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.
Could Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’ Become the Official State Rock Song of Massachusetts?
Politicians in Massachusetts are divided when it comes to the state's official rock song. One group is pulling for 'Dream On' by Aerosmith, while another proposed piece of legislation calls for 'Road Runner' by '70s rockers the Modern Lovers to be the official jam of th…
Motley Crue Reveal 2013 Canadian Tour Dates
After finishing up their 2013 Australian tour, Motley Crue will take a short break and head north to Canada for the band's most extensive tour of the country ever. Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee announced 18 dates in six provinces on Monday.
Iggy and the Stooges Announce ‘Ready to Die’ Release Details
The Iggy and the Stooges album 'Raw Power' turns 40 this month, and the group is also planning a new release. Iggy Pop, James Williamson and Scott Asheton have united to record 'Ready to Die,' their second album featuring the surviving members of that lineup. (2007's 'T…
Ted Nugent Explains ‘Black Power 2013′ Tour Name
Rocker Ted Nugent, who by his own proclamation has less than two months to live (at least as a free man), has named his upcoming summer tour Black Power 2013 to honor the African-American musical heroes that inspired him. In a column at World Net Daily, Nugent explains how he is standing up for blac…
Deep Purple Release Video Preview of Upcoming Album
Once again, Deep Purple fans are left with more questions than answers following the release of a preview clip for the band's upcoming album, which is due this April.
Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Making the Most of the Death of the LP
The LP is becoming such an antiquated term that it seems unlikely most music lovers born after 1990 will know what the letters stand for soon. Def Leppard's Phil Collen says most people don't want to buy a full "long playing" album any longer, and he's enjoying what …
Elton John Volunteers to Help Save HMV Stores in Europe
Elton John is hoping other artists will follow his lead and set up in-store appearances and performances at HMV, a European record store chain that is facing closure. The singer will be playing a series of in-store shows at retail locations to remind people of the value of the physical record.
Allman Brothers Announce Lineup for 2013 Peach Music Festival
The lineup for the second annual Peach Music Festival at Montage Mountain has been revealed. In addition to two performances from the Allman Brothers Band, fans can count on the Black Crowes, Bob Weir and RatDog and more at the Aug 15-18 outdoor festival.
Soft Machine Bassist, Vocalist Kevin Ayers Dead at 68
Soft Machine bassist and influential progressive rocker Kevin Ayers has died. The musician and songwriter helped lead the Canterbury Scene in the late '60s before breaking away to enjoy a quieter life in Ibiza and then work as a solo musician. He's remembered for his unique voice, describe…
Jeff Lynne and ELO to Release Three Albums in 2013
Jeff Lynne and ELO are beginning 2013 in the same way they ended 2012, with three new CDs. On April 23, Frontiers Records will release a live album from Electric Light Orchestra, a reissue of one of the band's more recent albums and a reissue of Lynne's debut solo album.
Stevie Nicks + Sound City Players, ‘You Can’t Fix This’ – Song Review
Stevie Nicks leads Dave Grohl and the Sound City Players on 'You Can't Fix This,' a song inspired by the death of the Fleetwood Mac singer's godson. The group recently performed a slower, bluesier version of the track from the 'Sound City' soundtrack on 'The Late S…
Queen’s Brian May, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Working on ‘Riffs’ Album
Few bands would turn down having Tony Iommi backing them up, and soon more bands will get the chance. The Black Sabbath guitarist has a treasure trove of riffs laying around, unused, in his studio. Queen's Brian May has inspired Iommi to put them to good use.