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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.
Trace Adkins
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Trace Adkins Accidentally Recorded an Album of Love Songs

'Love Will …' is the new collection of love songs from Trace Adkins. It's a project that makes complete sense, as few men in country music can match the singer's romantic baritone. Adkins says he didn't intend to make the project he ended up with, however.

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Kellie Pickler Wins ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Kellie Pickler has been named the winner of Season 16 of 'Dancing With the Stars,' besting Disney star Zendaya in the final two. "Grandpa Ken, we got you the trophy buddy," partner Derek Hough shouted, referring to the man who raised Pickler. NFL player Jacoby Jones finished third, with gymnast Aly Raisman finishing fourth.

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Oklahoma’s Country Stars Send Messages to Those Hit by Moore Tornado

Monday's (May 20) devastating tornado in Moore, Okla. touched the hearts of country music's biggest stars, and more than a few were left worrying about friends and family they knew in the area. The state is home to some of the biggest names in country music -- Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Vince Gill and Blake Shelton are just a few who have roots there, with one superstar having grown up in Moore.

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Kellie Pickler DWTS Finale
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Kellie Pickler’s Freestyle Leaves One ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Judge in Tears

Some are calling Kellie Pickler's freestyle during Monday night's performance finale on 'Dancing With the Stars' the best dance of the ABC show's 16 seasons. It was a spellbinding performance capable of leaving the toughest hearts shattered to pieces.

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How George Jones Wanted to Be Remembered

George Jones was aware of his legacy at least as far back as 2005. That's when he conducted an interview with Taste of Country sister station WGNA in Albany, N.Y. and talked about how he'd like to be remembered. The Possum considered the good and bad of how he'd lived and summed it up for his audience. 

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George Strait Prison
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Remember When George Strait Went to Prison?

It was the wildest show behind bars, and George Strait was in the thick of it for one year in the early '80s. He wasn't the only one. Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Tom T. Hall … they all did time behind the walls of the Huntsville Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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