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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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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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‘Nashville’ Songs: Music From Season 1, Episode 7

Season 1, Episode 7 of 'Nashville' featured three original songs, one of which was written by a star of the ABC drama. The music from the show continues to come from top Nashville songwriters, both legends and newcomers. It's a special blend that keeps you leaning toward the television to hear the next surprise tune.

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Five Things Noticeably Missing From the 2012 CMA Awards

There were first-time winners in the Entertainer, Album and Vocal Group of the Year categories at the 2012 CMA Awards, and fans saw brilliant performances by stars like Little Big Town, Kelly Clarkson, the Band Perry and Zac Brown Band. However, there were a few noticeable absences from this year's Nashville ceremony. 

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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles Shows Off Her Halloween ‘Pumpkin’

Proving she has one of the best senses of humor in country music, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles painted her very pregnant belly orange for Halloween and shared the picture with fans on Twitter. The singer is expecting her first baby with husband Justin in November. 

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Tim McGraw Announces New Album, ‘Two Lanes of Freedom,’ and New Single

Tim McGraw will debut a new single from his upcoming 'Two Lanes of Freedom' album at the 2012 CMA Awards on Thursday night. The singer made the announcement alongside details of the new album on Tuesday morning. 'One of Those Nights' is part of a collection of songs that promises to cover his broadest emotional range yet.

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Country Stars Show Off Their 2012 Halloween Costumes

While Halloween isn't until Wednesday (Oct. 31), country music stars put on their costumes to celebrate at concerts and events over the weekend. Hands down, these are the scariest, the sexiest and the most creative country music Halloween costumes for 2012. You may never look at these singers the same again!

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2012 CMA New Artist of the Year Award Prediction? – Readers Poll

The five nominees for the 2012 CMA New Artist of the Year award reached their current levels of fame in very different ways. Thompson Square might be the only true "new artist," meaning an act that was previously unheard of before releasing a smash debut album. The others are no less deserving, however. This is an interesting category that will be fun to watch on Nov. 1. Who do you think will win the New Artist of the Year award at the 2012 CMAs?

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