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.
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Miranda Lambert’s gypsy heart beats strong on The Weight of These Wings, even if it is scarred. Themes of heartache and untethered rambling dominate the 24 songs on her two-disc release. There are few loose ends but plenty of surprises.
Tyler Farr Marries Hannah Freeman
Tyler Farr has married longtime girlfriend Hannah Freeman. The couple wed in Nolensville, Tenn., on Monday (Oct. 10). Several well-known country stars were in attendance and part of the wedding party.
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The first 2016 CMA Awards performers have been announced, and the list is already filled with the show's stars and most-nominated singers.
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You may not want to begin decorating for Christmas until after Halloween, but by then, country's best new Christmas music will already be filling homes nationwide.
Jana Kramer Says Abusive First Husband Tried to Kill Her
Jana Kramer says she remembers praying for God to take her away in August 2005, when her first husband, Michael Gambino, tried to kill her.
Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Turn Back Time During Ryman Auditorium Show
Fans worldwide will be talking about the tour announcement, but Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's 70-minute-long set at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium should not be overshadowed.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Announce 2017 Soul2Soul World Tour
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Taste of Country’s CMA Awards Countdown Begins
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George Strait Welcomes New Granddaughter
George Strait is a grandfather once again. The country singer shared the news that his granddaughter was born on Sept. 10, confirming reports that he'd shared the news during a show in Las Vegas that day.
Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Announce Surprise Ryman Auditorium Concert
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced a surprise concert at the Ryman Auditorium on Monday morning (Oct. 3).