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.
10 Best Carrie Underwood Songs
In Carrie Underwood's world, a song that only reaches No. 2 on the Billboard charts is a disappointment. Country music's original American Idol has never had a hit chart lower; over a dozen have reached No. 1, with songs from the Storyteller album sure to keep that total growing.
Tim McGraw Urging Daughter Gracie to Record an Album
Tim McGraw wants his daughter Gracie to cut an album, and isn't shy about saying so. The country superstar says the 19-year-old is a great singer, influenced by Adele and Beyonce.
Luke Bryan Joins Jimmy Fallon for ‘Catchphrase’ [Watch]
Luke Bryan played a strong game of Catchphrase on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night (March 2). In fact, he and Fallon were winning, right up to the very end.
Maren Morris, ‘I Could Use a Love Song’ [Listen]
Maren Morris reins in the feel-good for her new single "I Could Use a Love Song." The piano and guitar ballad from Hero is a no frills heartbreak song.
Introducing Taste of Country’s 2017 RISERS [Watch]
There are artists to watch, and then there are RISERS. Seven artists set to become stars in 2017 and beyond were revealed on Wednesday morning (March 1). It's a diverse list that includes solo males and females, and groups. Some you may know. Most you'll wish you met earlier.
Jason Aldean Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’
Jason Aldean's Wikipedia page is full of information, but like so many pages on the user-updated website, there is a good mix of facts, almost fact and flat-out fiction. The "Any Ol' Barstool" singer sat down to straighten out some of the details, sharing background info on his c…
ToC Critic’s Pick: Brett Eldredge, ‘Somethin’ I’m Good At’ [Listen]
Brett Eldredge's new single "Somethin' I'm Good At" is a flat out, all-caps, country music JAM. The lead single from his third studio album fits the singer like a tailored suit.
Luke Bryan’s Infant Niece Dies
Luke Bryan thanked fans for prayers after his 3-month-old niece Sadie Brett died on Tuesday (Feb. 21). The girl was battling an infection that affected her liver.
Remember When Doctors Gave Clay Walker a Death Sentence?
In 1996 a doctor told Clay Walker he'd be in a wheelchair by 2000, and dead by 2004.
Cole Swindell, Maddie + Tae and More Get Real About Cancer for St. Jude
Cancer is personal for some of country music's biggest stars and newcomers. Cole Swindell, Maddie + Tae, Trent Harmon and more all recently opened up about how cancer has touched their lives. This moving video shows how research done at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital helps more than…
Thomas Rhett and Wife Lauren Expecting and Adopting a Baby
Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins announced they're not only expecting a baby, they'll be adopting a baby too. The singer shared the news with fans on Twitter, adding they'll bring the adopted child home from Africa.
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.