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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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Scotty McCreery, ‘See You Tonight’ – Song Review

Scotty McCreery makes his songwriting debut on 'See You Tonight,' a mid-tempo love song that finds the 19-year-old not settling for a phone call or some distant "I love you" from the girl who holds his heart. It's the start of a new chapter for McCreery -- one that's much more important than his last. 

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Brad Paisley, ‘Wheelhouse’ – Album Review

Brad Paisley's 'Wheelhouse' delivers a familiar mix of humor, life lessons and scorching guitar solos, but it does it in a way different from any of the other eight albums the 'Beat This Summer' singer has released. He took his old formula, balled it up, lit it on fire and tossed the ashes in the garbage. The result is a meaty and ambitious project that doesn't always click, but clears new ground when it does.

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Five Questions Left Unanswered After the 2013 ACM Awards

Stevie Wonder, John Mayer and John Fogerty were among those who made surprise guest appearances at the 2013 ACM Awards on Sunday (April 7). Perhaps more interesting, however, is who wasn't in attendance. Fans were left asking about a lack of screen time for three big country singers after Luke Bryan accepted Entertainer of the Year and credits rolled across the screen. 

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Top 5 Viral Moments From the 2013 ACM Awards

The 2013 ACM Awards produced some predictable and unpredictable moments on Sunday night. Luke Bryan won Entertainer of the Year, which few would have bet on in Las Vegas if gambling on awards shows was something people did. Miranda Lambert's wins were more expected, but equally deserving. 'Over You' is among the best songs of the last 15 years, and she and husband Blake Shelton are worthy of the honors.

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Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church’s ‘The Only Way I Know’ Wins 2013 ACM Award for Vocal Event of the Year

The first award at the 2013 ACM Awards was presented on the red carpet. Jason Aldean and his producer Michael Knox were given the Vocal Event of the Year award for the song 'The Only Way I Know' with Luke Bryan and Eric Church. This is the second year in a row Aldean has won this honor.

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2013 ACM Awards Predictions
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2013 ACM Awards Predictions

Despite the accuracy (or lack of accuracy) of these predictions for the 2013 ACM Awards, one thing is certain: one group of country fans will be ecstatic come Monday morning, while another will be furious that their favorite wasn't recognized for his or her talent and achievements. Only one out of every group of five can take the trophy for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist and the other top prizes. This means four more will be left politely applauding for someone the industry says had a little better year. Fans tend to not be as graceful in defeat. 

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2013 ACM Awards Predictions? – Readers Poll

The 2013 ACM Awards are this Sunday (April 7), which means a new king or queen of country music will be crowned. While the Entertainer of the Year award is the night's biggest prize, fans are just as passionate about the earlier giveaways, including Male and Female Vocalist and Album of the Year. What are your predictions for the 2013 ACM Awards? 

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Country Legends Square Off in Taste of Country March Bandness Finals

The Taste of Country March Bandness Finals will feature the two longest-serving bands in the competition. Alabama and the Charlie Daniels Band were playing country music before some of the 14 other groups in this bracket-style contest were born, and their longtime fans haven't forgotten. Both used social media to drum up support during semi-final matchups, and both cruised to comfortable wins. 

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Blake Shelton, ‘Boys ‘Round Here’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

There is comedy in Blake Shelton singing with Pistol Annies, as he does on his new single 'Boys 'Round Here.' One imagines a country Hugh Hefner surrounded by his beauties. In real life, the Annies likely (very likely) don't attend to his every need and agree with him at all costs, but they do on this song, and it's absolutely charming. 

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Brad Paisley, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney
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New Country Music Releases – April 2013

Get ready to be broke by April 30. No fewer than three superstars are releasing new country music albums in April 2013, and that's before you get to projects from LeAnn Rimes and 'X Factor' winner Tate Stevens. The Band Perry, Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney are just a few of the names releasing new music.

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