One of our favorite young Texas artists, Sam Riggs returned to wow us with his talent. Actually he’s from Florida and had decided to move to either Nashville or Austin. When a friend brought him recordings from Texas artists he decided the Lone Star State was for him. Fortunately he encountered Judy Hubbard who in his words she sort of quasi-managed him for a short time through some struggles he was going through. She introduced him to Ray Wylie Hubbard who he credits for helping him define his career, sound and songwriting. He says they are his magical, musical Godparents. How blessed he is. We’re so glad he came to Texas.

J.B. and The Moonshine Band have a new 13 track album, “Mix Tape” and they played a few of the tunes for the appreciative crowd. Check out the new single just now released to radio, “Shotgun, Rifle and a .45”. The crowd here loved it.

We held our third annual Burning Bubba Festival with a great lineup, Whiskey Myers, Rival Sons, Black Stone Cherry, Honky, Cowtown’s own Holy Moly and Rival. Performers alternated stages outdoor on Rodeo Plaza and Inside on the Main Stage. It was big fun for the bands as most of them took the time to check out each other’s shows. Our co host for the day was, Steve Jessup, aka Steve The Lawnmower Guy. What an entertaining comedian who between skits & intros, etc. kept the BBT staff in stiches all day until the early morning hours. He’s our newest best buddy. Check him out at iknowmyrights.com

Robert Earl Keen has performed here for most of his career to large crowds. During that time he’s been classified as Americana, Country, Texas and now he can add Bluegrass. He just released the number 1 bluegrass album in the country with “ Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions” It immediately received critical acclaim and landed him a spot on the 42nd annual

Telluride Bluegrass and Country Music Festival. The event attracts roughly 12,000 folks to picturesque Telluride, Colorado. Casey Carr brought his Global Trek Productions video crew to BBT the afternoon of REK’s show to record two of the cuts from the album for The Dallas Observer’s #Busking series. What a surprise treat for staff and customers to witness the live shoot in the middle of BBT. Check them out on Global Trek’s FB page. Robert and fellow Texas A&M classmate, Lyle Lovett are featured with the cover story in the current Texas Monthly Magazine.

Clint Black is another artist performing here since his breakout RCA Records release, “Killin’ Time” in 1989. Breaking with tradition he recorded that album with his own touring band, not studio musicians. It was an immediate hit and produced five number on singles, the first time any country artist had accomplished this feat. He wrote or co-wrote every tune with his guitarist, Hayden Nicolas who is still his writing partner and bandmate.

Steve Earle & The Dukes show began with a short set from The Masterson’s. The husband and wife team, Chis and Eleanor are two of our favorite people and incredible artists. They also perform the whole show with Steve Earle so they were on stage for three hours. That’s right the 10:30 show finished at 1:30am. His “Copperhead Road” single has become an anthem to the Line Dance Crowd. It’s from the album of the same name released in 1988 and considered his first “rock” album.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson has released a new song, “Alabama Pines,” on his new label, Big Gassed Records, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of his move to Nashville in 2000. Other than holiday tunes, it’s his first original release in four years. He promises a new album soon. Randy Travis and his wife Mary came to show. They have been visiting us regularly and we love it. He’s still making progress and still in need of your prayers for continued recovery.

Our longtime buddy (for 26 years), Mark Chesnutt also brought us a new album, “The Greatest Hits II” He joked from the stage, that the title is misleading because the album has a few songs that were not even singles. We have since listened and the added tunes will have you playing them over and over. That and the re-recording of hits make this a must have album for any country fan.

Kevin Fowler played his 20000th concert here and brought family, friends, management for the big show and celebration. He was bust all day with media, photographers, etc but still made time to attend our Billy Bob’s Country Club event hosted by ticket manager Kelly McKinzie and her staff. They provided food & drinks in The Texas Club and had Kevin come up and take photos with the 80 plus members who attended.

Cooder Graw and The Great Divide have both enjoyed reunion shows this year after hanging it up a few years back but this was the first time they had played together in over a decade. All old friends, their backstage was also full all night with, families, friends and visiting musicians.

Such a fun night and another three hour concert that won’t be forgotten. Sure was great having them back.

Corey Smith released a new album just days before his BBT appearance and said it’s been a historic week. The Album, “While The Getting’ Is Good” is staying close to the top on ITunes and he started his week at The Grand Ole Opry, then played the famed Bluebird Café and Cain’s Ballroom. He said it was a dream week.

Texas based Cody Bryan Band opened on The Honky Tonk Stage.

 

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    Over the past 30 years, more than 47, 500 bulls have bucked in Billy Bob’s arena. World Champions including Tuff Hedeman, Ty Murray, and Adriano Moraes have all tested their skills in Billy Bob’s arena. Bull riding at Billy Bob’s is often the focus of movie and TV shoots, including specials on Comed...Read more

  • Billy Bob’s launched own recording

    In 1998, Billy Bob’s launched its own recording label - Live at Billy Bob's Texas -  to  capture the magic of the club's famous live shows. Now totaling over 47 full concert recordings spread out over 3 decades, Live at Billy Bob's Texas, is one of Country Music's most extensive catalogs, featuring ...Read more

  • Lights, Camera, Honky Tonk

    Billy Bob’s Texas has been featured on several TV and Movie screens and has served as the location for several music videos for country’s biggest stars.  A number of episodes of the original television series “Dallas” were shot on location. Other shows include “Walker Texas Ranger”, CBS’s “Happy New...Read more

  • Movies filmed at Billy Bob’s

    Movies filmed at Billy Bob’s include: “Over The Top”, starring Sylvester Stallone in 1987,  “Baja Oklahoma”, with Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Coyote & Willie Nelson in 1988,  “Necessary Roughness”, with Scott Bakula, Sinbad, Robert Loggia & Kathy Ireland in 1991, and “Pure Country” in 1992, starring Ge...Read more

  • Garth Brooks pointed an arrow

    When Garth Brooks signed the famous backstage wall, he also drew the words 'the King' and an arrow pointing to the ceiling.  What was up there?  A cardboard cut out of none other than  ‘the King’ George Strait.  That cardboard version of the 'King of Country' is still there today.

  • Pat Green sold out 15 times

    Pat Green has sold out Billy Bob’s 15 times.  Pat's first sell out performance occurred in September of 2000.  His most recent sell out happened in January of 2015.  Pat was also the first artist to record on our Live at Billy Bob's Texas label - his recording was a test for Merle Haggard on New Yea...Read more

  • The bronze statue of Billy Bob Barnett’s mentor

    The bronze statue of Billy Bob Barnett’s mentor, Benny Binion, disappeared during the night after Billy Bob’s closed in 1998.  It is now on display at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas.

  • Filming of Pure Country

    During the filming of Pure Country, a disguised George Strait and his wife Norma, came to Billy Bob’s with members of the film crew. They celebrated in Billy Bob’s VIP room.  Billy Bob's bathroom was used for a small scene in the movie.

  • Billy Bob’s is known for discovering new talent

    Billy Bob’s is known for discovering new talent.  In one weekend in 1982, it paid Reba McEntire $3,500 on a Friday, and George Strait $4,500 on a Saturday – a fraction of what those performers command today.

  • Willie Nelson played over 50 times

    Willie Nelson has played over 50 times at Billy Bob’s Texas.  One of his fondest memories is riding a horse into the showroom.  In 2004, Willie brought his 4th of July picnic to Cowtown, drawing an estimated crowd of 10,000.

  • Tanya Tucker

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     LeDoux, a former rodeo cowboy who had worked on the labor list for Billy Minick, said at a CMA Event "My name is Chris LeDoux and someday I'm going to get to play Billy Bob's".  In January of 1992, he arrived to play his first Billy Bob’s show in a motor home with a small equipment trailer. 

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  • Troy Aikman on-stage with Shenandoah

    Troy Aikman once jumped on-stage with Shenandoah in the 90’s to sing a version of ‘Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys’.  Troy was a regular fixture backstage and a good friend of the club.

  • “Black & Black, Back to Back”

    Clink Black played the Tarrant County Convention Center and Billy Bob’s booked his brother, Kevin Black.  The show drew a large crowd suspecting Clint might show up at his brother’s performance.  He didn’t, and the next day’s paper read “Black & Black, Back to Back."

  • Shooter Jennings

    Shooter Jennings used to attend the club with his father, Waylon Jennings and his mother, Jessi Colter, as a child.  Shooter has since become an American singer songwriter active in the country music and Southern rock genres.

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  • The Dancing Machine

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  • Farewell to Nolan Ryan

    One of the greatest pitchers of all time - Nolan Ryan - developed a long time relationship with the club.  On September 12th, 1993, Ryan's 'Farewell to a Legend" retirement party was held at Billy Bob's.  Film star, and Angels' owner Gene Autry - attended the event.

  • Guinness Book World's Largest Belt Buckle

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