Jon Wolfe returned for out Thursday Night Live series jus as his current single was breaking into the Top 10 on the Texas Chart. His no nonsense Country music brought out a good crowd.

Kacey Musgraves made her main stage debut here but she’s no stranger to BBT or the Stockyards. In her words” One Sunday every month for as long as I can remember, my sister and I came in our red bandanas and sang on these steps with a kid’s western singing group called The Buckaroos. We were encouraged to yodel, learn instruments, and all the old Country & Western Swing standards and would stroll the Stockyards singing for people. She’s also performed at BBT with The Josh Abbott Band and some acoustic song swaps. It was great seeing her “Same Tour Different Trailer” tour and visiting with her family, especially her Mom and Grandmother. She took the whole family up to the Honky Tonk Stage to watch most of the set of opener Humming House.

Jason Boland & The Stragglers have been playing here since their first release back in 1999. They’ve released eight other albums since then. One of our favorites is still the “Live At BBT” album recorded here in 2002.

We hosted our first Cinco de Mayo celebration with an indoor/outdoor festival that included Ray Reyna, Stampede, Latin Express, David Lee Garza, Emilio Navaira, Little Joe Y La Familia. The all day festivities began on Rodeo Plaza at noon and concluded around midnight when many of the artists joined Little Joe on stage for a Familia Encore. It was Emilio’s first performance here since his horrific bus crash in 2008 that nearly cost him his life. Highlight for staff that night was when Emilio and sons, Emilio IV and Diego performed an impromptu but impassioned acoustic performance backstage for crew. The family event was coordinated by Little Joe’s son, Ivan Hernadez, a BBT friend for over two decades.

Hometown artist Grady Spencer and The Work performed for a nice crowd that included many of the band’s family, friends and co-workers.

William Clark Green hosted his CD release show here while making his main stage debut. Band members Cameron Moreland, Josh Serrato, Ryan Garza & Steven Marcus were joined by the superb female artist, Kensie Michelle singing backing vocals and lead on the haunting duet, ”Final This Time”. Their incredible performance of every song on the new “Ringling Road” album, plus previous hits has had most of our staff still praising the concert, even weeks after. Produced by the talented Nashville based treasure Rachel Loy, “Ringling Road” is one of only three albums produced solely by a female to make its debut inside the Top 20 in decades. Album art direction, design and illustration is from Grammy award winners Sarah and Shauna Dodds of Backstage Design Studio, Austin, TX. It surely will garner the talented sisters another Grammy nomination. Congrats to WCG, manager Dave Lytle and their team. The crowd included scores of Texas musicians here to support one of the nicest guys in the business.

Steve Wariner has been playing here since we opened and during that time he has released 25 albums and 55 singles with ten of those reaching the number 1 spot. The multi awarded artist looks and sounds better than ever and his show is full of hit after hit.  He did find time in the show to cover The Beatles song “Get Back” and the Ray Price standard “For The Good Times” It was great to reconnect with him and his brother Terry who over the years has played bass, lead guitar and percussion.

Zac Wilkerson made his debut here on our Honky Tonk stage and wowed both customers and staff with his brand of Texas music influenced but many genres including a big dose of Jacksboro Highway R&B.

Restless Heart is another group that has been performing here since their start in 1984. Featuring original members John Dittrich (drums, background vocals), Paul Gregg (bass guitar, background vocals), Dave Innis (piano, keyboards, rhythm guitar, background vocals), Greg Jennings (lead guitar, mandolin, background vocals), and Larry Stewart (lead vocals).  Again their set featured nothing but recognizable hits that caused numerous standing ovations from the appreciative crowd.

Bob Schneider brought his “eclectic” show here. We call it ecletic because he is not necessarily tied to any genre and doesn’t embrace any radio format. As his website describes: Bob Schneider is the best artist you’ve never heard of. But this year alone, he’s headlining every premiere venue in Texas—the Paramount, the Bass Concert Hall, Dell Hall at the Long Center, and ACL Live/Moody Theater. Sure, he’s struggled to break out of the Texas bubble, but this doesn’t stop him. “If I were to listen to the gatekeepers—the critics, the charts—I’d never have done anything.”

Jamie Richards has long been one of our area favorites and the prolific songwriter/singer gave us a solid pure country set featuring the major ingredients including Fiddle and Steel guitar.

The Swon Brothers made their BBT debut. Brothers Zach and Colton finished third on the 2013 season of NBC’s The Voice and released their self titled album just a few months ago.

Josh Turner always has a great crowd here but this show was enormous, almost selling out. Over 5300 fans braved the rain and constant warnings from all the TV weathermen to watch his amazing talent. The concert featured a video wall backdrop to enhance the presentation. Missing though was his wife Jennifer who normally travels and performs backing vocals and keyboards. She was home with their four sons Hampton, Colby, Marion, and Samuel (born just a couple of days before his last performance here in 2014) His band and crew include many of our longtime friends including tour manager Jim Mayo who has been here as a player and manager for over 30 years. Country legend Randy Travis and his wife Mary brought friends out to watch from side stage and visit with Josh after the show.



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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