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 Which Country Album Was the First to Be Certified Platinum?
Platinum certification for one million albums sold didn't begin until 1976, so while other recordings may have soared past this sales mark, Wanted: The Outlaws became the first official platinum album in country music history that year.
Kane Brown (Feat. Lauren Alaina), ‘What Ifs’ [Listen]
Kane Brown's meaty country voice is sweetened with Lauren Alaina's high-octave harmonies on "What Ifs," the third single from Brown's debut studio album. The uptempo love song contemplates the many ways a relationship can go.
It’s Confirmed! Carrie Underwood to Perform With Keith Urban at the 2017 Grammys
Fans hoping Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban would perform together at the 2017 Grammy Awards will get their wish. The country pair will collaborate, and while the song they'll sing hasn't been revealed, we've got a few guesses.
Eli Young Band’s Bus Catches Fire
Eli Young Band's tour bus caught fire on Wednesday morning. The band shared the news on social media, saying, "We've lost more than a bus here."
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.