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 their sons. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
Sam Hunt’s New Song ‘Body Like a Back Road’ Written After Engagement [Listen]
Sam Hunt announced his next single "Body Like a Back Road" will hit radio in one week and shared a clip of the "lighthearted" love song. While he's been writing for a new album for over a year, this new song was put together rather recently.
Luke Bryan Announces Massive 2017 Tour by Playing Duck Hunt
Luke Bryan's Huntin’, Fishin’, & Lovin’ Every Day Tour will include six opening acts over a summer-long trek that reaches both coasts and focuses on outdoor amphitheaters. Bryan announced his 2017 tour plans on Tuesday (Jan. 23) with a fantastic throwback video, premier…
Bailey Bryan, ‘Own It’ [Listen]
Bailey Bryan instantly becomes your BFF in "Own It," her debut single on Warner Music Nashville. The pop-country song embraces a positive message but does not come across as preachy or saccharine.
What Would Elvis Presley Look Like if He Were Still Alive?
Elvis Presley died nearly 40 years ago, and every day since, fans have been wondering what could have been. How much more great music would he have made? How many more movies would he have starred in? And what would Elvis look like today if he didn't die on Aug. 16, 1977?
ToC Critic’s Pick: Michael Tyler, ‘They Can’t See’ [Listen]
Michael Tyler's "They Can't See" has an unfair advantage. The newcomer's debut song begins with what will be one of the best opening lines of 2017.
Candi Carpenter, ‘Burn the Bed’ [Listen]
Candi Carpenter's debut single "Burn the Bed" introduces her as country music's next young traditionalist. It's a lyric Tammy or Loretta would be proud of, cast in a more modern arrangement.
Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman Pay Tribute to Lost Legends During New Year’s Eve Show [Watch]
Keith Urban stopped a celebratory New Year’s Eve concert in Nashville to celebrate the lives of some of the music legends who died in 2016. Wife Nicole Kidman even joined him on stage to dance along to David Bowie’s “Heroes.”
New Music Releases 2017
There's no rest for the country music fan. The slate of new country albums filled up early with several slotted for winter and spring 2017 and dozens more coming later, or rumored to be coming by year's end.
8 Unforgettable Country Moments From 2016
In 2016, country music saw deaths, resurrections, a shocking performance and a superstar collaboration that fans are sure to be talking about for years to come. It was truly an unforgettable year, and these are the Top 8 moments.
Top 40 Country Songs for January 2017
The top songs at the end of 2017 may start on this list of the Top 40 Country Songs of January 2017. Last year Maren Morris' "My Church" started January at No. 40, and arguably ended the year as country music's biggest and best song.
Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves + More Share Hangover Cures
New Year’s Eve is a night to party, meaning New Year’s Day is often a time for regrets ... and headaches. Hangovers will be common on Jan. 1, but thankfully, some of country music’s biggest stars have some proven cures!
5 Albums We Can’t Wait for In 2017
Sure, we loved albums by country stars like Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley last year, but we’re so over you, 2016! There are dozens of promising albums lined up for 2017, including follow-ups from some of country music’s most promising hit makers.