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.
Kenny Chesney’s ‘Kiss’ Part of Record-Setting Night in New Jersey [Watch]
Kenny Chesney admits it takes a lot to embarrass him, and the singer isn’t one to usually oblige requests from his female fans for kisses. But in New Jersey on Saturday night (Aug. 15), he couldn’t turn down the young woman he pulled on stage while singing “I Go Back.”
Jennifer Nettles to Play Dolly Parton’s Mother in NBC’s ‘Coat of Many Colors’
Three well-known celebrities have joined the cast of a movie based on Dolly Parton’s childhood. Two are TV actors, but singer Jennifer Nettles is the third, and she's slotted to portray Parton’s mother.
Jake Owen Turns ‘Real Life’ Problems Into Magic at WE Fest 2015
Jake Owen exploded onto the WE Fest 2015 stage on Saturday night (Aug. 8) and was all smiles during the first half of his show. Technical problems and a heavy heart threatened the set, but the stage veteran ended up creating a moment the thousands watching will remember for a lifetime.
Carrie Underwood Bares Legs in Daisy Dukes During Music Video Shoot
Carrie Underwood is slowly returning to her music career after giving birth in February. The singer filmed a new music video over the weekend, sending jaws to the floor when she stepped out in short shorts.
Reba McEntire, Narvel Blackstock Announce Separation
Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock have separated after 26 years of marriage. The country couple have actually been separated for several months, but it’s not clear if they’ve filed for divorce.
Lynn Anderson Funeral Arrangements Announced
A public visitation and funeral for singer Lynn Anderson will take place this week in Nashville. The 67-year-old “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden” singer died on Thursday (July 30) in Nashville after suffering a heart attack. She'd been battling pneumonia.
Car Chases, Shootouts All Part of Randy Houser’s ‘We Went’ Video
Randy Houser transitions from playing cowboy to outlaw in the new music video for his song “We Went.” The video will debut this weekend, but Taste of Country has this extensive behind the scenes look at the action — and there’s a lot of action.
Eric Church Exhibit to Open at the Country Music Hall of Fame
Eric Church is going to be the next current hit-maker to be featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Eric Church: Inside the Outsider will open Sept. 18 and explore the “Like a Wrecking Ball” singer’s path to Nashville and country stardom.
Miranda Lambert Establishes Scholarship for Women Pursuing Music Industry Jobs
Miranda Lambert’s Tuesday night show at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville will help fund a scholarship for women pursing jobs in the music and entertainment industry at Belmont University.
For Parmalee, Summertime Hangouts Revolve Around Good Food + Music
Growing up in eastern North Carolina, the four men of Parmalee learned to mix good music and good eating from a very young age. The stove was always hot, or the grill was always burning when family would gather. And the live music rarely stopped.