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.
Cody Johnson, ‘With You I Am’ [Listen]
Cody Johnson's "With You I Am" is a straightforward country love song that will sit right with any married man. The ballad could be Johnson's biography, told between guitar picking and the cry of a steel guitar.
Thomas Rhett Wouldn’t Recommend Blake Shelton As a Tutor
When asked if Blake Shelton was a good tutor Thomas Rhett flatly states: "Not really." Perhaps more interesting is that Shelton was called upon to help the young singer with his studies in the first place.
Friday the 13th: 13 Country Artists With Bad Luck
If cowboy boots worked as good luck charms, then none of the 13 bad luck stories on the following list would have ever happened. Unfortunately, money, fame and a honey-smooth voice can't keep Murphy and his insensitive laws away.
#LetTheGirlsPlay: Faith’s Hill’s Strength, Karen Fairchild’s Style Inspire Lacy Cavalier
Country newcomer and January's #LetTheGirlsPlay artist Lacy Cavalier says she grew up surrounded by strong country women. They were all over her radio! However, Faith Hill is one who had the greatest influence.
ToC Critic’s Pick: Kristian Bush, ‘Sing Along’ [Listen]
During "Sing Along," Kristian Bush documents a relationship gone bad with the biggest bittersweet smile imaginable. The upbeat, nostalgic country song stings if you let it, and you should.
Drew Baldridge (Feat. Emily Weisband), ‘Rebound’ [Listen]
Drew Baldridge stands up to unsolicited love in "Rebound" but it's his collaborator that adds the darkness the song relies on. It's one thing to sing about fighting off temptation, but quite another to hear temptation whispering in our ear.
Florida Georgia Line (Feat. Backstreet Boys), ‘God, Your Mama and Me’ [Listen]
The Backstreet Boys are officially country, if one single a country band makes. The pop group's involvement on Florida Georgia Line's "God, Your Mama and Me" smooths out an already wrinkle-free love song.
See Carrie Underwood’s Dress From the Golden Globe Awards
Carrie Underwood worked the Golden Globes red carpet in a delectable pink Iris Serban gown on Sunday night (Jan. 8). The ruffled, sleeveless, full-length gown featured a sheer strip at the abdomen, but really all anyone is talking about are those flowers.
Teen Covers ‘Blue Christmas,’ Sounds Just Like Elvis Presley [Watch]
Elvis Presley lives! One teen's "Blue Christmas" cover proves the country and rock and roll legend is still alive -- inside of him, at least. Listen for yourself and decide if all other Presley impersonators should just retire right now.
What Would Elvis Presley Look Like if He Were Still Alive?
Elvis Presley died nearly 40 years ago, and every day since, fans have been wondering what could have been. How much more great music would he have made? How many more movies would he have starred in? And what would Elvis look like today if he didn't die on Aug. 16, 1977?
Cole Swindell (Feat. Dierks Bentley), ‘Flatliner’ [Listen]
Cole Swindell's "Flatliner" sounds like a Dierks Bentley song from five years ago because that's what it was meant to be. The pair team up for a rollicking, Bakersfield-inspired country sound that is timeless.
Carrie Underwood’s Dog Recovering After Paralysis
Carrie Underwood's dog was completely paralyzed in his hind quarters after suffering a herniated disk before Christmas. In a video, the singer shows Ace going through physical therapy.