Live at Billy Bob’s Texas Series Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Some of Country Music’s Biggest Stars’ Recordings



Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, The Charlie Daniels Band, Asleep at the Wheel, and David Allan Coe Recordings Turned Into AXS-TV Specials

In 1998, in partnership with Smith Music Group, led by Rick Smith, Sr., Billy Bob’s Texas began recording live performances from select artists taking the stage of the award-winning nightclub to be part of their Live at Billy Bob’s Texas series. The series launched with back to back recordings of Pat Green and Merle Haggard. Now, in 2018, the famed series is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.

“The Live at Billy Bob’s recordings give music fans who haven’t been to The World’s Largest Honky Tonk an opportunity to hear and feel the energy of a live show,” says Billy Bob’s VP of Marketing, Pam Minick. “For those who have experienced it in person, it’s another chance to relive it all over again. The series really captures the diversity of Billy Bob’s as we’ve recorded everything from Texas music newcomers to country music legends.”

Artists who have participated in the series range from national country music stars like Tanya Tucker, Roy Clark, T. Graham Brown, Exile, Johnny Lee, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Collin Raye, Mark Wills, Lynn Anderson, Joe Diffie, Janie Fricke, Earl Thomas Conley, Eddy Raven, Michael Martin Murphey, Doug Stone, T.G. Sheppard and John Conlee to the biggest names on the Texas music scene including Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jack Ingram, Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Kevin Fowler, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers Band, Stoney LaRue, Charlie Robison and more.

Billy Bob’s Texas is known for making cameo appearances in many music videos and several movies, but the Live at Billy Bob’s Texas series made its way to the television screen with Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, The Charlie Daniels Band, Asleep at the Wheel, and David Allan Coe’s concert recordings filmed and aired on AXS-TV, which continue to re-air.

“It was such an honor and thrill to record my CD, Live at Billy Bob’s, because I could take that story all across the country, raving about the biggest honky-tonk in America! – Janie Fricke

“I remember recording my Live at Billy Bob’s project. There was a huge crowd there that night and they were hootin’ & hollerin’. It continues to be one of our best selling CDs and people tell me all the time how much they like it! Thanks to Smith Music Group and Billy Bob’s! – T. Graham Brown

Dolly Parton, Jennifer Nettles, EXILE, Ronnie Dunn, Randy Travis and More Featured In The Latest Episode Of ‘The Pickup’



 Continuing the tradition of presenting the top stories in country music, another all-new episode of the “The Pickup” features a look inside the performance list announced for the 50th Annual Country Music Awards, Dolly Parton’s “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” Exile’s new Christmas album and more!

The 50th Annual Country Music Awards aired on November 2 on ABC. The memorable show opener featured 12 country legends that culminated with Randy Travis singing the last line of “Forever and Ever, Amen.” Tim McGraw sang the CMA Song of the Year, “Humble and Kind.” Rounding out the show, country artists like Kacey Musgraves and Jennifer Nettles paid tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Dolly Parton.

Ronnie Dunn’s new album, Tattooed Heart, debuted at number one on iTunes. Kix Brooks joined Ronnie Dunn for a special reunion duet on the album’s single, “Damn Drunk.”

Shane Owens is releasing his highly anticipated debut album, Where I’m Comin’ From, on December 9th. His acoustic music video for “19” premiered on Country Rebel on November 11th. The new artist is about to take the country music world by storm!

Lee Greenwood took to Fox and Friends this Veterans Day to perform his hit “God Bless the USA.” He was announced as the new ambassador for the Disabled American Veterans Charity ‘Keep the Promise Campaign.’ DAV connects one million veterans with education, healthcare and employment opportunities each year.

Dolly Parton’s “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” will air November 30 on NBC. Parton’s original film, “Coat of Many Colors”, drew 15.9 million viewers and aired on NBC in December of 2015. The holiday season is coming a little early this year the continuing story of her childhood into Christmas time. Jennifer Nettles stars as Dolly’s mom.

Exile released their first ever Christmas album putting their own spin on holiday classics like “Little Drummer Boy,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” and “O Holy Night,” but perhaps the biggest gift of the album comes in the three original Christmas songs. Tune into the next episode to hear an interview with the band.

Check out the latest episode of The Pickup here:–45/af4249d6-4726-4a23-8be9-694135f9f75c

Launched in early 2015, The Pickup, a syndicated country video news series produced by The Hot Seat, highlights today’s stars and classic country artists making news today. New episodes are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month. The Pickup, hosted and produced by Adam Wurtzel, can be seen on the websites of broadcasters across the country (Nash Icon, HankFM, Midwest Communications, Zimmer Communications’ 94.3 KAT Country, etc.), online media blogs, the U.K.’s SKY Television, Heartland Network, and Sandy Zimmerman’s Las Vegas Television Network.

Fremont Street Experience Hosts the 25th Annual Downtown Hoedown


Fremont Street Experience Hosts
the 25th Annual Downtown Hoedown

Get Your Boot Scootin’ Boogie On at the Kick-off Party
for the National Finals Rodeo


Fremont Street Experience is calling all cowboys and country music fans to get their boot scootin’ boogie on at the 25th Annual Downtown Hoedown — celebrating the return of the National Finals Rodeo – on Wednesday evening, Nov. 30.  The event begins at 6:10 p.m. and showcases popular country music entertainment with free live concerts on three stages.  All are invited to Dosey Doe downtown and enjoy the feel good country music acts under the neon lights of the Fremont Street Experience.
The 25th Annual Downtown Hoedown will have everyone two stepping with its entertainment lineup that includes top country music talents: Craig Morgan, Glen Templeton, Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice, LoCash Cowboys and Exile.
25th Annual Downtown Hoedown performance schedule:
·     6:10 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.              Hunter Hayes on Main Street Stage
·     7:10 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.              Glen Templeton on 1st Street Stage
·     8:10 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.               Lee Brice on 3rd Street Stage
·     9:10 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.            Craig Morgan on 1st Street Stage
·     10:40 p.m. – Midnight             LoCash Cowboys on Main Street Stage
                                                            Exile on 3rd Street Stage

“It is amazing that the Annual Downtown Hoedown is in its 25th year. The longevity of this event is a testament to the great music and fun time that everyone has downtown,” said Jeff Victor, president of Fremont Street Experience.  “This year, we look forward to showcasing more popular country music and invite everyone to come on out.”

The 25th Annual Downtown Hoedown begins 12 Days of Country on Fremont Street Experience.  To coincide with the National Finals rodeo, FSE will have additional nightly free concerts Dec. 1-11 featuring Dean Simmons as Garth Brooks, Exile, Jimmy Ray’s Johnny Cash Tribute, Voodoo Cowboys, Ryan Whyte Maloney Band, Route 66 and Fairchild.
The headliners for the 25th Annual Downtown Hoedown on Wednesday, Nov. 30 include:

Craig Morgan
Craig Morgan is a country superstar with fourteen top 10 hits including fan favorites “Redneck Yacht Club,” “Almost Home,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” and “Tough.” Morgan is a diligent singer and renowned song-writer who plays over 120 live shows annually including touring with Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Brad Paisley and more. On November 1st, Morgan is preparing to release his self-produced extended play (EP) titled, This Ole Boy. This highly anticipated EP features new songs reflecting about his life experiences and music career and illustrates that his songwriting is still one of the best in business. In addition to his musical career, Morgan is also a successful television host on the Outdoor Channel’s “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors.” His first season run, quickly became the network’s #1 Saturday morning hunting show.

Hunter Hayes
At only 20 years old, Hunter Hayes is already an accomplished songwriter, producer and musician who can sing and play with the best, and does. Concluding his tour with country star Taylor Swift, Hayes’s next move is a 2012 tour alongside with Rascal Flatts and Sara Evans. Adding to his credentials, Hayes co-wrote the song, “Play” for Rascal Flatts’ Nothing Like This album and contributed to 2011 remake of Footloose performing a duet with actress/singer Victoria Justice for “Almost Paradise.” This multi-talented musician recently released his self-named album in October 2011, which hit the Top 10 Billboard Top Country Albums, and features his hit song, “Storm Warning.” Hayes writes about life and love from a refreshing point of view, performs with the grace of someone twice his age and most importantly is spiritually grounded with the American values of God, family and country.

Glen Templeton
Glen Templeton is a Southern-born, Southern-bred musician-songwriter and one of country music’s most promising up and coming stars. Templeton claims he never chose country music, country music chose him. Throughout all his other jobs, country music kept calling his name to move to Nashville and pursue music career. His claim to fame started in 2008 when Conway Twitty’s daughters hand picked him to portray Conway, the lead role, in the touring musical production, Conway Twitty: The Man, The Music, The Legend. Since then, Templeton has played at several country music events including performance on CMT, The Grand Ole Opry, The ACM’s All-Star Jam, Country Jam USA, Cheyenne Frontier Days and numerous state fairs and festivals. His likes, looks, and talent have captured the attention of Black River Music Group. Templeton released his first single “I Could Be the One” earlier this year which has debuted at number 58 in the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Song chart. Glen Templeton’s voice is described as one with a rich traditional country with a hint of rock and R&B. His album entitled, GT, is soon to be released later this year.

Lee Brice
With musical influence ranging from Garth Brooks and Hank Junior to Coldplay and 3 Doors Down, Lee Brice fuses tradition honkey tonk with contemporary rock n’ roll for a “country all the way” sound that is uniquely his own. Brice has released one album and 4 singles. The fourth single, “Love Like Crazy” Declared as the #1 country song of 2010 by Billboard Magazine, and currently holds the record for the Longest Charting Single in the history of the Billboard Hot Country Song chart. Brice recently released a new hit single earlier in September titled, “A Woman Like You.” Shortly after the release he was named NRA Country Artist of the Month. In addition to his vocal success, Lee Brice is credited to have co-written singles for super stars Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and Adam Gregory. Currently, Brice is finishing up his tour with the 10th Annual CMT on Tour starring Luke Bryan and Josh Thompson. 
LoCash Cowboys
The LoCash Cowboys consists of a country music duo including Chris Lucas and Preston Burst. Add to that Jeffrey Steele, one of Nashville’s biggest names in songwriting (“The Cowboy In Me,” “What Hurts The Most,” “My Town”) and producing (Montgomery Gentry, Keith Anderson), and you have a trio of talent and energy that is the LoCash Cowboys. Currently touring the southeast US, both country superstars developed one of the most dynamic live shows that any genre has to offer with their energetic stage presence and vocal capabilities. Their debut album, This Is How We Do It, is a fitting introduction to a compellingly charismatic duo and includes hit singles such as “Here Comes Summer,” “Keep in Mind,” and “You Got Me.” These honky-tonk style Cowboys are also credited as co-writing Keith Urban’s 2011 single, “You Gonna Fly.” 
Exile is a former rock turned country music band best remembered for their 1978 number one smash hit single, “Kiss You All Over” which has been featured in films such as Happy Gilmore and Employee of the Month. The current members consist of original members J.P. Pennington and Les Taylor along with Sonny LeMaire, Marlon Hargis, and Steve Goetzman. With a successful career spanning over 48 years, they have produced more than 10 number one hit singles including, “Woke Up in Love” “I Don’t Want to Be a Memory,” “She’s a Miracle,” and “Give Me One More Chance.” Their unique sound which fuses the energy from rock and roll with the melodic blues of country music captivates audiences world wide. 
About Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience is a five-block entertainment complex located in historic downtown Las Vegas.  Fremont Street Experience features Viva Vision, the world’s largest video screen which is 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall.  Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sounds shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system.  Fremont Street Experience is a one-of-a-kind venue that includes free nightly concerts and entertainment on two stages. With direct pedestrian access to 10 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts over 17 million annual visitors. Fremont Street Experience can be found online at