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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.
2013 ACM Nominations
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2013 ACM Awards Nominees Announced

Nominees for the 2013 ACM Awards were announced Wednesday morning during a digital press conference at the ACM Facebook and Twitter pages. Eric Church leads his country peers with seven nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. It's up to fans to decide who will be named Entertainer of the Year. Five artists -- including both ACM hosts -- are up for a chance to win the night's biggest prize on April 7 in Las Vegas. 

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Carrie Underwood Insists There’s No Feud With Taylor Swift

Last week, tabloids circulated rumors that Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift had to be kept separate at the 2013 Grammys because of a feud between the two country superstars. Anonymous "sources" said the two "hate each other" and executives at the awards show had to make sure they didn't cross paths. As you could probably guess, none of it's true, according to Underwood herself.

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Album Spotlight: Tim McGraw, ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

"Optimism" is the word Tim McGraw uses to describe his new album 'Two Lanes of Freedom,' and despite a garnish of somber ballads and hopeless love stories, the singer is dead on. The project's production creates the buoyant mood that carries each of the 15 songs on the accelerated deluxe version. In fact, one's opinion of 'Two Lanes of Freedom' may rest on production decisions made by McGraw and Byron Gallimore.

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Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown, Kelly Clarkson
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Most Anticipated 2013 Grammys Performance? – Readers Poll

Country music promises to set the tone for the 2013 Grammy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 10), as Taylor Swift will be the first artist to take the stage. Swift kicks off the 8PM CBS broadcast, but -- like so many of the other performances -- what she'll sing is still a mystery.

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Mindy McCready’s Ex-Husband Files Motions to Gain Primary Custody of Son

Custody arrangements for Zander -- Mindy McCready's 6-year-old son with ex-husband Billy McKnight -- are once again in dispute, as McKnight has filed multiple motions with regards to McCready's parenting and rocky personal life. He's asking for primary custody of the boy, and has filed additional motions to compel McCready to submit to drug and alcohol testing and undergo a psychological evaluation.

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2013 Taste of Country Music Festival Lineup Profile: Willie Nelson and Family

Experiencing Willie Nelson live is a bucket list item for any true country fan. The legendary hitmaker and songwriter will release a new album in 2013, and will once again hit the road with his family band to bring real country music to fans across America. This June, Willie Nelson and Family will headline the Taste of Country Music Festival at Hunter Mountain in New York.

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Tim McGraw, Kimberly Perry, Blake Shelton
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Top 40 Country Songs – February 2013

The new single from country superstar Blake Shelton debuts at a higher place on this month's Top 40 Country Songs list than any new song in ToC history. 'Sure Be Cool if You Did' is a hit with fans -- they are requesting it at radio and scooping it up on iTunes like bread and milk before a storm. Shelton's new song isn't No. 1, however. That honor goes to a uncompromisingly dark track from one of Nashville's hottest newcomers. 

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2013 Taste of Country Music Festival Lineup Profile: Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum is one of the scheduled headliners at the first-ever Taste of Country Music Festival at Hunter Mountain in New York this June. The June 13-15 country music celebration features over a dozen of the biggest names from Nashville at a scenic venue just two hours from New York City. When they take the stage, Lady A will be bringing new music and their catalog of hits.

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Dustin Lynch Admits Chicks Like to ‘Crank His Tractor,’ Talks Taste of Country Festival

Dustin Lynch fans are having as much fun with his new single 'She Cranks My Tractor' as he is watching them. During an interview with Taste of Country Nights host Jeremy Robinson, the singer admitted women love to sing along to the Top 25 cut from his self-titled debut album.

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Rascal Flatts vs. Uncle Kracker – The Showdown

Tuesday's Showdown came down to the final few phone calls on Taste of Country Nights radio, with country superstars Rascal Flatts' new song 'Changed' pulling ahead in the final few minutes to top Chris Janson's 'Better I Don't.' The two-night champion will sit on the sidelines today and watch Gary LeVox and company take on a new challenger today. 

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