Perhaps more than any other reason, Billy Bob's ability to evolve with the changes in time and marketplace has kept the venue relevant beyond its touristy appeal. A current look at shows that have both taken place there recently, as well as artists scheduled to play in the near-future show a venue that is far more than an old-school music hall that happens to have it's own bull-riding ring.
Tonight, with David Allen Coe's scheduled gig shelved due to injuries sustained from a recent auto-accident, Billy Bob's called-on Rodney Parker and 50 Peso reward to fill the slot. While the DOMA-nominated band from Denton is certainly one of the best country-rock acts were have in this area, they're only one of the insurgent acts that are on the Billy Bob's upcoming events roster. Adam Hood and Six Market Boulevard are talented, but still-growing acts also playing Billy Bob's soon. In the past year, Americana icons such as Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and the Drive by Truckers have popped up on the Billy Bob's stage, which hasn't been a regular stop for them in the past. We spoke to Concho Minick, the President of Billy Bob's Texas earlier this week about mixing things up when it comes to filling out their schedule.
"Since the beginning," Minick says. "Billy Bob's has tried to pair fans and acts across many genres. One of the most memorable acts of my younger years here was Ray Charles. Don't get me wrong, we will always be country focused. Lately we've just had success with some Americana and alternative acts. We're continually looking for acts that fit the room and haven't played here before. This gives us more options and gives fans something new."