Billy Dukes is a Senior Editor and Executive Producer at Taste of Country, where he has over 11,000 articles to his name. His media background includes jobs as music director 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 three sons. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and home renovation.
The Day the Allman Brothers Band’s Berry Oakley Died
The bassist is too often remembered more for the way he was killed than how he lived.
The Story of John Cougar Mellencamp’s Rootsy ‘The Lonesome Jubilee’
On Aug. 24, 1987, John Mellencamp released one of his best albums, The Lonesome Jubilee.
When Def Leppard’s Rick Allen Made His Comeback
Rick Allen of Def Leppard returned to the stage after losing his arm in a car accident.
When AC/DC, the Rolling Stones and Rush Rocked SARSstock
This huge benefit concert found more than 450,000 people crowded into Toronto's Downsview Park.
Steven Tyler, ‘Love Is Your Name’ – Song Review
Steven Tyler isn’t just dipping a toe into country music. With “Love Is Your Name” the Aerosmith frontman dives head-first into the genre.
ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Reveals His Christmas Day Miracle
It was in 1962, and the young (likely clean-shaven) Billy Gibbons was just 13 years old.
When Eddie Van Halen Served as Michael Jackson’s Secret Sideman
He said he did the solo on the third radio single from 'Thriller' for free.
The Day Ex-Kiss Guitarist Bruce Kulick Was Almost Shot to Death
Two stray bullets came within a couple of inches – or less – of killing him on Sunset Boulevard.
Jon Bon Jovi Gives Bride Surprise of Her Life
One Bon Jovi fan made it her mission to convince Jon Bon Jovi to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day, and it worked! The singer showed up to escort Branka Delic to her groom during a ceremony at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas on Saturday. The singer offered picture proof of the accident.
Mick Taylor to Join Ronnie Wood at Bluesfest
The Ronnie Wood Band's finale at BluesFest in London next month will include an appearance by Mick Taylor, who held down the guitar-player role in the Rolling Stone before Wood replaced him in 1975. Wood and group will pay tribute to the late Jimmy Reed during their Nov. 1 set at the Royal Albert Hall, where BluesFest runs from Oct. 29-Nov. 1.