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

Josh Abbott Band returns to Billy Bob's to Headline New Year's Day

Josh Abbott Band returns to Billy Bob's, the world's largest honky tonk, to ring in the New Year with back-to-back shows beginning January 1, 2016. The Texas country torchbearers share the bill with Eli Young Band to perform an acoustic set on New Year's Day and perform a stand-alone set January 2.

Looking to repeat last New Year's sold out back-to-back shows at their 6,000 seat home state venue, JAB will be performing new music from  ‘Front Row Seat’ (out Nov. 6 via Thirty Tigers) an album that ... Read more


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 10, 2015) – From his Urban Cowboy honky tonk days, to the largest honky tonk in the Lone Star State, Billy Bob's Texas, Charlie Daniels brings his career spanning over 50 years full circle and is set to release Live At Billy Bob's Texas CD and DVD on October 16, 2015.
Recorded on February 20, 2015, the 14-track project joins The Charlie Daniels Band with the likes of legendary country artists like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Gary Stewart, David Allan Coe, Pat Green, ... Read more

Hunting Film Tour makes stop at Billy Bob's Texas

Calling all hunting enthusiasts ! If you like incredible hunting experiences, breathtaking cinematography, and incredible giveaways then the Hunting Film Tour on Wednesday, August 19th is for you.

Check out our list of giveaways the night of:
- Saika .270
- YETI Tundra 105
- (12) YETI Rambler 20’s
- (12) YETI Rambler 30’s
- (12) YETI Camo Hats
- (1) North Texas Guided Duck Hunt for 3
- (1) Pair of Custom Carved Wood Decoys
- Event Hats and T-Shirts and other swag

Click HERE to purchase tickets

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Backstage Notes: June 2015

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 ... Read more

Robert Gallagher to step down as Entertainment Director

Robert Gallagher to step down as Entertainment Director

 [Fort Worth, TX- Monday, June 15, 2015] Billy Bob’s Texas announced today that Robert Gallagher, the 27+ year employee of the World’s Largest Honky-Tonk, is stepping down as Entertainment Director to spend more time with his family and various independent projects. Robert will transition out of his regular responsibilities at Billy Bob’s over the next month but will be involved going forward on a consultative and project basis. 

Robert’s rel... Read more

Backstage Notes: May 2015

Jon Wolfe returned for out Thursday Night Live series jus as his current single was breaking into the Top 10 on the Texas Chart. His no nonsense Country music brought out a good crowd.

Kacey Musgraves made her main stage debut here but she’s no stranger to BBT or the Stockyards. In her words” One Sunday every month for as long as I can remember, my sister and I came in our red bandanas and sang on these steps with a kid's western singing group called The Buckaroos. We were encouraged to yodel, le... Read more

Backstage Notes: April 2015


Thieving Birds kicked off our spring Thursday Night Live series on the Honky Tonk Stage.

Sturgill Simpson has exploded in the last year and the Kentucky native brought us a capacity crowd. He had so much fun that he kept adding songs during the show that ended at the 2 hour mark. He has surrounded himself with incredible musicians and the trip here was a first for all of them. Tour manager Greg Dean aka Skinny first visited us as a regular while still in his late teens and has returned regul... Read more

Help Us Bring Jack White to Billy Bob's

UPDATE (April 14, 2015): After many years of performing in a multitude of configurations, Jack is announcing that he will be taking a break from performing live for a long period of time.

As most of you know, Billy Bob’s Texas successfully ran a TILT campaign to raise funds to bring Jack to DFW! Fans united to raise $137,500 in just 6 days! (Click here to see the Tilt campaign.)

But that’s only half the battle. The goal now is to get his attention and show him what a lively and innovative fan base... Read more

Billy Bob's 4th of July Picnic: Artist Additions

For the first time, Billy Bob’s Texas will have a two-day July 4th celebration happening on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th. Billy Bob’s Texas 4th of July Picnic will be an indoor/outdoor festival featuring Turnpike Troubadours, Ryan Bingham, Jerry Jeff Walker, Green River Ordinance, American Aquarium, Hayes Carll, Corb Lund and many more artists to be announced. Rodeo Plaza will be fenced off which means patrons will need to purchase a ticket to gain access to the festival grounds both ... Read more

Backstage Notes: March 2015

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... Read more

Backstage Notes: February 2015

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 ... Read more

Backstage Notes: January 2015

Jackson Taylor and The Sinners played on Thanksgiving night. He performed many of the songs from his “Live At Billy Bob’s Texas” album released earlier this year. 

Corey Smith graduated from the University of Georgia and went on to teach High School social studies by day and perform music at night. It made for some pretty long days. When his music income far exceeded his teacher’s salary he decided to devote all his efforts to writing, recording, and performing at age 28. He brought his oldest ... Read more

Billy Bob’s Blog

  • 5 Things You Didn't Know About Cole Swindell  Read more>
  • Billy Bob's Welcomes the WSPBR Saturday, November 14th, 2015  Read more>
  • Aaron Watson's Popularity Bodes Well For Texas Country's International Appeal  Read more>
  • Josh Weathers // The Hope Home  Read more>
  • 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