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.
How Tyler Farr ‘Crashed’ Jerrod Niemann and Wife’s Hotel Room in Jamaica
It begins with "I was in bed with my wife ..." and ends with "I can't believe he didn't get hurt!" In between, Jerrod Niemann's story about Tyler Farr breaking into his hotel room in Jamaica takes all sorts of strange twists and turns, and ends with someone having …
Kacey Musgraves Says ‘Pageant Material’ Is a Family Affair
Kacey Musgraves admits her new album Pageant Material serves as an autobiography in some ways, but that wasn't her intent when she began writing and recording her second studio album. Many are looking for the next "Follow Your Arrow," a song that stirred up controversy while helping h…
Keith Urban Brings New York Girl Onstage at ToC Festival, and She Takes Over
Keith Urban invited Kayla Sarro to the stage to sing “We Were Us” with him at the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival, and she may not have wanted to leave.
Tim McGraw on the Most Meaningful Gift He Gets From Giving New Homes to Veterans
Before Shotgun Rider tour stops, Tim McGraw has been giving mortgage-free homes to war veterans as part of Operation Homefront. He tells Taste of Country he gets something in return, although it's not something he can hold.
Miranda Lambert Sings ‘You and Tequila’ With Kenny Chesney in Chicago
Miranda Lambert played her own set at Soldier Field in Chicago over the weekend, and then returned to the stage to join headliner Kenny Chesney on his hit "You and Tequila." Lambert sings Grace Potter's part on the ballad — fans were enthusiastic to say the least. Video shows t…
Wounded Army Veteran Gives Brantley Gilbert His First Purple Heart
There’s not much that will ever compete with the gift Brantley Gilbert received from an Army veteran last month. Justin Patterson, a former sniper who says he’s barely left the house in two years due to symptoms from PTSD, joined Gilbert on his motorcycle ride for the Wounded Warrior P…
Kelly Clarkson Proves She’s ‘Invincible’ at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards
Kelly Clarkson provided a moment of empowerment during Sunday night’s 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Her song “Invincible” was not only a strong vocal showcase, it was a reminder of the singer’s character.
Remember When Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Fell in Love Onstage?
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's anniversary is May 14, but knowing what we know now, another date is just as important.
Carrie Underwood Finally Gets Her Grammy
Who knew that it takes three months from the time you win a Grammy, to the day you actually receive it? And who knew it comes in the mail? Carrie Underwood learned both — again — this week as her statuette for Best Country Solo Performance arrived. She shared a pic of it with fans.
Taste of Country Festival Survival Tips
The most popular country music festivals — like the upcoming Taste of Country Music Festival — last up to five days and include dozens of artists. It's a big commitment to try to take it all in, and you'll want to do so in a way that allows you to be presentable at work on Mo…
Zac Brown Loses His Voice, Cancels Indiana Concert
One night after kicking off the Jekyll + Hyde Tour in Nashville, Zac Brown Band canceled a concert scheduled for Evansville, Ind. The singer lost his voice, forcing them to reschedule the May 2 concert.