Fast rising star on the Texas Red Dirt Scene Mike Ryan flew back into town from a stint up in Nashville writing to make his second appearance on the main stage here at the World’s Largest.  After a flawless sound check the band made use of their time at home visiting with family and friends.  The band saw about sixty people during a pre-show Meet and Greet.

The very lovely and talented Sara Evans came into BBT for another stellar performance.  But absolutely no visit with Sara would be complete without Billy Bob’s own Derwin Doggett and his faithful horse peanut as Sara’s girls get a kick out of riding around in the arena before the night’s concert.

What a way to kick off the fourth of July celebration with literally one of Country’s biggest stars Trace Adkins standing in at 6’6” tall.  He did not begin his day here in Texas as that morning he performed his new single “Lit” on stage at Fox & Friends in New York.  After the performance Trace flew into town just in time to get in a quick sound check prior to seeing over 50 people prior to playing over 90 minutes on the main stage.

What kind of picnic is complete without ribs and Moonpies as Mike and the Moonpies and Shinyribs joined the all-star lineup with Billy Joe Shaver and Turnpike Troubadours for our annual 4th of July Picnic here in the historic stockyards.  Mike and the Moonpies started of the Picnic followed by the legendary Billy Joe Shaver, Shinyribs, and Turnpike Troubadours ended the day with a bang.

We ended the 4th of July festivities here at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk with a blast from the past as Little Texas returned to the mainstage for a special Sunday concert.  Porter Howell spent the day giving new crew members a tour of the famous exchange avenue here in the stockyards and showing them the smaller venues up the street where they played building a fan base so that they could someday play at in his words “the Ryman Auditorium of Texas Billy Bob’s Texas”.  Bart crow returned to Billy Bob’s main stage and had a great day.  They didn’t do too much around town as they just kind of chilled out backstage all day and eating BBQ from our Honky Tonk Kitchen.  He held an M&G that had around fifty fans prior to playing over ninety minutes and signing autographs at his merch table until the early morning hours for his fans.

Casey Donahew returned to his “Stockyards” home here at BBT.  Driving his own tour bus to the venue. Casey’s workday began a little earlier than most having to get all the equipment here to be set up for the show.  While the stage was being set for the show, Casey and the band hung out at his house until sound check.  After getting everything set up just right during sound check, the band headed across the street to Cooper’s Old Time Pit BBQ for a pre-show meal.  After seeing about 75 lucky fans in a pre-show M&G Casey and the band put on a stellar performance of over ninety minutes playing everyone’s favorites as well as new material from the new album “All Night Party” due out in August.

Tonight represented a first.  It was the first time the up and comer Sam Riggs headlined Billy Bob’s from the Main Stage.  His previous shows were from the honky tonk stage during our Thursday Night Live Series (which is one more reason to attend the Thursday Night Live series for a more up close and intimate experience with the artists of the future before they move on to the larger show in the showroom).  Sam and the band spent the entire day fine tuning their instruments and sound checking to achieve perfection for their 1st main stage appearance. 

Rock legend and avid outdoorsman Ted Nugent came rolling into the historic stockyards and BBT with an electric change of pace with his classic rock stylings.  After spending around 8 hours setting the stage and perfecting the light show for the concert, Ted met with some local PD officers backstage to show his support of those who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms here at home.  After a 90 minute set Ted enjoyed a four meat BBQ plate from our very own Honky Tonk Kitchen.

“Member of a Country Club” got a special performance as Travis Tritt rolled into town in the early morning hours in preparation for his concert here at BBT.  Backstage we knew very early on that it was going to be a show for the ages as Travis came in in great spirits for sound check.  While Travis was still trying to make a name for himself in country music, he was in town visiting a friend and while shopping on Exchange Street Travis’s friend made the comment about a man standing outside of Leddy’s saying check out that guy he thinks he’s Johnny Cash.  Travis looked across the street at the person his friend was referring to and looked at his friend and said that is Johnny Cash.  Both men ran across the street and Travis could not recall what conversation he had with Johnny, but he said Johnny took a photo with him that Travis still has to this day.  It just goes to show you that you never know who you may run into while visiting Billy Bob’s and our stockyards. 

Sammy Kershaw made it into BBT in the mid-morning hours travelling back from Lubbock for his show here at BBT.  After sound checking Sammy took the time prior to the show to meet with friends and family backstage.  Prior to the show Sammy held an M&G with around 20 of his fan club members.  Sammy put on a show for the ages performing for over ninety minutes and after the show he enjoyed some chicken fried steak and catfish from our honky tonk kitchen.


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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