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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.
Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson
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Trisha Yearwood Says Kelly Clarkson Brings New Energy to ‘PrizeFighter’

'PrizeFighter' is one of six new songs on Trisha Yearwood's 'PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit' album, due out November 17. But the superstar says the song wouldn't have happened without her friend and frequent collaborator Kelly Clarkson.

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Kenny Chesney: ‘Wild Child’ Is ‘The Big Revival’ Song Fans Have to Hear

Kenny Chesney says he certainly wasn't searching for another Grace Potter duet, but when he finished writing 'Wild Child' he knew it was unavoidable. "That song fit her to a T," he tells Taste of Country of the track from 'The Big Revival.'

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Brad Paisley, Randy Owen + More Celebrate 25 Years of Country Cares for St. Jude

Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday night (Sept. 23), one saw the usual: a new artist -- in this case, Tae from Maddie & Tae -- wringing her hands as she prepared to make a debut, a slightly less new artist posing for a picture with a legend -- in this case Eric Paslay with Alabama's Randy Owen -- and the shuffling of talent to the circle and back for 10 to 15 minute mini-sets. Yet there was a different energy for this performance at country music's most well-known venue.

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Brad Paisley Plotting How to ‘Address’ Carrie Underwood’s Pregnancy During CMA Awards

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return as hosts of the CMA Awards on November 5, and while the 'Perfect Storm' singer says the cupboard is bare in terms to things to joke about, his co-host's pregnancy "will definitely be addressed."

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