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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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Dierks Bentley Tries to Explain New Son’s ‘Procedure’ to His Daughters

Dierks Bentley is not one to overlook a teachable moment. Just hours after wife Cassidy gave birth to their son Knox, the singer was having lunch with his daughters (ages five and 2), trying to explain the differences between boys and girls and why some boys undergo a circumcision soon after birth.

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Album Spotlight: Kenny Rogers, ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

Kenny Rogers' new album 'You Can't Make Old Friends' is a collection of songs as diverse as this legend's career. No two of the 11 cuts could be placed neatly within the same sub-genre of country music. Intense displays of love, hope, anger and patriotism keep the listener pulled forward to hear what will come next.

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Kacey Musgraves, Lady Antebellum
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New Songs on the Radio – October 2013

Lady Antebellum surprised fans with a new song for the radio in October 2013. The trio announced 'Compass' would be available on the November release of the deluxe edition of 'Golden.' It's just one of a growing list of new sounds from country music's biggest stars this month. 

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Dierks Bentley, Jana Kramer, Billy Currington, Brantley Gilbert
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Tropical Nights: Boots in the Sand Getaway Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets for country music's getaway party at the Riviera Maya in Mexico will go on sale Friday (Oct. 4) morning. Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington and Jana Kramer are the four headliners for Tropical Nights: Boots in the Sand, the ultimate vacation escape. It's five days and four nights of nothing but white sand, blue skies and country music.

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Kimberly Perry, JP Arencibia
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Who Is Kimberly Perry’s Future Husband?

The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry will soon marry Major League Baseball player J.P. Arencibia, her boyfriend of less than two years. The relationship was something of an open secret, with neither one commenting on it publicly until after the Sept. 30 proposal. Even Perry's brothers kept quiet when asked about the relationship in 2013. So, who is Kimberly Perry's husband-to-be?

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Kellie Pickler, Summer Holt
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Kellie Pickler’s ‘Good Morning America’ Performance Ends With Hugs and Tears

Kellie Pickler helped spread the message of early detection with an emotional performance of 'Someone Somewhere Tonight' on 'Good Morning America' Tuesday morning (Oct. 1). Husband Kyle Jacobs joined her on stage, while best friend and breast cancer survivor Summer Holt Miller watched from the audience.

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Kacey Musgraves
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Kacey Musgraves, ‘Follow Your Arrow’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]

That at least one publication referred to Kacey Musgraves' 'Follow Your Arrow' as a "gay anthem" speaks to how far behind country music is on the subject. The controversial single equally promotes being skinny and overweight, having a drink or staying sober, going to church or sleeping in, and smoking marijuana. All of these topics have been covered -- and accepted -- previously in the genre.

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Taylor Swift Debuts New Hairstyle at ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Premiere

Just days after wrapping up her U.S. Red Tour, Taylor Swift turned up on the red carpet in Los Angeles for the world premiere of 'Romeo and Juliet,' a film starring Swift's good friend Hailee Steinfeld. The singer came sporting a new hairstyle, posing for cameras before entering the screening.

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