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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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Remember When Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Fell in Love Onstage?

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's anniversary is May 14, but knowing what we know now, another date is just as important. In 2005 fans saw a dopey grin on Shelton's face that was much more than one singer admiring another in song. As Lambert sang her portion of 'You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma' during the CMT '100 Greatest Duets' concert, the 'Honey Bee' star fell hard.

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Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country Music Festival
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10 Best Things About the Taste of Country Music Festival

The 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival promises performances by Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and nearly two dozen other top country performers. But the artists are just one of many reasons to make this festival your choice for next June. Here are the 10 best things about the Taste of Country Music Festival, set for June 12-14, 2015!

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Garth Brooks Brings ‘GMA’ Audience to Tears With Performance of ‘Mom’ [Watch]

Garth Brooks' song 'Mom' begins with “A little baby told God, ‘Hey, I’m kinda scared,’" and ends with a room full of country fans in tears. The singer performed the song on 'Good Morning America' on Friday morning (Nov. 7), and left women like Robin Roberts gasping for air.

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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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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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2014 CMA Awards Performances – Full List

Kenny Chesney opened the 2014 CMA Awards with an groovy performance of 'American Kids,' and the fun hardly let up in the three hours that followed. Like so many previous CMA broadcasts, it's the great country music that is going to leave fans chattering on Thursday morning.

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Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt
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Top 40 Country Songs – November 2014

Country music's top songs will be televised in November 2014. The CMA Awards promise to include a number of the hits found on this list of the Top 40, including several inside the Top 5. Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean ... all are included in this monthly look at the hottest songs in country music, but none of those mentioned are No. 1.

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Zombies Take Over Country Music!

Oh no! In what seems to be a Halloween takeover, zombies have descended on Nashville. Officials are warning area residents -- and country music fans in general -- to stay away from any artist suspected to have a taste for flesh.

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Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan
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2014 CMA Awards Predictions – Make Yours!

Predicting winners for the CMA Awards takes focus, skill, research and ... awww, who are we kidding? It takes a lot of luck! Our team of "experts" did well at the ACM Awards, but can ToC staff -- and readers -- duplicate the effort for the 2014 CMA Awards? It's time to find out.

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