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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.
Thomas Rhett, Lauren Akins
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Thomas Rhett’s Wife Keeps Him Humble, Rules Keep Them Happy

Time spent apart puts pressure on any marriage, and that pressure is amplified when crowds of adoring fans — and thousands of beautiful women — are cheering you on every night. Thomas Rhett knows this, so he and his wife put extra precautions in place before he started to become famous.

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Jake Owen Turns ‘Real Life’ Problems Into Magic at WE Fest 2015

Jake Owen exploded onto the WE Fest 2015 stage on Saturday night (Aug. 8) and was all smiles during the first half of his show. Technical problems and a heavy heart threatened the set, but the stage veteran ended up creating a moment the thousands watching will remember for a lifetime.

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Colt Ford WE Fest 2015
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Colt Ford’s WE Fest 2015 Set a Truly Interactive Experience

If anyone watching Colt Ford didn't get a photo or an autograph during the singer's 75-minute set at WE Fest 2015 on Saturday afternoon, it's because they weren't trying. Ford kept the energy up on stage and off during a four-song autograph signing session in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

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Tyler Farr Looks for the Best Camping Cribs at WE Fest 2015

Tyler Farr has been driving the same truck since he signed a publishing contract, and he's much more comfortable in T-shirts than tuxedos. But the "A Guy Walks Into a Bar" singer couldn't help but admire some of the finer campsites at WE Fest 2015. During a tour of WE Fest's VIP campground, he saw things he'd never seen before, but don't worry — most setups were plenty country.

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Family Man: Michael Ray, a Rocker With Deep Country Roots

The small town of Eustis, Fla. is an hour north of Disney World, but it may has well be in Montana. It’s not a tourist hot spot. You’ve got to drive an hour to find well-oiled beach bunnies sunning on spring break. Only recently did a Starbucks open. Michael Ray’s hometown is — and pardon the cliche — country.

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Miranda Lambert’s Emotional Return to the Stage Comes at WE Fest 2015

Sadness, anger, joy, gratitude ... fans could see and hear all of these emotions during Miranda Lambert's set at WE Fest 2015 on Friday night (Aug. 7). The recently-divorced country superstar alluded to her split in direct and indirect ways, but that drama quickly took a backseat to what was going on between the amps.

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