Tyler Farr attended a BBCC party in our Texas Club and visited and took photos with the 75 members attending. His manager Enzo DeVincenzo and Scot Colonge owner of Richards and Southern, Inc were on hand for the festivities. Tyler Farr is set to release his new album, “Suffer In Peace” on April 28. It’s his second release for Columbia Nashville record label.

 

Granger Smith brought a stage thrust that allowed him and band members to get ten feet or so out into the audience. The interaction was a crowd pleaser especially when his alter ego “Earl Dibbles Jr.” took the stage.

 

The Cadillac Three returned to amaze us all again with the incredible sound produced by the three-piece band. For their upcoming UK tour The

Cadillac Three – well-versed in blending groovy metallic weight with outlaw song-writing and genuine Southern pride –will have a new 6-track EP released through Spinefarm Records on March 23rd; titled ‘Peace Love & Dixie’, the record – available on CD & download – features the first fresh material released by the Nashville trio since their debut ‘Tennessee Mojo’ album,

 

Sara Evans always packs the house and just as in previous trips, most of her family travels with her. Her daughters, Olivia and Audrey spent the

afternoon riding our own Derwin Doggett’s horse, G String, under his watchful eye and that of Evans’ tour manager, Mark Maher.

 

Jack Ingram made first trip here in almost 3½ years and it was great to see him and longtime bandmates Pete Coatney and John Michaels Schoepf. At closing time, Jack treated the backstage staff and the last few guests with an impromptu acoustic set including a new song. He promised us a new album release in the near future. We can’t wait.

 

Dwight Yoakam played the following night and his longtime drummer, Mitch Marine, first played here as Jack Ingram’s bassist. Dwight held a VIP M&G backstage for the first time in years. As always Chase Lancarte of Joe T Garcia’s hosted the band and crew to dinner at the iconic Stockyards restaurant.

 

The Charlie Daniels Band fought off a Nashville ice storm to get here to record for Smith Music’s “Live At Billy Bob’s Texas” brand, the 48th in the

series. The CDB hadn’t played here in over a decade but it was like old home week visiting with Charlie, his manager of 42 years David Corlew and

longtime tour manager Jimmy Burton. Missing was our dear friend Bebe Evans who was still iced in at her home in Nashville. Recording engineer Bob Wright and recording tech Martin “Dirt” Stinnett were on hand as they have been for most of the recordings. Randy Smith, Ricky Smith, Frank Jackson and Melissa Hudson, all with Smith Music Group were here to oversee the project. AXS TV brought their TV truck, seven cameras and a staff of twenty to film the entire show plus interviews for programming on their network and a “Live at BBT” DVD. At 78 years old Charlie performed a rousing set with the energy of someone half his age.

 

Easton Corbin packed over 4000 fans in the building. It was a great weekend to be in Cowtown with the ‘RFD TV’s The American’ Semi-Finals rodeo in Fort Worth’s Cowtown Coliseum with the winners advancing for a chance at one million bucks next week at The American finals at AT&T Stadium. Easton took time for some very important kids. He met and visited with “Western Wishes” kiddo, Kaleb, who loves rodeo and country music. Later in the evening he visited with and presented an autographed guitar to “Wishes With Wings” kiddo, Augustine. Thanks to Easton and both charitable organizations for giving these children such joy.

 

The rodeo semifinalists all attended a sponsor auction event the next day at BBT where Cowboys and Cowgirls received over $350,000.00 in

sponsorships. Congrats to all.

 

The final week of February reinforced our complete respect for the Artists and crews that perform here. Colt Ford, his tour manager “Sarge’ Yuhas, band and crew travelled from Nashville into our worst frozen storm of the year. They arrived here at the designated load-in time despite being stuck on I-30 between Dallas and Fort Worth for nearly three hours. Colt and band rocked the house just as if they were playing for a sold out crowd.

 

Styx also braved the weather, driving into Cowtown mess from their San Antonio rodeo performance. The normally 4½ hour trip took them 11 hours and they too were here at the early AM load-in time. Despite the weather warnings a crowd of 3000 were treated to a classic Styx Rock show.

 

Thanks to all these consummate professionals!

 

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