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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. In 2014 they moved to Nashville where they now live with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and theirs sons. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
Luke Bryan
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2013 American Country Awards Winners – Full List

With 20 honors to announce in just two hours, the 2013 American Country Awards wasted little time in getting to the winners on Tuesday night (Dec. 10). Luke Bryan accepted the first blue Fender guitar of the night for Male Artist of the Year. He also won Touring Artist of the Year before taking home the night's biggest prize, Artist of the Year. Along with Florida Georgia Line, the 'Drink a Beer' singer was the big winner in Las Vegas.

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Jamie Lynn Spears
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Jamie Lynn Spears, ‘How Could I Want More’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

Jamie Lynn Spears' country debut is as honest and authentic as many (OK, most) figured it probably wouldn't be. 'How Could I Want More' is a sharp, vulnerable lyric that the 22-year-old little sister to Britney Spears takes full ownership of. There's not a whiff of that pretension that so often follows a pop star as he or she crosses into country music.

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Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan
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New Songs on the Radio – November 2013

With the CMA Awards, country superstars seized an opportunity to get their new songs on radio and television in November 2013. Some extra TV time can do wonders for a song's ascent up the radio charts or sales charts. Luke Bryan's 'Drink a Beer' is one example of how the timing can pay off, as after the show, millions were searching for more information.

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Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley
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Country Feuds, Obamacare, Kenny Rogers Targeted During Brad Paisley + Carrie Underwood’s 2013 CMA Awards Opening

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood provided at least three "Oh no they didn't!" moments during their opening monologue at the 2013 CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 6). Zac Brown, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Julianne Hough, Obamacare, Keith Urban, 'Duck Dynasty' and the 'evil' Kenny Rogers were all targets. Almost everyone took the jabs with a smile.

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