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.
Battered, Bruised, But Still Smiling: The Evolution of Florida Georgia Line
Call them the “Cruise” guys if you’d like, but Florida Georgia Line's new Dig Your Roots album proves Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley's story is deeper, darker and much more complex. In the face of criticism, they keep growing.
‘The Voice’ Auditions: Josh Gallagher Chooses Team Blake to Make It in Nashville [Watch]
Josh Gallagher, a ball cap-wearing country singer from Nashville, chose a very modern country hit to impress the coaches on NBC's The Voice Tuesday night (Sept. 27). His cover of Brothers Osborne's "Stay a Little Longer" turned two chairs, meaning he had to make a difficult decis…
Rory Feek Shares Daughter Indiana’s Pneumonia Scare
A good country doctor and some creative medicine helped Rory Feek’s 2-year-old daughter Indiana as she struggled to breathe.
Jana Kramer Out-Jives Babyface on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ [Watch]
The first-ever Dancing With the Stars face-off pitted Jana Kramer against Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds with one star earning immunity. Each danced the jive, and each failed to amaze the judges.
Blake Shelton, ‘A Guy With a Girl’ [Listen]
Blake Shelton's "A Guy With a Girl" is symbolic of so many of his hits from the last five years. It's a good-natured, mid-tempo love song that finds the singer feeling undeserving of his girl's love.
Blake Shelton ‘Rocks’ With 94-Year-Old Fan on Her Birthday
One Blake Shelton fan in South Dakota wanted to "rock with Blake" for her birthday, and the superstar was happy to oblige her request.
Grand Ole Opry Star Jean Shepard Dies
Jean Shepard has died. The Country Music Hall of Famer and regular at the Grand Ole Opry for 60 years died on Sunday morning at the age of 82.
Album Spotlight: Luke Bryan, ‘Farm Tour … Here’s to the Farmer’
Luke Bryan's Farm Tour ... Here's to the Farmer EP is similar to his many Spring Break EPs in that it's a thematic collection of songs best appreciated by those who live the lifestyle. In some cases, a city boy just isn't going to get it.
Go Behind the Scenes of the Stunning ‘Forever Country’ Music Video [Exclusive]
Thirty country legends jumped at the chance to be a part of the music video for "Forever Country," an all-star collaboration that pays tribute to 50 years of the CMA Awards. In this behind the scenes video exclusive to Taste of Country, key artists join the song's producer and music v…
Bacon Chris Stapleton Impresses Country Singer
Yes, Chris Stapleton, you do look delicious. The Grammy-winning singer posed for a photo next to a bacon sculpture of himself over the weekend in St. Louis. Both man and meat were a part of LouFest.
Alan Jackson Shares Story Behind 9/11 Anthem ‘Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turni…
Two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the superstar debuted a song that had come to him in the middle of the night weeks earlier.
Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Debut New Song ‘Whiskey to Wine’ at Ryman Show
Garth Brooks didn't chicken out — he played a new song called "Whiskey to Wine" during his historic set at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Thursday night (Sept. 8).