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.
10 Best Traditional Christmas Songs in Country Music
Certain Christmas songs are as important to the holiday tradition as stuffing stockings, eating too much and arguing with relatives.
Listen to 10 Perfect Country Christmas Party Songs
Having a Christmas party? We've got your country music soundtrack.
10 Best Christmas Duets
Kenny Rogers might be the king of country music duets. How can you choose between them?
Guess the Country Music Santa Claus!
Should Santa Claus not be able to satisfy his obligations this Christmas, it makes sense to have one of the biggest stars in country music stand in to do the job.
Willie Nelson Stars Alongside Harry Connick, Jr. in ‘Angels Sing’ Christmas Movie Clip – Exclusive Premiere
Willie Nelson plays a mysterious character named Nick in one of the year's more anticipated Christmas movies. 'Angels Sing' will be available on demand and in select theaters beginning Nov. 1. Watch the country legend star alongside Harry Connick, Jr. in this clip, premiering exclusively on Taste of Country.
Lady Antebellum’s ‘Silent Night (Lord of My Life)’ Is iTunes Free Single of the Week
One of the more unique cuts from Lady Antebellum's 'On This Winter's Night' album has been made available for free on iTunes. 'Silent Night (Lord of My Life)' is the single of the week, meaning fans can grab it at no charge until Christmas.
Best Country Christmas Song of All Time? – Readers Poll
Each year, a few country artists release new Christmas albums, but it's the classics that fans rely on to find their yuletide spirit. Legends like Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton released songs that one counts on like Grandpa's corny jokes on Christmas Day. More recently, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill and Brad Paisley have scored huge holiday hits. What is your favorite country Christmas song of all tim
Tim McGraw, ‘Mary and Joseph’ – Song Review
Tim McGraw could make a pretty strong Christmas album if he chose to do so. His new release 'Mary and Joseph' is a creative -- but not too creative -- interpretation of the story of Jesus' birth. McGraw tells it like he's told the best stories of his two decade-long career, with a sweet reverence for the struggles his characters are living through.
‘Christmas With Scotty McCreery’ Clips Hit the Web
Scotty McCreery fans can find a preview of his new holiday album, 'Christmas With Scotty McCreery,' thanks to an early leak to the internet. Thirty-second snippets of all 11 tracks from the Christmas-focused release have been pieced together in a preview below. McCreery's album includes two originals and nine classic Christmas songs.
Lady Antebellum, ‘On This Winter’s Night’ – Album Review
Lady Antebellum are practically built for Christmas albums. There's a Captain and Tennille quality to their partnership that's made hip by youth and intriguing subject matter. The trio's take on standards like 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' and 'Silent Night' are timeless, in that they could really be transported to any decade of country music. For them, covering yuletide hits is as easy as looking