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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.
Trace Adkins, Clay Walker, Jason Michael Carroll
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When the Good Die Young: Great Songs and the Unexpected Reasons They Never Became Hits

The story goes like this: Clay Walker releases a ballad called 'She Likes It in the Morning' to radio in 2008, and after a few weeks, it dies. That's radio-speak for it falls off the country charts and never gets played again. Fans loved it, however, and Walker sings the yoke out of it. So ... what happened?

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Teen Covers ‘Blue Christmas,’ Sounds Just Like Elvis Presley [Watch]

Elvis Presley lives! One teen's 'Blue Christmas' cover proves the country and rock n' roll legend is still alive -- inside of him, at least. Listen for yourself and decide if all other Presley impersonators should just retire right now. 

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LeAnn Rimes, Jake Owen, Danica Patrick
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Five Things the American Country Awards Did Right in 2013

It's a mistake to compare the American Country Awards to the CMA Awards, or even the ACM Awards, country music's other Las Vegas-based awards show. The CMT Awards or CMA Country Christmas specials are more fair comparisons. Expectations for Fox's awards show have been too high since the beginning -- it airs in December, after television's sweeps month, against network reruns and Christmas movies. No one is breaking the bank, or even hoping to top 'The Voice.'

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Judge Denies Dismissal of Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood ‘Remind Me’ Lawsuit

A lawsuit alleging that the songwriters behind Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood's hit duet 'Remind Me' stole from another songwriter will move forward after a federal judge ruling in Nashville on Tuesday (Dec. 3).

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What Would Elvis Presley Look Like if He Were Still Alive?

Elvis Presley died over 35 years ago, and every day since, fans have been wondering what could have been. How much more great music would he have made? How many more movies would he have starred in? And what would Elvis look like today if he didn't die on August 16, 1977?

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George Jones Memorial Unveiled, Singer’s Legacy Lives on With Scholarship

A large monument that George Jones began designing years before his death was unveiled on Monday (Nov. 18). Friends, family and fans packed the singer's gravesite to witness the historic revealing before the singer's widow, Nancy, shared another way the legend's legacy will live on.

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Darius Rucker: ‘Country Music Is Screwed’ if ‘Wagon Wheel’ Not Nominated for a Grammy

It didn't win the Song of the Year or Single of the Year award at the 2013 CMAs, but Darius Rucker thinks his hit cover of 'Wagon Wheel' should be considered for a Grammy. In fact, he's going to be upset about it if it isn't.

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Turning 30 and Upcoming Album Inspired Miranda Lambert’s Weight Loss

Miranda Lambert told reporters backstage at the 2013 CMA Awards that her upcoming 30th birthday inspired her new, slimmer, healthier figure. Her secret isn't so secret -- exercise and better eating habits allowed her to shed unwanted pounds.

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