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.
New Music Releases 2017
There's no rest for the country music fan. The slate of new country albums filled up early with several slotted for winter and spring 2017 and dozens more coming later, or rumored to be coming by year's end.
10 Best Original Christmas Songs in Country Music
Country artists have been as reliable as any in creating Christmas songs to make the holidays more magical.
Taylor Swift, ACMs Pledge $200K to Help East Tennessee Fire Victims
Four days before Dolly Parton's telethon to help families in Gatlinburg and East Tennessee affected by wildfires, the legend can count on $200,000. Taylor Swift and the ACM's charitable arm have each pledged $100K to the effort.
In Memoriam: Remembering the Artists Who Died in 2016
Country music was not spared from the grief that came early and often in 2016. Legendary artists seemed to pass at unheard of rates — men and women we'd relied on for hit songs and unforgettable live performances for decades died, often unexpectedly this year. In this video Taste of Coun…
Tyler Farr Ready to Go ‘Too Farr’ in New Reality TV Show
Tyler Farr is set to become a reality television star. The singer says a new show called A Little Too Farr will air in 2017 on a new television network.
Fresh Ink: Kane Brown Is Country Music’s Most Mystifying Newcomer
Kane Brown's path to stardom has been anything but ordinary, and on his new self-titled album, he exposes the dark history that helped him find his light.
Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Pay Off $5K Worth of Layaway Bills at Walmart
Shoppers at a Walmart near Jacksonville, Fla. received an early Christmas gift from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The country couple played secret Santa, covering $5,000 in layaway bills.
Album Spotlight: Kane Brown, ‘Kane Brown’
If nothing else, fans are going to learn all about Kane Brown by listening to his self-titled debut album. It's a project as vulnerable as any in 2016, and Brown shines when he's telling his own stories.
5 Unforgettable Country Christmas Traditions
Just like you, country music's biggest stars look forward to visiting with family, eating and maybe bickering across the table this Christmas. They carry on traditions that are heartfelt, funny, strange and flat-out unforgettable.