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.
Top 10 Country Songs of 2016
The best country songs are the songs you could listen to over and over and over again. Some of the Top 10 Country Songs of 2016 grab your heart, while others heat up a Friday night.
Martina McBride Is Still Reckless
As she approaches the release of her 13th studio album, Reckless, Martina McBride is feeling fresh. It's one of the best records she's ever made, and she bent creatively to make it — but that doesn't mean she's not the same Martina.
Album Spotlight: Florida Georgia Line, ‘Dig Your Roots’
Crickets chirp and frogs croak before either member of Florida Georgia Line is heard on their new Dig Your Roots album. It’s a sign that the 15 songs are unlike anything you’ve heard from them before.
Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Dig Your Roots’ Album Will Feature Tim McGraw
Florida Georgia Line’s new album has a name and a major collaboration. The duo say their third studio album will be called Dig Your Roots, and it will feature Tim McGraw.
Eric Church Pays Tribute to Merle Haggard at Grand Ole Opry
Eric Church paid tribute to Merle Haggard during separate shows on Saturday and Sunday. The "Record Year" singer bypassed his own songs for a stirring three-song medley at the Grand Ole Opry before heading west for a popular country music fest.
Carrie Underwood Closes ‘American Idol’ Finale With ‘Something in the Water’
Carrie Underwood took the American Idol stage for the last time, and brought the show's performances to a close on Thursday night (April 7). The Season 4 winner stood on a pedestal to sing "Something In the Water" from her greatest hits album.
Keith Urban Says Carrie Underwood Makes Cameo on His ‘Ripcord’ Album
Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will sing together on his new Ripcord album. The “Wasted Time” singer shared the news on the 2016 ACM Awards red carpet on Sunday (April 3). That makes at least two collaborations on the project.
Chris Stapleton’s Six ACM Awards Wins Ties an All-Time Record
Chris Stapleton is truly in select company. With six ACM wins in one night, the "Nobody to Blame" singer ties a record set 25 years ago.
ACM’s Single of the Year Award Goes to Thomas Rhett (and His Wife)
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Rory Feek Talks About How Indiana Is Coping After Joey’s Death
Rory Feek says he and his 2-year-old daughter Indiana visit her "mama" daily. The Joey + Rory singer shares that they’ll either walk or ride out to the back field where she rests, and that talk to her about their day. It’s one of the ways they cope, but it’s also part …
ToC Critic’s Pick: Keith Urban, ‘Ripcord’
Keith Urban’s new Ripcord album is pure country cardio. The thumping, rhythmic collection of songs will make you sweat. Even the ballads come full of energy and urgency
Joey Feek’s Public Memorial Full of Laughter, Applause and Song
Joey Feek’s hometown planned to celebrate the late Joey + Rory singer’s life on Sunday (March 13), and it was quite a celebration.