Billy Bob’s produces the first ‘Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic’ in conjunction with Rick Smith of Smith Music. The club pre-sells more than 5,000 tickets, and the Dallas Morning News estimates crowds at over 10,000. Sadly, Rick Smith died unexpectedly Aug. 7. His legacy live on in the largest body of live country music ever recorded.
February marks the debut of Josh Turner. His first CD, ‘Long Black Train’, reaches No. 4 on the Billboard Album chart.
Actor Robert Duval stops in for the Chris LeDoux concert in October. It is his last concert at Billy Bob’s Texas. Chris LeDoux dies March 9, 2005, after a battle with cholangiocarcinoma.
B.B. King places his hands in concrete and joins the Billy Bob’s Wall of Fame.