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.
Top 40 Country Songs of 2016
The best-selling country songs of 2016 come from superstar acts like Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton, but also newcomers like Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton. This list of the Top 40 digital songs of the year is ranked by who sold the most singles on services like iTunes.
Songs Written by Andrew Dorff
Andrew Dorff's Dec. 19 death left the country music community heartbroken. Dan + Shay, Martina McBride and Chase Rice were amongst the first to tweet a kind word about the songwriter. His inner circle was large, as he was a man-in-demand in Music City. These are some of his most well-known song…
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.
Reba McEntire (Feat. Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood), ‘Softly and Tenderly’ [Listen]
Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood are a dream team of Christian country singers, and they inspire on "Softly and Tenderly," a song from McEntire's upcoming gospel album.
Kenny Chesney, ‘Bar at the End of the World’ [Listen]
Kenny Chesney's "Bar at the End of the World" is built for his live show. The song is bittersweet in that so few fans will get to hear it live in 2017.
In Memoriam: Remembering the Artists Who Died in 2016
Country music was not spared from the grief that came early and often in 2016. Legendary artists seemed to pass at unheard of rates — men and women we'd relied on for hit songs and unforgettable live performances for decades died, often unexpectedly this year. In this video Taste of Coun…
Taylor Swift, ACMs Pledge $200K to Help East Tennessee Fire Victims
Four days before Dolly Parton's telethon to help families in Gatlinburg and East Tennessee affected by wildfires, the legend can count on $200,000. Taylor Swift and the ACM's charitable arm have each pledged $100K to the effort.
Miranda Lambert’s Reaction to 2017 Grammy Nods Is Simply Adorable
Can you ever go wrong with a puppy? Miranda Lambert doesn't think so. She made one of her furry friends a stand-in for a post showing appreciation for her two 2017 Grammy nominations, which she received on Tuesday morning (Dec. 6).
Predicting the 2017 Grammy Awards Country Nominees
Grammy Awards voters don’t think like ACM and CMA voters. Sales figures and the number of No. 1 singles don’t help an artist or song’s chances at winning a Grammy. In fact, in country music, they often hurt your chances.
10 Best Country Albums of 2016
The 10 best country albums of 2016 come from newcomers, major headliners and veterans proving that their music and artistry is as strong as ever.