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 regularly with other artists for over 25 years. Sturgill shopped in the stockyards and our gift shop during the day. His drummer, Miles Miller bought his first felt hat at Fincher’s. Lot’s of artists came out to marvel at the talent. Among them, Stewart Mann, Jason Eady, Courtney Patton, Chris Watson, Michaels Padgett, Cyrus James and Mike Harmeier of Mike and The Moonpies, who opened for Sturgill at his sold out Stubb’s show the night before. Turnpike Troubadours manager Patrick Dean brought out a group of 20 that included many industry folks.

Aaron Watson has a record breaking new album, “The Underdog”. He becomes the first solo male of the Nielsen Music era (1991-present) to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with a self-released and independently distributed/promoted studio album. He also maid his Grand Ole Opry debut just prior to our show. With nearly 4500 fans in attendance it’s just a matter of time before he gets his first BBT sellout.

Crooks played to a great crowd for Thursday Night Live and these guys always amaze us with the diverse tunes and instrumentation that at times features trumpets, accordion and lots of percussion effects. They’ll return for our July 3rd and 4th Picnic.

Cory Morrow played many of the tunes from his new studio album just completed and slated for release this summer. We think it’s going to be his best music ever. Although touring is busy, he is even busier at home. With the recent birth of twin boys, he and his wife Sherry now have 4 little ones to keep them hopping. He said they both agree than even more kids are in their future.

Terri Clark arrived early enough to take friends out to Hawks Creek Golf Club for a mid day round. Very special thanks to Director of Golf, David Curwen and Head Pro, Tony Collins for treating her so graciously. She loved the course and can’t wait to play it again. She retuned just in time for sound check then took her entire band and crew for dinner to Los Vaqueros, another of her Cowtown favorites. Her show, as always, was rocking. 

Folk Family Revival returned with a great new album, “Water Walker” and the first single, “If It Don’t Kill You” has just been released to radio. The guys are currently on a radio station tour to promote it. It should climb the Texas charts quickly.

We kicked off the ACM Awards weekend with a Lee Brice concert that drew music industry folks from around the country plus 5000 local fans. Backstage guests included Lee’s manager Enzo DeVincenzo and his partners from Red Light Management, Curb Records National Director of Promotions, Michael Rogers, Curb’s Mark Janese, his booking agent Risha Rogers and lots of other agents and record reps. The following Sunday Lee won the ACM’s coveted Single Record of the Year Award with his emotional love song “I Don’t Dance” at the ACM Awards ceremony. Brice wrote the touching tune for his first dance with wife Sara at their wedding. Tyler Farr, David Nail and Maddie & Tae all joined Lee on stage at BBT to delight and surprise the audience. Very special guests backstage were our dear friends from Joe’s Bar in Chicago, Ed Warm, Lauren Finlon, Tommy & Megan DiSanto, Kelsey Maynard and Jessica Englund. Congrats to Joe’s Bar for winning the ACM Nightclub of The Year and to Ed for winning Promoter of The Year for Joe’s Live.

Darius Rucker and Montgomery Gentry performed the next night for a Dr Pepper hosted ACM private party for nearly 3000 invited guests. It also featured surprise artists Clint Black and Easton Corbin who performed during Ruckers closing set. A powerful Texas storm caused a one hour delay in the main stage performance and during the entire outage our friend Terri Clark serenaded the darkened backstage that was lit by only one emergency light. It was magic as artists Chuck Wicks and Jessie James Dexter joined in for harmonies. Jessie’s husband, New Your Jets wide receiver Eric Dexter loved the impromptu acoustic set. The festivities throughout the club never slowed down. With emergency lights and candles the invited guests partied on!

Texas Artist, Mike Ryan performed for the public the same night at our 81 Club for a sold out crowd. He wowed the crowd with his performance.

The following week was just as eventful with us hosting the Hooter’s Regional Swimsuit Competition on Wednesday , Buffalo Ruckus for Thursday Night Live, The ultimate outlaw, David Allan Coe on Friday, Chris Cagle on Saturday and to top it off on Sunday, Celebrity DJ Justin Frazell brought us his Texas-Red Dirt Roads show featuring Sam Riggs, Aaron Einhouse, Josh Grider, Randy Brown, Adam Fears, Bobby Duncan.

Congratulations to our incredible staff for such a memorable month.


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 1988.  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 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

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  • 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

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