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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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Fans Create ‘Human Chain of Love’ for Randy Travis During George Jones Tribute Concert

Friday night's (Nov. 22) Playing Possum: The Final No Show concert was all about George Jones, except for a few minutes in the middle that were dedicated to beleaguered singer Randy Travis. Actor Jon Voight took the stage to ask fans to create a human chain of love for the 'Tonight I'm Playing Possum' singer, who was a longtime friend to Jones.

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George Jones Memorial Unveiled, Singer’s Legacy Lives on With Scholarship

A large monument that George Jones began designing years before his death was unveiled on Monday (Nov. 18). Friends, family and fans packed the singer's gravesite to witness the historic revealing before the singer's widow, Nancy, shared another way the legend's legacy will live on.

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Blake Shelton Reveals Why He Didn’t Officiate Kelly Clarkson’s Wedding

Blake Shelton visited 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' on Wednesday night (Nov. 20), where he talked about everything from his late father's touching letter, to his crush on talk show host Hoda Kotb. He also explained why he didn't officiate Kelly Clarkson's recent wedding, something he was planning on doing earlier in 2013.

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Darius Rucker
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Darius Rucker: ‘Country Music Is Screwed’ if ‘Wagon Wheel’ Not Nominated for a Grammy

It didn't win the Song of the Year or Single of the Year award at the 2013 CMAs, but Darius Rucker thinks his hit cover of 'Wagon Wheel' should be considered for a Grammy. In fact, he's going to be upset about it if it isn't.

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Kris Kristofferson Admits He Struggles With Memory Loss

Singer and songwriter Kris Kristofferson reveals he struggles with severe memory loss. He's still performing and acting -- his new movie 'The Motel Life' is in select theaters this month -- but the day-to-day details of life are slipping past him.

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Miranda Lambert
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The Key to Miranda Lambert’s Weight Loss: Half Portions and Blake Shelton’s Support

Miranda Lambert dropped a dress size by cutting back her portions and working out prior to the 2013 CMA Awards. Cardio, circuit training and store-bought, prepared pressed juices are her secret. The result is a body she's glad people are noticing, but especially husband Blake Shelton.

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Luke Bryan, ‘Drink a Beer’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Luke Bryan's 'Drink a Beer' feels like a song the singer will fight back tears introducing. He didn't write it, but his connection to the story is unmistakable. It's humble and honest -- a far cry from the chest-pounding that takes place between the guttural cries of 'That's My Kind of Night.'

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Brantley Gilbert, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw
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Country’s Biggest Stars Pay Tribute to Our Military on Veterans Day

James Otto and Craig Morgan are two stars who've served their country to share their thoughts on Veterans Day this year. Others, like Dustin Lynch and Frankie Ballard, shared photos of veterans they grew up admiring. It's a national holiday everyone should recognize, and superstars like Tim McGraw and Martina McBride didn't hesitate. 

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