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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.
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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Is Kimberly Perry of the Band Perry Dating a Baseball Player?

The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry recently revealed that she has a boyfriend, and some diligent detective work indicates that it's Toronto Blue Jays catcher JP Arencibia. Fans and followers may have noticed the singer in a Blue Jays hoodie, but the most obvious clues come from the major leaguer's Twitter account

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Taylor Swift’s Ex-Boyfriend Conor Kennedy Arrested Outside of White House

Taylor Swift's summer boyfriend Conor Kennedy was arrested outside the White House on Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 13). The 18-year-old was detained along with his father and 46 others as they protested to bring attention to the issue of climate change and the construction of a controversial oil pipeline.

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Carrie Underwood Walks Grammys Red Carpet in $31 Million Diamond Necklace

You don't need many accessories when you're wearing a $31 million necklace. Aside from her wedding ring and a stunning black Roberto Cavalli gown (plus a few intimates, we suspect), that's all Carrie Underwood had on as she walked the red carpet on Sunday night (Feb. 10) at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

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Most Anticipated 2013 Grammys Performance? – Readers Poll

Country music promises to set the tone for the 2013 Grammy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 10), as Taylor Swift will be the first artist to take the stage. Swift kicks off the 8PM CBS broadcast, but -- like so many of the other performances -- what she'll sing is still a mystery.

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Remember When Willie Nelson Settled His Tax Bill?

Twenty years ago, on Feb. 2, 1993, Willie Nelson settled his $16.7 million tax bill for around $9 million. The trouble began when the IRS decided that tax shelters his accountants set up were not valid. A massive audit resulted in the government seizing much of his property and selling it at auction. 

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