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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.
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Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley Take on Ebola, Taylor Swift, the President and Renee Zellweger in 2014 CMAs Monologue

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood went there. In what might be remembered as their edgiest monologue in their seven years hosting the CMA Awards, the co-hosts took on politics, epidemics and … Taylor Swift’s turn to pop music.

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Carrie Underwood Announces She’s Having a Boy During 2014 CMA Awards

Carrie Underwood let the sex of her baby "slip" during the 2014 CMA Awards on Wednesday night. Actually, co-host Brad Paisley is the one responsible for the "mistake," telling everyone the 'Something in the Water' singer is having a boy.

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Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban + Miranda Lambert Are Early 2014 CMA Awards Winners

Two of the most nominated artists at the 2014 CMA Awards learned they were winners before the show even started. Dierks Bentley has won the Music Video of the Year award, while Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert took Musical Event of the Year.

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Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt
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Top 40 Country Songs – November 2014

Country music's top songs will be televised in November 2014. The CMA Awards promise to include a number of the hits found on this list of the Top 40, including several inside the Top 5. Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean ... all are included in this monthly look at the hottest songs in country music, but none of those mentioned are No. 1.

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5 Things We Learned From Garth Brooks’ ‘Man Against Machine’ Listening Party

Garth Brooks shared his new album 'Man Against Machine' with selected media on Friday (Oct. 31), revealing most of the 14 songs that will make up his first studio album in 14 years. The legend helped write only three songs, admitting that he needs to catch up to today's songwriters who are "head and shoulders above" the men and women he worked with during his mid-'90s prime.

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Zombies Take Over Country Music!

Oh no! In what seems to be a Halloween takeover, zombies have descended on Nashville. Officials are warning area residents -- and country music fans in general -- to stay away from any artist suspected to have a taste for flesh.

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Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan
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2014 CMA Awards Predictions – Make Yours!

Predicting winners for the CMA Awards takes focus, skill, research and ... awww, who are we kidding? It takes a lot of luck! Our team of "experts" did well at the ACM Awards, but can ToC staff -- and readers -- duplicate the effort for the 2014 CMA Awards? It's time to find out.

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