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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Miranda Lambert's "Tin Man" is her new album's "The House That Built Me." The aching ballad resonates with anyone who has loved, lost and felt crippled by the prospect of loving again.
Remember When Luke Bryan Made His Grand Ole Opry Debut?
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Miranda Lambert Has a Message for Women in Country Music [Watch]
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Thomas Rhett (Feat. Maren Morris), ‘Craving You’ [Listen]
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Album Spotlight: RaeLynn, ‘Wildhorse’
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After ‘The Voice': Country Music’s 10 Most Successful Contestants
Winning doesn't necessarily mean hit songs and fame are on the way.
Lady Antebellum Admit ‘Heart Break’ Didn’t Come Easy
It was a long road to Heart Break for Lady Antebellum. The group's first new album in three new years came after a few starts and stops and a trip out west.
Remember When Garth Brooks Played for the New York Mets?
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New Country Music We Can’t Wait for in 2017: Spring Edition
Little Big Town and Brantley Gilbert have highlighted a strong first three months of new country music releases in 2017, but projects from some of country music's biggest hitmakers — and recent award winners — are still to come.