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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.
Tim McGraw
Green Room PR
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Tim McGraw Announces New Album, ‘Two Lanes of Freedom,’ and New Single

Tim McGraw will debut a new single from his upcoming 'Two Lanes of Freedom' album at the 2012 CMA Awards on Thursday night. The singer made the announcement alongside details of the new album on Tuesday morning. 'One of Those Nights' is part of a collection of songs that promises to cover his broadest emotional range yet.

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Karen Fairchild, Mike Eli, Kimberly Perry, Zac Brown, Hillary Scott
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2012 CMA Vocal Group of the Year Award Prediction? – Readers Poll

While the power of the Vocal Duo of the Year category has waned in recent years, the Vocal Group of the Year pool at the 2012 CMA Awards is overflowing with talent. How tight is this category? Rascal Flatts weren't even nominated for what seems like the first time since mullets were en vogue. Who do you think will win the Vocal Group of the Year award at the CMAs?

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Geroge Strait
MCA Nashville
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George Strait, ‘Give It All We Got Tonight’ – Song Review

With George Strait announcing a retirement from the road after his next tour, it's tempting to gush all over his new single 'Give It All We Got Tonight' like a school girl going on about a cute new teacher. A wave of nostalgia threatens objectivity, even though Strait will still be recording after 2014. The first song from his upcoming new album can be summed up in three words...

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Halloween
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Country Stars Show Off Their 2012 Halloween Costumes

While Halloween isn't until Wednesday (Oct. 31), country music stars put on their costumes to celebrate at concerts and events over the weekend. Hands down, these are the scariest, the sexiest and the most creative country music Halloween costumes for 2012. You may never look at these singers the same again!

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Thompson Square
Stoney Creek Records
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Thompson Square, ‘If I Didn’t Have You’ – Song Review

Thompson Square's new single 'If I Didn't Have You' is the fifth straight love song from the married country duo. While some may yearn for more varied subject matter from Keifer and Shawna Thompson, an easy argument could be made for the "If it ain't broke ..." philosophy of life and country music. 

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Lady Antebellum
Capitol Nashville
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Lady Antebellum, ‘On This Winter’s Night’ – Album Review

Lady Antebellum are practically built for Christmas albums. There's a Captain and Tennille quality to their partnership that's made hip by youth and intriguing subject matter. The trio's take on standards like 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' and 'Silent Night' are timeless, in that they could really be transported to any decade of country music. For them, covering yuletide hits is as easy as looking good. 

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Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift Finds Love in Romantic New ‘Begin Again’ Video

Taylor Swift's 'Begin Again' video finds her going from mopey and melancholy, to hopeful and optimistic about love's possibilities. The clip was filmed in Paris, and the singer saunters around the city in very European dress. At a cafe (presumably on a Wednesday), the video's lead actor catches her attention. 

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Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town
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2012 CMA Single of the Year Award Prediction? – Readers Poll

The 2012 CMA Awards are on the horizon, and the countdown begins today with predictions on each of the nine major categories. You also have a chance to choose a winner for each award in a daily readers poll. Who do you predict to win the Single of the Year award at the 2012 CMAs?

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Jason Aldean, Jamey Johnson, Scotty McCreery
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Which New Album Are You Most Likely to Buy? – Readers Poll

October 16, 2012 may be the biggest day of new country releases all year! Three big stars have new music available online and in stores, leaving fans with the difficult decision of how to best spend their money. Of the new projects available from Jason Aldean, Jamey Johnson and Scotty McCreery, which are you most likely to buy? 

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Scotty McCreery
Mercury Nashville
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Scotty McCreery, ‘Christmas With Scotty McCreery’ – Album Review

Scotty McCreery shares a warm holiday hug with many of the most well-known Christmas classics on his new 'Christmas With Scotty McCreery' album. From top to bottom, this is a consistent project that takes few chances, but offers 11 pleasant recordings to easily slip into one's yearly holiday playlist. 

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