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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.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley to Host 2013 CMA Awards

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are back! The big announcement was made Monday night (Aug. 12) during the pre-taped CMA Music Festival broadcast on ABC. The pair will return to host the 2013 CMA Awards in Nashville this November. It's their sixth time co-hosting the ceremony.

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley, ‘I Hold On’ – Song Review

The familiar shuffle that has held down so many of Dierks Bentley's best songs is back in a brand new way on 'I Hold On,' the new single from the upcoming 'Riser' album. Instead of a locomotive guitar, it's the bass that drives this uptempo track about love, faith and family.

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Vince Gill Paul Franklin
MCA Nashville

Vince Gill and Paul Franklin, ‘Bakersfield’ – Album Review

It's almost unfair to call 'Bakersfield' a Vince Gill and Paul Franklin album, because there are so many other skilled musicians who add an important solo, fill or backbeat to the 10-song project. Often when so much talent fills a room, egos bump like elephants at feeding time. But there's space for everyone on this project.

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The Band Perry
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The Band Perry, ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

'Don't Let Me Be Lonely,' the third single from the Band Perry's 'Pioneer' album, is thematically similar to their biggest hit, but few will confuse this song with 'If I Die Young.' The latest track may not be as instantly catchy, but it's every bit the sharp songwriting effort the cut from the trio's debut album was.

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Kenny Chesney
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Kenny Chesney Makes His First-Ever Mid-Show Costume Change

Until Wednesday night (Aug. 7), Kenny Chesney had never left the stage to change outfits. If there was a spill, a rip or he was just uncomfortable, the 'When I See This Bar' singer always toughed it out during his 20-plus year career. However, a particularly rowdy group of fans convinced him to re-dress in Bangor, Maine.

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Sugarland
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Date Set for Sugarland, Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse Trial

Approximately 60 people affected by the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair two years ago will get their day in court this winter. A trial date has been set for those looking to hold Sugarland and the companies responsible for building the stage accountable.

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