Backstage notes by “Big A”

December 21st 

Asleep at the Wheel came into the World’s Largest for a special western swing Christmas show.  Both Asleep at the wheel crew members and BBT production staff worked diligently throughout the day transforming the main stage into a winter wonderland with decorations stemming from lighted Christmas trees and inflatable reindeer props.  Asleep at the Wheel performed for over 90 minutes making it a Very Merry Texas Christmas.

December 22nd

Sam Riggs one of the Red Dirt Music Scenes fresh new face made yet another appearance here on the main stage at Billy Bob’s Texas.  He made his way up to the Texas Club room here at Billy Bob’s Texas for a private meet and greet with Country Club members, and just after seeing another 40 fan club members backstage prior to his electrifying show.  Not even falling through a broken table could slow Sam down as he played for over ninety minutes for all in attendance, and then found the time to sign his logo being placed on the wall backstage and signing autographs at his merchandise table for everyone who lined up.   

December 23rd

Casey Donahew making music and touring brought his “15 years, The Wild Ride” release to BBT.  Casey and Melinda held a private party and dinner in the Texas Club Room.  After the dinner Casey performed acoustically back stage for a group of VIPs (including Pam and Billy Minick and former world champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman), held a M&G for around 25 military families, and a fan club M&G all before his concert.  With the use of a video wall and audio commentary intertwined in his show, Casey shared some of his pictures and memories of touring over the past fifteen years.

December 28th

Koe Wetzel achieved a feat very rarely gained by selling out his very first main stage appearance at Billy Bob’s Texas, and he did it on a Thursday night prior to the doors reopening for the evening at 6pm.  He held a pre-show M&G and was joined by his friend Parker McCollum on stage. 

December 29th

Eli Young Band made a stop here at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk just before we kick off 2018, and just six months after the release of their album “Fingerprints”.  The homecoming for the guys made for a perfectly scheduled day so that they could spend time with their families.  After getting done with a little fine tuning during sound check so that they could put on a great show for their fans, the band all headed off in their own direction.  They arrived back in time to do a meet and greet for over seventy-five lucky fans.  They entertained the crowd for nearly ninety minutes.

December 30th

The Toadies made their annual stop to Billy Bob’s as usual on the Eve of New Year’s Eve.  However, this time would be a little different for the guys as half of back stage was taking over by sound engineers and equipment by Smith Music Group for their live recording.  Mayor Betsy Price also proclaimed Dec. 30th the official day of the Toadies here in Ft. Worth, and the band was presented the certificate during the concert by their friend and Quaker City Nighthawks front man Sam Anderson.

December 31st

Randy Rogers Band helped us to end the year on a great note and usher in what is surely going to be a momentous year to come here at BBT.  Before sound check Randy walked up the street to have a little lunch at H3 Steakhouse and after soundcheck he had dinner at Tim Love’s Lonesome Dove.  Prior to the show Randy saw around 60 fans backstage for a meet and greet.  The band played right up until midnight night and then kicked off the year will a New Year’s Eve toast with all in attendance.

January 5th & 6th

Josh Abbott Band blew the roof off the house for back to back nights here at the World’s Largest.  Performing a traditional seated show on Friday the 5th and a special pit show on the 6th.  Josh and Chad Prather did a podcast backstage before Saturday’s activities. The band held pre-show meet and greets each night, but Saturday’s was one for the books as they saw over one hundred people. And to top it all off they brought in a horns and string section for each show making it a show like no other for them here at BBT.

January 12th

Hayes Carll returned to BBT for the first time in a while.  It was a laid-back day as Hayes and his crew just ate here at our very own Honky Tonk Café and relaxed backstage after sound check.  Prior to his performance Hayes did an on-air interview with Shayne Hollinger from the 95.9 the Ranch, had an interview with Justin Frazell for his TXRDR show, and had a radio winner M&G for 20 lucky fans.  After all of this during the day Hayes performed for over ninety minutes.

January 13th

Charles Esten one of the stars from CMT’s television series “Nashville” checked all the drama at the curb as he came to show that he could sing just as well as he acts.  The bus was initially a little light as it rolled up to the curb as they dropped the band off at Joe T’s for lunch before arriving at the venue.  After an extended sound check the band at dinner here at the Honky Tonk Café (Charles had the Texas Cheese Steak sandwich with a salad).  Before performing for nearly two hours on our main stage Charles saw over 75 fans backstage (in which after having a photo snapped by his tour manager Tim Bowers he took selfies with everyone).  A fun fact about Tim Bowers, he was tour manager for country music legend Garth Brooks from 1989-1990.

January 19th

Neal McCoy rolled into Billy Bob’s in a bus wrapped with “Old Glory” streaming down the side.  Neal saw several groups of VIPs throughout the day before and after sound check for special meet and greets.  A special delegation form the Dallas Cowboys were on hand for the concert as we had a Dallas Cowboys bus parked next to Neal’s backstage.  Prior to his performance Neal held one final M&G back stage and saw fifty more lucky fans.  Age has not caught up to Neal as he never stopped moving on stage during his high energy performance that lasted over seventy-five minutes.

January 20th

Wade Bowen stopped in with a few more band mates than normal.  Wade had a mariachi band in tow with him to perform a few songs during his set.  Wade went next door and ate lunch at Mojitos prior to coming in for sound check.  Our good friend Grady Spears from Horseshoe Hill brought chicken fried steaks down for the band for dinner, and after Wade saw over seventy people backstage for a pre-show M&G.  It was an unbelievable show in which Wade sang for two hours for all in attendance.

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