Story and photos by Mary Jane Farmer — Click on the link below for more photos
K95.5 The Wolf, with its station in Fort Worth, sponsored this year’s 10-Man Jam at Billy Bob’s Texas Sunday (Dec. 4, 2016). There were five performers originally listed — Granger Smith, Casey Donahew, Joe Nichols, Chris Janson, and Jon Pardi, with a promising … ‘more to be announced.’ Then, on Saturday, they announced (surprise) Michael Tyler to the line-up about the same time that everyone found out Granger Smith had been involved in a major catastrophe in New Jersey and was in the hospital… couldn’t make it. But no more announcements….
The first set, then, which was to have featured Granger, lined up Michael Tyler, Chris Janson, Joe Nichols, and Easton Corbin, with Joe and Easton both having side men on guitars and backup vocals. Easton Corbin had performed at Billy Bob’s the night before, and stayed over for this event. Basically, a Nashville songswap, and it was dynamite. And just as an aside, any time you get a chance to see Chris Janson live, take it!
The second set, then, had four surprises.. Casey Donahew and Jon Pardi were joined on stage by Texas/Red Dirt artists (surprises) Randy Rogers, and Josh Abbott, plus a girl singer with a name that none of us in my section of the audience ever caught.
And all the while, country music icon (surprise) Randy Travis sat in the stage sidelines, almost out of sight, completely, obviously, enjoying the whole evening. Randy, as most know, has been recovering from major heart problems developed a few years ago. He’s working hard and coming along, slowly but nicely.
This was a fundraiser event that K95.5 sponsored, with Billy Bob Texas’ help.
And PS: another aside — (Surprise) I didn’t get very many photos. Apparently, the radio station said no press people take photos, but by the time I got that information, I had already snapped a few, so… what I snapped is here…