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.
20 Years Ago: Ex-Kiss Guitarist Bruce Kulick Almost Shot to Death
Two stray bullets came within a couple of inches – or less – of killing him on Sunset Boulevard.
Mick Jagger Says A Keith Richards Apology Was a ‘Prerequisite’ to Touring
Keith Richards' memoir of his life and the life of the Rolling Stones revealed some things about the band and Mick Jagger that the frontman didn't care for. In a recent interview Jagger calls an apology from Richards a "prerequisite," while Richards shares he doesn't regret a thing.
Paul McCartney Announces 2013 World Tour
Paul McCartney announced the first two dates of what is expected to be a significant touring schedule in 2013. The singer revealed plans for the Out There World Tour on his website this morning (March 20). His goal is to play cities and venues he and his band have never been.
Stephen Stills ‘Carry On’ Box Set to Feature 50 Years of Music, 25 Unreleased Songs
The bulk of Stephen Stills' career as a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist will be released in a four-disc box set called 'Carry On' on March 26. The package includes hits from Stills' career as a solo artist, with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills & Nash and more. In total, 82 songs are featured, including 25 that have never been released.
Rolling Stones Weighing ‘Quite a Few Offers’ for 2013 Tour Dates
It seems almost certain the Rolling Stones will return to the road in 2013, but even the band isn't sure when or where. Rumored appearances at Coachella in April appear to be just that at this point. But Mick Jagger and Keith Richards both indicate they won't be pulling a Led Zeppelin by teasing fans with a December show only to disappear for five years.
Robert Plant Says Led Zeppelin Members Need to ‘Move On’
Led Zeppelin have had a big 30 days, including the release of 'Celebration Day' and being honored at the Kennedy Center Honors earlier this month. It doesn't seem likely the momentum will carry in 2013, however. During a recent interview with Charlie Rose on CBS singer Robert Plant explains he's looking for different creative endeavors.
Paul Simon Performs at Funeral for Slain Newtown Teacher Victoria Soto
Paul Simon joined mourners for the funeral of slain Sandy Hook Elementary first grade teacher Victoria Soto on Wednesday (Dec. 19). According to the New York Daily News, the singer picked up his guitar with no introduction and performed 'The Sound of Silence' midway through the memorial service for the 27-year-old, to her gathered family and friends. It was Soto's favorite song. Afterward, he retu
Paul McCartney and Wife Involved in Near-Disastrous Helicopter Incident
Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell weren't aware they were within two feet of a terrible helicopter accident this past spring until after the chopper was safely on the ground. The Daily Mail reports the couple were being flown home, when the pilot became disoriented by the bad weather and nearly caught the tree tops surrounding his chopper pad.
Paul McCartney to Release ‘Live Kisses’ Performance DVD
In February, Paul McCartney released 'Kisses on the Bottom,' a jazzy collection of songs and standards that influenced the former Beatle as a young boy. To kick off that release he filmed a 13-song concert at the Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and streamed it to fans worldwide. That star-studded show will soon be available on DVD and Blu-ray.