 

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