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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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Jennifer Nettles Delivers Baby Boy

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland gave birth to a baby boy on Thursday (Dec. 6). The singer and her husband, Justin Miller, announced the arrival of Magnus Hamilton Miller in a statement to the media on Friday morning. The couple have been married for one year, and this is the first baby for both of them.

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Taylor Swift Honored by Kennedy Family for Commitment to Social Change

Taylor Swift found herself amongst Kennedys once again on Monday night (Dec. 3), as she was honored by her ex-boyfriend's family at the Ripple of Hope Awards. The singer was given a Ripple of Hope trophy to recognize her commitment to social change through her music. She also performed at the event.

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Jana Kramer Hospitalized

Jana Kramer cut short a show in West Palm Beach, Fla. and was taken to the hospital after falling ill on Saturday night (Dec. 1). Her boyfriend, fellow country singer Brantley Gilbert, was also at the WIRK Country Christmas show and was able to swoop in to carry her off of the stage when it became clear she couldn't continue.

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Hayden Panettiere Involved in Nashville Car Accident

'Nashville' star Hayden Panettiere was involved in a two-car accident earlier this month, caused by her alleged failure to stop at a red light and the other driver's improper merge. No one was seriously hurt, but both the BMW and a Geo Prism were towed from the scene.

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Carrie Underwood to Star in Live Broadcast of ‘The Sound of Music’

Next Christmas season, Carrie Underwood will bring us the gift of music. The 'Blown Away' superstar will play the role of Maria von Trapp in a live broadcast of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical 'The Sound of Music.' The singer takes on a role made famous first by Mary Martin on Broadway, then by Julie Andrews in the 1965 Oscar-winning movie of the same name.

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Best Country Collaboration of 2012? – Readers Poll

The year has ended with a flourish of high-profile collaborations from top country music stars. Jason Aldean pulled two of the hottest males artists in Nashville into the same room to record 'The Only Way I Know' in 2012, while Kelly Clarkson convinced Vince Gill to lend his voice and guitar to 'Don't Rush.' These are the most recent, but hardly the only collaborations from the banner year. What was the best musical match-up from 2012?

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Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine
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Who Will Win ‘The Voice’ Season 3? – Readers Poll

On Tuesday (Nov. 27), both members of Team Blake found themselves on the safe side of elimination, but another judge on NBC's 'The Voice' was not so lucky. Christina Aguilera watched the rest of her team say goodbye, leaving two members from Teams Adam, CeeLo and Blake Shelton. Who do you think will win Season 3 of 'The Voice'?

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Rascal Flatts Reveal New Priorities in ‘All Access & Uncovered’ DVD – Exclusive Video

Rascal Flatts Jay DeMarcus admits he used to pay quite a bit of attention to the criticisms lobbed at his trio. In a clip from their new 'All Access & Uncovered' DVD, made available for online viewing exclusively at Taste of Country, the bassist says that in recent years he's become far less annoyed by people who want to call them a boyband. 

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Remember Which Country Album Was the First to Be Certified Platinum?

Platinum certification for one million albums sold didn't begin until 1976, so while other recordings may have soared past this sales mark, 'Wanted: The Outlaws' became the first official platinum album that year. The project featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter and it would eventually go on to be certified double platinum.

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2012 American Music Awards Pictures: Country Music’s Best Dressed

Country stars shined on stage and on the red carpet at the 2012 American Music Awards on Sunday night. The ABC broadcast featured performances by Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, and moments to celebrate for fans of Underwood, Swift, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum. These four artists were just a few of Nashville's best that turned heads on the AMAs red carpet.

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