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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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Lafayette Shooting Victim Jillian Johnson Member of Country Band the Figs

Jillian Johnson, one of the two people killed by a gunman at a Lafayette, La. movie theater on Thursday night, was a businesswoman, artist and member of a well-respected local country music group called the Figs. Friends and fans from Nashville to Louisiana have taken to her Facebook wall to offer their favorite memories in the hours since the shooting.

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Miranda Lambert Breaks Down on Stage Two Days Before Divorce Announcement [Watch]

Just days before Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s divorce became public knowledge, Lambert broke down while singing “The House That Built Me” in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The moment may have foreshadowed what was to come.

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How Tyler Farr ‘Crashed’ Jerrod Niemann and Wife’s Hotel Room in Jamaica

It begins with "I was in bed with my wife ..." and ends with "I can't believe he didn't get hurt!" In between, Jerrod Niemann's story about Tyler Farr breaking into his hotel room in Jamaica takes all sorts of strange twists and turns, and ends with someone having to pay for damages.

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Kacey Musgraves Says ‘Pageant Material’ Is a Family Affair

Kacey Musgraves admits her new album Pageant Material serves as an autobiography in some ways, but that wasn't her intent when she began writing and recording her second studio album. Many are looking for the next "Follow Your Arrow," a song that stirred up controversy while helping her earn multiple Song and Album of the Year honors. Those songs are there, but they're not the heart of this project.

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Tim McGraw on the Most Meaningful Gift He Gets From Giving New Homes to Veterans

Before Shotgun Rider tour stops, Tim McGraw has been giving mortgage-free homes to war veterans as part of Operation Homefront. He tells Taste of Country he gets something in return, although it's not something he can hold.

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Miranda Lambert Sings ‘You and Tequila’ With Kenny Chesney in Chicago

Miranda Lambert played her own set at Soldier Field in Chicago over the weekend, and then returned to the stage to join headliner Kenny Chesney on his hit "You and Tequila." Lambert sings Grace Potter's part on the ballad — fans were enthusiastic to say the least. Video shows that the "Little Red Wagon" singer kind of nailed it.

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Wounded Army Veteran Gives Brantley Gilbert His First Purple Heart

There’s not much that will ever compete with the gift Brantley Gilbert received from an Army veteran last month. Justin Patterson, a former sniper who says he’s barely left the house in two years due to symptoms from PTSD, joined Gilbert on his motorcycle ride for the Wounded Warrior Project. Then, he said thank you in the most unbelievable way.

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