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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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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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Brantley Gilbert
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Brantley Gilbert Can Relate to What Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Are Going Through

Brantley Gilbert has never been divorced, but he knows what it’s like to have a very public breakup with another famous country music singer. On Monday Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce, and the “One Hell of an Amen” singer says he is praying for them.

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Eddie Montgomery
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Eddie Montgomery Goes on Twitter Rant About the U.S. Government [NSFW]

News of two Russian bombers flying just off the coast of California didn't sit well with many Americans, including Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery. The singer vented on Twitter with a 12-tweet message criticizing the handling of a few recent social and political events, and politicians in Washington, D.C.

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Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill Join Ashley Monroe for ‘The Blade’ Release Party

The title track of Ashely Monroe's new The Blade album is a duet with Miranda Lambert, so when she didn't appear during Monroe's performance of the song at the Basement in Nashville on Wednesday night (July 22), it seemed unlikely the two friends would share the stage at all that night.

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Alan Jackson Shares George Jones’ Last Letter

Not long before he died, George Jones penned a final letter to Alan Jackson. He was asking for a favor, one the younger country singer was likely happy to fulfill. Now, as Jackson releases his Angels and Alcohol album he's shared a photo of that letter with Taste of Country readers.

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Miranda Lambert Breaks Down on Stage Two Days Before Divorce Announcement [Watch]

Just days before Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s divorce became public knowledge, Lambert broke down while singing “The House That Built Me” in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The moment may have foreshadowed what was to come.

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Alan Jackson Continues to Do as George Jones Asked Him [Watch]

Alan Jackson's Angels and Alcohol album is as country as country gets — something that fans of the format may find refreshing, but something that his longtime fans expect. The 10 songs tell stories of love, heartbreak, drinking and family, but really, the 56-year-old is just doing what his hero asked him to do years ago.

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