Dolly Shine made there BBT debut on the last Thursday in October.  They were so excited that they beat the entire backstage crew in as they were an hour and a half early.  They played an energetic 90 minute set and signed autographs at their merch table for an hour after the show.

The ever talented vocalist Josh Weathers made his return to Billy Bob’s.  With a very heavily scheduled day of photo’s backstage, a sound check that was just as entertaining as the show, and having his logo permanently placed on the backstage wall between Florida Georgia Line and Huey Lewis.  Once again Josh made sure that everyone in attendance got their money’s worth as he put on a show that lasted two and a half hours and even snuck up to his merchandise table to sign autographs and take pictures with his fans.

Frankie Ballard took the main stage for his debut performance here at BBT in front of a packed standing room only showroom crowd.  Frankie spent a lot of the day walking the stockyards and seeing the sights after sound check as well as finding time to go to the gym and get in a good work out.  The 75 minute show kept the audience dancing in the pit and singing along until the night’s end.  like to remind you that we’ve got a great line up in

Anticipating cooler weather for the winter months Billy Bob’s began heating up the month of November on stage with the return of Sam Riggs on Thursday.  Sam always brings in his youthful energy and puts on a great show.  We may have helped him heat up a bit of his show as he didn’t go out to dinner, but instead had some Earl Campbell’s hot links that we grilled up fresh backstage.

The weekend didn’t let up any as Jerrod Niemann and Aaron Lewis both had their logos placed on the backstage wall, and we even captured Aaron’s handprints in concrete.  Each did a pre-show M&G with Aaron having a special sound check M&G for members of his fan club.  Aaron enjoyed Joe T Garcia’s prior to his concert.

Crooks returned to our honky tonk stage for their final time as a band as they reported they would all be going their separate ways after they concluded the concerts that had booked at the mid-way point of February.  We wish them all the best in their futures and will surely miss their unique sound.

The day began very early with the arrival of Scotty McCreery on Friday morning.  It is evident that country music will continue for a very long time as the fan base for Scotty seems to be between the ages of 16-35.  He had all of his fans singing along for his 90 minute set.

The legendary Travis Tritt returned to the mainstage and it was very evident that his fan following has not decreased over his career.  He sang all of his hits for the near capacity crowd and even sang some songs not on his set list as he held the audience captive for the entirety of his nearly two hour concert.  After his show he enjoyed a familiar meal of Joe T’s  which he has every time he comes to the World’s Largest Honky Tonk.

We concluded the week of entertainment with a special Sunday concert featuring Ramon Ayala.  With three opening acts before him this special concert lasted for over five hours.  And Ramon stayed around after his set taking pictures with his fans for over an hour.

Jason Eady and Adam Hood had a very busy day as after sound check they went over and did a radio interview with Shane Hollinger of the Ranch.  Most of the band enjoyed a pre-show meal in our very own Honky Tonk Café and Adam Hood enjoyed a freshly grilled cheeseburger backstage.  They gave all in attendance their money’s worth as they performed for two hours with a special appearance by Courtney Patton.

Bart Crow made his return to the Billy Bob’s Texas mainstage.  It was a great time backstage as our very own Taylor Landman had every one taking a second look as he and Bart could be twins.  After returning from an interview with the Ranch, Bart came back and signed his logo on the wall and performed for over ninety minutes.  Following his concert, Bart signed autographs for all of his fans at his merch table for over an hour, and even found enough energy after all of that to take photos with his look a like Taylor.

Kip Moore brought his Wild Ones Tour with guests Michael Ray and Chris Cavanaugh to Billy Bob’s.  After all sound checked, Kip performed acoustically for around 100 fan club members for a private M&G.  Michael Ray and Kip Moore also did another M&G backstage prior to taking the mainstage.  Over all it was over 3 hours of entertainment for all in attendance here at Billy Bob’s Texas.

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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