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.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Bon Jovi Fears for Reality Singing Show Contestants
If you ask Jon Bon Jovi, the Grammys have gotten it right in recent years. The singer listed Adele and Mumford & Sons as bands with real talent, while adding that he worries about kids today and a perceived waning interest in good music.
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…