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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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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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Jamie Lynn Spears, ‘How Could I Want More’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Jamie Lynn Spears' country debut is as honest and authentic as many (OK, most) figured it probably wouldn't be. 'How Could I Want More' is a sharp, vulnerable lyric that the 22-year-old little sister to Britney Spears takes full ownership of. There's not a whiff of that pretension that so often follows a pop star as he or she crosses into country music.

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Sexy Females 2013
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10 Sexiest Female Country Stars of 2013

The style, the smile, the figure and the personality ... for the women on this 10 Sexiest Female Country Stars of 2013 list, it all comes together. Six of these beauties are new to this year's collection, but all 10 found a new way to inspire the male country fan to pay close attention.

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Miranda Lambert
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The Key to Miranda Lambert’s Weight Loss: Half Portions and Blake Shelton’s Support

Miranda Lambert dropped a dress size by cutting back her portions and working out prior to the 2013 CMA Awards. Cardio, circuit training and store-bought, prepared pressed juices are her secret. The result is a body she's glad people are noticing, but especially husband Blake Shelton.

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Bob Beckham Dead: Singer, Publisher and Mentor to Dolly Parton Passes Away at 86

Bob Beckham scored two country hits early in his music career, but soon found his niche on the other side of the radio. The 86-year-old is remembered as a friend and mentor to songwriters like Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton. A former U.S. Army paratrooper, Beckham died on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) at a hospital in Hermitage, Tenn.

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Kellie Pickler
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Album Spotlight: Kellie Pickler, ‘The Woman I Am’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

Kellie Pickler's 'The Woman I Am' album is full of hope, optimism and forgiveness. These aren't words one could hang upon any of her previous releases; time (and a loving marriage) seems to have healed old wounds. The result is like that first breath of clean air after three enjoyable hours spent in the sweaty pit of a concert arena.

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