DFW Music News

How Billy Bob's Remains a Texas Treasure for Die-Hards and Tourists Alike

For anyone whose grown-up in the Metroplex, Billy Bob's Texas is as synonymous with this region as the Dallas Cowboys, Six Flags Over Texas or Reunion Tower are. Since opening in the equally iconic Ft. Worth Stockyards in 1981, the cavernous space has been the go-to spot for Country stars touring through town. In fact, it's the one venue in Ft. Worth that will keep a major touring national or regional act from crossing over into the eastern side of the Metroplex, more often than not.

While Country fans in their 40's, 50's and beyond will likely suggest you haven't been to a show at Billy Bob's until you've seen Willie or Merle there, the fraternity boys and sorority girls of today will be quick to tell you that there's nothing like taking in a Casey Donahew or Josh Abbott Band show with thousands of other rowdy friends inside the neon-lit venue. For those of us who are well into our mid-30's, it's likely we've seen not only the old-school legends and the current crop of young guns, but also the artists that are perhaps most responsible for the current explosion in the popularity of so-called "Texas Country." At the risk of being an elitist, regional bully, a Robert Earl Keen concert at Billy Bob's might be the most "Texan" thing a person can do for fun on a given weekend.