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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
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Trace Adkins Cancels SeaWorld Performance

Add Trace Adkins to a list of artists who’ve pulled out of SeaWorld’s Bands, Brew and BBQ concert series set for this winter. The country singer was scheduled to play on March 2, but named the ‘Blackfish' controversy as his reason for canceling.

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LeAnn Rimes
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LeAnn Rimes Witnesses Fatal Plane Crash in Aspen

LeAnn Rimes was among the witnesses of a plane crash that resulted in one death and two serious injuries over the weekend. The accident happened on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 5) in Aspen, Colo. The private jet was carrying three people, including crew.

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Brantley Gilbert
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Brantley Gilbert Interview: Hitmaker Talks Mexico Trip, Biggest Fears and How YouTube Would Have Killed His Career

The two competing sides of Brantley Gilbert's personality make him one of the more fascinating artists walking around Nashville. He's a rebel who writes his own rule book on and off stage. He's also a sensitive songwriter, willing to reveal his broken heart or darkest memories to a room full of beer-swilling fans.

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Parmalee Interview: ‘Carolina’ Singers Overcome Perceptions, Shooting and Six-Figure Credit Card Debt for Country Debut

Parmalee know firsthand that being seen as commercially viable is as important as talent in the music business. What good is talent, after all, if no one knows what to do with it?

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Eddie Montgomery
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Eddie Montgomery’s Shuttered Steakhouse to Be Sold at Auction

Eddie Montgomery’s Harrodsburg, Ky. steakhouse closed in May, and will be sold in January. The building and surrounding lots will be up for auction on January 10 with the money going to pay defaulted loans.

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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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Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley
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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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