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.
ToC Critic’s Pick: Adam Craig, ‘Just a Phase’ [Listen]
Adam Craig's "Just a Phase" is a patient country ballad with lots of soul. His aching lyric is poignant, forgiving and original. The newcomer should break through with this song.
Frankie Ballard, ‘You’ll Accomp’ny Me’ [Listen]
Frankie Ballard's Bob Seger cover turns the volume up on a great classic rock track. "You'll Accomp'ny Me" is flush with electric guitar solos that are only matched in intensity by the singer's vocals.
Country Singers Who Played Football
Country music's football pedigree dates back almost 70 years, when one country legend first strapped on his maskless leather helmet to toss the pigskin around.
Zac Brown Band, ‘My Old Man’ [Listen]
Zac Brown Band's "My Old Man" is the kind of anti-single that becomes timeless. The raw, acoustic ballad has flaws and genuine emotion. It's simple, honest and the reason a million fathers will take a day off to snap 1,000 pics of their kids in 2017.
The Band Perry Erase Social Media Posts, Tease New Song … Again
Fans can expect new music from the Band Perry on Thursday night. The trio shared the news on Twitter and Instagram, posting new photos of them dressed in black leather. It's a tough new image that was revealed after they deleted all previous tweets and Instagram images.
Remember When Willie Nelson Settled His Tax Bill?
On Feb. 2, 1993, Willie Nelson settled his $16.7 million tax bill with the IRS, in one of the most high-profile tax cases in music history.
Brantley Gilbert Unfiltered, Part 2: The Devil Still Whispers
Brantley Gilbert admits he still hears the devil's whisper, but he takes particular joy in backing him down. During Part 2 of this three-part video series exploring the stories behind Gilbert's new The Devil Don't Sleep album, the singer talks about temptation and how he overcame and …
Randy Rogers Band, ‘Tequila Eyes’ [Listen]
There's something unfamiliar and arresting about hearing the lyrics of "Tequila Eyes" sung by a man. Randy Rogers Band's new single flips a relied-upon trope that demands a sober woman protect herself from the drunk man.
Lee Brice Reveals Baby’s Gender With Adorable Cupcake Video
Lee Brice let his two sons Ryker and Takoda be the first to find out if the country singer and his wife were having a boy or a girl. They may have been more interested in the cupcake than the baby, however.
Sam Hunt’s New Song ‘Body Like a Back Road’ Written After Engagement [Listen]
Sam Hunt announced his next single "Body Like a Back Road" will hit radio in one week and shared a clip of the "lighthearted" love song. While he's been writing for a new album for over a year, this new song was put together rather recently.
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.