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.
Opinion: How Do We Move Forward After Las Vegas?
Earlier today a reporter for a cable news network asked me how country music would move forward after the attacks in Las Vegas. I hope I said something that made sense and represented our community intelligently, but the truth is I'm not so sure. Or at least I wasn't then.
Luke Bryan Doubling Down on Safety for Farm Tour Shows
Luke Bryan wants fans to know he's doing everything he can to keep them safe during his Farm Tour dates scheduled for this weekend.
Miranda Lambert Gives Emotional First Concert Since Route 91 Attack
A bittersweet moment during Miranda Lambert's first show after the shooting in Las Vegas came when a young Edmonton-area boy joined her on stage asking not for an autograph or to sing along, but for a hug.
Luke Bryan Addresses Las Vegas Shooting on ‘Good Morning America’
Luke Bryan didn't hesitate to call Sunday and Monday the most heartbreaking days of his life. Appearing on Good Morning America, the new American Idol judge tried to put the Las Vegas shootings in perspective.
Album Spotlight: Shania Twain, ‘Now’
Shania Twain's Now album plays better as a whole than any of the 12 songs do individually.
Jason Aldean Cancels Tour Dates After Las Vegas Shooting ‘Out of Respect for Victims’
Jason Aldean thanked fans for the outpouring of support and canceled three upcoming tour stops in his most recent statement.
These Are the Faces and Stories of the Las Vegas Shooting Victims
Nearly 60 people were killed when a lone gunman opened fire at the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1. These are some of their stories.
Top 40 Country Songs for October 2017
Two newcomers that few country fans had heard of one year ago top the October 2017 list of great country songs. Find hits from stars like Blake Shelton and Garth Brooks ranked high, but it's rookies like Luke Combs and Kane Brown leading the way.
John Rich Lent a Police Officer His Gun During Las Vegas Shooting
John Rich of Big & Rich was at his Redneck Riveria bar in Las Vegas after performing the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night (Oct 1). He recalls a lockdown scene inside the bar during which he provided an officer with a firearm.
Maren Morris Releases ‘Dear Hate’ With Vince Gill After Las Vegas Shooting
Maren Morris decided there would never be a right time to release "Dear Hate," so she chose Monday (Oct. 2). The singer's duet with Vince Gill serves notice that love will conquer all.
Jason Aldean’s Label Gives Statement After Las Vegas Festival Shooting
An executive at Jason Aldean's record label expressed gratitude for being able to report the staff and artist roster is safe on Monday, but remorse that so many fans can't say the same.
Dee Jay Silver’s Baby Boy Was Three Doors Down From Las Vegas Shooter
As a gunman fired on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival Dee Jay Silver and his wife hunkered down hoping they'd be able to see their little boy again. The baby was just three rooms away from the shooter.