Jon Wolfe made his main stage debut here at the world’s largest honky tonk with his “Boots on a Dance Floor” tour.  It was a very exciting day backstage as Jon said he could finally check off his biggest goal to date. Headlining the mainstage here after playing previously on our honky tonk stage during our Thursday night live series was on his bucket list. He held a special M&G up in our Texas Club for VIP’s prior to his show and signed at his merch table following his 90 minute set.  He even had a special comment on his playlist to his band stating “you just played Billy Bob’s, now let’s have a drink”.

One of back stage’s mainstays Stoney LaRue made a return visit to the stage here at Billy Bob’s.  And as usual, it was a very busy day.  Stoney performed sound check for 45 minutes fine tuning everything so that his concert would be perfect for all of his fans, went and got in an hour workout down at planet fitness, and did a special M&G for Billy Bob’s Country Club members up in the Guitar Bar prior to his nearly two hour performance.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd returned to the Main Stage at Billy Bob’s Texas for a special change of pace concert as he brought in a genre of music not normally heard.  It was a fast paced day backstage as he and the band flew in just before sound check, held a pre-show M&G, and played for around ninety minutes before getting on a plane to fly out to their next show.

Lee Brice returned to BBT for another spectacular day back stage.  It was a very busy day transforming the stage for his show, performing sound check, doing a pre-show M&G for over 50 people. He even fit in watching his Clemson Tigers kick off the college football season, all prior to playing for over ninety minutes.

Pickin’ for Preemies made its annual stop here at BBT to raise money for the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit at Cook’s Children’s Hospital of Fort Worth.  It was a very hectic day backstage checking in all of the artists and getting items autographed for auction. We even had special appearances by artists Larry Joe Taylor and Jack Ingram.

Making their first appearance back in Texas since June, Reckless Kelly returned for an exciting day here at Billy Bob’s Texas.  They made the most of their day being back in Texas. After sound check a few of the band members headed up to Cattleman’s for a bite to eat.  They held a pre-show M&G for radio winners and fan club, and went up to the merch table to sign for all in attendance after their show.

Whiskey Myers came in for an album release, “Mud” show.  It was a very eventful day backstage as many of their friends and family made the trek from East Texas for this special album release show.  After performing sound check, some of the guys went to buy some Dallas Cowboys Game Day wear.  Prior to the show they held a M&G for around 75 fans.  The band wanted to go out to the merch table and sign after the show, but due to the fact that they performed for over two hours we could not let them come up and sign because there would not have been enough time for them to sign for everyone before we have to close at 2am.

Parmalee made their fourth ever stop here at BBT.  The North Carolina band was a pleasure to be with backstage.  Some of them even asked where the nearest western wear shop was so if you were in the Stockyards you may have bumped into a couple of them at Leddy’s or Ryons.  They had a small M&G prior to their show and performed for over ninety minutes for all in attendance.


What a night for Billy Bob’s as one of our favorites back stage, Wade Bowen, made his return to the World’s Largest Honky Tonk.  Prior to sound check, Wade headed off to make some stops at the local radio stations here in DFW.  He held a pre-show M&G and performed for over ninety minutes for all in attendance.




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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