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.
Kane Brown (Feat. Lauren Alaina), ‘What Ifs’ [Listen]
Kane Brown's meaty country voice is sweetened with Lauren Alaina's high-octave harmonies on "What Ifs," the third single from Brown's debut studio album. The uptempo love song contemplates the many ways a relationship can go.
The 9 Best Carrie Underwood Duets
Carrie Underwood is a popular duet partner. She's one of country music's most talented and most versatile vocalists and as a result, dozens (hundreds?) of stars want to sign her up for a song or two on their albums.
Eli Young Band’s Bus Catches Fire
Eli Young Band's tour bus caught fire on Wednesday morning. The band shared the news on social media, saying, "We've lost more than a bus here."
Cody Johnson, ‘With You I Am’ [Listen]
Cody Johnson's "With You I Am" is a straightforward country love song that will sit right with any married man. The ballad could be Johnson's biography, told between guitar picking and the cry of a steel guitar.
Thomas Rhett Wouldn’t Recommend Blake Shelton As a Tutor
When asked if Blake Shelton was a good tutor Thomas Rhett flatly states: "Not really." Perhaps more interesting is that Shelton was called upon to help the young singer with his studies in the first place.
Remember When Sugarland Was a Trio?
One of the bigger mysteries of the last decade of country music is why Kristen Hall left Sugarland when the then-trio seemed to be on the brink of superstardom.
ToC Critic’s Pick: Kristian Bush, ‘Sing Along’ [Listen]
During "Sing Along," Kristian Bush documents a relationship gone bad with the biggest bittersweet smile imaginable. The upbeat, nostalgic country song stings if you let it, and you should.
Blake Shelton to Perform at 2017 People’s Choice Awards
Blake Shelton has been revealed as a performer for the 2017 People's Choice Awards. His performance comes on what could be a very big night for the country singer.
#LetTheGirlsPlay: Lacy Cavalier Learning How to Boss
Put yourself in Lacy Cavalier's shoes. You're 19 and talented, and on tour with Chase Rice. Your band is older, more experienced and full of men. They're respectful, talented and hard-working, but how many teenagers can push that group forward when it's needed?
Cam, Margo Price, Luke Combs Amongst 2017 Bonnaroo Performers
U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers are two of the 2017 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival headliners, but Cam and Margo Price are acts country fans may be most interested in. The full slate of performers was released on Wednesday morning (Jan. 11).
Miranda Lambert Announces Tour Rehearsal Benefit Show
When Miranda Lambert rehearses for a tour, she does it for a good cause. The singer has announced a one-night Highway Vagabond Tour rehearsal show benefitting her Women Creators Scholarship Fund.
Florida Georgia Line (Feat. Backstreet Boys), ‘God, Your Mama and Me’ [Listen]
The Backstreet Boys are officially country, if one single a country band makes. The pop group's involvement on Florida Georgia Line's "God, Your Mama and Me" smooths out an already wrinkle-free love song.