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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. 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.
Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson
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New Country Music Releases for June 2015

A dozen country stars and newcomers have new music releases scheduled for June 2015. Two Texans — Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson — will put out two of the month's biggest projects, but highly anticipated albums from groups of newcomers may steal the headlines when the month is through.

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Song Suffragettes Little Big Town Pontoon
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#LetTheGirlsPlay: Song Suffragettes Cover Little Big Town’s ‘Pontoon’

Five rising female stars tackle one of the great summer songs in this #LetTheGirlsPlay cover. The women of Song Suffragettes’ rendition of Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” mixes sweet harmonies with good-time summer vibes.

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Halfway to Hazard
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The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Halfway to Hazard

For most of a year in the early part of the decade, David Tolliver of Halfway to Hazard sold tires at Sears for his paycheck. It's a good job for an average bloke, but most would agree it's not where a man who's written for and played with Tim McGraw should end up — Jason Aldean told him as much. His duo was hot stuff in 2007, and he knew it.

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Keith Urban, B.B. King
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Remember When Keith Urban and B.B. King Led an All-Star Jam? [Watch]

A few country stars had a chance to jam with B.B. King over the years, but none got the opportunity Keith Urban had in 2009. The country picker and the blues great led an all-star jam at the Grammys that year. King died at the age of 89 on Thursday night (May 14).

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