Feature Attractions -
Billy Bob's Texas, Fort Worth, Texas
by Carl Burnham
in Rodeo Plaza of the Stockyards
Historical District, Billy Bob's is known as the World's Largest Honky
Tonk. To say that Billy Bob's is a big country music club is an
understatement, covering an area of almost 7 acres in true Texas style
with lots of live entertainment and events.
From exciting bull riding events, to dancing, pool playing, casino-style
games, food, drink, and music entertainers, there is always alot to
see and do. A large dance floor provides plenty of room to do the two-step
and strut your stuff, as a large gold reflective saddle rotates above.
Free dances lessons are available every Thursday evening. Bar stations
are everywhere for you to wet your whistle.
Hayes wowed the crowd while we were there, playing songs off his
albums, including his big hit "Old Enough
To Know Better." Since 1981, Billy
Bob's has showcased top country music entertainment, including the
legendary Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson,
and many others. The talented Wade Hayes (see more below) performed
the night we were there. Billy Bob's is also a showplace for Texas
entertainers, including our most popular, Kevin Fowler, who we predict
will be big once he goes national. Popular music entertainers have
played there as well, including B.B. King, ZZ Top, and .38 Special.
The first performers to play after opening in 1981 were Larry Gatlin
and the Gatlin Brothers. .
popular CD and DVD series, "Live at Billy Bob's" includes over 28 quality
recordings of entertainers who have appeared at Billy Bob's. We have
two in our collection now. With sadness, we note the passing of Rick
Smith, 47, who was the producer of the series. Lined along the walls
are upcoming acts that will be appearing at Billy Bob's, plus photographs
and memorabilia of past shows.
is a special wall section which commemorates the entertainers that
have appeared over the years, with their hands imprinted and signature.
Shown here is the imprint that Conway Twitty made in the early 1990s.
There are also several rooms that can be reserved for parties and private
events. Families with
children are always welcome at Billy Bob's (if under 17, must be accompanied
by a parent).
bull riding is held every Friday and Saturday at 9 and 10 p.m., with
only a nominal entrance fee of $2.50. Several pro bullriders
get their chance to win prize money as they excite the crowds. Some
of the bulls got good and ornery the night we were there.
sure to visit the Billy Bob's store, which is stocked with essentials
for the cowboy and cowgirl, including cowboy hats, leather goods,
and gift items.
first seeing Billy Bob's it may seem a little familiar. For good
reason, Billy Bob's has appeared in numerous television shows and
the movies, including "Dallas", "Walker Texas Ranger", "Pure Country",
and "Baja Oklahoma".
Billy Bob's is located at 2520 Rodeo Plaza.
would like to thank Marty Travis (shown here with the country
music legend Willie Nelson) and staff during our visit for helping
with our feature.
Read about our followup visit for a performance by Kevin Fowler.
Billy Bob's Texas
2520 Rodeo Plaza.
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
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