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.
Exclusive: Kip Moore Had ‘Piano Man’ in Mind While Writing ‘Guitar Man’
Kip Moore calls "Guitar Man" the most important song on his new Slowheart album. It's definitely the most personal.
Troy Gentry Proved Nice Guys Can Finish First
One word kept popping up again and again on Twitter Friday afternoon as the country music community learned of Montgomery Gentry singer Troy Gentry's death: friend.
Tyler Hubbard Recalls Father’s Helicopter Crash in Message to Troy Gentry’s Family
Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard says he couldn't help but recall his own father's helicopter crash when he heard about Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry's death on Friday afternoon (Sept. 8).
Country Music Loses a Friend: Singers React to Troy Gentry’s Death
Country music suffered a devastating loss with the death of Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry on Friday (Sept. 8). Immediately, the singer's friends and fellow country artists responded with an overwhelming outpouring of grief.
Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry Killed in Helicopter Crash
Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry was killed in a helicopter crash at the Flying W Airport in Medford, N.J., on Friday (Sept. 8).
Dustin Lynch’s ‘New Girl’ Was Inspired by Abusive Relationships
Dustin Lynch has often been surprised to hear one of his songs helped someone get out of an abusive relationship, so he wrote a song encouraging a girl to get out. "New Girl" is a song he spent six full days getting right.
It’s Time to Let Fans Impact the CMA and ACM Awards
We've reached an age in which every single person has a platform and an expectation to be heard. No longer are fans willing to accept decisions made by experts or the industry.
Have Faith, Will Travel: Kip Moore’s Spiritual Journey to ‘Slowheart’
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Jo Dee Messina Diagnosed With Cancer
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5 Things We Seriously Need to See at the 2017 CMA Awards
It's fun to predict who will win the major categories at the 2017 CMA Awards. It's more fun to predict what everyone will be talking about the day after.
George Strait’s Hurricane Harvey Benefit Features Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton
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Don’t Ask Kip Moore About Being in a Cop Car …
Kip Moore is known for his unflinching honesty, even when asked tough questions.
Miranda Lambert Thankful for CMA Nods After Emotional Week
Miranda Lambert is adding Bailey's to her coffee to celebrate her multiple CMA Awards nominations. It's a sweet start to the week after a very emotional week last week.
Snubbed: 7 Glaring Omissions From the 2017 CMA Awards Nominations
CMA voters must hate Jason Aldean. The country superstar — and there's no other way to describe him — was shut out from the 2017 nominations for a second straight year. But his anti-party will be well attended.