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Billy Dukes

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.
Unforgettable Military Moments
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5 Unforgettable Country Military Moments

Miranda Lambert's emotional moment with a soldier's sign sent us on a search for some more of country music's best military tributes. Artists are overwhelmingly supportive of the troops, with dozens of planned tributes every year. These five moments were spontaneous decisions to honor one particular soldier, or his family.

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Alan Jackson Where Were You
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No. 2: Alan Jackson, ’Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) – Top Country Songs of the Century

In times of tragedy, country music heals. Songs from some of the genre's best artists are used as therapy during great personal and national strife. No song has unified quite like Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

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Sturgill Simpson Merle Haggard
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Sturgill Simpson ‘Disgusted’ With ACM’s Merle Haggard Spirit Award

On Monday singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson took to Facebok to blast the ACMs for creating an award that celebrates Merle Haggard’s legacy. He accused the Academy of Country Music of joining others who have “hitched their wagon to his name.”

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Jamey Johnson In Color
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No. 3: Jamey Johnson, ‘In Color’ – Top Country Songs of the Century

Jamey Johnson's "In Color" would be higher on this list of the Top Country Songs of the Century if it was based purely on artist and songwriter opinion. It's the most frequently named song, or at least one of two (the other is still to come).

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Shania Twain
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Shania Twain: Pictures Through the Years

Happy birthday to Shania Twain today, August 28! The singer has offered cutting-edge country music and fashion in the 18 years since releasing 'The Woman With Me' in 1995. While this wasn't her debut album, its success (over 12 million copies sold in the U.S. alone) changed the landscape of country music forever.

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Lee Ann Womack I Hope You Dance
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No. 5: Lee Ann Womack, ‘I Hope You Dance’ – Top Country Songs of the Century

All five remaining songs on this list of the Top Songs of the Century required little or no conversation. Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" is an inspiring sonic masterpiece that blanketed country radio for five years before pulling back ever so slightly.

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