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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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Shania Twain Furious Over Tim McGraw, Faith Hill’s Competing Las Vegas Show?

Las Vegas is turning into a second home for more and more country music superstars, and one singer allegedly isn't happy about it. Shania Twain is reportedly "seething" that coverage of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul2Soul residency is taking away from her comeback show at Ceasars Palace.

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Connecticut School Shooting: Country Stars React

While details about Friday morning's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut are still trickling in, it's clear that innocent lives were taken when a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School and began firing. The small town in the state's southwest corner will be in the hearts of every American this weekend, including country music's biggest stars. 

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Five Things the American Country Awards Could Do Better in the Future

The 2012 American Country Awards were Monday night (Dec. 10), and while the show has improved each year in the three since its introduction to Fox, there is still some room for growth. The support from superstars like Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum proves the show is being embraced by the country music community. With a few tweaks -- some major, some minor -- it could be received with open arms by viewers at home, as well. 

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Begin Soul2Soul Residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill began their Soul2Soul residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas over the weekend. A packed house watched the couple volley hits back and forth at each other between the emotional duets that made the original Soul2Soul Tour so popular. Fortunately for fans who couldn't make it, what they say isn't true -- everything that happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. 

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Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Pregnant

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott has announced she is pregnant, topping off the week with more Nashville baby news. The singer and husband Chris Tyrrell shared the happy news with fans on the trio's Facebook page Friday afternoon. The married on Jan. 7 of this year.

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Jennifer Nettles Delivers Baby Boy

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland gave birth to a baby boy on Thursday (Dec. 6). The singer and her husband, Justin Miller, announced the arrival of Magnus Hamilton Miller in a statement to the media on Friday morning. The couple have been married for one year, and this is the first baby for both of them.

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Love and Theft, Florida Georgia Line Surprise Jake Owen Wearing Only Underwear

Country duos Love and Theft and Florida Georgia Line pranked Jake Owen in a way he's sure not to soon forget. During a recent stop on the CMT tour, the four men showed up onstage in just boots and underwear -- or 'adult diapers' -- with pacifiers in their mouths and 'bottles' of beer, meant to celebrate Owen's new baby.

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2013 Grammy Awards Nominees Announced

Country music took center stage on CBS Wednesday night (Dec. 5), where the 2013 Grammy nominees were announced during a fun-filled hour of music. Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson picked up early nominations, and Swift joined rapper LL Cool J as host of the Grammy nominations concert. After just a few minutes of the broadcast, Dierks Bentley and the Band Perry were performing Johnny Cash songs for viewers.

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Thompson Square vs. Kelly Clarkson – The Showdown

After a mini-holiday, the Showdown returns today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio, with reigning champion Thompson Square well-rested to take a high-powered challenger. Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill's duet of 'Don't Rush' is up against 'If I Didn't Have You,' the latest from the husband-wife duo. 

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Jana Kramer Hospitalized

Jana Kramer cut short a show in West Palm Beach, Fla. and was taken to the hospital after falling ill on Saturday night (Dec. 1). Her boyfriend, fellow country singer Brantley Gilbert, was also at the WIRK Country Christmas show and was able to swoop in to carry her off of the stage when it became clear she couldn't continue.

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Trace Adkins Responds to Those Upset by His Confederate Flag Earpiece

Trace Adkins upset some viewers during his performance of 'We Three Kings' and 'The Christmas Song' at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting Wednesday night, which was broadcast nationwide on NBC. The actual performance was stirring and elegant, however, Adkins' Confederate flag earpiece is what people have been talking about since.

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