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.
8 Unforgettable Country Moments From 2016
In 2016, country music saw deaths, resurrections, a shocking performance and a superstar collaboration that fans are sure to be talking about for years to come. It was truly an unforgettable year, and these are the Top 8 moments.
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…
Gretchen Wilson, ‘Rowdy’ [Listen]
"Rowdy" is the same old Gretchen Wilson, but for her fans that's not such a bad thing. The thick country-rocker is a party song that doesn't lack honesty.
5 Albums We Can’t Wait for In 2017
Sure, we loved albums by country stars like Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley last year, but we’re so over you, 2016! There are dozens of promising albums lined up for 2017, including follow-ups from some of country music’s most promising hit makers.
Charley Pride to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
A year filled with recognition and awards will spill into 2017 for Charley Pride. The country legend is set to receive the Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award in February.
Thomas Rhett, Brett Young and the Sound That Replaced Bro-Country
If bro-country has an arch-enemy, it’s Brett Young. The “In Case You Didn’t Know” singer is the antithesis of everything the polarizing sub-genre of country music stood for before Maddie & Tae drove a stake through its heart two years ago. He's a giver in what wa…
Mo Pitney, ‘Everywhere’ [Listen]
Mo Pitney's "Everywhere" is his most pop-friendly song to date, but the baritone country singer never strays far from his roots. The mid-tempo cut from Behind This Guitar is wide open for interpretation.
9 Adorable Pictures of Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans
Pictures taken throughout Kelsea Ballerini's relationship with boyfriend turned fiancé Morgan Evans show it didn't take long for an innocent spark to turn into a raging, passionate fire. In just over nine months the couple got engaged, and this photo gallery shows them at key points i…
Randy Travis Surprises Police Officer Who Lost Home in Fire
Now more than ever Randy Travis understands the importance of music, so when a friend and North Texas police officer lost everything — including his cherished guitar — in a house fire, he was eager to help.
Taylor Swift Surprises 96-Year-Old WWII Veteran, Super Fan
Cyrus Porter was hoping to go see Taylor Swift on her next tour. The 96-year-old World War II vet had no idea she was making plans to come visit with him.
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.