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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.
Blake Shelton
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Blake Shelton Engages in Twitter War With Westboro Baptist Church

Blake Shelton has responded to the rumor that the Westboro Baptist Church would be picketing his upcoming Oct. 3 show in Kansas City, Mo. The Twitter exchange was ... colorful, to say the least, with both sides using words you may not want showing up on your computer screen at work.

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Luke Bryan Helps YouTube Sensation Score First Kiss With ‘The View’ Host Jenny McCarthy

Luke Bryan co-hosted 'The View' last week, but YouTube sensation Tommy Woolridge stole the show. The man who famously used Bryan and other artists' lyrics to try to pick up women and failed had much better success with former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy. Much better success.

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Scotty McCreery, Toby Keith
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New Country Music Releases – October 2013

October is just a busy as September when it comes to new country music releases. Almost a dozen albums make this list, and that promises to change as the month progresses. Scotty McCreery and Toby Keith have two of the more highly-anticipated new albums, and everyone wants to be sure they have new music on store shelves in time for Christmas. 

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Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean
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Jason Aldean Comes to Luke Bryan’s Defense After Zac Brown Blast

Jason Aldean has Luke Bryan's back. While the 'That's My Kind of Night' singer himself hasn't responded publicly to comments made by Zac Brown about his song, Aldean had some strong words for people "runnin' their mouths."

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2013 CMA Music Festival - Day 4
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Gary Allan Says His Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood Comments Were Taken Out of Context

What seemed like the next round of artist vs. artist criticisms was misconstrued and taken out of context, according to one of the parties involved. Gary Allan says his answer to Larry King's question about whether or not Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are country has been spun in a way he didn't intend.

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Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington, Jana Kramer
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First-Ever Tropical Nights to Bring Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert + More to Beautiful Mexico

The inaugural country music adventure Tropical Nights in Riviera Maya, Mexico will include performances and exclusive opportunities to hang with some of country's biggest stars -- Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington and Jana Kramer.

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Taylor Swift Florida Georgia Line Jason Aldean
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2013 CMA Awards Nominees Announced

The 2013 CMA Awards nominees have been announced, with stars like Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift once again leading a pack of talented Entertainer and Male/Female Vocalist of the Year contenders. The reveal included one big surprise in the Entertainer of the Year category, as George Strait earns a nomination for the first time since 2009. 

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Alan Jackson: ‘There’s Really No Country Left’

Alan Jackson knows there's plenty of great music to be found on country radio, but he misses the "real roots-y, traditional stuff" -- real country music. The legend admits he's sad about the lack of "country stuff" and finds himself wondering if it'll ever come back.

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George Strait
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George Strait Agrees to Record Five More Albums With MCA

George Strait has released 40 albums on MCA Nashville, but that total will reach at least 45 before he's done. On Wednesday night (Aug. 28), his label CEO announced that the legend has signed a contract to record five more albums, even though he's retiring from the road after next year.

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