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by Chuck Eddy

October 1, 2013

Everybody Live at Billy Bob's Texas

by Chuck Eddy  |  October 1, 2013

Since 1999, scores of country artists have released live albums on the local independent label Smith Music Group that were recorded on stage at Texas' plus-sized, multipurposed, boot-scooting-and-bullriding-friendly Fort Worth Stockyards nightclub known as Billy Bob's. The venue, in previous lives, served as an aircraft plant, department store, and barn for cows. Here are 25 samples, starting with outlaw patron saints David Allan Coe, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

Other artists roped in range from legacy legends (Tanya Tucker, Roy Clark) to honky-tonk heroes (Gary Stewart, Moe Bandy picking a fight with Boy George in "Where's The Dress"); from '80s and '90s radio stars (T. Graham Brown, T.G. Sheppard, Earl Thomas Conley, John Conlee, Collin Raye, Joe Diffie) to Texas and Oklahoma standbys with red dirt under their nails (Pat Green, Kevin Fowler, Randy Rogers Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed and Jason Boland, plus Western Swing lifers Asleep at the Wheel). Hope you've got your two-step footwear on!

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