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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.
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Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill Join Ashley Monroe for ‘The Blade’ Release Party

The title track of Ashely Monroe's new The Blade album is a duet with Miranda Lambert, so when she didn't appear during Monroe's performance of the song at the Basement in Nashville on Wednesday night (July 22), it seemed unlikely the two friends would share the stage at all that night.

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PS22 Chorus Bring Teacher to Tears With ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It’ [Watch]

The PS22 chorus hadn’t even begun singing before teacher Adriana Lopez began to tear up. Their version of Martina McBride’s “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” was aimed at her. Lopez was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and the choral director explains the group was "inspired by your fighting spirit" and wanted to give back.

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Miranda Lambert Breaks Down on Stage Two Days Before Divorce Announcement [Watch]

Just days before Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s divorce became public knowledge, Lambert broke down while singing “The House That Built Me” in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The moment may have foreshadowed what was to come.

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Brantley Gilbert to Play #NoogaStrong Benefit Show for Fallen Soldiers

Brantley Gilbert is stepping up to help a community and families recover after a gunman opened fire, killing four last week. The city of Chattanooga, Tenn., has been shaken in the wake of the death of four Marines. Gilbert says he wants to be a part of the recovery and has volunteered to play a benefit concert.

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Sam Hunt Joins Taylor Swift for ‘Take Your Time’ During Chicago Tour Stop [Watch]

Sam Hunt spent his day off from Lady Antebellum’s Wheels Up tour in Chicago — with Taylor Swift. The “House Party” singer joined the country-turned-pop superstar on stage at Soldier Field, singing his hit "Take Your Time."

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Alan Jackson Archives
Alan Jackson Archives

Alan Jackson Shares George Jones’ Last Letter

Not long before he died, George Jones penned a final letter to Alan Jackson. He was asking for a favor, one the younger country singer was likely happy to fulfill. Now, as Jackson releases his Angels and Alcohol album he's shared a photo of that letter with Taste of Country readers.

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