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.
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.
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.