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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.
George Strait
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George Strait, ‘Love Is Everything’ – Album Review

George Strait steps back in time for his newest release, 'Love Is Everything.' In the past, the singer always found a way to add a touch of contemporary to his traditional sound. There's nothing to separate this from albums he made throughout the '80s and '90s, but that's not necessarily a criticism.

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Remember When Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Fell in Love Onstage?

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's anniversary is May 14, but knowing what we know now, another date is just as important. In 2005 fans saw a dopey grin on Shelton's face that was much more than one singer admiring another in song. As Lambert sang her portion of 'You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma' during the CMT '100 Greatest Duets' concert, the 'Honey Bee' star fell hard.

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Derek Hough and Kellie Pickler DWTS
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A Perfect Score Helps Kellie Pickler to Third Place on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Kellie Pickler's Argentine Tango was perfect, but her Flamenco was stiff. She and 'Dancing With the Stars' partner Derek Hough tallied a 58 on Monday (May 13), good for third best on the night behind Jacoby Jones and Aly Raisman, who tied with 59s.

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Kellie Pickler
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Kellie Pickler, ‘Someone Somewhere Tonight’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Kellie Pickler delivers an inspired performance with a new single called 'Someone Somewhere Tonight.' The song -- originally recorded by Kenny Rogers -- is a soaring ballad that touches a range of emotions. Few will find nothing relatable on the singer's first release from an upcoming album.

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Keith Urban
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Keith Urban, ‘Little Bit of Everything’ – Song Review

Perhaps it should be no surprise that after five months spent judging 'American Idol,' Keith Urban has delivered his most pop-friendly single to date in 'Little Bit of Everything.' The talented singer and guitarist uses tricks in production that a less established singer would be skewered for. The result is a delightful summer jam that's short on nutritional content.

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Lauren Alaina
Mercury Nashville

Lauren Alaina, ‘Barefoot and Buckwild’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Meet the new Lauren Alaina. With just a few weeks of her senior year of high school remaining, the singer introduces a grown-up new look, grown-up style and grown-up attitude with her latest single, 'Barefoot and Buckwild.' It's especially difficult to find songs that fit when you're short on life experience, so the one-time 'American Idol' runner-up wrote her own ...

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Lady Antebellum
Capitol Nashville

Album Spotlight: Lady Antebellum, ‘Golden’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

The best moments on Lady Antebellum's fourth album 'Golden' find Charles Kelley or Hillary Scott singing solo, with minimal help from the other on harmonies. There is no shortage of songs that act as features for the two talented vocalists. The evolution of the trio finds them becoming a dual threat super power instead of a two-headed pop-rock-country group.

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Country Prom Pictures: See What Top Nashville Singers Wore for Their Big Night

More than one country star made daring decisions on their prom night, but few made a bold country statements with their gowns or suits. You'll find no boots, hats or excessive rhinestones in this list of country prom pictures. Instead, you'll see a little leg, a few low-cut dresses and plenty of smiles as stars young and not-so-young reveal how they spent that magical high school moment.

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Announced as New ‘Sunday Night Football’ Opening Singer

Carrie Underwood has been announced as the Faith Hill's replacement to sing the introduction to NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' broadcast this fall. The country superstar will sing the weekly introduction to the broadcast, beginning with the Sept. 8 matchup between the N.Y. Giants and Dallas Cowboys. 

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