One of our favorite young Texas artists, Sam Riggs returned to wow us with his talent. Actually he’s from Florida and had decided to move to either Nashville or Austin. When a friend brought him recordings from Texas artists he decided the Lone Star State was for him. Fortunately he encountered Judy Hubbard who in his words she sort of quasi-managed him for a short time through some struggles he was going through. She introduced him to Ray Wylie Hubbard who he credits for helping him define his career, sound and songwriting. He says they are his magical, musical Godparents. How blessed he is. We’re so glad he came to Texas.
J.B. and The Moonshine Band have a new 13 track album, “Mix Tape” and they played a few of the tunes for the appreciative crowd. Check out the new single just now released to radio, “Shotgun, Rifle and a .45”. The crowd here loved it.
We held our third annual Burning Bubba Festival with a great lineup, Whiskey Myers, Rival Sons, Black Stone Cherry, Honky, Cowtown’s own Holy Moly and Rival. Performers alternated stages outdoor on Rodeo Plaza and Inside on the Main Stage. It was big fun for the bands as most of them took the time to check out each other’s shows. Our co host for the day was, Steve Jessup, aka Steve The Lawnmower Guy. What an entertaining comedian who between skits & intros, etc. kept the BBT staff in stiches all day until the early morning hours. He’s our newest best buddy. Check him out at iknowmyrights.com
Robert Earl Keen has performed here for most of his career to large crowds. During that time he’s been classified as Americana, Country, Texas and now he can add Bluegrass. He just released the number 1 bluegrass album in the country with “ Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions” It immediately received critical acclaim and landed him a spot on the 42nd annual
Telluride Bluegrass and Country Music Festival. The event attracts roughly 12,000 folks to picturesque Telluride, Colorado. Casey Carr brought his Global Trek Productions video crew to BBT the afternoon of REK’s show to record two of the cuts from the album for The Dallas Observer’s #Busking series. What a surprise treat for staff and customers to witness the live shoot in the middle of BBT. Check them out on Global Trek’s FB page. Robert and fellow Texas A&M classmate, Lyle Lovett are featured with the cover story in the current Texas Monthly Magazine.
Clint Black is another artist performing here since his breakout RCA Records release, “Killin’ Time” in 1989. Breaking with tradition he recorded that album with his own touring band, not studio musicians. It was an immediate hit and produced five number on singles, the first time any country artist had accomplished this feat. He wrote or co-wrote every tune with his guitarist, Hayden Nicolas who is still his writing partner and bandmate.
Steve Earle & The Dukes show began with a short set from The Masterson’s. The husband and wife team, Chis and Eleanor are two of our favorite people and incredible artists. They also perform the whole show with Steve Earle so they were on stage for three hours. That’s right the 10:30 show finished at 1:30am. His “Copperhead Road” single has become an anthem to the Line Dance Crowd. It’s from the album of the same name released in 1988 and considered his first “rock” album.
Award-winning singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson has released a new song, “Alabama Pines,” on his new label, Big Gassed Records, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of his move to Nashville in 2000. Other than holiday tunes, it’s his first original release in four years. He promises a new album soon. Randy Travis and his wife Mary came to show. They have been visiting us regularly and we love it. He’s still making progress and still in need of your prayers for continued recovery.
Our longtime buddy (for 26 years), Mark Chesnutt also brought us a new album, “The Greatest Hits II” He joked from the stage, that the title is misleading because the album has a few songs that were not even singles. We have since listened and the added tunes will have you playing them over and over. That and the re-recording of hits make this a must have album for any country fan.
Kevin Fowler played his 20000th concert here and brought family, friends, management for the big show and celebration. He was bust all day with media, photographers, etc but still made time to attend our Billy Bob’s Country Club event hosted by ticket manager Kelly McKinzie and her staff. They provided food & drinks in The Texas Club and had Kevin come up and take photos with the 80 plus members who attended.
Cooder Graw and The Great Divide have both enjoyed reunion shows this year after hanging it up a few years back but this was the first time they had played together in over a decade. All old friends, their backstage was also full all night with, families, friends and visiting musicians.
Such a fun night and another three hour concert that won’t be forgotten. Sure was great having them back.
Corey Smith released a new album just days before his BBT appearance and said it’s been a historic week. The Album, “While The Getting’ Is Good” is staying close to the top on ITunes and he started his week at The Grand Ole Opry, then played the famed Bluebird Café and Cain’s Ballroom. He said it was a dream week.
Texas based Cody Bryan Band opened on The Honky Tonk Stage.