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.
Songs Written by Andrew Dorff
Andrew Dorff's Dec. 19 death left the country music community heartbroken. Dan + Shay, Martina McBride and Chase Rice were amongst the first to tweet a kind word about the songwriter. His inner circle was large, as he was a man-in-demand in Music City. These are some of his most well-known song…
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Miranda Lambert’s Reaction to 2017 Grammy Nods Is Simply Adorable
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Predicting the 2017 Grammy Awards Country Nominees
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