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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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Hunter Hayes on Playing Shows Near West, Texas Tragedy: ‘Your Heart Is So Heavy’

Last week's fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas was part of a very difficult news week, but country stars like Hunter Hayes are sensitive to the challenges of playing shows in the affected areas immediately afterward. Hayes is opening the Blown Away Tour with Carrie Underwood, which has three stops scheduled this week and last within three hours of the small town.

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Carrie Underwood Responds to ‘Stick to Singing’ Blast From Tennessee State Representative

Carrie Underwood has responded to a suggestion made by Tennessee State Representative Andy Holt that she should stick to singing instead of politics and lawmaking. At issue is the Livestock Cruelty Prevention Act, known as the Ag-Gag Bill to critics like the country singer, the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States.

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Charlie Daniels ‘Ready to Rock’ After Pacemaker Implant

A pacemaker won't slow Charlie Daniels down. The Charlie Daniels Band frontman says his fiddling or movements on stage won't be compromised with the device implanted in his chest. He underwent the procedure last month after being hospitalized with pneumonia. He returns to the stage Friday night (April 12) in Verona, N.Y.

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Alabama Named Best Country Band of All Time

The last hour of voting during the finals of March Bandness was frenzied, to say the least. Thousands of fans of Alabama and the Charlie Daniels Band cast a ballot in the waning minutes. The boys from Fort Payne, Ala. were trailing until the end, when they surged ahead and took the title of Best Country Band of All Time

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Wynonna Judd Reflects on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Experience, Elimination

Hours after being eliminated from the 'Dancing With the Stars' competition, Wynonna Judd took to Twitter to talk to her fans and thank all of those who believed in her and voted for her and partner Tony Dovolani during her time on the ABC series. Judd became the second dancer to go home on Tuesday night (April 2) after a Samba that left judges less than impressed on Monday.

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Eric Church, Kix Brooks Top 10 Video Countdown
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New Videos From Eric Church, Kix Brooks Make Taste of Country Video Top 10 Debuts

Fans of Eric Church and Kix Brooks made strong statements this week. 'Like Jesus Does' and 'Moonshine Road' both cracked the weekly Top 10 video countdown, the only countdown decided entirely by fan votes. Additionally, some familiar videos battled for the No. 1 spot, which was decided by a narrow margin of less than one percent.

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Hunter Hayes Says His ‘Mrs. Right’ Will Need to Be Patient

Hunter Hayes kicked off 2013 with a performance at the Grammys and an eye-popping six ACM nominations. The 'Somebody's Heartbreak' singer also expects to have new music for fans this year, and he'll play the first-ever Taste of Country Music Festival this June. As for true romance? Well, he's still searching.

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Over Two Dozen NASCAR Fans Injured at End of Daytona Race

Country stars like Reba McEntire and Rodney Atkins are leading NASCAR fans in prayer this evening after a horrific accident at the end of Saturday's (Feb. 23) race at Daytona which left over two dozen fans injured. One adult is in surgery with a life-threatening head injury, while a 14-year-old is in critical condition.

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Mindy McCready Describes Finding Her Dying Boyfriend in Phone Call Taped One Day Before Her Death

During one of Mindy McCready's final conversations, the singer describes finding her dying boyfriend, David Wilson, and the miserable and frantic two hours that followed. The phone call was reportedly taped one day before she died and made available on Monday night.

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Mindy McCready’s Ex Billy McKnight on Singer’s Suicide: ‘I Can’t Say It Shocked Me’

Billy McKnight -- Mindy McCready's ex-boyfriend and the father to her oldest son, Zander -- says he's not surprised that the singer took her own life on Sunday afternoon. Right now he is worried for his son, as well as McCready's son with David Wilson, 10-month-old Zayne.

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Mindy McCready Recorded Possible ‘Video Suicide Note’

One day before Mindy McCready was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the singer sent a private investigator she had been working with a cryptic message. It was a single frame from a video they had been working on together of McCready singing a song called 'I'll See You Yesterday.'

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Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton Debut New Videos in This Week’s Taste of Country Countdown

New music videos from Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton have shaken up this week's Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. Both 'Pirate Flag' and 'Sure Be Cool if You Did' cracked the list, but neither were able to steal the top spot in their debut week. That battle remains one exclusive to three singers who have been going at it for weeks. 

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