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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. In 2014 they moved to Nashville where they now live with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and theirs sons. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
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Remember Country Music’s Awkward Moment at the 1998 Grammy Awards?

It's a credit to both LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood, who both handled an uncomfortable situation with so much class, never (as far as we know) making their competition for the song "How Do I Live" personal. At the 1998 Grammy Awards, Rimes performed the song and then stood off stage to learn if she would win the Best Female Country Vocal Performance award.

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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Hailey Steele’s Star-Studded Journey to Nashville [Pictures]

A chance encounter with a Native American chief led to Loretta, and then Willie and Waylon and indirectly RaeLynn and Kelsea. Hailey Steele found music naturally, but her road to Music City and beyond needed a boost from a few famous friends.

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7 Unforgettable Vince Gill Moments

As Vince Gill releases his new Down To My Last Bad Habit album, we're looking back on his life and career, and some of the more unforgettable moments from his five decades in music. The Country Music Hall of Famer has done some unbelievable things on stage and off, and we've got the video to prove it.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Kalie Shorr, ‘Fight Like a Girl’ [Listen]

Kalie Shorr’s “Fight Like a Girl” is everything you expect from the title, and then it's much more. Yes, it’s an anthem for marginalized females in country music, business and life. But it’s also a reminder of what songwriters in Nashville and beyond are fighting for daily.

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#LetTheGirlsPlay Cover: The Eagles, ‘Hotel California’ [Watch]

This week's Song Suffragettes cover is the most challenging yet. Five #LetTheGirlsPlay singers pay tribute to the Eagles and the late Glenn Frey by performing a haunting, acoustic version of "Hotel California." The harmonies are stunningly unique, yet true to the original spirit of this classic rock hit.

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