Junior Brown first learned to play piano from his father “before I could talk”. His music career began in the 1960s and he worked through that decade and the next singing and playing pedal steel and guitar for groups such as The Last Mile Ramblers, Dusty Drapes and the Dusters and Asleep at the Wheel while developing his guitar skills. By the mid-1980’s he was teaching guitar at the Hank Thompson School of Country Music at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. In 1985, Brown created the double neck guitar which ge calls his “guit-steel” The top neck on the guit-steel is a traditional six-string guitar, while the lower neck is a full-size lap steel guitar for slide playing.
Friday, January 10 House band 8 pm
Showroom: JUNIOR BROWN at 10:30 pm
Lindsay Ell is an accomplished musician, unique vocalist and songwriter. Forbes Magazine called her “one of the most exciting and talented young artists in country music”. The Calgary native learned to play guitar while traveling with her father to country-bluegrass camps as a young girl. She honed her craft as a musical stylist and songwriter after being discovered by BTO and The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman (“American Woman” / “Taking Care of Business”) who discovered her at the age of 13. The multi-instrumentalist was soon touring alongside the likes of Luke Bryan, Buddy Guy and Keith Urban, as well as wowing audiences as Carrie Underwood’s guitar player live on the “50th Annual CMA Awards” and holding her own alongside icon Melissa Etheridge on Skyville Live. In the last year alone, the 2019 ACM New Female Artist of the Year nominee and CMT Awards nominee exhilarated audiences as part of Brad Paisley’s Weekend Warrior World Tour, Sugarland’s Still The Same Tour and Keith Urban’s Graffiti U World Tour. This makes her debut appearance at Billy Bob’s Texas.
Friday, January 17 House band 8 pm
Showroom: LINDSAY ELL at 10:30 pm
Mitchell Tenpenny has diverse musical tastes and a soulful vocal delivery that has gained him an ardent audience. He wrote and recorded “Drunk Me,” after pitching it to other artists for over six months. Remarks Tenpenny, “I believed in my heart it was such a special song and that it would be a hit” and it was! “Drunk Me” reached the summit of the country radio airplay chart while concurrently amassing over 120 million streams! An authentic, fearless songwriter and performer, he has toured with Maren Morris, Jake Owen, Brett Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Dustin Lynch among others, and he penned the Top 5 hit “If the Boot Fits” for Granger Smith. Other year-end accolades for “Drunk Me” include Best Songs of 2018 and also the year’s Best of Country category.
Friday, January 24 House band 8 pm
Showroom: MITCHELL TENPENNY at 10:30 pm
BANDA LOS SEBASTIANES
A Valentine’s Day Special show for your amor, Banda Los Sebastianes has become a mainstay of Sinaloa’s popular Banda scene since 2014. Few outside the world of Mexican Regional Music know that the Mazatlan group has been recording and touring together since 2004. This large, ever-evolving large band (18+ members) came together under the direction of composer, singer and songwriter Armando Paul Celis. He assembled the group from a large cast of top-flight veteran musicians from other acts who all shared the desire to inject new energy into the Banda movement.
Friday, February 14
Showroom: BANDA LOS SEBASTIANES
Dr. Wu’ has been preparing 40+ songs by The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dave Clark 5, Herman’s Hermits, Yardbirds, Hollies, Zombies, The Animals, The Moody Blues and more. February 2020 marks the 56th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America.
About Dr. Wu’…Band mates JIM ASHWORTH and BRYAN FREEZE formed Dr. Wu’ in 2002 playing in various local bands, starting in the early 60’s
BILLY BOB’S 81 CLUB – 2521 RODEO PLAZA across from Billy Bob’s
Saturday, February 15
DOORS – 6:30
BRITISH INVASION – 7:30 pm
Granger Smith grew up in Dallas, Texas. He became interested in music and taught himself to play the guitar at age 14. He began his music career while at Texas A & M University and his song “We Bleed Maroon” is about his time at A&M. Nominated for BMI best new country artist in 2017, Granger Smith’s concerts often feature his alter-ego Earl Dibbles Jr.
Saturday, February 15 House band at 8 pm
GRANGER SMITH at 10:30 PM
Old 97’s is an Alternative Country Band from Dallas, that gained popularity as a Dallas Bar band. Formed in 1992, they are recognized as pioneers of the alt-country movement along with bands such as Drive-By Truckers, The Bottle Rockets and more. Lead vocalist and primary songwriter Rhett Miller described the bands style as “Loud Folk”. Their music has been featured in many movies. Old 97’s have been heralded as a great live band, although they claim never to rehearse their act.
Saturday, February 22 House band 8 pm
Showroom: OLD 97’s at 10:30 pm