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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.
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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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Details of Billy Currington’s ‘Terroristic Threats’ Charge Emerge

An initial sketch of the April 15 incident that led to the indictment of Billy Currington has emerged. The singer was charged with terroristic threats and abuse of an elder person in a Chatham County, Ga. court this afternoon (April 24) but it sounds like he's itching to tell his side of the story.

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Willie Nelson, ‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’ – Album Review

'Let's Face the Music and Dance' is a great place for a young country music fan to meet Willie Nelson. It won't be his most famous, and it won't create any hit singles. This wonderfully consistent effort proves what longtime fans of the legend already know: At 79 years old (80 on April 30), Nelson is still as important and skilled a vocalist as there is in country music. 

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Alabama Named Best Country Band of All Time

The last hour of voting during the finals of March Bandness was frenzied, to say the least. Thousands of fans of Alabama and the Charlie Daniels Band cast a ballot in the waning minutes. The boys from Fort Payne, Ala. were trailing until the end, when they surged ahead and took the title of Best Country Band of All Time

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Wynonna Judd Eliminated From ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Wynonna Judd's next great challenge has ended prematurely. The country legend and her professional dance partner Tony Dovolani were eliminated from 'Dancing With the Stars' on Tuesday night (April 2) after their Samba received the night's lowest scores on Monday. The dancer with the lowest total of fan votes and judges scores is sent home each week.

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Kellie Pickler Named Prom Queen After Brilliant Jive on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Wynonna Judd Struggles

The two dancers representing country music on ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars' are headed in very different directions. Kellie Pickler amazed the judges and live audience on Monday night (April 1) with a "ridiculously amazing" Jive set to 'Footloose.' Her score of 25 led the night, while Wynonna Judd's 15 for her Samba was the lowest tally. 

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Blake Shelton, ‘Boys ‘Round Here’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

There is comedy in Blake Shelton singing with Pistol Annies, as he does on his new single 'Boys 'Round Here.' One imagines a country Hugh Hefner surrounded by his beauties. In real life, the Annies likely (very likely) don't attend to his every need and agree with him at all costs, but they do on this song, and it's absolutely charming. 

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Kellie Pickler’s Jazz Earns Standing Ovation From ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Judge

Kellie Pickler and Wynonna Judd danced to keep dancing on Monday night (March 25) during the second episode of the new season of 'Dancing With the Stars.' Tuesday's results show could send one of the two country singers home, but if the judges' critiques and scores are an indication of what America is thinking, neither should be too worried. 

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