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.
Backroad Anthem Singer Craig Strickland Found Dead
Craig Strickland has been found dead. The Backroad Anthem singer’s body was recovered in Kaw Lake in Oklahoma, where he and friend Chase Morland had gone duck hunting on Dec. 27.
Man Who Inspired Taylor Swift’s ‘Teardrops’ Charged With Child Abuse
The “Drew” that inspired Taylor Swift’s “Teardrops on My Guitar” has been arrested and charged with child abuse after an incident in Hendersonville, Tenn.
Craig Strickland’s Wife Keeping Hope Alive With Prayer Request
The wife of missing country singer Craig Strickland is asking for prayers as local authorities continue to search for him. Helen Strickland’s last tweet was simple and emotional, and followed a long day of updates to her followers on Twitter.
Country Singer Missing After Early Morning Hunt
Craig Strickland, lead singer of the band Backroad Anthem, is still missing 36 hours after beginning an early morning hunting trip in Oklahoma with his friend Chase Morland. Morland's body was found Monday afternoon.
Dolly Parton Asking for Help Finding Kidney Donor for Longtime Friend
Dolly Parton is asking for a Christmas miracle. The country superstar has made a public plea to fans, seeking a kidney donor for her longtime friend and attorney Jerry Edelstein.
Country Stars Step Up to Support Nashville Guitarist Grieving Death of 17-Month-Old Son
Country stars like Buddy Jewell, Collin Raye and John Berry are doing what they can to help a Nashville guitarist who’s played for Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and more. Hunter Carmichael’s son Mac died last week after choking on food at a Nashville mall food court. Everyon…
Keith Urban Helps Eulogize His Father During Funeral in Australia
Keith Urban led a large group of family and friends in saying goodbye to Robert “Bob” Urban on Thursday. The singer’s father died on Dec. 5 after a long battle with cancer.
Reba McEntire’s Divorce From Narvel Blackstock Finalized
Reba McEntire has confirmed her divorce from husband Narvel Blackstock is official. The singer shared the news on her Facebook page Thursday night.
18 Little Jimmy Dickens Guitars for Sale
Eighteen guitars from Little Jimmy Dickens’ personal collection are for sale through a consignment at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville. The instruments — many worn from years of use on stage — are priced between $1,500 and $20,000.
Blake Shelton Out as ACM Awards Host, Dierks Bentley In?
Luke Bryan will return to host the 2016 ACM Awards, but Blake Shelton will not. A promo video for the 51st annual awards breaks the news of Shelton’s departure while teasing who Bryan’s on-stage buddy may be next April.