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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.
Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean
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2012 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Award Prediction? – Readers Poll

A new class of country heroes has taken over the Male Vocalist of the Year category at the CMA Awards. Once-familiar names like Chesney and Paisley have been purged from the list of nominees, with newcomers like Luke Bryan and Eric Church filling the spots in 2012. While one can argue for someone other than these five men, it's difficult to argue against any of them. Who do you think will win the Male Vocalist of the Year award at the 2012 CMAs?

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Taste of Country Nights Team Surprises Kellie Pickler at Texas State Fair

Taste of Country Nights host Jeremy Robinson and Producer Todd arrived at the Texas State Fair excited to see two things: Big Tex and Kellie Pickler. Unfortunately, they received some terrible news from two fairgoers upon arriving.

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Miranda Lambert, Charles Kelley, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley
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2012 CMA Album of the Year Award Prediction? – Readers Poll

The Album of the Year category at the 2012 CMA Awards is as strong as it has been since the show moved to ABC. In any other year, all five nominees would be considered sure things to take home the trophy. For this reason, it's difficult to predict a winner with any conviction -- although we'll give it a try. Who do you think will win the Album of the Year award at the 2012 CMAs?

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Faith Hill’s ‘Cry’ Turns 10

While Faith Hill's 'Cry' was once named one of the best releases of the 2000s, it is not one her biggest country fans would call a career highlight. The album -- which came out 10 years ago today (Oct. 15) -- was purchased by over two million fans worldwide, but failed to produce a country hit.

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‘Nashville’ Premiere – What Was the Song Duet at the End of the Show?

While the 'Nashville' premiere episode on ABC was loaded with country music, one performance at the very end by characters Scarlett O'Connor and Gunnar Scott (played by Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio) is receiving the most attention. The song -- 'If I Didn't Go Better' -- was written and originally recorded by a male/female duet that became a Grammy winning act in 2012. 

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Jason Aldean on Controversial Brittany Kerr Kissing Photos: ‘I Screwed Up’

Jason Aldean has taken ownership of the risque photos that show him cuddling and kissing former 'American Idol' singer Brittany Kerr. The 'Take a Little Ride' singer explained what led to his inappropriate actions in Los Angeles last Wednesday, admitting he'd had too much to drink. 

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Jake Owen, ‘Endless Summer’ – Album Review

The very nature of the EP lends itself more to an artist's most faithful supporters than middling fans looking for an entry point into a new style or sound. Jake Owen's 'Endless Summer' EP allows his warm weather party with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw to last a little longer, but like summer love, the four songs will be little more than memories by the first yellow leaves of fall. 

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Brantley Gilbert Confirms That He and Jana Kramer Are Dating

Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer are officially country music's newest couple. The 'Kick It in the Sticks' singer confessed Friday morning that he and the actress/singer are an item, gushing, "I'm a very, very happy man."

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Charlie Daniels Band to Rework ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ for ‘Monday Night Football’ Open

One country legend will replace another as the Charlie Daniels Band takes a turn at opening up 'Monday Night Football' on ESPN next week. Daniels has reworked 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' for the broadcast's opening theme.

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Eli Young Band’s Jon Jones and Wife Expecting First Baby

Soon, the Eli Young Band's tour bus will need an extra bunk -- be it a tiny one. Bassist Jon Jones announced that his wife Sarah is expecting the couple's first child, a baby boy, due on Dec. 23. That makes two babies in 2012 for the ACM Award-winning group, as singer Mike Eli welcomed his first baby in July.

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Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton
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New Country Music Releases – October 2012

October is the biggest month for new country music yet, with eight different albums from the biggest superstars in Nashville scheduled to hit stores. Included in the new country music releases section for October 2012 are projects from Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift and Jerrod Niemann

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