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.
Top 5 Moments From the 2016 CMA Awards
Surprises? The 2016 CMA Awards had them, and this list of the Top 5 moments includes shocking wins, performances and the stories behind those performances.
Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton + More Read ‘Mean Tweets’ [Watch]
The second all-country music edition of Mean Tweets aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the CMA Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 2). Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Florida Georgia Line, Willie Nelson and more took part.
Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Honor the Legends With CMA Awards Medley
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performed a medley of classic hits, including several classic duets, during their 2016 CMA Awards performance.
Tim McGraw Helps 94-Year-Old Superfan in Need on Facebook
Tim McGraw may have signed up for more than he realized when he reached out to a 94-year-old superfan and promised tickets to an April show in South Carolina. Tia Pettygrue says her grandmother is already planning her outfit for the stop on the Soul2Soul Tour.
Cole Swindell Reads the Worst Pickup Lines Ever [Watch]
There's a song on Cole Swindell's new Down Home Sessions III EP in which the singer does his best to avoid saying something stupid in an attempt to woo a girl. During this video exclusive to Taste of Country, the Georgia native embraces the bad pickup lines.
Jana Kramer, Carrie Underwood Paint Nails Purple for Domestic Violence
Jana Kramer is sharing her harrowing story of domestic violence to help other women in the same situation, and she's asked stars including Carrie Underwood to support her and women everywhere by painting a fingernail purple.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Plan, Execute a Big Surprise for Megafans [Watch]
A few dozen of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s biggest fans got a surprise in the mail recently. Then, they got another one at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and a huge one after the duo's Oct. 4 show!
Remember When a President Attended the CMA Awards?
Garth Brooks was so popular in 1991 that even the leader of the free world couldn't pass up a chance to see the singer collect his first Entertainer of the Year award.
New Songs on the Radio for October 2016
A new song from Garth Brooks tops this list of country singles on the radio in October 2016, but the legend's new release is hardly the only superstar song to enjoy.
8 Unforgettable Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood CMA Awards Moments
Each year, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood's CMA Awards monologue gets stronger.
Miranda Lambert Put a Song Called ‘Highway Vagabond’ on Hold
Miranda Lambert has announced that the Highway Vagabond Tour will begin in January, and it may be named after a new song on her upcoming studio album.
The Sad Story Behind Garth Brooks’ New Single, ‘Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance’
On the surface, Garth Brooks' "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance" will leave you smiling, but the singer says events around the song are bittersweet.