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.
Garth Brooks to Go Digital, Announces New Record Deal
Garth Brooks' music will be going digital. The singer made the stunning announcement during a press conference on Thursday (July 10).
Florida Georgia Line, ‘Dirt’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]
‘Dirt’ is not the song Florida Georgia Line fans were expecting. Gone is the bravado, the hyper-time drum beats and the contagious hooks. Instead, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard rely on steel guitar and lyrical depth to make this ballad work.
Kenny Chesney, ‘American Kids’ – ToC Critic’s Pick [Listen]
Kenny Chesney proves he’s not ready to give up his King of Summertime crown just yet with ‘American Kids,’ a funky new song from his upcoming album. It’s a flavorful mix of imagery and nostalgia wrapped up efficiently with a Jesus bow...
Willie Nelson’s ‘Band of Brothers’ Video Features Rowdy Backstage Fun – Exclusive Premiere
The title-track from Willie Nelson’s new ‘Band of Brothers’ album could be a theme song for his motley group of players and friends. The singer has released a video for the song that showcases the crew having fun backstage and off stage. During this ToC video premiere fans get a…
2014 CMA Music Festival – The Best From ToC’s Instagram Page
Taste of Country was everywhere during CMA Music Festival, and we had our phones working overtime snapping the best shots of artists, crowds and ... weirdness. There was plenty of each during the four-day country music festival. Here's the best from our Instagram page.
Dustin Lynch Remembers Sneaking Backstage at the CMA Music Festival
Dustin Lynch grew up just south of Nashville, but never went to the CMA Music Festival as a kid. It wasn't until he moved here full time at age 18 that he started attending. The 'Where It's At' singer remembers once sneaking backstage at one of the more popular venues.
Miranda Lambert’s Plane Makes Emergency Landing in West Virginia
A plane carrying Miranda Lambert was forced to make an emergency landing in Clarksburg, W.V. on Tuesday. The singer says her traveling group is fine — she even managed to make light of the situation.
Darius Rucker and Friends Share a Stage for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital [Pic…
Performances from Kenny Rogers and Corey Smith, a surprise from one-third of Lady Antebellum, and an all-star version of ‘Wagon Wheel’ were amongst the many highlights at Darius Rucker’s fifth annual charity concert for St. Jude on Monday night (June 2).
Kenny Chesney Releases Preview of New Song ‘American Kids’
Kenny Chesney fans got the best Monday morning wake up call ever today. The singer dropped a clip of his new single on YouTube, sharing that ‘American Kids’ will be revealed in full on June 20.
Miranda Lambert Buys Carrie Underwood a Motorcycle
Miranda Lambert surprised Carrie Underwood with a brand new motorcycle on Saturday! Underwood shared a picture of herself atop the black and chrome two-wheeler late Saturday night, admitting she needs a little training before hitting the open road.
Rascal Flatts Perform Acoustic Version of ‘Riot’ from ‘Rewind’ Album [Exclusive Video]
Sometimes a band will spend hours, days or even weeks deciding if a song is good enough to make an album. Then there are songs like 'Riot,' a ballad from Rascal Flatts' new 'Rewind' album. The trio talks about the first time they heard the song before performing an intimate,…