Born and raised in Ohio, Darrell McCall began his musical career by landing a slot as a Saturday monring DJ on a local radio station when he was 15 years old. Around the same time, he was playing local dances and events as a musician. After a short stint in the Army, he and childhood friend Johnny Paycheck moved to Nashville in 1958. Eventually, Darrell became a studio harmony vocalist, singing on records by Faron Young, George Jones and Ray Price among others. In a short time, the studio worm metamorphosed into road work, as he played bass and sang harmony for several different touring bands, including those of Young, Price and Hank Williams, Jr.
Jake Hooker was born listening to the sounds of traditional country music through his father's West Texas country band. Jake began playing the bass at the age of seven and practiced diligently until he mastered the honky tonk sound. Jake formed his own band at the age of 14 and began performing. By the age of 18, Jake was playing bass and singing full time. Jake moved to the Fort Worth area in 1998 where he quickly became the local favorite.
Billy Mata and The Texas Tradition w/Floyd Domino
Billy Mata and The Texas Tradition provides entertainment for true country music traditionalists as well as a new generation of Western Swing enthusiasts. Billy has been performing for 30 years for audiences. His followers range from traditional Honky Tonk listeners to Western Swing dancers. No matter who the audience is, all enjoy the energy and spirit of the musical talent of the performance.
The style of music played is from Bob Wills, Johnny Bush, Mel Tillis, and Ray Price, as well as the popular sounds of Asleep at the Wheel, Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen, and many more. Billy has also made several guest appearances with the Texas Playboys at Western Swing Festivals in Nocona and Snyder, Texas and Hobbs and Ruidoso, New Mexico. Some other stage performances include: Asleep at the Wheel, Darryl McCall, Earl Thomas Conley, Eddie Raven, Emilio, John Conley, Johnny Rodriguez, Randy Travis, Ray Price, Rick Trevino and many guest appearances with Leon Rausch, Tommy Allsup and The Texas Playboys.
Billy Mata will be joined by 2 time Grammy Award winning keyboard legend Floyd Domino. Floyd has recorded and performed with Merle Haggard, George Strait, The Texas Playboys, Waylon Jennings, jazz guitarist Herb Ellis, Kelly Willis, Bruce Robinson, Monte Warden, Don Walser and others.
Following that, he recorded and played five years with the Crickets and Waylon Jennings. As a session pianist Floyd has played on several recording, including five albums with George Strait, and won two Grammys. His most recent Grammy was awarded in February 2000 for Best Country Instrumental as a featured performer with Tommy Allsup, Larry Franklin, Vince Gill and Steve Wariner on the Asleep at the Wheel recording, "Ride With Bob".
Tony Booth is a true Texas Music legend. He started out early by winning a national singing contest at the age of 14. He was voted the Academy of Country Music's Most Promising Male Artist of 1971 and was a nominee for Male Vocalist of the Year in 1973. The Tony Booth Band won Band of the Year from the ACM in 1970, 1971 and 1972.
As recenly as 2009, Tony was a Nominee finalist for Song of the Year from Academy of Western Artists and was voted the Male Vocalist of the Year from the same group.
Tony has worked with a Who's Who of country music artists including Buck Ownes, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Gene Watson, Johnny Bush, Leona Williams, Jake Hooker, Bobby Flores and a multitude of others.
For more on Tony Booth: tonybooth.homestead.com
K.R. Wood's interest in country music began over forty years ago. K.R., a native Texan singer, songwriter, historian and musician, plays 6 and 12 string acoustical guitars and has received acclaim for his Fathers of Texas CD series. It is a collection of songs and narration about Texas' storied history, which is considered a landmark in Texas music. His latest CD titled "Davy Crockett's Fiddle Plays On was recorded live in the Alamo with the Davy Crockett Fiddle from the Witte Museum. This is an honor and privilege that only K.R. Wood has been given.
K.R. Wood, aka Camp Cookie, has been traveling the great state of Texas bringing its history to life through songs and tales for almost 20 years. K.R. was nominated for Texas Musician of the Year in 2009 with the Texas Commission for the Arts. He is a member of the American Chuckwagon Association, has been recognized by the 75th Texas Legislature in 1997 for keeping Texas History alive with his first Fathers of Texas CD, is an adopted member of the Davy Crockett family and the Texas Alabama Settlement Group, and his Fathers of Texas album was adopted by the State of Texas approved Texas history curriculum through Harcourt Publishing. On April 20th, 2011, K.R.'s Fathers of Texas Music Series and the documentary Fathers of Texas: 175 Years of Texas Independence was recognized by both the House of Representatives and the Senate with a resolution commemorating his work in keeping Texas History alive.
He peforms unique and sprited cowboy entertainment from solo to an 8 piece band. K.R.'s repertoire includes the old traditional/western music, country, gospel, blues, and old time rock and roll. He entertains often at the Hyatt Lost Pines, many corporate events, educational school shows, private parties and anniversaries, rodeos, and other Texas festivals.
Landon Dodd was born on August 28th 1974 in Fort Worth, TX. You could say “honky tonkin” was in his blood. Music has always been a big part of his life. Music was constantly playing in his childhood home as well as the gospel songs sung at church. Sometimes the two would overlap! His dad tells a funny story of a 3-year-old Landon standing up in a quiet church building singing “I’m a dirty white boy.” While his parents listened to everything from the aforementioned Foreigner to Jimmy Buffet to Willie Nelson to Bob Wills. But Landon always loved that traditional country music sound and shuffle beat.
Landon’s father bought him his first guitar at seventeen. He immediately fell in love with the instrument and knew that playing and singing were going to be a permanent part of his life. He spent some time at Abilene Christian and Tarrant County College, studying music. From there, he was in and out of bands for the next few years and formed a few of his own. After taking some time off from the music business, he made a comeback in 2006 and formed his current band The Dancehall Drifters. Since that time, the band has entered and won the 92.1 KTFW’s battle of the bands contest. They performed at Legend’s Fest in Sundance Square with acts like Tommy Alverson, Johnny Bush, Johnny Rodriguez, Doug Stone and Earl Thomas Conley. The band has opened for Gene Watson, Johnny Rodriguez and Moe Bandy. Landon Dodd and the Dancehall Drifters were the Academy of Western Artist pure country band of the year.
The Dancehall Drifters have been gaining a large following for those who love the true shuffles with an emphasis on fiddle and steel guitar. They have played dancehalls all over Texas including, the Finish Line club and Pearl’s Dancehall and Saloon in Fort Worth, London Hall in London, TX, the Western Club, Navasota, TX, the Coachman, San Angelo, TX and many more along the way.
Dodd’s first CD “Call of the Wine” produced by Jim Loessberg, debuted on January 13, 2010 on Heart of Texas Records. It features the Texas A Team Musicians along with two special duets with Amber Digby and Leona Williams. Several of the songs off of “Call of the Wine” can be heard Willie’s Place on Sirius/Xm Satellite Radio along with FM stations in Texas, The Southwest and Europe. Landon and the band stay busy keeping traditional country music alive in Texas.
For more information: landondoddmusic.com
Born in 1953 in Arkansas and raised in Pecos, Texas, Tommy Hooker already had roots in music. Tommy was taught by his brother Dwight at a young age to play guitar and began performing. Tommy’s interest in the music just began to soar. In 1967, Tommy formed his own band, The Persuaders, and began performing at local community events. He continued to play in his brothers band (The Bunch) at Sul Ross University where his brother attended.
By 1971, Tommy was playing with several bands, Texas Express in Monahans, Tx, Country Squires, in Ft. Stockton, Texas, and Country Night Riders in Alpine, Texas, just to name a few. His love of the real country sound only grew. In 1973, he and Dwight formed The Hooker Brothers Band with best friends Bob (steel) and Ann McDaniel and Sharon Jay (drums). In 1976, Tommy moved to Dallas where he continued to play in a trio at a small club called the Bar None. In 1981, upon the death of Tommy’s brother Dwight, he once again joined forces with Bob McDaniel and Sharon Jay, plus, Bill Morris and Don Tolle and was now called the Tommy Hooker Band. This group played throughout west Texas.
Tommy also spent time with Craig Carter and The Spur of the Moment Band. Upon the arrival of the 90’s, Tommy moved to Oklahoma where he played the steel and bass with many groups including The Cliffhanger Band, The Trailblazer Band, Ken Collins Band and several others. In 2002, Tommy arrived in Fort Worth, Texas. He surrounds himself with great musicians and has made music his full time career.
Tommy has shared the stage with such legends as Leon Raucsh, Darrell McCall and Hank Thompson, to name a few! He has two CD’s out, Texas In My Soul and Blue Smoke, both a refection of his talents and roots. He is a regular act at Pearls Dancehall and Saloon in the Fort Worth Stockyards and he packs the house – everyone loves him.
For more information: tommyhooker.com
March 13 - 15, 2014
We are delighted to announce that the featured performer at the 2014 BLGC will be the "Great American Storyteller" Red Steagall. With an entertainment career spanning 40 years and 23 albums, he has entranced crowds all over the world. Red Steagall will be performing some of his best Cowboy stories and music with us. You won't want to miss this one, folks. His accomplishments are too numerous to mention here so for a complete biography, visit redsteagall.com
They're back! Without a doubt one of the most popular entertainers we've had in previous years is the Quebe Sisters Band. We didn't book them in 2013 and that didn't sit well with our patrons. So we corrected that mistake for 2014. You know how good twin fiddles sound. Well the Quebes do it one better. All three sisters are State and/or World Champions fiddlers and the vocal harmonies are second to none. If you haven't seen them before you are in a treat. For the full scoop on the Quebes visit their website at
Quebe Sisters Band