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.
Thomas Rhett, Brett Young and the Sound That Replaced Bro-Country
If bro-country has an arch-enemy, it’s Brett Young. The “In Case You Didn’t Know” singer is the antithesis of everything the polarizing sub-genre of country music stood for before Maddie & Tae drove a stake through its heart two years ago. He's a giver in what wa…
Mo Pitney, ‘Everywhere’ [Listen]
Mo Pitney's "Everywhere" is his most pop-friendly song to date, but the baritone country singer never strays far from his roots. The mid-tempo cut from Behind This Guitar is wide open for interpretation.
Randy Travis Surprises Police Officer Who Lost Home in Fire
Now more than ever Randy Travis understands the importance of music, so when a friend and North Texas police officer lost everything — including his cherished guitar — in a house fire, he was eager to help.
Keith Urban Gifts Maren Morris a Three-Wheeled Roadster
Technically Keith Urban gave Maren Morris a motorcycle as an end-of-tour gift, but the Batmobile-like set of wheels looks more like a car from the future.
Taylor Swift Surprises 96-Year-Old WWII Veteran, Super Fan
Cyrus Porter was hoping to go see Taylor Swift on her next tour. The 96-year-old World War II vet had no idea she was making plans to come visit with him.
ToC Critic’s Pick: Midland, ‘Drinkin’ Problem’ [Listen]
If traditional country music is truly going to cover the radio in 2017, it's going to be by bands like Midland. The trio's "Drinkin' Problem" keeps the pretty of old-school country swing but dives dark into sorrow with no shame.
Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles Shares Baby Gender Reveal Video
Love and Theft singer Stephen Barker Liles revealed he and his wife Jenna were expecting a baby while sharing a precious baby gender reveal surprise they set up for their son Jett. In a video posted to YouTube and the band's social media accounts Liles and family rip open a box, and out pops a …
You Can Watch Dolly Parton’s Telethon for Gatlinburg Fire Victims Here
Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountains Rise telethon will stream live on Tuesday (Dec. 13), and you can watch all the performances, stories and moving moments right here.
Tyler Farr Ready to Go ‘Too Farr’ in New Reality TV Show
Tyler Farr is set to become a reality television star. The singer says a new show called A Little Too Farr will air in 2017 on a new television network.
Top 40 Country Songs for December 2016
A relative country newcomer competes for the top spot on December's Top 40 Country Songs list. While Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban and stars you've long been familiar with anchor this monthly list of country's top songs one tall rookie is in contention to take the No. 1 spot.
10 Best Thank You Songs
Country artists are great at writing thank you songs.
Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood Amongst Country’s AMA Winners
Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line were country music's on-screen winners at the 2016 American Music Awards on Sunday night (Nov. 20) but several more won after the broadcast.