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.
Check Out These Wax Figures of Country Music’s Biggest Stars [Pictures]
Not all country wax figures are created equal. While casts of Johnny Cash and Billy Ray Cyrus capture the focused dispositions of each singer, recreations of a few female artists look like little more than large Barbie dolls.
Remember When Johnny Cash Was on ‘Sesame Street’?
Johnny Cash, the Man in Black, wore blue denim the day he visited Sesame Street during the fifth season of the legendary children's show. He made a quick fan out of Oscar the Grouch, who really got into his song, "Nasty Dan."
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.
Remember When Willie Nelson Starred in a Super Bowl Commercial?
He's one of the most legendary artists in country music history, but Willie Nelson still doesn't take himself too seriously.
Remember When Willie Nelson Settled His Tax Bill?
On Feb. 2, 1993, Willie Nelson settled his $16.7 million tax bill with the IRS, in one of the most high-profile tax cases in music history.
Who’s On the Hot Seat? Meet All 31 Country Newcomers
Country music's next generation begins with your vote. These 31 artists are all on the RISERS Hot Seat, a fan-decided poll that selects the final artist in Taste of Country's new artist platform set to launch in March.
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.
Teen Covers ‘Blue Christmas,’ Sounds Just Like Elvis Presley [Watch]
Elvis Presley lives! One teen's "Blue Christmas" cover proves the country and rock and roll legend is still alive -- inside of him, at least. Listen for yourself and decide if all other Presley impersonators should just retire right now.
What Would Elvis Presley Look Like if He Were Still Alive?
Elvis Presley died nearly 40 years ago, and every day since, fans have been wondering what could have been. How much more great music would he have made? How many more movies would he have starred in? And what would Elvis look like today if he didn't die on Aug. 16, 1977?
Carrie Underwood’s Dog Recovering After Paralysis
Carrie Underwood's dog was completely paralyzed in his hind quarters after suffering a herniated disk before Christmas. In a video, the singer shows Ace going through physical therapy.
Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman Pay Tribute to Lost Legends During New Year’s Eve Show [Watch]
Keith Urban stopped a celebratory New Year’s Eve concert in Nashville to celebrate the lives of some of the music legends who died in 2016. Wife Nicole Kidman even joined him on stage to dance along to David Bowie’s “Heroes.”
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.