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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.
2013 ACM Nominations
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2013 ACM Awards Nominees Announced

Nominees for the 2013 ACM Awards were announced Wednesday morning during a digital press conference at the ACM Facebook and Twitter pages. Eric Church leads his country peers with seven nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. It's up to fans to decide who will be named Entertainer of the Year. Five artists -- including both ACM hosts -- are up for a chance to win the night's biggest prize on April 7 in Las Vegas. 

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Carrie Underwood Insists There’s No Feud With Taylor Swift

Last week, tabloids circulated rumors that Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift had to be kept separate at the 2013 Grammys because of a feud between the two country superstars. Anonymous "sources" said the two "hate each other" and executives at the awards show had to make sure they didn't cross paths. As you could probably guess, none of it's true, according to Underwood herself.

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Lady Antebellum Excited to Bring New ‘Party Record’ to Taste of Country Music Festival, Dave Haywood Says

Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum shared a few more details about the trio's new album and Hillary Scott's pregnancy during an interview with WGNA radio recently. The band -- who will play the Taste of Country Music Festival in June -- has just released 'Downtown' as the lead single from a fourth album which Haywood says will follow suit.

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Grammy Winners Little Big Town Talk About the Risks of ‘Pontoon’

One could see the look of pure jubilation on the faces of the four Little Big Town members as they accepted their Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance on Sunday night (Feb. 10). “This is such a long time coming for us, we’re so thrilled,” Phillip Sweet -- the admittedly emotional one in the group -- said, gushing into the microphone. 'Pontoon' is the band's biggest hit to date. It may also be their biggest risk, which is saying something for group that has never met vanilla. 

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Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Make Big Moves in This Week’s Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown

The Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown is decided completely by fan vote, and readers have put one superstar's video ahead of all others for a second straight week. There was plenty of change within the other nine spots, though, with Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley making big moves. 

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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 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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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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