Backstage Notes: January 2016

We ended the year with the long awaited return of the Eli Young Band. They returned to a sold out showroom and spent the day visiting with friends and family. Prior to the concert they entertained around seventy five of their faithful fans with a pre-show M&G. The highlight of their night was sharing the midnight toast with all in attendance here at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk. After the show they entertained their guests with one special guest of former NFL punter Jeff Gossett (the punter wh... Read more

Our 5 Favorite Whiskey Myers Videos

Whiskey Myers hits the World's Largest Honky Tonk this Saturday night. If you haven't gotten tickets yet: CLICK HERE.

Before you head out to Billy Bob's for their rocking performance, take a few minutes to watch our favorite Whiskey Myers videos.

  1. "Dogwood" - One of our favorite songs off the most recent Whiskey Myers' album "Early Morning Shakes", "Dogwood" is a song about growing up and growing apart from your first love. 


  2. "Anna Marie" - Th... Read more

Our 5 Favorite Pat Green Insider Facts

This Saturday, Pat Green returns to the World's Largest Honky Tonk. If you haven't purchased your tickets yet: CLICK HERE.

Before you head out to the show, take a few minutes to read our five favorite Pat Green insider facts here at Billy Bob's Texas.

  1. Pat Green was the first "Live at Billy Bob's" recording for the Smith Music Group. It took place on December 4th, 1998. Merle Haggard was intended to be the first recording, but Rick Smith and Billy Minick, not wanting to take any chances with the co... Read more

2015 Top Concerts from Each Month

Posted December 29th, 2015 // 10:00am

This week we will close out 2015 and welcome 2016 with four great shows. If you haven't gotten tickets, click below to do so:


Eli Young Band: CLICK HERE

Eli Young Band & Josh Abbott Band: CLICK HERE

Josh Abbott Band: CLICK HERE

As we close out the year with these awesome shows, we took some time to look back at some of our highlights from 2015.

JANUARY - Pat Green started of the year with his record 15th sell out at the World's Largest Honky Ton... Read more

Backstage Notes: December 2015

We kicked off the month of December with a special Thursday Night Live concert with a true ambassador to Texas Red Dirt with not only an excellent performance, but also a 70th birthday bash with Gary P. Nunn.  He headed up to Horseshoe Hill for a pre-show birthday dinner, played a 90 minute set with his friends, and had Joe T’s brought in for an after show meal with enough cake to go around for all backstage here at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk.

Colt Ford returned to the main stage and if he wa... Read more

Catch The World Senior Professional Bull Riding At Billy Bob's

Billy Bob’s Texas will be hosting the World Senior Professional Bull Riders on Friday, January 1st and Saturday, January 2nd.   For the full schedule of WSPBR events at Billy Bob's, refer to the list below.

Come check out some of your favorite riders on the Senior Circuit. It will be an exciting two night experience here at the World's Largest Honky Tonk.

For more information about the World Senior Professional Bull Riders, please feel free to visit their website by CLICKING HERE.


FR... Read more

5 Things We Love About Casey Donahew

Casey Donahew Band returns to the Billy Bob's this Saturday night. If you haven't gotten tickets yet, CLICK HERE.

Before you head to the show, read these five things we love about Casey Donahew.

1 . His love for Fort Worth. Donahew does not hide where he came from and the song “Stockyards” is an awesome honor to the area around us here at Billy Bob’s Texas.

2 . His diverse musical influences. Donahew has been very open about Garth Brooks and Pat Green influencing him to become a musician. Did you k... Read more

Our Top 5 Favorite Randy Rogers Band Videos

The Randy Rogers Band hits the main stage for back to back nights this weekend. Before you head out to the show, take a few minutes to watch some of our favorite videos by the band.

If you haven't gotten tickets yet, click below:

Friday Show: CLICK HERE

Saturday Show: CLICK HERE

  1. "Fuzzy" - This fun video takes us through a crazy night with Randy and the rest of the band. Do you think you could keep up with Randy and the guys?


2. "One More Sad Song" - This vid... Read more

A Special Message from Randy Rogers

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Billy Bob's Texas Country Fair - Event Program

5 Reasons We Love Texas Country Music

We have a couple of Texas country artists hitting the main stage at Billy Bob's Texas this weekend. If you haven't gotten tickets yet, click below!

Before you head to the shows this weekend, take a minute to read why we love Texas Country Music!

  1. We get to see local musicians make their Main Stage Debut at Billy Bob’s Texas, just like Mike Ryan is doing this Friday night.                                                 Mike Ryan: Click Here For Tickets
  2. They inspire one another. Wade Bowen has been v... Read more

Backstage Notes: November 2015

Dolly Shine made there BBT debut on the last Thursday in October.  They were so excited that they beat the entire backstage crew in as they were an hour and a half early.  They played an energetic 90 minute set and signed autographs at their merch table for an hour after the show.

The ever talented vocalist Josh Weathers made his return to Billy Bob’s.  With a very heavily scheduled day of photo’s backstage, a sound check that was just as entertaining as the show, and having his logo permanently ... Read more

Catch the National Finals Rodeo TV Broadcast at Billy Bob's

Billy Bob's Texas will be showing all of the National Finals Rodeo events throughout the club.   For the full schedule of events that will be available to watch at Billy Bob's, refer to the list below.

The Wrangler NFR is the richest and most prestigious rodeo in the world and an event like no other, an extravaganza for fans to enjoy the roping and riding activity of today’s cowboys. It is the culmination of the rodeo season where the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team r... Read more

BillyBob's Texas Launches Talent Buying and Production Services Department

FORT WORTH, Texas – Billy Bob’s Texas launched a new talent buying and production services department, Billy Bob’s Texas Presents, designed to provide turnkey production services for live events of every size and type. From start to finish, Billy Bob’s Texas Presents coordinates all the details of producing live events, including state-of-the-art lighting, audio, video and staging.  Utilizing established relationships to get the best pricing for all types of entertainment and any genre of music,... Read more

Wendell Nelson's Tequila Christmas Cake Recipe

Billy Bob's friend and long time dance instructor Wendell Nelson shares his famous Tequila Christmas Cake Recipe.  Enjoy!

Once again this year, I've had requests for my Tequila Christmas Cake recipe so here goes:

1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup water
1 tsp. salt      
1 cup brown sugar
Lemon juice
4 large eggs
1 bottle tequila
2 cups dried fruit
Sample the tequila to check quality.

Take a large bowl; check the tequila again to be sure it is of the highest quality.


Turn on t... Read more

5 Things You Didn't Know About Cole Swindell

Cole Swindell will be here to rock the Honky Tonk on Friday, Nov. 27th. Take some time to learn about Cole before you come see his high energy performance. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, click here.

  1. Cole Swindell spent time as Luke Bryan's merchandise guy before eventually opening for Bryan on the "That's My Kinda Night" Tour.
  2. Before taking off as a country music star, Cole Swindell received a degree in marketing from Georgia Southern University. He still wears a hat supporting his alma m... Read more

Billy Bob's Welcomes the WSPBR Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Billy Bob's welcomes the World Senior Pro Bull Riders on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 . Don't miss this WSPBR Bull Riding Event!

Check out the list of great riders we have coming to participate in both our 9pm and 10pm bull riding shows:

Robert Mims - Bryan, TX
Paul Hixson - Owasso, OK
Lance West - Athens, TX
Jonathan Gentry - Sherevport, LA
Randy Holder - Snyder, TX
Trampus Chew
Steve Ballentine - Dekalb, TX
Luis Portales - Fort Worth, TX
Lin Bradley - Mansfield, TX
Rex Robrahn - Locust Grove, OK
Chris B... Read more

Aaron Watson's Popularity Bodes Well For Texas Country's International Appeal

This week, Watson announced that he would return (yes, return) to Europe in 2016, with dates in the U.K., France and Italy. Perhaps most notably, Watson will play the inaugural Billy Bob’s Texas Country Fair in Padua, Italy. Your eyes do not deceive you; Watson will headline a festival in Italy that is sponsored by Fort Worth’s most famous honky tonk. That certainly sounds bizarre, but it speaks to the growing popularity of country music in Europe, much of which has been driven by Watson himself... Read more

Josh Weathers // The Hope Home

WE WANT CHANGE:  Josh Weathers' return to the stage supports his vision to build The Hope Home in India.   The Hope Home will provide housing, food, and educational opportunities for orphaned and endangered girls in India.


 Click here to help support The Hope Home project.

Mike and the Moonpies, ‘Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em’ Music Video [Exclusive Premier]

Mike and the Moonpies, ‘Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em’ Music Video [Exclusive Premiere]



Mike and the Moonpies have a brand-new music video, for “Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em,” from their new record, Mockingbird, and The Boot is premiering it exclusively for its readers.

The six-man band is led by Texas native Mike Harmeier. “Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em” is the group’s current single from Mockingbird, the Moonpies’ third full-length offering, whic... Read more

Billy Bob’s Blog

  • 40 gallons of whiskey

    Merle Haggard made the Guinness Book of World Records for buying the largest round of drinks when he bought 5,095 drinks of Canadian Club for the entire club.  The bill totaled $12,737.50 and equaled 40 gallons of whiskey.

  • Billy Bob’s Doors since 1981

    More Than 17 Million Visitors have come through Billy Bob’s Doors since 1981.  With it's international notoriety, the club sees visitors from around the world.  Billy Bob's truly has carved a niche in the world of country music and entertainment. 

  • 47,500 Bucking Bulls

    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 has ordained minister

    Billy Bob’s has an ordained minister on staff and yes, people do get married in the club.  The minister - known to his Billy Bob's family as 'Bear' - has been a part of the production team for over 30 years.

  • 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

    When Tanya Tucker was asked what she wanted on her tombstone, she replied “She’s not here, she’s playing at Billy Bob’s."   Tanya has been a 30-year friend of the club, delivering dynamic performances every time she stops by.

  • Chris LeDoux at his first Billy Bob’s show

     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. 

  • Martina McBride first came to Billy Bob's

    Martina McBride first came to Billy Bob’s as a t-shirt sales person for Garth Brooks.  Her husband was in Brooks’ production crew. 

  • 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.

  • Vanna White plays with Blain Gray Band

    While in town for a taping of Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White stopped in to play tambourine on a few numbers with the Blain Gray Band on the honky tonk stage.

  • The Dancing Machine

    Wendell Nelson started giving dance lessons at Billy Bob's at the end of 1981.  He's taught more than 100,000 people - including Julia Roberts and Paula Zahn.  Wendell can still be found teaching couples dance lessons on Sunday and Monday nights, as well as leading the line dance lessons every Thurs...Read more

  • Rock the house

    Billy Bob's has long been home to many kinds of music.  From rock to rhythm and blues, it's more than just country and western acts that perform on our famous stage. Past artists include Roy Orbison, The Temptations, James Brown, B.B King, Ray Charles, Ringo Starr, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye and many,...Read more

  • 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

    The largest belt buckle is 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) tall, 2.59 m (8 ft 6 in) wide, achieved by ESPN in partnership with Kelly Graham (Both USA) at “ESPN The Magazine’s NEXT BIG Weekend” in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, on 3 February 2011.   According to event organizers, the facade of the aluminum buckle paid h...Read more