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.
9 Unforgettable Miranda Lambert Moments
Miranda Lambert's unforgettable career has included five studio albums, eight Top 5 singles and thousands of memorable moments from her live show. We pick from all of those events, plus a few you may have forgotten about during this Unforgettable Miranda Lambert Moments video.
Watch the 2016 CMA Awards Red Carpet Live Stream!
Before country music's biggest stars sit down for the 2016 CMA Awards, they'll need to talk to Taste of Country. For a second straight year we'll be streaming live from the CMA Awards red carpet, and you'll be able to watch right here.
Tim McGraw Helps 94-Year-Old Superfan in Need on Facebook
Tim McGraw may have signed up for more than he realized when he reached out to a 94-year-old superfan and promised tickets to an April show in South Carolina. Tia Pettygrue says her grandmother is already planning her outfit for the stop on the Soul2Soul Tour.
Cole Swindell Reads the Worst Pickup Lines Ever [Watch]
There's a song on Cole Swindell's new Down Home Sessions III EP in which the singer does his best to avoid saying something stupid in an attempt to woo a girl. During this video exclusive to Taste of Country, the Georgia native embraces the bad pickup lines.
Garth Brooks’ ‘Gunslinger’ Album: Everything You Need to Know
Garth Brooks' next album has a name and a lead single. If you've been paying attention, you've learned about more than half of the songs on Gunslinger (Nov. 25).
Dierks Bentley Recalls His Days as a CMA Awards Intern
Before he took the stage as a performer, Dierks Bentley was working the CMA Awards backstage. As an intern, he was one of the crew members wearing a headset, helping stars like Shania Twain get on and off the stage.
2016 CMA Awards Performers to ‘Honor History of Country Music’
Modern country music will take a backseat at the 2016 CMA Awards next month. Instead of the usual push of current songs from new albums, today's artists will honor the history of country music.
Thomas Rhett Announces Headlining Tour With Kelsea Ballerini
Thomas Rhett's first-ever headlining tour will begin this winter, with help from Kelsea Ballerini. Ryan Hurd and Russell Dickerson will also join Rhett on the Home Team Tour.
Go Behind the Scenes of the Stunning ‘Forever Country’ Music Video [Exclusive]
Thirty country legends jumped at the chance to be a part of the music video for "Forever Country," an all-star collaboration that pays tribute to 50 years of the CMA Awards. In this behind the scenes video exclusive to Taste of Country, key artists join the song's producer and music v…
Cole Swindell Is Very Nervous to Judge the Miss America Competition
Cole Swindell says he has plenty to be nervous about before judging the Miss America Competition on Sunday (Sept. 11), and talking to last year’s country music judge didn’t really help.
5 Unforgettable Country Military Moments
Miranda Lambert's emotional moment with a soldier's sign sent us on a search for some more of country music's best military tributes. Artists are overwhelmingly supportive of the troops, with dozens of planned tributes every year. These five moments were spontaneous decisions to honor…
Jana Kramer Joins ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Country music is back on ABC's Dancing With the Stars. Singer Jana Kramer will join the Season 23 cast, becoming the first country contestant since Kellie Pickler won it all in 2013.