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.
Parmalee Interview: ‘Carolina’ Singers Overcome Perceptions, Shooting and Six-Figure Credi…
The North Carolina country-rockers' story of triumph after a fatal shooting in 2010 is well-known. The less exciting (but perhaps more imposing) obstacle was overcoming a perceived identity crisis.
When the Good Die Young: Great Songs and the Unexpected Reasons They Never Became Hits
The story goes like this: Clay Walker releases a ballad called 'She Likes It in the Morning' to radio in 2008, and after a few weeks, it dies. That's radio-speak for it falls off the country charts and never gets played again. Fans loved it, however, and Walker sings the yoke out of i…
Chris Cagle Arrested in Texas
Singer Chris Cagle was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Greenville, Texas. He reportedly ran a red light at about 2AM Sunday (Dec. 15) on U.S. 69, prompting a Department of Public Safety officer to pull him over.
Ray Price Dead at 87
Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price has died. The singer succumbed to complications from pancreatic cancer at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas on Monday (Dec. 16), four days after issuing a goodbye letter to his fans and entering home hospice.
2013 American Country Awards Winners – Full List
With 20 honors to announce in just two hours, the 2013 American Country Awards wasted little time in getting to the winners on Tuesday night (Dec. 10). Luke Bryan accepted the first blue Fender guitar of the night for Male Artist of the Year. He also won Touring Artist of the Year before taking home…
Album Spotlight: Parmalee, ‘Feels Like Carolina’ – ToC Critic’s Pick
Parmalee do what they do best on more than half the songs on 'Feel Like Carolina.' This group of reformed rockers compel you to buy a ticket to their live show with songs like 'I'll Bring the Music,' Dance' and especially 'Move.'
5 Best Carrie Underwood Songs From ‘The Sound of Music Live!’ [Watch]
Carrie Underwood wasn't involved in every performance during Thursday night's (Dec. 5) live theatrical broadcast of 'The Sound of Music Live!' on NBC, but she definitely carried the bulk of the singing. While some were critical of her acting, few can complain about her vocal perf…
Judge Denies Dismissal of Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood ‘Remind Me’ Lawsuit
A lawsuit alleging that the songwriters behind Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood's hit duet 'Remind Me' stole from another songwriter will move forward after a federal judge ruling in Nashville on Tuesday (Dec. 3).
Carrie Underwood Shines in ‘The Sound of Music Live!’
NBC's live theatrical broadcast of 'The Sound of Music' was not without mistakes common in live theater, but one would need to be a student of Broadway to have caught them. Carrie Underwood and a cast of theater and television actors stayed true to the spirit of the musical, maki…
Miranda Lambert Blasts Tabloid Claims About Weight Loss Surgery
Miranda Lambert wants her fans to know she lost weight the old-fashioned way. Healthy eating and exercise were the keys to making her skinny jeans baggy, not weight loss surgery.
Fans Create ‘Human Chain of Love’ for Randy Travis During George Jones Tribute Concert
Friday night's (Nov. 22) Playing Possum: The Final No Show concert was all about George Jones, except for a few minutes in the middle that were dedicated to beleaguered singer Randy Travis. Actor Jon Voight took the stage to ask fans to create a human chain of love for the 'Tonight I&…
Willie Nelson Tour Bus Accident Leaves Three Hospitalized
Three people were hospitalized after Willie Nelson's band's tour bus slammed into a bridge pillar on I-30 in Sulphur Springs, Texas early Saturday morning (Nov. 23). The singer was not on board, but the incident has resulted in the postponement of several tour dates.