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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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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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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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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 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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Tim McGraw’s ‘Two Lanes Of Freedom’ Album To Include Taylor Swift, Keith Urban Collaboration

Album art, track listing and collaborative partners are among the new details just revealed about Tim McGraw's upcoming new album 'Two Lanes of Freedom,' set for a Feb. 5, 2013 release. The standard version will include 11 songs including 'Truck Yeah,' 'One of Those Nights' and a song called 'Highway Don't Care,' which McGraw recorded with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.

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Five Things the American Country Awards Could Do Better in the Future

The 2012 American Country Awards were Monday night (Dec. 10), and while the show has improved each year in the three since its introduction to Fox, there is still some room for growth. The support from superstars like Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum proves the show is being embraced by the country music community. With a few tweaks -- some major, some minor -- it could be received with open arms by viewers at home, as well. 

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Cute Kids Singing Country Songs – George Strait, ‘Amarillo by Morning’

This dapper young fella is all dressed up to sing a classic from the King. We love the seafoam button-down and necktie. Sure, it's probably a clip-on, but have you ever tried to knot a double windsor? His stiff white hat is a throwback to the time George Strait first made 'Amarillo by Morning' a country hit in 1983.

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