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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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Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman Shine on 2013 Oscars Red Carpet

Keith Urban and his A-list actress wife Nicole Kidman dressed up for the biggest night in cinema and absolutely sparkled on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday night (Feb. 24). As you can see from this gallery of pictures, the two looked confident, comfortable and very much in love as they made their way through the photographers gallery to their seats inside the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

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Remember Who Country Music’s First Reality TV Show Winner Was?

Before there was Scotty McCreery, Carrie Underwood or even Kelly Clarkson, another country act got a start on a television singing competition. Ed McMahon's 'Star Search' named its first Vocal Group winner in 1983, and helped launch the career of a pack of hitmakers as reliable as any in the early to mid-90s. 

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Fire Destroys Buildings at Loretta Lynn’s Hurricane Mills Ranch

Weather or a faulty power strip may be to blame for a fire that destroyed one building and damaged others at Loretta Lynn's home on Thursday night (Feb. 21). Firefighters arrived to Hurricane Mills at 7:30PM to put out the blaze. Lynn's management later tweeted to tell fans she was safe.

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Is Kimberly Perry of the Band Perry Dating a Baseball Player?

The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry recently revealed that she has a boyfriend, and some diligent detective work indicates that it's Toronto Blue Jays catcher JP Arencibia. Fans and followers may have noticed the singer in a Blue Jays hoodie, but the most obvious clues come from the major leaguer's Twitter account

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Taylor Swift’s Ex-Boyfriend Conor Kennedy Arrested Outside of White House

Taylor Swift's summer boyfriend Conor Kennedy was arrested outside the White House on Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 13). The 18-year-old was detained along with his father and 46 others as they protested to bring attention to the issue of climate change and the construction of a controversial oil pipeline.

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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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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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Zac Brown Band Crowd the 2013 Grammys Stage to Accept Best Country Album

The Grammy Awards continue to be good to Zac Brown Band. There hasn't been a year that the country group has been nominated that they haven't taken home an award, and 2013 was no different. Their new album 'Uncaged' was named Best Country Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. 

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Carrie Underwood Walks Grammys Red Carpet in $31 Million Diamond Necklace

You don't need many accessories when you're wearing a $31 million necklace. Aside from her wedding ring and a stunning black Roberto Cavalli gown (plus a few intimates, we suspect), that's all Carrie Underwood had on as she walked the red carpet on Sunday night (Feb. 10) at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

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Carrie Underwood Shows Emotions Accepting Best Country Solo Performance Award at the 2013 Grammys

Carrie Underwood won her seventh lifetime Grammy Award on Sunday night (Feb. 10), picking up her second of 2013 for her hit song 'Blown Away.' The singer fought back tears thanking her fans and family as she hoisted the award for Best Country Solo Performance. 

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Tim McGraw Has Split Loyalties on Super Bowl Sunday

Country superstar, actor and diehard football fan… that's Tim McGraw. The 'One of Those Nights' singer will be on the West Coast when Super Bowl XLVII begins this Sunday (Feb. 3) but he tells Taste of Country he'll be watching. As for who he's rooting for? It's complicated.

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