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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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New Videos From Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum Make Big Moves on ToC Countdown

Fans threw support behind new videos from Hunter Hayes and Lady Antebellum this week, landing each a plum spot on the new Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. 'I Want Crazy' comes in at No. 6, and 'Goodbye Town' lands at No. 8. Five videos that have been battling for No. 1 continue to duke it out for the top spot. 

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Carrie Uncovered

Carrie Underwood is the most successful 'American Idol' singer of all time. She's married to NHL player Mike Fisher, and she loves her dogs Ace and Penny. These things you likely know, but the 10 items on this Things You Didn't Know About Carrie Underwood list will leave you shocked, amused and maybe a little terrified.

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Taylor Swift Steals the Groom in ‘New Girl’ Season Finale

Taylor Swift's cameo on the 'New Girl' season finale was short and memorable. The singer appeared as "Elaine," a wedding guest that remained in the background until the show's climatic moments. At the end of the episode, she ran off to get married, bringing an end to one of the show's season-long plotlines.

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Remember When Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Fell in Love Onstage?

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's anniversary is May 14, but knowing what we know now, another date is just as important. In 2005 fans saw a dopey grin on Shelton's face that was much more than one singer admiring another in song. As Lambert sang her portion of 'You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma' during the CMT '100 Greatest Duets' concert, the 'Honey Bee' star fell hard.

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A Perfect Score Helps Kellie Pickler to Third Place on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Kellie Pickler's Argentine Tango was perfect, but her Flamenco was stiff. She and 'Dancing With the Stars' partner Derek Hough tallied a 58 on Monday (May 13), good for third best on the night behind Jacoby Jones and Aly Raisman, who tied with 59s.

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Keith Urban, ‘Little Bit of Everything’ – Song Review

Perhaps it should be no surprise that after five months spent judging 'American Idol,' Keith Urban has delivered his most pop-friendly single to date in 'Little Bit of Everything.' The talented singer and guitarist uses tricks in production that a less established singer would be skewered for. The result is a delightful summer jam that's short on nutritional content.

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Country Stars and Their Moms

There are dozens (if not hundreds) of country songs about moms, and many country singers are even mothers themselves. For this reason, the Mother's Day holiday is sure to be one that is surely not going to be overlooked on any humble artist's calendar. Take a look at the women who helped shape the ladies and gents of country music -- the ones that give us so much wonderful music year after year -- in this list of Country Stars and Their Moms.

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Country Prom Pictures: See What Top Nashville Singers Wore for Their Big Night

More than one country star made daring decisions on their prom night, but few made a bold country statements with their gowns or suits. You'll find no boots, hats or excessive rhinestones in this list of country prom pictures. Instead, you'll see a little leg, a few low-cut dresses and plenty of smiles as stars young and not-so-young reveal how they spent that magical high school moment.

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Carrie Underwood Announced as New ‘Sunday Night Football’ Opening Singer

Carrie Underwood has been announced as the Faith Hill's replacement to sing the introduction to NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' broadcast this fall. The country superstar will sing the weekly introduction to the broadcast, beginning with the Sept. 8 matchup between the N.Y. Giants and Dallas Cowboys. 

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