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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.
Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert
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Who Will Be Blake Shelton’s 2013 ACM Awards Co-Host? – Readers Poll

Blake Shelton has dropped a few hints about who his co-host will be at the 2013 ACM Awards, but the secret won't be revealed until 25,000 people tweet a message from ACMCountry.com. But, that doesn't mean we can't speculate! Who do you think will join 'The Voice' coach and 'Sure Be Cool if You Did' singer onstage this spring? Below are our five favorite potential co-hosts, based on what Shelton says and who we'd like to see. 

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Top 40 Country Songs January 2013
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Top 40 Country Songs – January 2013

One could do worse then choosing to spend holiday cash or gift cards on songs included in this Top 40 Country Songs of January 2013 list. Superstars like George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood are included, as are newcomers like Thomas Rhett, Kasey Musgraves and Hunter Hayes. The No. 1 song belongs to an artist who took nearly three years between albums, and has recently returned with a stirring song of inspiration. 

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Country Radio Pulls Sensitive Songs Following Connecticut School Shooting

In light of the December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, a number of country music radio stations have taken a second look at certain songs that receive regular airplay. Two songs by the Band Perry have been temporarily removed from many playlists due to concerns from listeners and program directors. 

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Category: Country Music News
Darius Rucker, Randy Houser
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New Country Music Releases – January 2013

Fans have been hungry for new music from two country artists and with the new country music releases for January 2013, the starvation will subside. Darius Rucker and Gary Allan will both release new albums early in the new year. In fact, both will release their long-awaited albums on the same day. 

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Category: Country Music News
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Connecticut School Shooting: Country Stars React

While details about Friday morning's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut are still trickling in, it's clear that innocent lives were taken when a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School and began firing. The small town in the state's southwest corner will be in the hearts of every American this weekend, including country music's biggest stars. 

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Category: Country Music News
Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts
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Carrie Underwood vs. Rascal Flatts – The Showdown

She took down two country superstars early this week, so newcomer Hayden Panettiere was no match for Carrie Underwood and her new single 'Two Black Cadillacs.' Underwood's fans made quick work of 'Telescope,' winning with over 80 percent of the vote yesterday and last night on Taste of Country Nights radio. 

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Brad Paisley Goes Far Outside His ‘Southern Comfort Zone’ for Scenes in New Music Video

The stats on Brad Paisley's 'Southern Comfort Zone' video are impressive before one even gets to the first scenes. Eight countries covered in eight days. Ten thousand miles traveled, 57 pints of beer gulped down. That's a lot of for a guy who doesn't drink. 

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Easton Corbin
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Easton Corbin, ‘All Over the Road’ – Song Review

It didn't take much -- maybe just a pinch or a skosh -- but the spice added to Easton Corbin's new song 'All Over the Road' will leave fans and followers looking at him a bit differently. It's wholesome enough to be mother-approved, but saucy enough to leave daughters interested.

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Big and Rich vs. Lee Brice – The Showdown

Big and Rich needed every last vote, literally, to top Kix Brooks's new song on the Showdown yesterday and last night on Taste of Country Nights radio. 'Party Like Cowboyz' won by just two votes, the smallest margin of victory ever. The duo will need those voters to return -- and to bring friends -- on Friday. 

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