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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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Carrie Underwood Announced as New ‘Sunday Night Football’ Opening Singer

Carrie Underwood has been announced as the Faith Hill's replacement to sing the introduction to NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' broadcast this fall. The country superstar will sing the weekly introduction to the broadcast, beginning with the Sept. 8 matchup between the N.Y. Giants and Dallas Cowboys. 

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2013 CMT Music Awards Nominees Announced

The 2013 CMT Music Awards nominees have been announced, and two of country music's hottest men -- Luke Bryan and Eric Church -- lead the way with four nominations each. Miranda Lambert also tallied four nods, three as a solo artist and one as part of all-female trio Pistol Annies.

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Jason Aldean and His Wife Jessica Reportedly Separate

Jason Aldean and his wife Jessica Ussery have reportedly separated, less than one year after the singer was caught kissing Charlotte Bobcats dancer and former 'American Idol' singer Brittany Kerr. Ussery didn't attend the ACM Awards in Las Vegas earlier this month. Sources indicate the split may have happened as early as January.

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Billy Currington Turns Himself in to Police

Billy Currington has turned himself into police after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest on Wednesday. The singer was indicted by a grand jury on terroristic threats and abuse of an elder charges stemming from an April 15 incident. He was not arrested at the time.

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Details of Billy Currington’s ‘Terroristic Threats’ Charge Emerge

An initial sketch of the April 15 incident that led to the indictment of Billy Currington has emerged. The singer was charged with terroristic threats and abuse of an elder person in a Chatham County, Ga. court this afternoon (April 24) but it sounds like he's itching to tell his side of the story.

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Randy Houser Interview: ‘How Country Feels’ Singer Still Laughing After Life’s Highs and Lows

When Randy Houser debuted with 'Anything Goes' in late 2008, many were wondering if country music had just found a future Male Vocalist of the Year nominee. He voice was -- and is -- that strong. 'Boots On' was a Top 5 follow-up, and then ... then he sort of got lost -- shuffled around like a middle-reliever in Major League Baseball, despite his talent as a singer and songwriter

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Wynonna Judd Eliminated From ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Wynonna Judd's next great challenge has ended prematurely. The country legend and her professional dance partner Tony Dovolani were eliminated from 'Dancing With the Stars' on Tuesday night (April 2) after their Samba received the night's lowest scores on Monday. The dancer with the lowest total of fan votes and judges scores is sent home each week.

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Blake Shelton, ‘Boys ‘Round Here’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

There is comedy in Blake Shelton singing with Pistol Annies, as he does on his new single 'Boys 'Round Here.' One imagines a country Hugh Hefner surrounded by his beauties. In real life, the Annies likely (very likely) don't attend to his every need and agree with him at all costs, but they do on this song, and it's absolutely charming. 

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Thompson Square, ‘Just Feels Good’ – Album Review

The best songs on Thompson Square's new album 'Just Feels Good' sound like a conversation between the two married lovers. Early on, their back-and-forth is light and playful. Later ballads take a more somber tone, but all that find the 'If I Didn't Have You' singers sharing lead are highlights from the duo's sophomore project.

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Kellie Pickler’s Jazz Earns Standing Ovation From ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Judge

Kellie Pickler and Wynonna Judd danced to keep dancing on Monday night (March 25) during the second episode of the new season of 'Dancing With the Stars.' Tuesday's results show could send one of the two country singers home, but if the judges' critiques and scores are an indication of what America is thinking, neither should be too worried. 

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Album Spotlight: Kacey Musgraves, ‘Same Trailer Different Park’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

Kacey Musgraves' Mercury Records debut album is everything a new artist dreams her first record will be. 'Same Trailer Different Park' is well-written, edgy (yet familiar) and coated in "cool." Musgraves is an original who at age 24 is surprisingly wise and adept at using her voice to share her experiences. 

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