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Billy Dukes

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.
Thomas Rhett
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Thomas Rhett Interview: Singer Knows How Life on the Road Can Destroy a Marriage

Fame, money and confidence can lead a 23-year-old to debauchery very quickly. Throw in a guitar, a few sensitive songs, alcohol and a room full of female fans ... hey, there's a reason few country newcomers get married before they've had two hit albums.

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Clay Cook
Southern Reel

John Mayer and Zac Brown Helped Clay Cook Find His ‘North Star’

Writing for Clay Cook's new album 'North Star' began over a decade ago. Actually, it was exactly 15 years ago at the Berklee College of Music. The Atlanta native wasn't used to Boston's cold winters, the fast-paced life or everything else a college freshman goes through 1,000 miles away from home. He started to pen the title track, but wouldn't finish it for a few years, until a friend named John moved with him from Berklee to Atlanta.

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Elvis Presley
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What Would Elvis Presley Look Like if He Were Still Alive?

Elvis Presley died over 35 years ago, and every day since, fans have been wondering what could have been. How much more great music would he have made? How many more movies would he have starred in? And what would Elvis look like today if he didn't die on August 16, 1977?

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What Video
YouTube

What Music Video Is This Picture From?

This poor guy seems to be having a rough time since his wife left him. But that's what you get when you're caught running around with wanton women. Things go from bad to worse in this 2005 music video from one of country music's most popular female stars. Do you think you know which song it's from?

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Brett Eldredge, Blake Shelton, Charles Kelley
YouTube

Watch the Best of Country Stars Taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Country's biggest stars have taken the challenge -- the Ice Bucket Challenge! It turns out, dumping a bucket (or many buckets) of freezing cold water on your noggin brings in lots of money for ALS, as millions of dollars have been raised since Blake Shelton and company started taking the plunge.

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Kristian Bush
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Kristian Bush Enjoys Integrating His Kids Into Songwriting

For the first summer in nearly a decade, Kristian Bush didn't tour with Sugarland, as the duo is on hiatus. This meant more time to write, pursue solo projects and just be a dad again. The co-founder of country's most successful duo since Brooks and Dunn says he's rolling all three of those jobs into one enjoyable ball -- and loving it.

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Cute Country Kid
Can You Guess Who This Is?

Can You Guess Which Country Artist This Kid Grew Up to Be?

This late '80s picture shows a future country star taking the stage perhaps for the very first times. She seemed to have as much confidence then as she does with a microphone in her hand now. She's a little taller these days, and her hair is curlier, but many of the features you see in this adorable photo are the same as what she sports today. 

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Trisha Yearwood
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Trisha Yearwood Reveals New Music, ‘PrizeFighter’ Album

Trisha Yearwood revealed plans for a new album and sang three new songs during a media event in Nashville on Tuesday night (Aug. 19). The superstar has signed with Sony and RCA Records, the same label that husband Garth Brooks announced a deal with in July.

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Josh Gracin
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Josh Gracin Out of the Hospital, Seeking Help After Suicide Scare

Josh Gracin was taken to a hospital after family and police tracked him down last week. The singer had written what many thought was a suicide note, posting it to his private and public Facebook pages on Aug. 14. Over the weekend, his team released a statement to fans.

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Taylor Swift
ABC

Taylor Swift Officially Goes Pop, Announces New Single, ’1989′ Album

Taylor Swift revealed plans for a new, '80s pop-inspired album and shared a brand new single with fans during a live stream on Monday afternoon. In addition, she dropped a bomb, sharing that her sound has taken a big change ... one that mirrors changes in her personal life.

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