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.
Tyler Farr on Luke Bryan/Zac Brown Controversy: ‘I Don’t Take Everything So Serious’
Like Zac Brown, Tyler Farr is friends with Luke Bryan. And if he was asked, he'd let the 'That's My Kind of Night' singer know what he thinks of his song. "If" is the key word, however.
New Songs on the Radio – September 2013
Country radio lights up with new songs from superstars like Keith Urban and Hank Williams, Jr. in September 2013. 'We Were Us' is from Urban's new 'Fuse' album. It's a duet with Miranda Lambert that has fans buzzing even louder about the highly-anticipated project. Will…
Jason Aldean Comes to Luke Bryan’s Defense After Zac Brown Blast
Jason Aldean has Luke Bryan's back. While the 'That's My Kind of Night' singer himself hasn't responded publicly to comments made by Zac Brown about his song, Aldean had some strong words for people "runnin' their mouths."
Chris Young Pushed to Stretch His Style, Vocal Limits on ‘A.M.’
For Chris Young, a new album is an opportunity to push himself further both creatively and vocally. This comes with risks. It's easy to push too far and find your fans responding with criticism, or even worse, ambivalence. That doesn't seem like it's going to be a problem for this 28-…
Gary Allan Says His Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood Comments Were Taken Out of Context
What seemed like the next round of artist vs. artist criticisms was misconstrued and taken out of context, according to one of the parties involved. Gary Allan says his answer to Larry King's question about whether or not Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are country has been spun in a way he d…
LeAnn Rimes Pays a Visit to the Emergency Room in Ireland
LeAnn Rimes took a trip to the emergency room in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday (Sept. 12), following a coughing fit that wouldn't quit. The result: 100 percent vocal rest and a canceled show.
First-Ever Tropical Nights to Bring Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert + More to Beautiful M…
The inaugural country music adventure Tropical Nights in Riviera Maya, Mexico will include performances and exclusive opportunities to hang with some of country's biggest stars -- Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington and Jana Kramer.
Taste of Country Writer, Sister Station Receive 2013 CMA Broadcast Awards Nominations
Among the nominees announced for the 2013 CMA Awards were radio stations and on-air personalities, chosen as the best in the business. WGNA afternoon host and Taste of Country writer Kevin Richards was honored for a third straight year. Additionally, station WYRK in Buffalo, N.Y. was chosen as a as …
2013 CMA Awards Nominees Announced
The 2013 CMA Awards nominees have been announced, with stars like Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift once again leading a pack of talented Entertainer and Male/Female Vocalist of the Year contenders. The reveal included one big surprise in the Entertainer of the Year category, as George Strait earns a no…
Vince Gill Confronts Westboro Baptist Church Members [NSFW]
Vince Gill was worked up when he took to the streets to confront members of the Westboro Baptist Church on Sunday (Sept. 8). The group was set up outside his concert venue to protest what they called adultery by the singer.
George Strait’s 2014 Tour Dates Announced
George Strait's 2014 Cowboy Rides Away Tour dates were revealed during a press conference on Monday (Sept. 9). This is Strait’s final tour, and the singer announced 26 shows, set to begin on Jan. 9, 2014 and end in June or later with a to-be-determined date in Dallas, Texas.
George Strait Agrees to Record Five More Albums With MCA
George Strait has released 40 albums on MCA Nashville, but that total will reach at least 45 before he's done. On Wednesday night (Aug. 28), his label CEO announced that the legend has signed a contract to record five more albums, even though he's retiring from the road after next year.