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.
2017 CMA Awards Performances — Full List
Nearly 20 performances highlighted the 2017 CMA Awards with tributes from Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and more leading the way. The show's theme was unity — heck co-host Brad Paisley even wore a "unity" t-shirt.
Garth Brooks Lip-Synced His CMA Awards Performance
Garth Brooks admitted he was lip-syncing during his CMA Awards performance of "Ask Me How I Know" on Wednesday night (Nov. 8).
Sugarland #StillTheSame After CMA Awards Appearance, But What’s It Mean?
Sugarland may end up being the biggest surprise of the 2017 CMA Awards. Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles took the stage to present the Vocal Duo of the Year Award and teased fans.
10 Tear-Jerking CMA Awards Moments We’re Still Emotional About
We remember CMA Awards speeches and performances that involve tears for a lifetime.
CMA Awards Apologize, Lift Red Carpet Media Restrictions
The Country Music Association has apologized for and lifted CMA Awards media guidelines restricting what reporters can and cannot ask during next Wednesday's red carpet.
Media Told to Refrain From Questions About Politics, Guns, Vegas on CMA Awards Red Carpet
Media outlets covering the 2017 CMA Awards from the red carpet cannot ask artists about their political affiliations, views on gun rights or the Las Vegas shooting.
Does Kelsea Ballerini Really Hate Love Songs?
Kelsea Ballerini has a song called "I Hate Love Songs" on her new album and she wrote it. But, really Kelsea? Do you really hate love songs?
Man Shot Outside Jason Aldean Concert in Mississippi
For the second time in less than a month gunshots disrupted the party at a Jason Aldean concert.
Kenny Chesney + 10 More Country Singers Who Can’t Possibly Be 50 Years Old! [Pictures]
How it this possible?!
Who Is Emily Weisband, Luke Bryan’s Duet Partner on ‘Hungover in a Hotel Room’?
Luke Bryan has revealed his duet partner on the new What Makes You Country album. Songwriter Emily Weisband joins Bryan on "Hungover In a Hotel Room" and it's not her first mainstream country duet.
Kelsea + Reba, Brad + Kane and More Unexpected CMA Awards Collaborations
Specific 2017 CMA Awards performances are coming into view with the announcement of four high-powered collaborations, including one with a famous pop star.
Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney Marries Hannah Billingsley
Dan + Shay singer Shay Mooney married fiancé Hannah Billingsley on Friday (Oct. 20) during an outdoor ceremony in Arkansas.
Luke Bryan’s Wife Is Sporting a Massive New Diamond Ring
Luke Bryan gifted wife Caroline a diamond ring that would be large enough to hide the sun if she held it to the sky (and it wasn't translucent).
Pink, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Among 2017 CMA Awards Performers
See who's performing at the 2017 CMA Awards.