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 40 Country Songs for January 2017
The top songs at the end of 2017 may start on this list of the Top 40 Country Songs of January 2017. Last year Maren Morris' "My Church" started January at No. 40, and arguably ended the year as country music's biggest and best song.
Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves + More Share Hangover Cures
New Year’s Eve is a night to party, meaning New Year’s Day is often a time for regrets ... and headaches. Hangovers will be common on Jan. 1, but thankfully, some of country music’s biggest stars have some proven cures!
In Memoriam: Remembering the Artists Who Died in 2016
Country music was not spared from the grief that came early and often in 2016. Legendary artists seemed to pass at unheard of rates — men and women we'd relied on for hit songs and unforgettable live performances for decades died, often unexpectedly this year. In this video Taste of Coun…
5 Albums We Can’t Wait for In 2017
Sure, we loved albums by country stars like Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley last year, but we’re so over you, 2016! There are dozens of promising albums lined up for 2017, including follow-ups from some of country music’s most promising hit makers.
Gretchen Wilson, ‘Rowdy’ [Listen]
"Rowdy" is the same old Gretchen Wilson, but for her fans that's not such a bad thing. The thick country-rocker is a party song that doesn't lack honesty.
Thomas Rhett, Brett Young and the Sound That Replaced Bro-Country
If bro-country has an arch-enemy, it’s Brett Young. The “In Case You Didn’t Know” singer is the antithesis of everything the polarizing sub-genre of country music stood for before Maddie & Tae drove a stake through its heart two years ago. He's a giver in what wa…
Charley Pride to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
A year filled with recognition and awards will spill into 2017 for Charley Pride. The country legend is set to receive the Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award in February.
Keith Urban Gifts Maren Morris a Three-Wheeled Roadster
Technically Keith Urban gave Maren Morris a motorcycle as an end-of-tour gift, but the Batmobile-like set of wheels looks more like a car from the future.
Taylor Swift Surprises 96-Year-Old WWII Veteran, Super Fan
Cyrus Porter was hoping to go see Taylor Swift on her next tour. The 96-year-old World War II vet had no idea she was making plans to come visit with him.
5 Unforgettable Country Christmas Traditions
Just like you, country music's biggest stars look forward to visiting with family, eating and maybe bickering across the table this Christmas. They carry on traditions that are heartfelt, funny, strange and flat-out unforgettable.