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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.
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Oklahoma’s Country Stars Send Messages to Those Hit by Moore Tornado

Monday's (May 20) devastating tornado in Moore, Okla. touched the hearts of country music's biggest stars, and more than a few were left worrying about friends and family they knew in the area. The state is home to some of the biggest names in country music -- Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Vince Gill and Blake Shelton are just a few who have roots there, with one superstar having grown up in Moore.

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Kree Harrison, ‘All Cried Out’ – Song Review

They say specificity is the soul of narrative, which would mean Kree Harrison's first post-'Idol' single 'All Cried Out' lacks soul, or narrative. The ballad is a showcase for her vocal range and power, but it's never made clear why the Texan is so bummed.

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Kellie Pickler’s Freestyle Leaves One ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Judge in Tears

Some are calling Kellie Pickler's freestyle during Monday night's performance finale on 'Dancing With the Stars' the best dance of the ABC show's 16 seasons. It was a spellbinding performance capable of leaving the toughest hearts shattered to pieces.

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Remember When George Strait Went to Prison?

It was the wildest show behind bars, and George Strait was in the thick of it for one year in the early '80s. He wasn't the only one. Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Tom T. Hall … they all did time behind the walls of the Huntsville Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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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, ‘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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