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.
5 Takeaways From the 2016 CMA Awards
It was tough to live up to the hype surrounding the 50th annual CMA Awards, but the Nov. 2 broadcast came close. Fans who've been screaming for more legendary artists! to be included had a very good night. Blake Shelton fans did not.
Top 5 Moments From the 2016 CMA Awards
Surprises? The 2016 CMA Awards had them, and this list of the Top 5 moments includes shocking wins, performances and the stories behind those performances.
Tim McGraw Surrounded by Ben Ellis’ Students During CMA Awards Performance
That wasn't a random group of kids surrounding Tim McGraw as he sang "Humble and Kind" at the 2016 CMA Awards. The singer reveals that they were the students of Ben Ellis, a teacher who died in September after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Maren Morris Won’t Let Success Go to Her Head
Winning a CMA Award would be "extreme validation" for Maren Morris. The "My Church" singer is up for seven awards at the 2016 CMAs, but the results won't make or break her year.
You’ll Love the Adorable Way Dustin Lynch Invited His CMA Awards Date
Dustin Lynch says his 2016 CMA Awards date is going to make him look good!
Tim McGraw Helps 94-Year-Old Superfan in Need on Facebook
Tim McGraw may have signed up for more than he realized when he reached out to a 94-year-old superfan and promised tickets to an April show in South Carolina. Tia Pettygrue says her grandmother is already planning her outfit for the stop on the Soul2Soul Tour.
6 Unforgettable CMA Awards Controversies
Controversy isn't the norm at the CMA Awards, but when they happen, they're absolutely memorable.
8 Unforgettable Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood CMA Awards Moments
Each year, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood's CMA Awards monologue gets stronger.
50 Greatest CMA Awards Moments Ever
The greatest moments at the CMA Awards leave fans and viewers talking about them for days or weeks to come.
Remember When a President Attended the CMA Awards?
Garth Brooks was so popular in 1991 that even the leader of the free world couldn't pass up a chance to see the singer collect his first Entertainer of the Year award.
Garth Brooks’ ‘Gunslinger’ Album: Everything You Need to Know
Garth Brooks' next album has a name and a lead single. If you've been paying attention, you've learned about more than half of the songs on Gunslinger (Nov. 25).
More 2016 CMA Awards Performers Added for 50th Anniversary Event
The first 2016 CMA Awards performers have been announced, and the list is already filled with the show's stars and most-nominated singers.