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 Thompson Interview: New ‘Turn It Up’ Album Explores His Small-Town Roots
Josh Thompson's new 'Turn It Up' album (April 1) sticks to what the singer does best. The 10 songs fall in line with the unique brand of blue collar country this Wisconsin native introduced on 'Way Out Here' in 2010. A lots changed since then, but a few important things have…
Album Spotlight: Sara Evans, ‘Slow Me Down’ – ToC Critic’s Pick
A much more confident Sara Evans emerges on the 11 songs that make up ‘Slow Me Down,’ her new studio album. From top to bottom this project is a blast of energy. Even the ballads pop with new life an exuberance.
Garth Brooks’ Dublin Dates Create Community Uproar
A nearly five-year-old agreement to host no more than three yearly concerts at Croke Park in Dublin is at the center of a debate over the five Garth Brooks shows scheduled for July. Residents living near the stadium are upset that a written agreement is being ignored.
Dierks Bentley Recalls Wild Trips to Mexico Before Moving to Nashville
Dierks Bentley's trip to Mexico this February will hardly be his first.
Cute Kids Singing Country Songs – LeAnn Rimes, ‘Blue’
We don't know who she is, or where she is today, but this girl could have had a big career in country music. Her commanding performance of LeAnn Rimes' 'Blue' will blow your hair back. Watch this little girl sing a song that was originally performed by a singer about her age.
Neal McCoy Admits Truth About Trace Adkins Was ‘Fudged,’ Asks for Sympathy
Neal McCoy expressed his sympathies for Trace Adkins and praised the rest of the Country Cruising lineup after the ship’s headliner left for rehab last week.
New Country Music Releases – February 2014
The trickle of new country releases will turn into a flowing river in February, with new albums from Dierks Bentley and Eric Church drawing the most attention. Bentley's 'Riser' hits stores February 25, while his labelmate releases his follow-up to 'Chief' on February 1…
Crew Members Injured in Stage Collapse Following Luke Bryan Concert
A stage collapse following Luke Bryan's Thursday night show in Columbus, Ohio injured four members of his crew, and is responsible for Friday's (Jan. 17) postponed show in Lexington, Ky.
Why the Grammys Rarely Honor CMA/ACM Awards Winners
In the last 10 years, country fans have come away scratching their heads after the Grammys. Artists and albums that are ignored at the CMA and ACM Awards are honored at the all-genre ceremony that takes place each winter. Only twice in the last decade have the CMAs and Grammys agreed on Song of the …
Trace Adkins Enters Rehab
Trace Adkins took his first drink in over a decade, then checked into rehab earlier this week.
What’s Behind the ’80s Rock Revival in Country Music?
Country curmudgeons looking to blame hip-hop for what they see as the fall of country music have it wrong. Sure, acts like Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean are quick to drop rappers alongside country legends when listing influences, but it’s the aggressive, unapologetically loud gui…
Man With a View: Clay Walker on Why He’s in a Great Place to Have a Big Year in 2014
Clay Walker is at an interesting point in his life and career. He's a survivor. He's lived twice as long as doctors predicted he would when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996, and he's lasted much longer than your average Nashville hat.