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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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Lady Antebellum Share Backstage Footage of Final Show Before Baby Break

Following Lady Antebellum's Saturday (June 15) performance at the Taste of Country Music Festival, Hillary Scott officially went on maternity leave. The singer is set to deliver her little girl sometime next month. The group's final set was much more than just another show. 

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Movie About George Jones’ Life in the Works

The life story of one of country music's most celebrated singers is going to be told in a feature film. George Jones and his wife Nancy were working with a screenwriter in the years leading up to the legend's death. The biopic has the singer's blessing, and now has a production company to produce it.

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Montgomery Gentry, Justin Moore + More Share Best Advice From Dad on Father’s Day 2013

Stars Justin Moore and the men of Montgomery Gentry are dads, but they're also sons who are no doubt thinking about their fathers this Father's Day. The two acts joined Craig Campbell and Dustin Lynch at the first-ever Taste of Country Music Festival this weekend, where

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Naomi Judd Takes CMT to Task for ‘By the Way’ Mention of George Jones During Awards Show

Naomi Judd feels CMT did George Jones a disservice by limiting their tribute to the Possum during the 2013 CMT Music Awards. In addition to the short time allotted for the dedication, the legend was critical of the group the network chose to perform Jones' music.

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Boy or Girl? Dierks Bentley Reveals the Sex of Baby-on-the-Way

Dierks Bentley revealed the sex of his unborn third child during a fan club party at the CMA Music Festival last week. The 'Bourbon in Kentucky' singer wanted his most dedicated fans to be the first to know if the blossoming bundle will be a third girl, or his first son. 

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Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan + More Highlight CMA Music Fest Performances – Pictures

Luke Bryan jumped into the crowd to rub against his fans, Taylor Swift joined Tim McGraw and Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band stood next to Kenny Rogers and Kid Rock. There were no shortage of surprises during Thursday's (June 6) 2013 CMA Music Festival concert at LP Field in Nashville.

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Justin Moore Is Ready to Quit Flying Under the Radar

A third album can be a trap album for an artist like Justin Moore. To get this far means you've had some success and made a little money, especially if you write your own songs, as the 29-year-old does. With two kids and a wife at home, those weekends away lose their luster no matter how seductive the thrill of playing for thousands of fans who know every word to every song you've ever cut can be.

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Dustin Lynch Is Blazing His Trail Just Like His Heroes Did

Earlier this year, Dustin Lynch was invited to join Keith Urban on the set of 'American Idol' to talk plans for the star's Light the Fuse Tour. The 'She Cranks My Tractor' singer is opening each show alongside Little Big Town, and the two talked business before Lynch sat in the audience and took in an episode of the reality series. Personally and professionally, the 28-year-old couldn't have been further from home.

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2013 CMT Music Awards Performances – Full List

Jason Aldean opened the 2013 CMT Music Awards with a blistering hot performance alongside rocker Lenny Kravitz. The two may have never performed live together before, but their version of 'American Woman' showed no flaws. Kravitz shredded while Aldean took his turn at the classic song's verse and chorus. It was the beginning to a eclectic night of live music. 

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