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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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Remember What Florida Georgia Line Almost Called Themselves?

Florida Georgia Line are called overnight successes, but in reality their work together began three years before 'Cruise' hit radio. For a long time Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard struggled with what to call their duo, and the name they stuck with was not their first choice.

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Tim McGraw Explains Why ‘Overrated’ Could Be His Theme Song

Tim McGraw agrees that the first song on his new 'Sundown Heaven Town' album could be his theme song. The banjo-laden track evokes everything he stands for: hard work, overcoming obstacles and struggles and finding time appreciate family and friends. It takes a humble man to call a song called 'Overrated' a theme song, but the 47-year-old father of three was willing to go even further.

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Brooke Hester
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Meet the Little Girl Who Made Miranda Lambert Weep

Perhaps you’ve seen the video. Perhaps you’ve watched it twice, because in watching Miranda Lambert break down on stage, you found some new reason to be absolutely certain you say “I love you” with a big hug to your children each night. Brooke Hester is the 7-year-old in the viral video wearing a pink hat and holding a picture and a flower. Her story from Lambert's show at a recent stop in Texas makes the moment so much more meaningful.

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Dustin Lynch
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Dustin Lynch to Headline the 2014 Taste of Country Christmas Tour

One of country's fastest-rising stars will headline the Taste of Country Christmas Tour in 2014. Dustin Lynch will take the stage for 13 high-octane shows this November and December. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (Sept. 17), but ToC readers can get tickets through an exclusive pre-sale right now!

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Taylor Swift Officially Goes Pop, Announces New Single, ’1989′ Album

Taylor Swift revealed plans for a new, '80s pop-inspired album and shared a brand new single with fans during a live stream on Monday afternoon. In addition, she dropped a bomb, sharing that her sound has taken a big change ... one that mirrors changes in her personal life.

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Josh Gracin Out of the Hospital, Seeking Help After Suicide Scare

Josh Gracin was taken to a hospital after family and police tracked him down last week. The singer had written what many thought was a suicide note, posting it to his private and public Facebook pages on Aug. 14. Over the weekend, his team released a statement to fans.

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Josh Gracin Apologizes, Says He’s ‘Getting Help’ After Suicide Scare

Josh Gracin apologized to friends and family after writing what appeared to be a suicide note on Facebook Thursday afternoon. Police say the singer drove himself to a hospital after they caught up with him that evening, and he’s being evaluated by doctors.

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