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.
Josh Gallagher Debuts ‘Pick Any Small Town’ on ‘The Voice’ [Watch]
Josh Gallagher's original performance on The Voice was a song that couldn't be more him. The small town-raised country singer debuted "Pick Any Small Town," a song he helped write for the Season 11 finale.
Sundance Head, ‘Darlin’ Don’t Go’ [Listen]
Sundance Head performed an original song called "Darlin' Don't Go" during the season finale of The Voice, and released a stirring music video for the soulful country song.
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.
Luke Pell’s ‘Bachelorette’ Experiences Fueling Country Songwriting
Luke Pell was in Nashville working on a singing and songwriting career before his time on ABC's reality show The Bachelorette, and he's in Music City working harder than ever after finishing fourth last summer. Those experiences, he says, fall right into his country wheelhouse.
Taylor Swift, ACMs Pledge $200K to Help East Tennessee Fire Victims
Four days before Dolly Parton's telethon to help families in Gatlinburg and East Tennessee affected by wildfires, the legend can count on $200,000. Taylor Swift and the ACM's charitable arm have each pledged $100K to the effort.
Tyler Farr Ready to Go ‘Too Farr’ in New Reality TV Show
Tyler Farr is set to become a reality television star. The singer says a new show called A Little Too Farr will air in 2017 on a new television network.
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.
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).
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.
10 Best Country Albums of 2016
The 10 best country albums of 2016 come from newcomers, major headliners and veterans proving that their music and artistry is as strong as ever.
Predicting the 2017 Grammy Awards Country Nominees
Grammy Awards voters don’t think like ACM and CMA voters. Sales figures and the number of No. 1 singles don’t help an artist or song’s chances at winning a Grammy. In fact, in country music, they often hurt your chances.
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.