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Billy Dukes

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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Oklahoma’s Country Stars Send Messages to Those Hit by Moore Tornado

Monday's (May 20) devastating tornado in Moore, Okla. touched the hearts of country music's biggest stars, and more than a few were left worrying about friends and family they knew in the area. The state is home to some of the biggest names in country music -- Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Vince Gill and Blake Shelton are just a few who have roots there, with one superstar having grown up in Moore.

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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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Carrie Underwood to Replace Faith Hill as ‘Sunday Night Football’ Opener?

Pieces seem to be falling into place to have Carrie Underwood participate in the opening theme for NBC's 'Sunday Night Football.' The singer has promised to make a big announcement on Tuesday, just as NBC Sports is said to be making a major announcement regarding a talent addition to the broadcast at 4PM ET.

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Four Country Newcomers Make ToC Top 10 Video Countdown

This weekly Top 10 video countdown has been a getaway for country superstars like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, but this week four country newcomers are giving the more well-known stars a run for No. 1 with hot new country music videos. Kip Moore, Brett Eldredge, Tate Stevens and the Henningsens all enter the ToC countdown. 

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Family, Friends and Fans Come Together for George Jones’ Funeral – Pictures

George Jones was laid to rest on Thursday (May 2). After a nearly three-hour-long celebration of his life at the Grand Ole Opry, the country legend was buried during a service at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville. It was an emotional day, but not one without a few smiles -- and even bursts of laughter -- as friends, family and fans shared memories of the Possum. 

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George Jones’ Widow Recounts Singer’s Final Hours

The wife of the late George Jones has opened up for the first time about how the legendary singer spent his last days and hours before his death on April 26. Nancy Jones says the family knew his health was fading fast, but they chose to keep it quiet as not to worry friends, fans and family.

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George Jones Photo Album – Stars Share Their Favorite Pictures With the Possum

Meeting George Jones was a career highlight for almost every country singer. Even legends like Randy Travis and Reba McEntire treasure the photos they have with the singer. Today, stars have been sharing their favorite moments with Jones, who died at the age of 81 years old this morning. 

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Details of Billy Currington’s ‘Terroristic Threats’ Charge Emerge

An initial sketch of the April 15 incident that led to the indictment of Billy Currington has emerged. The singer was charged with terroristic threats and abuse of an elder person in a Chatham County, Ga. court this afternoon (April 24) but it sounds like he's itching to tell his side of the story.

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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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