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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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John Wilkinson, Longtime Guitar Player for Elvis Presley, Dead at 67

John Wilkinson was by Elvis Presley's side for the last 10 years of the singer's life, playing over 1,200 shows with Presley until 1977. The pairing was both destined and miraculous, as Wilkinson once snuck backstage to tell the legend that he didn't know how to play guitar. The slight -- from a 10-year-old Wilkinson -- was received warmly by the King, but it'd be another decade before they'd join forces. The rhythm guitarist died on on Friday (Jan. 11) after a battle with cancer.

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Vote to Determine the Top 10 Videos of the Week in Taste of Country’s Countdown

Beginning this week, readers get to decide the 10 hottest videos of the week in the brand new Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. On Friday (Jan. 18), the first video countdown will debut, showcasing the most popular country music videos as decided by readers' votes.

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End of NHL Lockout Bittersweet for Carrie Underwood

At least one person is saddened by the end of the NHL lockout. When games resume later this month, Carrie Underwood will lose her favorite traveling companion. The labor dispute provided extra time for the singer and her husband Mike Fisher to vacation and just be man and wife -- a luxury not afforded to them often. Upon hearing the news, Underwood took to Twitter to bemoan the NHL season's start (in good fun of course).

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Curb Records to Release ‘Tim McGraw and Friends’ Album Two Weeks Before Singer’s Big Machine Debut

Apparently, two albums featuring Tim McGraw songs are scheduled to be released in the next 30 days. The singer's former label home, Curb Records, just announced that 'Tim McGraw and Friends' will be available on January 22.

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Jennifer Nettles Opens a Breastaurant, Approaches Motherhood With Humor

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland gave birth to Magnus Hamilton Miller on Dec. 6, but fans haven't seen or heard from her or the one-month-old much since. Recently, the singer has begun sharing some of the more intimate ideas she's come up with since giving birth to her son, including a t-shirt idea that nursing moms will appreciate.

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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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