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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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Gary Allan Reveals Full Story of How He Came to Nashville During Guitar Center Sessions – Exclusive Video Premiere

The micro-version of how Gary Allan got to Nashville is well-known, especially among his loyal fans. The 'It Ain't the Whiskey' singer recently sat down to record his episode of Guitar Center Sessions, where he shared all of the details, including the song his benefactor heard before writing him a check for $12,000. Watch him tell the story in this video, premiering on Taste of Country. 

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Brantley Gilbert Among 10 Artists Added to 2014 Country Jam Colorado Lineup

Country Jam 2014 in Grand Junction, Colo. just got a whole lot bigger. Brantley Gilbert has just been announced as a performer for this four-day festival, one of the biggest and longest-running in the country.

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Five Things the American Country Awards Did Right in 2013

It's a mistake to compare the American Country Awards to the CMA Awards, or even the ACM Awards, country music's other Las Vegas-based awards show. The CMT Awards or CMA Country Christmas specials are more fair comparisons. Expectations for Fox's awards show have been too high since the beginning -- it airs in December, after television's sweeps month, against network reruns and Christmas movies. No one is breaking the bank, or even hoping to top 'The Voice.'

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5 Best Carrie Underwood Songs From ‘The Sound of Music Live!’ [Watch]

Carrie Underwood wasn't involved in every performance during Thursday night's (Dec. 5) live theatrical broadcast of 'The Sound of Music Live!' on NBC, but she definitely carried the bulk of the singing. While some were critical of her acting, few can complain about her vocal performances. Each one was a brilliant interpretation that stayed true to the original score but avoiding sounding like Broadway karaoke. Her Top 5 songs include solo moments, and collaborations with others in the show's cast.

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Carrie Underwood Shines in ‘The Sound of Music Live!’

NBC's live theatrical broadcast of 'The Sound of Music' was not without mistakes common in live theater, but one would need to be a student of Broadway to have caught them. Carrie Underwood and a cast of theater and television actors stayed true to the spirit of the musical, making seamless adjustments for Thursday night's (Dec. 5) adaptation.

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