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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.
Zac Brown, Natalie Maines, Kenny Chesney
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Why the Grammys Rarely Honor CMA/ACM Awards Winners

In the last 10 years, country fans have come away scratching their heads after the Grammys. Artists and albums that are ignored at the CMA and ACM Awards are honored at the all-genre ceremony that takes place each winter. Only twice in the last decade have the CMAs and Grammys agreed on Song of the Year. Only three times beyond that was the CMA Awards winner even nominated for a Grammy.

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Katie Armiger Launches Campaign to Honor First Responders in Moore, Oklahoma, Boston + Beyond [Watch]

Katie Armiger's new single 'Safe' is more than a song -- it's a movement. The singer is using the ballad from 'Fall Into Me' as the centerpiece of a campaign to honor first responders across the country.

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What Music Video Is This Picture From?

This song comes from the peak of this singer's career. You can actually see the man who sings this song if you look closely. It's a mid-'00s hit that features a rocker who would soon score a couple country hits of his own. Do you know which music video this picture comes from? 

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Trace Adkins Cancels SeaWorld Performance

Add Trace Adkins to a list of artists who’ve pulled out of SeaWorld’s Bands, Brew and BBQ concert series set for this winter. The country singer was scheduled to play on March 2, but named the ‘Blackfish' controversy as his reason for canceling.

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Jason Aldean Launching 2014 Burn It Down Tour With Florida Georgia Line, Tyler Farr

Jason Aldean announced his 2014 touring plans on 'Good Morning America' on Thursday morning (Jan. 9). The 'When She Says Baby' singer will take Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr along on the Burn It Down Tour this spring and summer, stopping in nearly 50 cities and playing multiple baseball stadiums.

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Cute Kids Singing Country Songs – Kenny Rogers, ‘The Gambler’

Just when you think this little dude is through with his interpretation of the 'The Gambler' by Kenny Rogers, he breaks into the next verse and another round of the chorus. That's pretty good for a kid so young. There are a lot of life lessons to be learned from this hit, and little Liam seems to have a handle on them at a young age. 

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What’s Behind the ’80s Rock Revival in Country Music?

Country curmudgeons looking to blame hip-hop for what they see as the fall of country music have it wrong. Sure, acts like Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean are quick to drop rappers alongside country legends when listing influences, but it’s the aggressive, unapologetically loud guitar riffs of the ‘80s that are truly shaping the format today.

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