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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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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
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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
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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
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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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Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill
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Shania Twain Furious Over Tim McGraw, Faith Hill’s Competing Las Vegas Show?

Las Vegas is turning into a second home for more and more country music superstars, and one singer allegedly isn't happy about it. Shania Twain is reportedly "seething" that coverage of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul2Soul residency is taking away from her comeback show at Ceasars Palace.

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Taylor Swift Creates Bold Mini-Movie for New ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ Video

Taylor Swift's edgy 'I Knew You Were Trouble' video is more indie flick than country music video. The clip, which marks her 23rd video (released on her 23rd birthday), begins with Swift in a sort of apocalyptic party wasteland. It feels like one is looking at Woodstock, one day after everyone (except the singer) has gone home. 

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Meet ‘Nashville’ Stars Lennon and Maisy

Lennon and Maisy might be the most famous actresses to have never appeared in a film or on a TV show. The Stella sisters were YouTube sensations before they debuted as Maddie and Daphne Conrad (daughters of Rayna James and Teddy Conrad) on 'Nashville.' They proved during season one of the show and on the soundtrack to the ABC drama's first season that they were cast for much more than their adorable smiles.

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