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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.
Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Rocks Jazz Aspen Snowmass [Exclusive Pictures]

Two days before spilling her pregnancy news on Twitter, Carrie Underwood told fans at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass her secret. Then she proceeded to tear through a lengthy set, showing no signs of the usual maladies that can hold a pregnant woman down.

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Pat Green
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Pat Green Reveals ‘Girls From Texas’ Lyric Video [Exclusive Premiere]

Pat Green's new album is finished, and fans are finally getting to hear it ... some of it. The Texas-bred singer tapped Lyle Lovett for a song called 'Girls From Texas.' Listen to the breezy ballad via this exclusive ToC premiere of the lyric video!

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Dustin Lynch, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney
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Top 40 Country Songs – September 2014

It's been a long time since this country superstar has had the No. 1 song on a Taste of Country Top 40 Songs list. Sure, he took some time off, but even prior to that, this man's last few releases failed to grab the coveted top spot. The streak of futility ends in September. Any idea whose song is No. 1 in September?

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Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson
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Trisha Yearwood ‘Excited, Nervous … Scared to Death’ About Releasing ‘PrizeFighter’

The last time Trisha Yearwood released new music, President George W. Bush was in office and people were still trying to guess how ABC's 'Lost' would end. A lot -- like a whole lot -- has changed in the industry since, and the star is admittedly nervous about where she'll fit. In many ways, Yearwood sees herself as the fighter in her new single 'PrizeFighter.'

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Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney
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10 Best Work Songs

Chances are the office or the factory is the last thing you want to think about on your day off, but these 10 best work songs are all tributes to the good ol' American work ethic. They're songs about you and your fight to make sure there's food on the table every night. Could there be a better reason for a holiday?

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