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.
LoCash Singer Chris Lucas and Wife Expecting Another Baby [Exclusive]
Another baby is on the way for LoCash's Chris Lucas. The singer tells Taste of Country their newest miracle will arrive on September 1 or September 3.
Kelleigh Bannen’s ‘This Nashville Life’ Podcast: Perspiration, Not Inspiration
Publisher Rusty Gaston says, “great songwriters win by perspiration, not inspiration.” He’s practical. And I think you’ll find much of what he has to say applicable to many different careers, not just to publishing and songwriting.
ToC Critic’s Pick: Aaron Watson, ‘Vaquero’
Aaron Watson's Vaquero album is a rich collection of cowboy poetry. Every verse touches two or more senses. The best songs clip the soul.
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.
Aaron Watson Unfiltered Part 1: Making Statements With ‘Vaquero’
Aaron Watson is closer to 40 than 20 and recognizes that there's a responsibility that comes with each new album he releases. Vaquero (Feb. 24) is his 13th studio album, the follow-up to the historic, chart-topping The Underdog from 2015. There's pressure, but not the kind you might think.
Sam Hunt Won’t Wait Long to Marry Hannah Fowler
Sam Hunt won't be a bachelor for much longer. The recently engaged country singer shared that he and fiancee Hannah Fowler will get married very soon.
Luke Bryan: Fan Prayers Are ‘Lifting My Family Up’
Luke Bryan went out of his way to publicly thank fans and the country music industry before expressing how well-wishes have propped his family up during a difficult week. Bryan's niece from his wife's side of the family died on Tuesday.
Dan + Shay Prove They’re at Head of the Class During Ryman Auditorium Show
Dan + Shay did one thing during an electric 75-minute set at the Ryman Auditorium that too many artists new and old don't do. They obeyed one simple rule.
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 Garth Brooks Played for the New York Mets?
Major League Baseball spring training is right around the corner, and in the year 2000, that meant country superstar Garth Brooks reported for duty to the New York Mets clubhouse. It was the second of three stints the singer had in the bigs, and he left with an unimpressive batting average.