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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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Kellie Pickler Wins ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Kellie Pickler has been named the winner of Season 16 of 'Dancing With the Stars,' besting Disney star Zendaya in the final two. "Grandpa Ken, we got you the trophy buddy," partner Derek Hough shouted, referring to the man who raised Pickler. NFL player Jacoby Jones finished third, with gymnast Aly Raisman finishing fourth.

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Remember When George Strait Went to Prison?

It was the wildest show behind bars, and George Strait was in the thick of it for one year in the early '80s. He wasn't the only one. Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Tom T. Hall … they all did time behind the walls of the Huntsville Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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George Strait, ‘Love Is Everything’ – Album Review

George Strait steps back in time for his newest release, 'Love Is Everything.' In the past, the singer always found a way to add a touch of contemporary to his traditional sound. There's nothing to separate this from albums he made throughout the '80s and '90s, but that's not necessarily a criticism.

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Remember When Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Fell in Love Onstage?

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's anniversary is May 14, but knowing what we know now, another date is just as important. In 2005 fans saw a dopey grin on Shelton's face that was much more than one singer admiring another in song. As Lambert sang her portion of 'You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma' during the CMT '100 Greatest Duets' concert, the 'Honey Bee' star fell hard.

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Kellie Pickler, ‘Someone Somewhere Tonight’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Kellie Pickler delivers an inspired performance with a new single called 'Someone Somewhere Tonight.' The song -- originally recorded by Kenny Rogers -- is a soaring ballad that touches a range of emotions. Few will find nothing relatable on the singer's first release from an upcoming album.

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Country Stars and Their Moms

There are dozens (if not hundreds) of country songs about moms, and many country singers are even mothers themselves. For this reason, the Mother's Day holiday is sure to be one that is surely not going to be overlooked on any humble artist's calendar. Take a look at the women who helped shape the ladies and gents of country music -- the ones that give us so much wonderful music year after year -- in this list of Country Stars and Their Moms.

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Lauren Alaina, ‘Barefoot and Buckwild’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Meet the new Lauren Alaina. With just a few weeks of her senior year of high school remaining, the singer introduces a grown-up new look, grown-up style and grown-up attitude with her latest single, 'Barefoot and Buckwild.' It's especially difficult to find songs that fit when you're short on life experience, so the one-time 'American Idol' runner-up wrote her own ...

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Carrie Underwood to Replace Faith Hill as ‘Sunday Night Football’ Opener?

Pieces seem to be falling into place to have Carrie Underwood participate in the opening theme for NBC's 'Sunday Night Football.' The singer has promised to make a big announcement on Tuesday, just as NBC Sports is said to be making a major announcement regarding a talent addition to the broadcast at 4PM ET.

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Lady Antebellum, ‘Goodbye Town’ – Song Review

Charles Kelley's desperation turns to anger by the end of 'Goodbye Town,' the second single from Lady Antebellum's new 'Golden' album. The song finds the trio working their bread and butter: heartbreak and a yearning for love lost. Sonically, this song forges ahead with fresh production, but it's not quite as exciting as the lead single, 'Downtown.'

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Jason Aldean and His Wife Jessica Reportedly Separate

Jason Aldean and his wife Jessica Ussery have reportedly separated, less than one year after the singer was caught kissing Charlotte Bobcats dancer and former 'American Idol' singer Brittany Kerr. Ussery didn't attend the ACM Awards in Las Vegas earlier this month. Sources indicate the split may have happened as early as January.

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