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.
5 Takeaways From the 2016 CMA Awards
It was tough to live up to the hype surrounding the 50th annual CMA Awards, but the Nov. 2 broadcast came close. Fans who've been screaming for more legendary artists! to be included had a very good night. Blake Shelton fans did not.
Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Keep It Current for 2016 CMA Awards Monologue
An all-star medley that included over a dozen legendary singers and songs gave way to a CMA Awards monologue focused on today. The election, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's tour and Peyton Manning — yes Peyton Manning! — were all targets in the show's opening minutes.
Watch the 2016 CMA Awards Red Carpet Live Stream!
Before country music's biggest stars sit down for the 2016 CMA Awards, they'll need to talk to Taste of Country. For a second straight year we'll be streaming live from the CMA Awards red carpet, and you'll be able to watch right here.
Tim McGraw Helps 94-Year-Old Superfan in Need on Facebook
Tim McGraw may have signed up for more than he realized when he reached out to a 94-year-old superfan and promised tickets to an April show in South Carolina. Tia Pettygrue says her grandmother is already planning her outfit for the stop on the Soul2Soul Tour.
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A few dozen of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s biggest fans got a surprise in the mail recently. Then, they got another one at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and a huge one after the duo's Oct. 4 show!
Cole Swindell Previews New Music From ‘Down Home Sessions III’ EP
Cole Swindell's new Down Home Sessions III EP includes five songs about love and love lost, and fans can hear the lead track "You've Got My Number" during this Taste of Country exclusive tease.
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Controversy isn't the norm at the CMA Awards, but when they happen, they're absolutely memorable.
50 Greatest CMA Awards Moments Ever
The greatest moments at the CMA Awards leave fans and viewers talking about them for days or weeks to come.
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Each year, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood's CMA Awards monologue gets stronger.
More 2016 CMA Awards Performers Added for 50th Anniversary Event
The first 2016 CMA Awards performers have been announced, and the list is already filled with the show's stars and most-nominated singers.
Remember When Miranda Lambert Stole the Show at the 2005 CMA Awards?
In November 2005, Miranda Lambert was a little known 22-year-old singer from East Texas, struggling to turn her time on Nashville Star into a country music career. As a nominee for the Horizon Award, she was allowed to perform her new single on Nashville's biggest stage.
Dierks Bentley Recalls His Days as a CMA Awards Intern
Before he took the stage as a performer, Dierks Bentley was working the CMA Awards backstage. As an intern, he was one of the crew members wearing a headset, helping stars like Shania Twain get on and off the stage.