Billy Bob's Texas

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Billy Bob's Texas
The World's Largest Honky Tonk
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Billy Bob's Texas dance floor
Address 2520 Rodeo Plaza
Location Fort Worth, Texas
Coordinates 32°47′29″N 97°20′53″W / 32.79139°N 97.34806°W / 32.79139; -97.34806Coordinates: 32°47′29″N 97°20′53″W / 32.79139°N 97.34806°W / 32.79139; -97.34806
Owner Billy Bob's Texas, LLC
Type Nightclub
Genre(s) Country
Capacity 6,000+
Opened 1 April 1981 (1981-04-01)
Website
billybobstexas.com

Billy Bob's Texas is a country & western nightclub located in the Fort Worth Stockyards, Texas, United States. It promotes itself as "The World's Largest Honky Tonk," at 100,000 square feet of interior space and 20,000 square feet of parking space.[1]


History[edit]

Billy Bob Barnett, a Texas A&M University graduate and professional football player, teamed up with nightclub owner and former car salesman, Spencer Taylor. While looking for a location to fit their idea, the men decided upon an abandoned 100,000-square-foot department store that was at one time an open-air cattle barn. With some additional investors, Barnett and Taylor renovated the building's interior and exterior and opened the place to the public on April 1, 1981.[2]

Mostly known for country music, the venue has also hosted acts such as Bob Hope[3] and B.B. King.[4]

In 1983, Merle Haggard, while on stage, offered each person in the crowd of 5,095, a one-ounce Canadian Club Whiskey with a water chaser. The drinks totaled 40 gallons and at the time, cost $12,737.50. The stunt earned Haggard a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the purchaser of the biggest round ever.[5]

Billy Bob's Texas celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2016. The celebration culminated in November with a weekend of shows from Shooter Jennings, Rival Sons and Willie Nelson.[6]

Television and film projects at Billy Bob's[edit]

Billy Bob's Texas has also been host to many movie and television projects. Baja Oklahoma (Willie Nelson, Susan Sarandon), Over the Top (Sylvester Stallone), and Necessary Roughness (Scott Bakula, Sinbad) have all been filmed there.[7]

Professional wrestling was also filmed at the venue in the mid to late 1980s.[8]

Live at Billy Bob's Texas Music Series[edit]

Since 1999, the Smith Music Group, a music publishing company in Fort Worth, Texas has issued a continuing series of live albums recorded by major country music artists at Billy Bob's. The albums are titled Live at Billy Bob's Texas, with a few exceptions. The list is currently over forty performances. Artists so far have included:

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