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.
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!
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.
Every Carrie Underwood Single Ranked
Carrie Underwood has released more than 20 singles to country radio, and each one has reached No. 1 or No. 2 on the chart.
10 Best Carrie Underwood Songs
In Carrie Underwood's world, a song that only reaches No. 2 on the Billboard charts is a disappointment. Country music's original American Idol has never had a hit chart lower; over a dozen have reached No. 1, with songs from the Storyteller album sure to keep that total growing.
Trailblazers: 12 Modern Females Changing Country Music
Great country women like Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire left an indelible mark on the genre, changing the rules and tilting the balance back toward fair and equal. A generation or two later, a dozen modern country stars and newcomers are doing the same thing.
Win a Trip to the 2017 ACM Awards in Las Vegas!
Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean are confirmed to appear at the 52nd Annual ACM Awards, are you? Enter here for your chance to win a trip to Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2.
Tim McGraw Urging Daughter Gracie to Record an Album
Tim McGraw wants his daughter Gracie to cut an album, and isn't shy about saying so. The country superstar says the 19-year-old is a great singer, influenced by Adele and Beyonce.
Maren Morris, ‘I Could Use a Love Song’ [Listen]
Maren Morris reins in the feel-good for her new single "I Could Use a Love Song." The piano and guitar ballad from Hero is a no frills heartbreak song.
Luke Bryan Joins Jimmy Fallon for ‘Catchphrase’ [Watch]
Luke Bryan played a strong game of Catchphrase on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night (March 2). In fact, he and Fallon were winning, right up to the very end.