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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.
John King, Montgomery Gentry
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John King vs. Montgomery Gentry – The Showdown

Earlier this week it was a battle between country newcomers. John King's 'Tonight, Tonight' went up against the latest from country guitar-slinger Lindsay Ell, and after a close voting period the Georgia-raised singer came out on top. This weekend his competition will come with a much larger country fanbase.

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Cute Kids Singing Country Songs – Billy Currington, ‘That’s How Country Boys Roll’

New York City's naked cowboy may soon have competition. This little dude is all smiles as he strums through Billy Currington's 'That's How Country Boys Roll.' He doesn't know all the words (in fact, he only knows the title of the song), but like so many cute kid videos, it's all about the performance.

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Watch the Best of Country Stars Taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Country's biggest stars have taken the challenge -- the Ice Bucket Challenge! It turns out, dumping a bucket (or many buckets) of freezing cold water on your noggin brings in lots of money for ALS, as millions of dollars have been raised since Blake Shelton and company started taking the plunge.

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Lindsay Ell vs. John King – The Showdown

Chris Young put a fourth song in the Showdown Hall of Fame earlier this week. 'Lonely Eyes' easily topped Brett Eldredge's 'Mean to Me' meaning two brand new songs will square off on Wednesday and Thursday. Two artists looking for their first hit will do battle with songs already catching on at country radio.

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Trisha Yearwood
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Trisha Yearwood Reveals New Music, ‘PrizeFighter’ Album

Trisha Yearwood revealed plans for a new album and sang three new songs during a media event in Nashville on Tuesday night (Aug. 19). The superstar has signed with Sony and RCA Records, the same label that husband Garth Brooks announced a deal with in July.

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Chase Rice
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Game-Changer: Chase Rice Clearing His Own Path to Country Stardom

Chase Rice is a confident man. Stand next to the former college linebacker and quickly find yourself lost in a country forest of muscle and testosterone. He's tall, he's thick, he's quick to the point, and if he smiles, it's only a sly grin that does little to lift the low brim of his HDEU ball cap. It's difficult to imagine the 'Ready Set Roll' singer in a belly laugh.

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Jake Owen
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Jake Owen and Friends Take Over Music Row for Second Annual Beach Party

Jake Owen’s second annual beach party turned a normal Monday night in Nashville on its head. The singer took the stage after dark on Aug. 18, confessing that he was about to get pretty wild -- okay, that's not exactly the word he used. Sure, it was technically a school night but the 10,000 (ish) fans in front of him didn’t show any signs of slowing down in the name of a good night's sleep.

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Josh Gracin Out of the Hospital, Seeking Help After Suicide Scare

Josh Gracin was taken to a hospital after family and police tracked him down last week. The singer had written what many thought was a suicide note, posting it to his private and public Facebook pages on Aug. 14. Over the weekend, his team released a statement to fans.

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