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.
Jake Owen to Headline 2016 Taste of Country Music Festival
Jake Owen has joined Kenny Chesney as a 2016 Taste of Country Music Festival headliner. The three-day camping and country music festival is set for June 10-12 in Hunter, N.Y., and tickets and VIP packages are on sale now.
Kenny Chesney Fans Play Hot Pepper Karaoke to Get Ready for ToC Fest 2016 [Watch]
Kenny Chesney fans took the Hot Pepper Karaoke challenge last weekend, and it wasn't pretty. It sure was funny though. Watch as nearly a dozen of his fans at the Taste of Country Music Festival peppered up for a chance at internet fame.
Keith Urban Brings New York Girl Onstage at ToC Festival, and She Takes Over
Keith Urban invited Kayla Sarro to the stage to sing “We Were Us” with him at the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival, and she may not have wanted to leave.
9 Things You Hopefully Didn’t Miss at the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival
Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and thousands of screaming country music fans made the third annual Taste of Country Music Festival a roaring success.
Toby Keith Closes Taste of Country Music Festival With Power, Patriotism
Toby Keith playing "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" to 15,000 country music fans will never get old. The singer closed the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival with his two most patriotic songs, but those were far from the only two highlights from Sunday night (June 14).
See Taste of Country Music Festival Day 2 in Under 60 Seconds
Tim McGraw headlined a perfect Saturday (June 13) at the Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y. Country fans could count the clouds they saw on one hand, but few were turning their attention away from the stage. Watch the field fill up during this time-lapse video from Hunter Mountain.
Tim McGraw Digs Deep Into Catalog to Headline Taste of Country Music Festival
Tim McGraw played a few of the songs one expects to hear from him during his headlining set at the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival. Then, he reached back for forgotten hits, or at least the hits radio stations nationwide have forgotten. His fans certainly did not on this night, Day 2 of the third-annual event.
Chase Bryant Doing His Best to Keep Up With Tim McGraw’s Workouts
Chase Bryant is enjoying opening Tim McGraw’s Shotgun Rider tour.
Kenny Chesney to Headline 2016 Taste of Country Music Festival!
Kenny Chesney practically defines the word “headliner.”
Hot Pepper Karaoke? These Tim McGraw Fans Were Game at 2015 ToC Festival!
Everyone was feeling pretty good during the first day of the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival. Well, everyone except for the crazy campers brave enough to play a round of Hot Pepper Karaoke. It's exactly what it sounds like.