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.
Brantley Gilbert Unfiltered, Part 1: Old Wounds and Necessary Scars
This is the first of a three-part series exploring Brantley Gilbert's past, present and future, and how it all influences the 16 songs on his newest album. It's a dynamic project that's at times uncomfortably honest.
Kip Moore, ‘More Girls Like You’ [Listen]
Kip Moore's new single "More Girls Like You" doubles down on a heavy, thumping country formula he relied on to create one of the best country albums of 2015. His latest single is a sparse but imposing arrangement.
Who’s On the Hot Seat? Meet All 31 Country Newcomers
Country music's next generation begins with your vote. These 31 artists are all on the RISERS Hot Seat, a fan-decided poll that selects the final artist in Taste of Country's new artist platform set to launch in March.
The 9 Best Carrie Underwood Duets
Carrie Underwood is a popular duet partner. She's one of country music's most talented and most versatile vocalists and as a result, dozens (hundreds?) of stars want to sign her up for a song or two on their albums.
It’s Confirmed! Carrie Underwood to Perform With Keith Urban at the 2017 Grammys
Fans hoping Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban would perform together at the 2017 Grammy Awards will get their wish. The country pair will collaborate, and while the song they'll sing hasn't been revealed, we've got a few guesses.
ToC Critic’s Pick: Lady Antebellum, ‘You Look Good’ [Listen]
Lady Antebellum's funky new single "You Look Good" isn't too much of a deviation from songs the trio put out before their hiatus, they just sound like they're having more fun.
Blake Shelton, ‘Every Time I Hear That Song’ [Listen]
Blake Shelton's new single "Every Time I Hear That Song" is an aching ballad that finds the singer getting nostalgic at the sound of a familiar melody. The oft-used story line is brought to life with Shelton's big country voice and catch chorus.
Thomas Rhett Wouldn’t Recommend Blake Shelton As a Tutor
When asked if Blake Shelton was a good tutor Thomas Rhett flatly states: "Not really." Perhaps more interesting is that Shelton was called upon to help the young singer with his studies in the first place.
Top 10 Trace Adkins Songs
The Top 10 Trace Adkins Songs list come from the 11 studio albums and multiple greatest hits packages he's released since he first escaped the offshore Louisiana oil rigs in 1996.
Remember When Sugarland Was a Trio?
One of the bigger mysteries of the last decade of country music is why Kristen Hall left Sugarland when the then-trio seemed to be on the brink of superstardom.