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.
Lady Antebellum Admit ‘Heart Break’ Didn’t Come Easy
It was a long road to Heart Break for Lady Antebellum. The group's first new album in three new years came after a few starts and stops and a trip out west.
Faith Hill Embracing Smile Lines, Turning 50 in 2017
It’s a milestone year for Faith Hill. The singer turns 50 in September, but it doesn’t faze her. She feels that if she stresses about it, it’ll send the wrong message to her daughters.
Brandon Lay Is a RISER Raised Halfway Between Country + Rock ‘n’ Roll
Brandon Lay’s hometown of Jackson, Tenn., falls halfway between Memphis and Nashville, and musically so does he. His influences include artists that revolutionized country music in the '90s, and Elvis Presley.
Experience the Houston Rodeo Through Luke Bryan’s Eyes
Luke Bryan took Taste of Country readers and followers backstage on Instagram prior to his massive show at the Houston Rodeo on Thursday night (March 16). The singer and ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee shared pics from the hallways, with fans and of him receiving a special honor.
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.
RISER Brett Young Holds Nothing Back, Onstage and Off
By the time Brett Young finishes just about any acoustic performance, you want to rush the stage and give him a hug.
ToC Critic’s Pick: Jacob Davis, ‘What I Wanna Be’ [Listen]
Jacob Davis steps back from a pop-friendly sound that drives traditionalists crazy on his debut single, "What I Wanna Be."
10 Best Carrie Underwood Songs
In Carrie Underwood's world, a song that only reaches No. 2 on the Billboard charts is a disappointment. Country music's original American Idol has never had a hit chart lower; over a dozen have reached No. 1, with songs from the Storyteller album sure to keep that total growing.
Tim McGraw Urging Daughter Gracie to Record an Album
Tim McGraw wants his daughter Gracie to cut an album, and isn't shy about saying so. The country superstar says the 19-year-old is a great singer, influenced by Adele and Beyonce.
Luke Bryan Joins Jimmy Fallon for ‘Catchphrase’ [Watch]
Luke Bryan played a strong game of Catchphrase on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night (March 2). In fact, he and Fallon were winning, right up to the very end.
Top 40 Country Songs for March 2017
Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt and Dustin Lynch all debut new songs on this list of the Top 40 Country Songs of March 2017. One cracks the Top 5, but the top spot goes to a man who's been grinding away with his single for weeks.
Introducing Taste of Country’s 2017 RISERS [Watch]
There are artists to watch, and then there are RISERS. Seven artists set to become stars in 2017 and beyond were revealed on Wednesday morning (March 1). It's a diverse list that includes solo males and females, and groups. Some you may know. Most you'll wish you met earlier.