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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.
Jason Aldean
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Jason Aldean’s ‘Kiss’ Named Scandal of the Year at the Taste of Country Awards

Having the biggest country music scandal of any year is an honor that comes with few congratulatory messages, so it seems unlikely many will be showered upon Jason Aldean for winning at the 2012 Taste of Country Awards. His night out with dancer and former 'American Idol' contestant Brittany Kerr was named the Scandal of the Year by Taste of Country readers.

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Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift Wins Seven Taste of Country Awards, Including Artist of the Year

Taylor Swift earned seven new honors, including Artist, Album and Song of the Year, at the second-annual Taste of Country Awards. The fan-voted awards concluded last night (Jan. 15 at midnight), with the 'Begin Again' singer outlasting fellow superstar Carrie Underwood in many of the categories.

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Top 40 Country Songs January 2013
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Top 40 Country Songs – January 2013

One could do worse then choosing to spend holiday cash or gift cards on songs included in this Top 40 Country Songs of January 2013 list. Superstars like George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood are included, as are newcomers like Thomas Rhett, Kasey Musgraves and Hunter Hayes. The No. 1 song belongs to an artist who took nearly three years between albums, and has recently returned with a stirring song of inspiration. 

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Darius Rucker, Randy Houser
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New Country Music Releases – January 2013

Fans have been hungry for new music from two country artists and with the new country music releases for January 2013, the starvation will subside. Darius Rucker and Gary Allan will both release new albums early in the new year. In fact, both will release their long-awaited albums on the same day. 

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Tim McGraw
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Tim McGraw’s ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’ Album to Include Taylor Swift, Keith Urban Collaboration

Album art, track listing and collaborative partners are among the new details just revealed about Tim McGraw's upcoming new album 'Two Lanes of Freedom,' set for a Feb. 5, 2013 release. The standard version will include 11 songs including 'Truck Yeah,' 'One of Those Nights' and a song called 'Highway Don't Care,' which McGraw recorded with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.

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Johnny Cash Live Albums, Rarities Part of New ‘The Complete Columbia Album Collection’ Box Set

During his nearly 50 years in country music, Johnny Cash proved to be one of the most prolific recording artists of his time. He brought equipment everywhere -- often to prisons -- to capture unique sounds and tensions on tape. Those rarities and long since forgotten live albums are just part of what's included in the new 'The Complete Columbia Album Collection' box set.

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Tim McGraw Faith Hill Las Vegas
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Begin Soul2Soul Residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill began their Soul2Soul residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas over the weekend. A packed house watched the couple volley hits back and forth at each other between the emotional duets that made the original Soul2Soul Tour so popular. Fortunately for fans who couldn't make it, what they say isn't true -- everything that happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. 

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‘Nashville’ Songs: Music From Season 1, Episode 8

More new music from ABC's 'Nashville' debuted during Wednesday (Dec. 6) night's episode. Gunnar and Juilette had the most memorable solo performances with two songs written specifically for the show. 'When the Right One Comes Along' may have stolen the episode, as it set up the increasing love tension between the actor and Scarlett, played by Clare Bowen. 

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Tim McGraw, ‘Mary and Joseph’ – Song Review

Tim McGraw could make a pretty strong Christmas album if he chose to do so. His new release 'Mary and Joseph' is a creative -- but not too creative -- interpretation of the story of Jesus' birth. McGraw tells it like he's told the best stories of his two decade-long career, with a sweet reverence for the struggles his characters are living through.

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Kix Brooks, ‘Moonshine Road’ – Song Review

Kix Brooks takes a trip back to Lake Bistineau in his new semi-autobiographical single 'Moonshine Road.' The singer says the cut is based on a spot he and his trouble-making friends would take to at night. The steam is still fresh on this swampy, country-blues cut. Memories of his Moonshine Road aren't thick with moss, even though it's been a few decades since those hell-raising years.

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