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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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End of NHL Lockout Bittersweet for Carrie Underwood

At least one person is saddened by the end of the NHL lockout. When games resume later this month, Carrie Underwood will lose her favorite traveling companion. The labor dispute provided extra time for the singer and her husband Mike Fisher to vacation and just be man and wife -- a luxury not afforded to them often. Upon hearing the news, Underwood took to Twitter to bemoan the NHL season's start (in good fun of course).

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Curb Records to Release ‘Tim McGraw and Friends’ Album Two Weeks Before Singer’s Big Machine Debut

Apparently, two albums featuring Tim McGraw songs are scheduled to be released in the next 30 days. The singer's former label home, Curb Records, just announced that 'Tim McGraw and Friends' will be available on January 22.

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Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert
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Who Will Be Blake Shelton’s 2013 ACM Awards Co-Host? – Readers Poll

Blake Shelton has dropped a few hints about who his co-host will be at the 2013 ACM Awards, but the secret won't be revealed until 25,000 people tweet a message from ACMCountry.com. But, that doesn't mean we can't speculate! Who do you think will join 'The Voice' coach and 'Sure Be Cool if You Did' singer onstage this spring? Below are our five favorite potential co-hosts, based on what Shelton says and who we'd like to see. 

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Lady Antebellum’s ‘Silent Night (Lord of My Life)’ Is iTunes Free Single of the Week

One of the more unique cuts from Lady Antebellum's 'On This Winter's Night' album has been made available for free on iTunes. 'Silent Night (Lord of My Life)' is the single of the week, meaning fans can grab it at no charge until Christmas.

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Country Radio Pulls Sensitive Songs Following Connecticut School Shooting

In light of the December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, a number of country music radio stations have taken a second look at certain songs that receive regular airplay. Two songs by the Band Perry have been temporarily removed from many playlists due to concerns from listeners and program directors. 

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Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill
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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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