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.
Tejano Legend Emilio Navaira Dies
The man many called the pioneer of Tejano music died on Monday (May 16). Emilio Navaira was a Grammy-winning singer and internationally acclaimed entertainer. The 53-year-old was a legend, known to many as just “Emilio.”
Every George Strait Album Ranked
A bad review on one of George Strait's albums typically begins with something like: "George Strait has never made a bad album, but ..." and ends with effusive praise of the singer's timeless style.
‘Nashville’ Star Hayden Panettiere Battling Postpartum Depression ‘Holistically’
Hayden Panettiere is still struggling with postpartum depression and is taking time to deal with it "holistically." The singer sent a tweet on Thursday that indicates she'll be taking some time off to better herself.
Blake Shelton Releases Gwen Stefani Duet, ‘Go Ahead and Break My Heart’
Blake Shelton has released his duet with girlfriend Gwen Stefani. "Go Ahead and Break My Heart" finds the couple in an "I dare you" kind of love, with each offering a fragile heart to the other.
#LetTheGirlsPlay: Introducing South Haven, Country’s New Firestarters
South Haven are preparing for a music video shoot and they’re freaking out a little bit. Not all of them are equally anxious of course, but as a group there’s a lot of chatter about — you guessed it — what they’ll wear.
Carrie Underwood Sends Flowers, Personal Note to Family of Isley Thibodeaux
Carrie Underwood dedicated her ACCAs win to 10-year-old Isley Thibodeaux on Sunday night (May 1), but the Female Vocalist of the Year had the little girl on her mind all week.
Country Music Says ‘Happy Birthday’ to Willie Nelson [Watch]
Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson! But don't take it from us. Nearly two dozen country stars gathered to wish the country legend a happy birthday.
Blake Shelton Brings Randy Travis Onstage in Texas [Watch]
Blake Shelton saw Randy Travis watching his set at the Off the Rails Country Music Festival in Frisco, Texas on Saturday (April 23), so he did the only natural thing.
ToC Critic’s Pick: Aaron Watson, ‘Bluebonnets’ [Listen]
Aaron Watson's "Bluebonnets" is a timeless ballad that stings the heart. The singer’s personal, yet somehow accessible story is nothing short of brilliant. It’s Watson’s masterpiece.
ToC Critic’s Pick: Chris Janson, ‘Holdin’ Her’ [Listen]
A song like Chris Janson's "Holdin' Her" runs the risk of being too personal for fans to interpret as their own story, and this big country ballad absolutely is. However, in this case Janson's love story is inspiring and impossible to turn away from.
Keith Urban Regrets Missing His Chance to Play With Prince
Like so many musicians, Keith Urban was stunned and saddened by news of Prince's death on Thursday (April 21). The "Wasted Time" singer says he had a chance to jam with him once, but he was too jet-lagged.
New Blake Shelton Song ‘Savior’s Shadow’ Came in a Dream [Listen]
Blake Shelton's "Savior's Shadow" is a gospel song that finds a centered country singer giving glory to God.