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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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Ukulele Molly Tries to Save Historic Nashville Studio With Original Song [Watch]

Can one little girl save one of the most historic music studios in Nashville? The famed Studio A, a room that's hosted Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and George Strait, could be targeted for demolition if new owners don't choose to preserve it. Ten-year-old Molly Jeanne doesn't want that to happen.

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Fan Undeterred by Lightning Strike, Hot Plate Burn, Seizure

Carrie Underwood, meet your most loyal fan! At Country Fest in Cadott, Wisc. over the weekend, Gage Stroening did all he could to see the Underwood -- and meet Randy Houser -- after being jolted by lightning and stepping on a red-hot hot plate. Following a brief seizure and visit to the emergency room, the Minnesota man was back at Country Fest.

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Heavy Influence: How Colt Ford Has Helped Shape Modern Country Music

Would Florida Georgia Line be thriving today if Colt Ford had struggled before them? That's a big question -- one that isn't meant to discredit anything Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have accomplished in the two years since 'Cruise' became the most popular song since 'Happy Birthday.'

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Dierks Bentley Danielle Bradbery
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World Cup Fever: Dierks Bentley, Danielle Bradbery + More Cheer on Team USA

As Team USA prepared for their 2014 Word Cup match against Germany, country artists like Dierks Bentley and Chase Rice stopped what they were working on to cheer on the boys in white, and perhaps watch the game. Stars took to Twitter to fire up Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore and company.

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Stephen Barker Liles
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Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles Shares Wedding Details

Stephen Barker Liles of Love and Theft will marry fiance Jenna Kennedy this August in Nashville. In a chat with Taste of Country, the singer opens up about his plans for the ceremony and reception, saying the 250-person party is smaller than he wanted.

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Willie Nelson’s ‘Band of Brothers’ Video Features Rowdy Backstage Fun – Exclusive Premiere

The title-track from Willie Nelson’s new ‘Band of Brothers’ album could be a theme song for his motley group of players and friends. The singer has released a video for the song that showcases the crew having fun backstage and off stage. During this ToC video premiere fans get a look at a more relaxed, almost silly, country music legend.

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Hank Williams Jr.
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Hank Williams Jr. Thompson Square + More Close 2014 Taste of Country Music Festival [Pictures]

The final day of the Taste of Country Music Festival included a rowdy set from Hank Williams Jr., and more polished performances from newcomer Chase Rice, and Vocal Duo of the Year winner Thompson Square.

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