February 16th Unleashed Live Reunion Tour (Jack Ingram, Charlie Robison, Bruce Robison)
A collaboration that started seventeen years ago that made it possible for friends to get together and do what they each loved so much, made it to the Main Stage of the World’s Largest Honky Tonk. The bands all slid up next to the curb around 10am straight from their gig the night before out in Lubbock. After Loading in and setting the stage up for the night, the band and crew dispersed for lunch (some ate from our very own Honky Tonk Kitchen, some had Love Shack, and some crossed the street for Cooper’s Old Tyme Pit BBQ). Everyone reconvened around 5pm for a quick sound check to put the finishing touches on everything for the concert. The guys hit the stage at 10:30, had a special guest come in and perform (World Champion Bull Rider Tuff Hedeman), and played around two hours for all in attendance.
February 17th Granger Smith
Granger Smith and crew arrived around 11:45am to begin preparations for a very enlightening show. They had everything unloaded and brought up on stage from the two trailers in about an hour and a half. After placing everything on stage, they quickly grabbed a bite to eat from our Honky Tonk Kitchen and began assembling everything on stage and testing everything. At around 5:15, Granger and the band came in for a soundcheck to make sure everything was on point for the show. After dinner and getting a little rest, Granger began seeing over 180 lucky fans at 8:15 for two different sets of meet and greets (the first which took place on his bus and the second held backstage). When the meet and greets were over at 10:15, they had just 15 minutes to finish preparing for a high energy ninety-minute concert.
Backstage notes by “Big A”
Asleep at the Wheel came into the World’s Largest for a special western swing Christmas show. Both Asleep at the wheel crew members and BBT production staff worked diligently throughout the day transforming the main stage into a winter wonderland with decorations stemming from lighted Christmas trees and inflatable reindeer props. Asleep at the Wheel performed for over 90 minutes making it a Very Merry Texas Christmas.
Sam Riggs one of the Red Dirt Music Scenes fresh new face made yet another appearance here on the main stage at Billy Bob’s Texas. He made his way up to the Texas Club room here at Billy Bob’s Texas for a private meet and greet with Country Club members, and just after seeing another 40 fan club members backstage prior to his electrifying show. Not even falling through a broken table could slow Sam down as he played for over ninety minutes for all in attendance, and then found the time to sign his logo being placed on the wall backstage and signing autographs at his merchandise table for everyone who lined up.
Casey Donahew making music and touring brought his “15 years, The Wild Ride” release to BBT. Casey and Melinda held a private party and dinner in the Texas Club Room. After the dinner Casey performed acoustically back stage for a group of VIPs (including Pam and Billy Minick and former world champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman), held a M&G for around 25 military families, and a fan club M&G all before his concert. With the use of a video wall and audio commentary intertwined in his show, Casey shared some of his pictures and memories of touring over the past fifteen years.
Koe Wetzel achieved a feat very rarely gained by selling out his very first main stage appearance at Billy Bob’s Texas, and he did it on a Thursday night prior to the doors reopening for the evening at 6pm. He held a pre-show M&G and was joined by his friend Parker McCollum on stage.
Eli Young Band made a stop here at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk just before we kick off 2018, and just six months after the release of their album “Fingerprints”. The homecoming for the guys made for a perfectly scheduled day so that they could spend time with their families. After getting done with a little fine tuning during sound check so that they could put on a great show for their fans, the band all headed off in their own direction. They arrived back in time to do a meet and greet for over seventy-five lucky fans. They entertained the crowd for nearly ninety minutes.
The Toadies made their annual stop to Billy Bob’s as usual on the Eve of New Year’s Eve. However, this time would be a little different for the guys as half of back stage was taking over by sound engineers and equipment by Smith Music Group for their live recording. Mayor Betsy Price also proclaimed Dec. 30th the official day of the Toadies here in Ft. Worth, and the band was presented the certificate during the concert by their friend and Quaker City Nighthawks front man Sam Anderson.
Randy Rogers Band helped us to end the year on a great note and usher in what is surely going to be a momentous year to come here at BBT. Before sound check Randy walked up the street to have a little lunch at H3 Steakhouse and after soundcheck he had dinner at Tim Love’s Lonesome Dove. Prior to the show Randy saw around 60 fans backstage for a meet and greet. The band played right up until midnight night and then kicked off the year will a New Year’s Eve toast with all in attendance.
January 5th & 6th
Josh Abbott Band blew the roof off the house for back to back nights here at the World’s Largest. Performing a traditional seated show on Friday the 5th and a special pit show on the 6th. Josh and Chad Prather did a podcast backstage before Saturday’s activities. The band held pre-show meet and greets each night, but Saturday’s was one for the books as they saw over one hundred people. And to top it all off they brought in a horns and string section for each show making it a show like no other for them here at BBT.
Hayes Carll returned to BBT for the first time in a while. It was a laid-back day as Hayes and his crew just ate here at our very own Honky Tonk Café and relaxed backstage after sound check. Prior to his performance Hayes did an on-air interview with Shayne Hollinger from the 95.9 the Ranch, had an interview with Justin Frazell for his TXRDR show, and had a radio winner M&G for 20 lucky fans. After all of this during the day Hayes performed for over ninety minutes.
Charles Esten one of the stars from CMT’s television series “Nashville” checked all the drama at the curb as he came to show that he could sing just as well as he acts. The bus was initially a little light as it rolled up to the curb as they dropped the band off at Joe T’s for lunch before arriving at the venue. After an extended sound check the band at dinner here at the Honky Tonk Café (Charles had the Texas Cheese Steak sandwich with a salad). Before performing for nearly two hours on our main stage Charles saw over 75 fans backstage (in which after having a photo snapped by his tour manager Tim Bowers he took selfies with everyone). A fun fact about Tim Bowers, he was tour manager for country music legend Garth Brooks from 1989-1990.
Neal McCoy rolled into Billy Bob’s in a bus wrapped with “Old Glory” streaming down the side. Neal saw several groups of VIPs throughout the day before and after sound check for special meet and greets. A special delegation form the Dallas Cowboys were on hand for the concert as we had a Dallas Cowboys bus parked next to Neal’s backstage. Prior to his performance Neal held one final M&G back stage and saw fifty more lucky fans. Age has not caught up to Neal as he never stopped moving on stage during his high energy performance that lasted over seventy-five minutes.
Wade Bowen stopped in with a few more band mates than normal. Wade had a mariachi band in tow with him to perform a few songs during his set. Wade went next door and ate lunch at Mojitos prior to coming in for sound check. Our good friend Grady Spears from Horseshoe Hill brought chicken fried steaks down for the band for dinner, and after Wade saw over seventy people backstage for a pre-show M&G. It was an unbelievable show in which Wade sang for two hours for all in attendance.
GOAL ACHIEVED! Billy Bob’s is proud to announce that we have distributed 2377 coats and all of the complimentary tickets that the artists generously allotted. A huge thank you all of the wonderful fans that donated coats – and to the artists who allowed us to reward those donors with concert tickets. We have received gracious comments from Northside Inter-Community Agency – NICA and Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County!
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We are getting ready for some exciting shows in December!
Follow our December 2017 Spotify playlist and check out music from our December concert line up, with artists including Lee Brice, Casey Donahew, Koe Wetzel, Old Dominion, and more!
Join us in your best Halloween costume on Saturday, October 28th.
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100
To enter the contest, just show up in a costume. Judging will take place at 7:30pm.
London: 6:30pm Doors / 7:00pm – 10:00pm Show
Live Stream: 1:00pm – 4:00pm (CST)
Presented by Rival Entertainment, the Fort Worth Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and Billy Bob’s Texas, the Texas Music Takeover brings thirteen of the state’s top artists on tour in London October 10th through the 15th. The artists making the 2017 trip are from Texas’ top festival lineups: Pat Green, Wade Bowen, Casey Donahew, Luke Wade, Austin Allsup , Abraham Alexander, Randy Brown, Joey Green, Grady Spencer, Jeannine Barry, Aaron Sandoval, Jonathan Terrell, and Ryan McBride. Each show will be hosted by Justin Frazell, host of The Morning Show on 95.9 The Ranch and the nationally syndicated Texas Red Dirt Roads Show.
Billy Bob’s Texas will be live streaming from The Bedford on October 12th. Tune in, you won’t want to miss it.
Do you have what it takes to be “Benny Binion’s 2017 Fort Worth Stockyards Iron Man”?
Here’s your opportunity to win this Tres Rios buckle and bragging rights. Mark your calendars for October 13th & 14th for “Benny Binion’s 2017 Fort Worth Stockyards Iron Man” Event.
We have bucking bulls coming that are being considered for consignment into our Benny Binion’s World Famous Bucking Horse & Bull Sale during the NFR in Vegas from Toby Floyd, Jackie Ratjen, CK Reid and Larry McFarlin. We are going to have 8 different opportunities for bull riders to get on these bulls over these two nights – Friday, Oct. 13 & Saturday, Oct. 14.
EACH NIGHT (Friday & Saturday)
Historic Stockyards Rodeo – 1st Section Bulls at 8:00pm Billy Bob’s Bull Riding – 9:00pm Historic Stockyards Rodeo – 2nd Section Bulls approximately around 9:30pm Billy Bob’s Bull Riding – 10:00pm
After the two nights of 8 opportunities to ride, the bull rider with the longest ride time total after 8 bulls will win the title of “Benny Binion’s 2017 Fort Worth Stockyards Iron Man” along with a Buckle and Bragging Rights. You don’t have to enter all 8 to be eligible. But the more you enter, the better chance you have to win. Longest ride time total is the iron man. A $1,500.00 purse is also available for bull riders who make qualified rides.
Entry fees are $25.00 per bull. Bull Riders are responsible to enter through the Stockyards Rodeo Office and through Billy Bob’s Entries. Entries for the two events are separate. Bull Riders can enter twice for the coliseum on Friday, October 13th and can enter twice for the coliseum on Saturday October 14th. Bull Riders can enter for the 9pm event and for the 10pm event, both nights at Billy Bobs. The number of opportunities for bull riders to enter will be determined by the number of bull rider entries.
Entries will open on Sunday, October 8th, and will close on Thursday, October 12th. You must text your entries to BOTH VENUES.
Stockyards Championship Rodeo in the Coliseum
Billy Bobs Championship Bull Riding
Mark your calendars and spread the word!