On the Road with Dave Alexander

Big Spring, Texas Stampede Club. (Photo courtesy of Dave Alexander)

By Dave Alexander 

Howdy Texas Music Fans! My most favorite thing about Texas Music is that it’s dance music. For decades Texans have been two-steppin’ to the music of great musicians like Bob Wills, Willie Nelson and Asleep At the Wheel, just to name a few.

Although we spend a lot of time talking about Texas music and its performers, rarely do we take the time to discuss those special places where it all began. Let’s roll the clock back to May 1954.

Hoyle Nix was claiming fame with his West Texas Cowboys, having already secured his place in Texas music history for his time spent with Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. Hoyle wrote Bob’s hit “Big Balls in Cow Town.” On May 8, 1954, he opened the Stampede Dance Hall, just outside of Big Spring, where he and his boys could spend their time a little closer to home and let the crowd come to them.
And boy did they! Over 1,000 dancers packed the opening night of the 500 seat dance hall, and they’ve been coming ever since.

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