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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. In 2014 they moved to Nashville where they now live with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and theirs sons. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
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Tim McGraw Surrounded by Ben Ellis’ Students During CMA Awards Performance

That wasn't a random group of kids surrounding Tim McGraw as he sang "Humble and Kind" at the 2016 CMA Awards. The singer reveals that they were the students of Ben Ellis, a teacher who died in September after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

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Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Keep It Current for 2016 CMA Awards Monologue

An all-star medley that included over a dozen legendary singers and songs gave way to a CMA Awards monologue focused on today. The election, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's tour and Peyton Manning — yes Peyton Manning! — were all targets in the show's opening minutes.

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