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.
8 Unforgettable Country Moments From 2016
In 2016, country music saw deaths, resurrections, a shocking performance and a superstar collaboration that fans are sure to be talking about for years to come. It was truly an unforgettable year, and these are the Top 8 moments.
Granger Smith’s Kids Are Reenacting His Stage Fall
Granger Smith has seen the videos. You've probably seen the videos of his stage fall in Sayreville, N. J., as well. Seemingly everyone, including his oldest two kids, has seen him step onto a wobbly monitor and come crashing down. Smith jokes that he can't get away from it.
Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Pay Off $5K Worth of Layaway Bills at Walmart
Shoppers at a Walmart near Jacksonville, Fla. received an early Christmas gift from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The country couple played secret Santa, covering $5,000 in layaway bills.
Kelsea Ballerini Says ‘Peter Pan’ Gave Her the Grammy Edge
Kelsea Ballerini was Grammy eligible in 2015 and 2016 but her 2017 nomination in the Best New Artist category happened for a reason. One song, she says, pushed her over the top.
Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2017 Grammy Nominations
It's no surprise that Maren Morris picked up some major Grammy love when the 2017 nominations were announced on Tuesday morning (Dec. 6), but others were more eye-opening.
Miranda Lambert’s Reaction to 2017 Grammy Nods Is Simply Adorable
Can you ever go wrong with a puppy? Miranda Lambert doesn't think so. She made one of her furry friends a stand-in for a post showing appreciation for her two 2017 Grammy nominations, which she received on Tuesday morning (Dec. 6).
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.
You Think You Know Dierks Bentley?
Dierks Bentley has been a country staple for over a decade, but how well do you really know the 'I Hold On' hitmaker? This kid from Arizona took the long route to Nashville, and once there, success hardly came easily. Watch to find out what he was like as a kid, how he met his wi…
Dierks Bentley on ‘Black': ‘It Kind of Spun Out of Control’
When he started penning his new single "Black," Dierks Bentley didn't intend to write as sexy of a song as he did. He also says his wife Cassidy wasn't as enamored with the song as you'd think.
5 Unforgettable Country Military Moments
Miranda Lambert's emotional moment with a soldier's sign sent us on a search for some more of country music's best military tributes. Artists are overwhelmingly supportive of the troops, with dozens of planned tributes every year. These five moments were spontaneous decisions to honor…
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.