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.
Josh Abbott Bringing His Mom as His ACM Awards Date
Josh Abbott gave his mother a nice surprise four weeks after the death of his father, her husband. He's bringing her to Las Vegas to walk the ACM Awards red carpet — but it's how he told her that is most important.
Randy Travis Reaches Another Important Milestone in His Recovery
It was a simple gesture, but a huge milestone for Randy Travis. They've been coming slowly, but steadily for the Country Music Hall of Famer.
Keith Urban Explains How Nicole Kidman Inspired ‘The Fighter’
Keith Urban's newest single "The Fighter" was born from a conversation he had with his wife Nicole Kidman more than a decade ago.
Neal McCoy’s Father Dies
Neal McCoy's father, Hubert, died early Saturday morning (March 25).
Album Spotlight: RaeLynn, ‘Wildhorse’
RaeLynn's album, and in large part, her story, is finally out. Wildhorse is five years in the making, with the singer drawing from her many ups and downs to craft an album aimed at a younger audience.
Faith Hill Embracing Smile Lines, Turning 50 in 2017
It’s a milestone year for Faith Hill. The singer turns 50 in September, but it doesn’t faze her. She feels that if she stresses about it, it’ll send the wrong message to her daughters.
Exploring Chuck Berry’s Mark on Country Music
Country legends who reportedly despised rock 'n' roll made hits of Chuck Berry songs because they recognized how his music transcended genres.
George Strait Asking for Help to Decide His Top No. 1 Hit
George Strait has 60 No. 1 hits, and he's hoping you'll help choose which No. 1 is truly No. 1. A new app lets you choose your top three Strait songs while starting the conversation with your friends.
Remember When Garth Brooks Played for the New York Mets?
Major League Baseball spring training is right around the corner, and in the year 2000, that meant country superstar Garth Brooks reported for duty to the New York Mets clubhouse. It was the second of three stints the singer had in the bigs, and he left with an unimpressive batting average.
Runaway June, RISERS Inspired by Visits With Garth, Willie + More
Opening up for Garth Brooks can be terrifying for a new country group like Runaway June. The size of the crowds and stages, plus the idea that one if not two country music icons could be watching from just a few feet away — that’s a lot for anyone to take. At the end of the night, the …
Check Out These Wax Figures of Country Music’s Biggest Stars [Pictures]
Not all country wax figures are created equal. While casts of Johnny Cash and Billy Ray Cyrus capture the focused dispositions of each singer, recreations of a few female artists look like little more than large Barbie dolls.
New Songs on the Radio for March 2017
Spring is the time for new country artists to release their first new songs to the radio. That's the case for Taste of Country RISERS like Jacob Davis, plus newcomers like Carly Pearce and Lena Stone. But don't worry — the radiowaves will still be loaded with superstars!