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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 and Jake Owen to Headline Country Jam 2014

Lady Antebellum and Jake Owen have just been announced as two of the four headliners for Country Jam 2014 in Grand Junction, Colo. After a star-studded lineup left fans hoarse from screaming in 2013, next year's list of artists is shaping up to be even better. 

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James Gandolfini Dead at 51: Country Stars React to ‘Sopranos’ Star’s Death

Actor James Gandolfini has died. The 'Sopranos' star was vacationing with family in Italy on Wednesday when he reportedly suffered a heart attack at about 10PM local time. In addition to his longtime fans, several country music stars took to Twitter to express sorrow for the loss of Tony Soprano.

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Lady Antebellum Share Backstage Footage of Final Show Before Baby Break

Following Lady Antebellum's Saturday (June 15) performance at the Taste of Country Music Festival, Hillary Scott officially went on maternity leave. The singer is set to deliver her little girl sometime next month. The group's final set was much more than just another show. 

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Toby Keith, ‘Drinks After Work’ – Song Review

Some believe the R&B-influenced country sound of the '70s and '80s is poised to make a big comeback, and recent releases from Trace Adkins and Joe Nichols are evidence of that. Toby Keith's new song 'Drinks After Work' jumps the flashback needle, however. He's a bit ahead of his time in being behind the times.

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Movie About George Jones’ Life in the Works

The life story of one of country music's most celebrated singers is going to be told in a feature film. George Jones and his wife Nancy were working with a screenwriter in the years leading up to the legend's death. The biopic has the singer's blessing, and now has a production company to produce it.

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Montgomery Gentry, Justin Moore + More Share Best Advice From Dad on Father’s Day 2013

Stars Justin Moore and the men of Montgomery Gentry are dads, but they're also sons who are no doubt thinking about their fathers this Father's Day. The two acts joined Craig Campbell and Dustin Lynch at the first-ever Taste of Country Music Festival this weekend, where

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Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington, Hunter Hayes + More Close 2013 Taste of Country Festival – Day 3 Pictures

Lady Antebellum played their last show of the summer at the 2013 Taste of Country Music Festival on Saturday night (June 15). With Hillary Scott set to go on maternity leave, the trio held nothing back during a high-energy 90-minute set. Check out pictures from Lady A and all ToC Fest performers below.

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Joe Nichols’ 2013 ToC Festival Set Includes Covers by Tom Petty, Sir Mix-a-Lot – Pictures

Sir Mix-a-Lot didn't have traditional country singer Joe Nichols in mind when he recorded 'Baby Got Back,' but the honey smooth-voiced singer gave the song new life at the 2013 Taste of Country Music Festival on Saturday night (June 15). In addition to hits like 'The Impossible' and 'Brokenheartsville,' Nichols mixed in Sir Mix and 'Runnin' Down a Dream' by Tom Petty.

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Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry + More Satisfy at 2013 Taste of Country Festival – Day 2 Pictures

Day 2 of the Taste of Country Music Festival brought some sunshine and a few of the rowdiest bands in country music out to play. Beginning with newcomer Rachel Farley -- who more than held her own -- the six acts to take the stage in Hunter, N.Y. shook the valley of the venue located in the Catskills Mountains on Friday (June 14).

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LoCash Cowboys Get Crowd Involved During 2013 ToC Music Festival Opening Set

Before kicking off the inaugural Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y. on Thursday night (June 13), Chris Lucas and Preston Brust of the LoCash Cowboys told Taste of Country that one song from their new album could be the 'Duck Dynasty' theme song, should the popular A&E show ever need another. That turned into something of a prophetic statement.

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Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Pulled Over After CMA Festival Performance

Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher were pulled over by police after the singer performed a rain-shortened set to close the 2013 CMA Music Festival. Fisher was driving the couple home Sunday evening (June 9) when police stopped him for going 11 over in a 45MPH zone.

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