Backstage Notes: August 2016

A great group of legendary artists came together to raise money for the Assist the Officer Foundation. It was a very busy day backstage with the artists coming together for photo shoots with officers.  The most photographed artist was Randy Travis, and the second most photographed person was Officer Greg Riddle of the FWPD.  The artists were constantly on the go as the event began with set changes every twelve minutes, and a different artist shuffled up to the Texas club every fifteen minutes fo... Read more

Hunting Film Tour 2016 Trailer Videos

The 2016 Hunting Film Tour will be live in the 81 Club at Billy Bob's Texas on Wednesday, August 17th! The 81 Club is located across Rodeo Plaza on the west side of Billy Bob's Texas.

If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, CLICK HERE.

Take a few minutes to watch the official trailers of the films being shown that night!

Chasing Ridgelines

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Mile Marker Zero

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Going All In

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This Weekend's Bull Riding Information

This weekend the Billy Bob's Texas Championship Bull Riding will take place Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th.

This weekend's purse is $600 and there is a $10 fee to enter. Entries must be professional and semi-professional riders.

There will also be an American Straw Hat to the high point ride for the weekend.

Billy Bob's Bull Riding Office opens at 7:30 PM each night in the bull arena.

There will also be a special appearance by the Women's Professional Bull Riders on Saturday at 9 PM.

Som... Read more

Check Out These Kevin Fowler Videos

Kevin Fowler returns to the World's Largest Honky Tonk on Friday, August 12th!

If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, CLICK HERE.

Before you head to Billy Bob's to catch him on the main stage, take a few minutes to watch some of his music videos.

  • "Before Somebody Gets Hurt"

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  • "Panhandle Poor Boy"

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  • "Here's To Me and You"

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  • "Hell Yeah, ... Read more

Backstage Notes: July 2016

Fast rising star on the Texas Red Dirt Scene Mike Ryan flew back into town from a stint up in Nashville writing to make his second appearance on the main stage here at the World’s Largest.  After a flawless sound check the band made use of their time at home visiting with family and friends.  The band saw about sixty people during a pre-show Meet and Greet.

The very lovely and talented Sara Evans came into BBT for another stellar performance.  But absolutely no visit with Sara would be complete w... Read more

Willie Nelson to headline Billy Bob's Texas 35th Anniversary celebration

Willie Nelson and Family will headline a weekend long celebration in conjunction with Billy Bob’s Texas 35th Anniversary on Saturday, November 12th, 2016.

Billy Bob’s Texas 35th Anniversary celebration will run Thursday, November 10th through Saturday, November 12th. Come celebrate with us as we pay tribute to the legendary Honky-Tonk’s past, present, and future.

Festivities will include a free, family friendly ‘Rodeo Plaza Party’ featuring live music, Texas cuisine, line dance lessons, and activi... Read more

Stars Behind The Stars Meet & Greets

If you are attending the Stars Behind The Stars benefit show, you will have the opportunity to meet your favorite star. 
These meet and greets will be available for purchase the night of the show outside the entrance to the Texas Club beginning when the doors open at 5:00 PM.
Each meet and greet will cost $20 per artist and each artist will have 25 available meet and greet slots. These slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis, so get there early.
If you purchase a meet and greet you... Read more

Billy Bob's Texas Championship Weekend Bull Riding Details

This weekend the Billy Bob's Texas Championship Bull Riding presents The National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration.

This will take place on Friday, July 22nd and Saturday, July 23rd at 9 PM each night!

This weekend's purse is $600 and there is a $10 fee to enter. Entries must be professional and semi-professional riders.

There will also be an American Straw Hat to the high point ride for the weekend.

With your bull riding entry, you will have free admission to watch Travis Tritt or Sammy Kersh... Read more

Stars Behind The Stars Silent Auction

In addition to great music on Wednesday, July 27th, there will be a silent auction with the proceeds going to the Dallas Police Association's Assist the Officer Foundation!

The silent auction is now live and items are open for bidding!

CLICK HERE to register and begin bidding now.

It will be located at the top of the club in the Guitar Bar and the area around the Guitar Bar.

Don't miss your chance to help those in need by bidding on the following items:

  • Complimentary two (2) night stay at Omni Fort W... Read more

Your Chance To Meet Sam Riggs on Friday Night

Don't miss your opportunity to meet Sam Riggs this Friday night at Billy Bob's Texas!

Make sure you buy tickets in the next 24 hours! CLICK HERE to buy tickets!

 

Fort Worth's 8 Best Live Music Venues

Billy Bob's Texas was named one of Fort Worth's 8 Best Live Music Venues by Visit Fort Worth.

We are honored to be listed with some of our other favorite venues throughout the city.

Take some time to read about us and all of the other venues here: https://www.fortworth.com/blog/post/fort-worth-s-8-best-live-music-venues/?utm_source=madden&utm_medium=contentfb&utm_content=burgers&utm_campaign=cmtxftw

And make sure you head down to the World's Largest Honky Tonk some time soon!

Corey Smith: The West Bound and Down Tour

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Acclaimed singer/songwriter, producer and guitarist Corey Smith has announced that he will launch his inaugural headlining west coast tour run this fall in support of his newest release, While The Gettin’ Is Good.

Smith’s “West Bound and Down” fall 2016 tour dates will feature a stop at the World's Largest Honky Tonk on Friday, October 14. 

Smith’s live shows have garnered critical praise from outlets such as Rolling Stone ... Read more

Custom Texas Music License Plates

Now is your chance to get an awesome new license plate and help a great cause.

You can now get a custom Texas Music license plate from the Texas DMV and $22 dollars from each purchase will be donated to supporting music school programs for Texas school children.

The money will be used for music lessons and instruments for traditionally under-served Texas school children, as well as toward funding live music and community music programs all around the state.

For more information, visit http://gov.te... Read more

2016 Fort Worth Food Drive

The 2016 Fort Worth Food Drive benefiting the Tarrant Area Food Bank runs through July 22nd.

Billy Bob's Texas is a drop off location, and we are looking to help our community as much as we can. 

From now to July 22nd, if you bring in five (5) canned foods, you will receive two (2) complimentary GA tickets to a select upcoming show (while supplies last). 

Take your canned food to the Billy Bob's Texas Box Office to receive your complimentary GA tickets.

Some of the most needed items are: canned meat... Read more

Our Favorite Casey Donahew Videos

Casey Donahew returns to the World's Largest Honky Tonk this Saturday night! If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, CLICK HERE.

Before you head out to the show, take a few minutes to watch some of our favorite Casey Donahew videos.

 1. "One Star Flag"

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2. "Double-Wide Dream"

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3. "Whiskey Baby"

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4. "Lovin' Out of Control"

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Whiskey Myers set to release new album, "Mud", in September

Whiskey Myers Are “The Real Damn Deal” (Esquire); Texas Rockers Return With New Album 'MUD'

Out 9/9, Exclusive Pre-Order Packages Here: http://smarturl.it/WhiskeyMyersMUD

Listen to "Lightning Bugs And Rain" via Rolling Stone Country: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-whiskey-myers-gritty-lightning-bugs-and-rain-20160628

Texas rockers Whiskey Myers, whose tireless touring and escaped chain gang chemistry has earned them a place as one of the leading lights of Southern rock, are releasing t... Read more

Our Favorite Buddy Guy Facts

Buddy Guy returns to the World's Largest Honky Tonk this Friday, June 10th.

If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, CLICK HERE.

Before you head to the show on Friday, take some time to learn about Buddy Guy.

  1. Buddy Guy is listed at number 30 on Rolling Stone Magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
  2. Guy is a 6-time Grammy Award winner. His most recent win came in 2016 for his album Born To Play Guitar.
  3. Buddy Guy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Eric Clapton and B.B. Ki... Read more

Backstage Notes: May 2016

Shane Smith & The Saints came in on a hot streak and did not disappoint.  Playing the honkytonk stage, the guys came out full force and kept the dance floor packed for the entire show.

David Allan Coe – Hanging out with us backstage we had a true legend who says he’s been playing here for almost 30 years. He played just about two hours before coming down off the stage and he still wanted to do a meet and greet with his fans.  Before leaving, DAC resigned the historic backstage wall.  Long story o... Read more

Billy Bob's Texas Championship Bull Riding Summer 2016

This week is the kick off for the Montana Silversmith Buckle Summer Series 2016 for Billy Bob's Texas Championship Bull Riding.

The summer series will run from June to September.

The purse will be $800, and there is a $20 fee to enter.

This weekend, June 3 - June 4, the rider with the top high point bull ride will receive an American Hat.

The books open each night at 7:30 PM inside Billy Bob's Texas.

2016 Winter Bull Riding Series Results

This past weekend concluded the 2016 Winter Bull Riding Series at Billy Bob’s Texas which ran from Jan 29 through May 28.  During this time frame, Billy Bob’s Texas bucked 439 bulls.  Forty-one cowboys competed in the final weekend for the championship.  Treavor O’Neal from Boyd, Texas won the Winter Series Championship with an 85-point ride.  He walked away with $1,500 in prize money and the Billy Bob’s Texas 2016 Winter Champion Belt Buckle.  

Jon Lewis, also from Boyd, Texas, was awarded d the... 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