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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.
Country Crushes
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Country Confessions: Stars Reveal Their Celebrity Crushes

A few are embarrassing, many are pretty hot, and one or two are jaw-dropping. Taste of Country asked over two dozen country stars who their celebrity crushes are, and while a few of the same names kept popping up -- Jennifer Aniston, beware -- most of the answers were as varied as the artists.

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Miranda Lambert
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Top 5 Moments From the 2014 CMA Awards

The 2014 CMA Awards were almost two separate shows. The first half featured pop artists and country music's leading ladies dominating the stage and podium when winners names were called. The second half was a return to traditional with its performers and winners. As for the best moments from the night? This Top 5 Moments From the 2014 CMA Awards video highlights all that went right during country's biggest night.

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Category: Articles, CMA Awards
Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley Take on Ebola, Taylor Swift, the President and Renee Zellweger in 2014 CMAs Monologue

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood went there. In what might be remembered as their edgiest monologue in their seven years hosting the CMA Awards, the co-hosts took on politics, epidemics and … Taylor Swift’s turn to pop music.

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Announces She’s Having a Boy During 2014 CMA Awards

Carrie Underwood let the sex of her baby "slip" during the 2014 CMA Awards on Wednesday night. Actually, co-host Brad Paisley is the one responsible for the "mistake," telling everyone the 'Something in the Water' singer is having a boy.

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Dierks Bentley Keith Urban Miranda Lambert
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Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban + Miranda Lambert Are Early 2014 CMA Awards Winners

Two of the most nominated artists at the 2014 CMA Awards learned they were winners before the show even started. Dierks Bentley has won the Music Video of the Year award, while Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert took Musical Event of the Year.

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Talks Due Date, Pregnancy Worries During ‘The View’ Appearance

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley appeared on 'The View' on ABC Monday morning (Oct. 27) to talk about the 2014 CMA Awards, but it didn't take long for focus to turn to Underwood's baby bump. The 'Something in the Water' hitmaker dished on her due date, what she fears about motherhood and -- at the end -- her upcoming greatest hits album.

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley Buys Drones for Riser Tour Openers

Trucks and guitars are typically exchanged after a major country tour wraps up (Miranda Lambert bought Carrie Underwood a motorcycle after she recorded 'Somethin' Bad). But Dierks Bentley takes the prize for most creative, unusual and potentially dangerous thank you gift.

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Tim McGraw Kid Rock
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Tim McGraw Recalls His Wild Night With Kid Rock

One of the bonus tracks on Tim McGraw's 'Sundown Heaven Town' album is a duet with Kid Rock called 'Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs.' The star says he's a big fan of the Detroit-born country-rock rapper, dishing that Rock really knows how to party.

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Duets Album a High Priority for Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

For years, fans have been asking for a duets album from Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. The two superstars have always more than entertained the idea, saying it's something they greatly wanted to do, as well. Finally, the timing may be right for it to actually happen.

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Brett Eldredge, Blake Shelton, Charles Kelley
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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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