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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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Dierks Bentley, ‘I Hold On’ – Song Review

The familiar shuffle that has held down so many of Dierks Bentley's best songs is back in a brand new way on 'I Hold On,' the new single from the upcoming 'Riser' album. Instead of a locomotive guitar, it's the bass that drives this uptempo track about love, faith and family.

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Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley to Host 2013 CMA Awards

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are back! The big announcement was made Monday night (Aug. 12) during the pre-taped CMA Music Festival broadcast on ABC. The pair will return to host the 2013 CMA Awards in Nashville this November. It's their sixth time co-hosting the ceremony.

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Blake Shelton
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Celebrity Look-Alike: Chris Young Finds Blake Shelton’s Blond Twin

Blake Shelton is a handsome man, but women who prefer blonds to guys with dark hair will be delighted to know there is a lighter-topped version of the singer walking around out there, somewhere. Chris Young stumbled onto him one night ... the resemblance between the two is uncanny. 

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Kenny Chesney Makes His First-Ever Mid-Show Costume Change

Until Wednesday night (Aug. 7), Kenny Chesney had never left the stage to change outfits. If there was a spill, a rip or he was just uncomfortable, the 'When I See This Bar' singer always toughed it out during his 20-plus year career. However, a particularly rowdy group of fans convinced him to re-dress in Bangor, Maine.

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Carrie Underwood Gets Introduction From Space Before Festival Performance

Country artists have played via satellite before, but never like this. Carrie Underwood's Saturday (Aug. 3) set at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn. was preceded by an introduction from the International Space Station. Astronaut Karen Nyberg had the honor, and did so without the assistance of gravity.

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Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope and Other Artists Take Part in Brickyard 400 Festivities – Pictures

Four artists on the Big Machine Label Group spent a day in Indianapolis, Ind. last weekend to take part in the pre-race and post-race fun at the Brickyard 400. Cassadee Pope may have kept the highest profile. In addition to singing the national anthem, her logo was on Jamie McMurray's car during the race. 

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Steve Wariner Granted Restraining Order Against Stalker of 24 Years

Twenty four years after Steve Wariner first met Linda Marie Shinn, the country singer has been granted a temporary restraining order to keep her away from him and his family. News of the slowly-escalating stalking came to light after Tuesday's (July 30) ruling in Houston, Texas.

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Luke Bryan, ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ – Song Review

Luke Bryan's new single 'That's My Kind of Night' promises to be his most controversial release to date. The singer goes all-in on the country-rap style that -- despite loud objections from traditionalists -- is covering the radio like kudzu. He sounds both horribly out of place and right at home.

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Cardiologist Explains Randy Travis’ ‘Unusual’ Condition

Bad luck is partially to blame for Randy Travis' downward spiral after catching a virus. A respected cardiologist named Dr. Marc Klapholz says viruses are rare in the summertime, and most don't progress into the heart muscle. Travis was admitted to the hospital earlier this month with viral cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure which led to a stroke three days later.

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