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.
Dierks Bentley Recalls His Days as a CMA Awards Intern
Before he took the stage as a performer, Dierks Bentley was working the CMA Awards backstage. As an intern, he was one of the crew members wearing a headset, helping stars like Shania Twain get on and off the stage.
Garth Brooks, ‘Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance’ [Listen]
Garth Brooks's new single "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance" isn't an overly ambitious comeback or an aggressive in-your-face emotional ballad that finds the singer at the top of his vocal range. The first track from a new Brooks album aims to fit right in with what's on …
6 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Forever Country’
"Forever Country" producer Shane McAnally says the one thing everyone wants to know is if all 30 artists sang the full mashup.
ToC Critic’s Pick: Miranda Lambert, ‘The Weight of These Wings’
Miranda Lambert’s gypsy heart beats strong on The Weight of These Wings, even if it is scarred. Themes of heartache and untethered rambling dominate the 24 songs on her two-disc release. There are few loose ends but plenty of surprises.
Tim McGraw Shares Lessons Learned From 20 Years of Marriage to Faith Hill
Tim McGraw joked with us in August that his No. 1 goal was to remember his upcoming anniversary to wife Faith Hill. The couple celebrate 20 years together on Oct. 6, and the "How I'll Always Be" signer has wisdom to share after two decades of wedded bliss.
Jana Kramer Says Abusive First Husband Tried to Kill Her
Jana Kramer says she remembers praying for God to take her away in August 2005, when her first husband, Michael Gambino, tried to kill her.
George Strait Welcomes New Granddaughter
George Strait is a grandfather once again. The country singer shared the news that his granddaughter was born on Sept. 10, confirming reports that he'd shared the news during a show in Las Vegas that day.
ToC Critic’s Pick: Hunter Hayes, ‘Yesterday’s Song’ [Listen]
There's a garage rock feel to Hunter Hayes' "Yesterday Song" that immediately makes you look up from whatever you're trying to focus on. The 25-year-old's new song relies on razor-sharp guitar work and a hook that would be illegal if it were a narcotic.
Rory Feek Shares Daughter Indiana’s Pneumonia Scare
A good country doctor and some creative medicine helped Rory Feek’s 2-year-old daughter Indiana as she struggled to breathe.
Battered, Bruised, But Still Smiling: The Evolution of Florida Georgia Line
Call them the “Cruise” guys if you’d like, but Florida Georgia Line's new Dig Your Roots album proves Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley's story is deeper, darker and much more complex. In the face of criticism, they keep growing.
Blake Shelton, ‘A Guy With a Girl’ [Listen]
Blake Shelton's "A Guy With a Girl" is symbolic of so many of his hits from the last five years. It's a good-natured, mid-tempo love song that finds the singer feeling undeserving of his girl's love.
Blake Shelton ‘Rocks’ With 94-Year-Old Fan on Her Birthday
One Blake Shelton fan in South Dakota wanted to "rock with Blake" for her birthday, and the superstar was happy to oblige her request.