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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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Exclusive: Sara Evans Recruits Vince Gill for ‘Stone-Cold Country’ Song ‘Better Off’ [Watch]

Sara Evans' invited Vince Gill to sing on a song called 'Better Off,' a ballad from her' new 'Slow Me Down' album. The cut finds Evans in her wheelhouse. “‘Better Off’ is a stone-cold country song,” she says in this behind-the-song video exclusive to Taste of Country.

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Mandy Moody Reflects on Decision to Have Six-Week-Old’s Eye Removed at St. Jude

The first weeks after childbirth are precious. Ideally, it's a time to bond with baby, but it's also a chance for mom to recover physically and emotionally. Mandy Moody's postpartum experience with her third child Lela was rudely interrupted when doctors discovered the strange glow in the little girl's left eye was actually retinoblastoma, a rare and malignant form of cancer. 

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Country’s Romantics: How Nashville’s Leading Men Found Their Valentines

It should be no surprise that many of country music's most romantic singers are pretty smooth off stage, as well. However, the most memorable, real-life love stories are honest and spontaneous. They hinge on tiny details, like the emotion she stirred when she walked on his bus, or the dress she wore when he sang to her on the beach during Spring Break.

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Exploring Miranda Lambert’s ‘Automatic’ Lyrics: Was ‘Back Then’ Actually Better?

Lyrically, Miranda Lambert takes a wistful look back to a simpler time in her new song 'Automatic.' Few would argue that her formative years (the mid-to-late '80s and early '90s) ticked at a slower tock than the nonstop world of today. Technology has undoubtedly made life more efficient, but has it made us happier? 

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