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.
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.
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.
Whitesnake Announce ‘Made in Japan’ Live Album
Whitesnake has packaged hits and outtakes, along with rare acoustic versions of popular songs on 'Made in Japan,' a live CD/DVD to be made available on April 23. The band announced that the Oct. 11, 2011 show from the Loud Park festival at the Saitama Super Arena will be packaged in its en…
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Headline Hangout Music Festival
While Tom Petty's official 2013 touring calendar is still empty, it's been confirmed he'll headline the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala. this spring. The full lineup for the festival was announced this week, with Kings of Leon named as a second headliner for the three-day f…
Eric Clapton, ‘Gotta Get Over’ – Song Review
Middle school-grade album art and a terrible album title luckily seem to say nothing about the music on 'Old Sock,' Eric Clapton's upcoming studio release.
Ted Nugent to Attend President Obama’s State of the Union Address
Rocker Ted Nugent will be in the House chamber tonight when President Obama delivers his State of the Union address. The Motor City Madman will be a guest of Rep. Steve Stockman, a Republican congressman from Texas who like Nugent, is no fan of Barack Obama's.
Styx, Ted Nugent + REO Speedwagon Announce New Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express Tour Dates
A successful two-month run in 2012 has lead to more shows together for REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent in 2013. The Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express tour will begin again in April, with 20 dates announced through May 19.
Paul McCartney Mistaken for Street Busker in New Orleans
Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell were in New Orleans for Super Bowl Sunday, and over the weekend he found himself on a street car with fellow revelers. The former Beatle used the time to serenade those around him with hits from the Fab Four's catalog, but most thought he was a lowly bu…
Elton John to Appear on Next Queens of the Stone Age Album
Dave Grohl can now add Elton John to his growing list of famous collaborators. The classic rocker has joined Queens of the Stone Age, with whom Grohl is drumming while Foo Fighters are on hiatus, to record a song on their upcoming album. During an interview the two indicated that the style…
Stevie Nicks to Talk About Drug Addiction During ‘Oprah’s Master Class’ Interview
The third season of 'Oprah's Master Class' will feature Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks talking candidly about her life, career and struggle with drugs. She's one of four celebrities featured in a trailer for the OWN Network program, which begins on March 3 at 10PM ET.
Elton John to Join Grammy Awards Tribute to Levon Helm
Elton John will join a stagefull of musicians to honor the late Levon Helm during the in memoriam moment at the 2013 Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 10). The all-star lineup will perform the Band song 'The Weight' as the Academy honors musicians who died in the last 12 months.