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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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Zac Brown Band Crowd the 2013 Grammys Stage to Accept Best Country Album

The Grammy Awards continue to be good to Zac Brown Band. There hasn't been a year that the country group has been nominated that they haven't taken home an award, and 2013 was no different. Their new album 'Uncaged' was named Best Country Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. 

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Walks Grammys Red Carpet in $31 Million Diamond Necklace

You don't need many accessories when you're wearing a $31 million necklace. Aside from her wedding ring and a stunning black Roberto Cavalli gown (plus a few intimates, we suspect), that's all Carrie Underwood had on as she walked the red carpet on Sunday night (Feb. 10) at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

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Carrie Underwood Shows Emotions Accepting Best Country Solo Performance Award at the 2013 Grammys

Carrie Underwood won her seventh lifetime Grammy Award on Sunday night (Feb. 10), picking up her second of 2013 for her hit song 'Blown Away.' The singer fought back tears thanking her fans and family as she hoisted the award for Best Country Solo Performance. 

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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, Billy McKnight
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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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Dustin Lynch
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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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Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Make Big Moves in This Week’s Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown

The Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown is decided completely by fan vote, and readers have put one superstar's video ahead of all others for a second straight week. There was plenty of change within the other nine spots, though, with Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley making big moves. 

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Top 10 Videos 1/19/13
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Drama Dominates This Week’s Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown

The votes have been tallied, and one of country music's hottest superstars has the No. 1 video this week. The other nine spots ... well, there are some pretty big names from Nashville there as well. Brantley Gilbert, the Band Perry, and Little Big Town all have new videos in the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. None of these three come in at No. 1, however. 

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Skylar Laine
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Ex-Boyfriend of ‘American Idol’ Star Skylar Laine Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime

Skylar Laine's boyfriend during her time on 'American Idol' has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime. Joseph Dominick, 21, was charged with targeting and injuring African Americans by throwing beer bottles and shooting metal ball bearings at them.

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Top 40 Country Songs January 2013
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Top 40 Country Songs – January 2013

One could do worse then choosing to spend holiday cash or gift cards on songs included in this Top 40 Country Songs of January 2013 list. Superstars like George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood are included, as are newcomers like Thomas Rhett, Kasey Musgraves and Hunter Hayes. The No. 1 song belongs to an artist who took nearly three years between albums, and has recently returned with a stirring song of inspiration. 

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LeAnn Rimes Criticized After ‘X Factor’ Performance With Carly Rose Sonenclar

Everyone said the right things after LeAnn Rimes and 'X Factor' contestant Carly Rose Sonenclar finished singing the country superstar's 1997 hit 'How Do I Live.' But it was clear during the duet that there was concern for what was happening on stage. The day following, Rimes is being called "unstable," "out of it" and worse by internet news and tabloid sites.

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