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.
Why Garth Brooks Won the CMA Entertainer of the Year (And Probably Will Again Next Year)
Garth Brooks' CMA Entertainer of the Year win should be a surprise to no one in the country music industry. The 55-year-old simply out-hustled his younger competition.
Opinion: The 2017 CMA Awards Played It Too Safe
It was clear artists and fans inside the Bridgestone Arena for Wednesday night's CMA Awards felt a special unity that those watching at home weren't always a part of. Some of the best moments simply didn't translate.
Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Call for ‘Common Sense’ Gun Control
Debate about gun control and gun rights hid in the background of Wednesday night's CMA Awards, but Tim McGraw and Faith Hill brought the conversation to the front row with clear remarks on the divisive issue.
Top 5 Moments From the 2017 CMA Awards
Garth Brooks wins Entertainer of the Year, then admits he lip-synced through his CMA Awards performance. Does it matter? Not for this list of the Top 5 Moments from the 2017 CMAs.
2017 CMA Awards Performances — Full List
Nearly 20 performances highlighted the 2017 CMA Awards with tributes from Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and more leading the way. The show's theme was unity — heck co-host Brad Paisley even wore a "unity" t-shirt.
Luke Bryan Escorts Wife Caroline Down the CMA Awards Red Carpet [Pictures]
Luke Bryan's wife shimmered like a disco ball as the couple posed on the CMA Awards red carpet on Wednesday night (Nov. 8). Luke and Caroline Bryan kept it classic for their red carpet parade and pictures.
Garth Brooks Wins Second Straight CMA Entertainer of the Year Award
Garth Brooks is on top once again. The country legend took home his second straight CMA Entertainer of the Year award at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night.
Sugarland #StillTheSame After CMA Awards Appearance, But What’s It Mean?
Sugarland may end up being the biggest surprise of the 2017 CMA Awards. Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles took the stage to present the Vocal Duo of the Year Award and teased fans.
Thomas Rhett, Lauren Akins Go All Black for the 2017 CMA Awards Red Carpet [Pictures]
Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins were color coordinated at the 2017 CMA Awards. The couple dressed in all black for the red carpet — only her red lipstick stood out from the darkness.
2017 CMA Monologue Business as Usual After Short Tribute to Tragedy Victims
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood briefly recognized several months worth of tragic world events before returning to what they do best as hosts of the CMA Awards.
Miranda Lambert, Anderson East Look Like Royalty on the CMA Awards Red Carpet [Pictures]
Miranda Lambert's long blonde hair draped over a Cinderella-esque gown at the 2017 CMA Awards.
Scott McCreery + His Fiancee Gabi Charm the CMA Awards Red Carpet [Pictures]
How did Scotty McCreery grow up so quickly? The singer and his fiancee Gabi walked the CMA Awards red carpet on Wednesday night (Nov. 8) and both looked stunning. Red is definitely the color of the night at the CMAs.