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 son Aden on this trip and, of course, they had to attend our bull riding show and pick up a bunch of souvenirs from our gift store. 

Mike Ryan opened the show on the Honky Tonk Stage and gave us a killer 60 minute set. Mike Ryan fans packed in front of the stage to hear most of the songs from his two full length albums. The newest album, “Bad Reputation” features ten songs all written or co-written by Ryan. 

Stoney LaRue hit town with a new album, “Aviator” and the first single, “Golden Shackles” hit the number one spot on the Texas Music Chart the same

weekend. Stoney’s tour manager Toby Scott welcomed our mutual friends backstage including promoter Greg Henry and fiancé Amanda, Florida Georgia Line road manager Jeff Griffin, Pat Green’s tour manager Brad Ewert with wife Paige, freelance music biz guru Drew Brown, freelance tour manager Greg Dean, artists, Zane Williams, Steve Helms and Josh Abbott who joined Stoney onstage for a couple of tunes. The Josh Abbott Band plays here January 2nd & 3rd. Stoney thanked the US Marine Corps for their annual Toys For Tots drive that BBT participated in. 

B.J. Barham and his band American Aquarium returned for our Thursday Night Live series. The Raleigh NC band was excited to tell us that their new album, “Wolves” will be released early next year. Check out their website to pre-order. 

It was good to have Charlie Robison back. He performed many of the tunes from his 2013 “Live At BBT” release and many more form his “Highlife” album released later the same year. 

Thomas Rhett said he loves coming to BBT and always checks out his father, Rhett Akins’ hand prints when he gets here. We now have Thomas’ prints to display right next to his Dad’s. His show was full of exciting moments, lights, smoke, and a trip into the reserved section walking on the tables and shaking hands. He even pulled some folks onstage to dance and sing-a-long on his Garth cover, “Friends In Low Places”. Thomas made a trip to the gift store for souvenirs before heading to the downtown YMCA to work out before sound check. 

The Wolf’s 12 Man Jam returned to BBT for the twelfth annual event. Phil Hamilton, Brian Keane, Cameran Nelson, Olivia Lane, Deryl Dodd, Brandon Rhyder, Zane Williams, Josh Grider, Joe Nichols, Aaron Watson, Dustin Lynch & Rodney Atkins performed for during the 5 hour show. Our buddy and country icon Randy Travis along with his fiancé Mary Davis sat on the side stage for nearly the whole show. Randy was kind enough to take photos with The Wolf staff, many artists and guests backstage. Other artists stopping by included Rodney Pyeatt, Steve Helms and Adam Hood. 

Jason Eady brought us a surprise, his wife Courtney Patton joined him onstage for his entire 90 minute set and the crowd loved it. She’s one of our favorite artists and when they perform together it is just magic. We’re hoping they record a duet album soon.

Kevin Fowler always has a great show here and he’s one of the nicest people in the music business. He’s the consummate professional and treats everyone with kindness and respect. He was so happy to tell us that his Rustic Ranch in Wimberley, Texas has really taken off as a wedding venue. They have already surpassed their first year expectations and look forward to an even busier 2015. Check it out at www.rusticranchtexas.com 

Lee Brice and entourage arrived a day early to catch Kevin’s show and afterwards visited many of the Stockyards finest establishments. Lee played the

following night to a crowd of over 4000. Curb Records National Promotion Director, Mike Rogers, hosted a dinner at Tim Love’s Lonesome Dove restaurant for Brice, Curb records’ Annie Sandor & Mark Janese and radio station guests. Backstage guests included some of our favorite people, The Wolf’s Mark Phillips and wife Heather, Anthony & Kristin DeVincenzo, Jamie & Melanie Adams, Scott Gaines, Linda O’Brian and artists Zane Williams, Mike Ryan and Jon Stone who sang with Lee during the show. 

William Clark Green packed in the largest “Thursday Night Live” crowd of the year and many of them were musicians from our area. He’s a favorite of most of his music peers. It was good seeing artists Michael Padgett, Chris Watkins and Mike Ryan back for the second trip in a week. We love it that artists support each other. WCG killed it for 100 minutes of mostly original tunes. He threw in a couple covers from The Rolling Stones and The Band. He finished the set with his current single, “Sympathy”. He said this was his best year ever, having left the states for the first time to visit 5 foreign countries. He’s a star so we know that 2015 will be way beyond his expectations. 

Roger Creager always brings big fun to BBT and more importantly he always brings his dad, Bill Creager to shows here. His Dad is the life of the party

backstage and always joins his son onstage for a few tunes. At 80 years old he isn’t showing signs of slowing down as evidenced by the photos Roger showed us of Bill crowd surfing at a recent concert in San Antonio. 

The Casey Donahew Band played their traditional holiday season show here and before the show Melinda Donahew hosted a band Christmas Party in our Guitar Bar for 75 guests that included wives, family, friends, record promoters and radio reps. St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher, John Lackey and Texas Rangers starting pitcher, Derek Holland brought friends out to see the show. Derek joined the radio personality onstage to introduce the band. CDB performed before The Dallas Cowboy Game the following day and watched as the Cowboys clinched the NFC East Championship.









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

    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

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