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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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Critically-Acclaimed Jason Isbell Invited to Audition for ‘The Voice’

Americana artist Jason Isbell has released four studio albums, spent time in the Drive-By Truckers and peppered the country with sold-out tour stops over the last decade. The veteran may finally be getting his big break however, as ‘The Voice’ just emailed, hoping he’d audition.

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Country Confessions: Stars Reveal Their Celebrity Crushes

A few are embarrassing, many are pretty hot, and one or two are jaw-dropping. Taste of Country asked over two dozen country stars who their celebrity crushes are, and while a few of the same names kept popping up -- Jennifer Aniston, beware -- most of the answers were as varied as the artists.

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Sam Hunt, ‘Take Your Time’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

With ‘Take Your Time,’ Sam Hunt isn’t going to win back any country music lovers who dismissed him and his style after one listen to ’Leave the Night On.’ The song is even more influenced by R&B (specifically '90s R&B), and even more likely to irritate stodgy traditionalists.

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Remember When Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Fell in Love Onstage?

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's anniversary is May 14, but knowing what we know now, another date is just as important. In 2005 fans saw a dopey grin on Shelton's face that was much more than one singer admiring another in song. As Lambert sang her portion of 'You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma' during the CMT '100 Greatest Duets' concert, the 'Honey Bee' star fell hard.

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Garth Brooks Brings ‘GMA’ Audience to Tears With Performance of ‘Mom’ [Watch]

Garth Brooks' song 'Mom' begins with “A little baby told God, ‘Hey, I’m kinda scared,’" and ends with a room full of country fans in tears. The singer performed the song on 'Good Morning America' on Friday morning (Nov. 7), and left women like Robin Roberts gasping for air.

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Top 5 Moments From the 2014 CMA Awards

The 2014 CMA Awards were almost two separate shows. The first half featured pop artists and country music's leading ladies dominating the stage and podium when winners names were called. The second half was a return to traditional with its performers and winners. As for the best moments from the night? This Top 5 Moments From the 2014 CMA Awards video highlights all that went right during country's biggest night.

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Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban + Miranda Lambert Are Early 2014 CMA Awards Winners

Two of the most nominated artists at the 2014 CMA Awards learned they were winners before the show even started. Dierks Bentley has won the Music Video of the Year award, while Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert took Musical Event of the Year.

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