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.
Alan Jackson Shares George Jones’ Last Letter
Not long before he died, George Jones penned a final letter to Alan Jackson. He was asking for a favor, one the younger country singer was likely happy to fulfill. Now, as Jackson releases his Angels and Alcohol album he's shared a photo of that letter with Taste of Country readers.
Waylon Jennings’ Daughter-in-Law Addresses Luke Bryan’s Outlaw Comments
Waylon Jennings' daughter-in-law has offered an angry response to the comments Luke Bryan made last week, perceived by some to be an attack on legendary country artists like Jennings, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.
Luke Bryan Brings Little Girl Onstage for ‘Someone Else Calling You Baby’ [Watch]
Luke Bryan played a sold out Vanderbilt University football stadium on Saturday night (July 11), but many fans might have come away talking about the cute lady he shared a stage with. Not Shania, not Jana, not Cassadee ... actually we don't even know her name, but her take on "Someone Else…
Luke Bryan Defends Himself After Outlaw Country Comments Spark Backlash
Luke Bryan says he was not attacking three legendary country outlaws when he declared that he’s not a "'Those were the good old days' kind of guy."
Kid Rock to Confederate Flag Protesters: ‘Kiss My A—’
Kid Rock has finally responded to calls for him to disassociate himself with the Confederate Flag. His message is brief, and very true to the rebel-rocker’s nature.
NFL Lineman JJ Watt Tackles Zac Brown Band Stage-Crasher [Watch]
A Zac Brown Band fan jumped on stage to join the group in Milwaukee on Sunday, but Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt made sure the man's appearance was short ... and painful. Watch as Watt sacks the man like he was quarterbacking the Tennessee Titans.
Country Stars React: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage
Friday's (June 26) historic decision in favor of same-sex marriage in America led to a predictable rush of reactions from those both for and against the Supreme Court's decision. Country music's biggest stars also weighed in, and not everyone feels the 5-4 decision making same-sex mar…
Sam Hunt Says ‘Hookup’ With ‘Bachelorette’ Andi Dorfman Was Fabricated
Sam Hunt insists he’s not dating former Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman, and he didn’t "hook up" with her, either. The “House Party” singer says he’s not sure how the rumor got started, but admits they did talk backstage during the CMA Music Festival in Na…
Kenny Chesney Fans Play Hot Pepper Karaoke to Get Ready for ToC Fest 2016 [Watch]
Kenny Chesney fans took the Hot Pepper Karaoke challenge last weekend, and it wasn't pretty. It sure was funny though. Watch as nearly a dozen of his fans at the Taste of Country Music Festival peppered up for a chance at internet fame.
5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Country Music Daddy
We're not gonna say we have the perfect gift for Father's Day, but ... okay, we have the perfect gift for Father's Day. Actually, perfect gifts. The new Taste of Country Store offers several handmade (in America) items your dad will love. And there's a couple dozen things moms an…
Kip Moore Reveals ‘Comeback Kid’ Skatepark Project
Kip Moore wants to give inner-city kids somewhere safe to go, so he’s building skateboarding parks across the country.