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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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Eric Church Exhibit to Open at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Eric Church is going to be the next current hit-maker to be featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Eric Church: Inside the Outsider will open Sept. 18 and explore the “Like a Wrecking Ball” singer’s path to Nashville and country stardom.

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Miranda Lambert, Karen Fairchild Close Nashville Show With ‘Girl Crush’ [Watch]

Miranda Lambert previewed her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour with a set that will be tough to top when she hits the road in September. Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town was just one special guest, joining Lambert to sing an emotional version of “Girl Crush.”

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Lafayette Shooting Victim Jillian Johnson Member of Country Band the Figs

Jillian Johnson, one of the two people killed by a gunman at a Lafayette, La. movie theater on Thursday night, was a businesswoman, artist and member of a well-respected local country music group called the Figs. Friends and fans from Nashville to Louisiana have taken to her Facebook wall to offer their favorite memories in the hours since the shooting.

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Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Divorce Records Sealed

A former Oklahoma state representative says “there’s some shenanigans going on” with regards to the sealing of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s divorce records. Former Rep. Aaron Stiles says the judge was not following the law when he sealed the couple's records last week.

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The Best of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Singing Together [Watch]

Thanks for the memories, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. While the two will surely be booked for the same event in the future (both are already set to play WE Fest the second weekend of August) they’re unlikely to sing a song together again. So Taste of Country has compiled the best moments from previous, impromptu duets. What’s your No. 1?

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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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