boxmasters_band_reduced.jpgBilly Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters kicked off their national tour last week in support of their self-titled double CD, The Boxmasters. We just found out from a close source that Billy Bob  is a regular Skope visitor.    

The eight week trek, which includes 40 dates, got off to a rousing start with a sold out show at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma, CA on July 11th.   The standing room only crowd was treated to 2 = hours of swaggering hillbilly, kick ass rock with boisterous renditions of Ernest Tubb’s “She’s Looking Better By The Minute, Mott the Hoople’s “The Original Mixed Up Kid” and The Who’s “The Kid’s Are Alright” as well as their own “The Poor House” and “That Mountain.”   The Boxmasters will also be making several special in-store appearances throughout the tour.   Tour/In-Store dates are listed below.

The Boxmasters are generating quite a buzz with appearances on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, VH1 Rock Honors salute to The Who, guest hosting Jonesy’s Jukebox on Los Angeles’ Indie 103 and a special in-studio session with legendary DJ Jim Ladd at KLOS.   The first single from The Boxmasters, “The Poor House,” reached the top 5 at the Americana chart and continues to receive airplay at GAC and  

Summer Tour Dates
7/21/2008                       Abilene, TX – Midnite Rodeo
7/22/2008                       Houston, TX – Scout Bar
7/23/2008                       San Antonio, TX – Scout Bar
7/24/2008                       Dallas, TX – House of Blues
7/25/2008                       Corpus Christi, TX – Brewsters St. Ice House
7/26/2008                       Austin, TX – Stubbs
7/28/2008                       Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theater
7/29/2008                       Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
7/30/2008                       Jackson, MS – Hal and Mal’s
7/31/2008                       Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen

8/1-2/2008                     Huntsville, AL – Merrimack Hall PAC
8/6/2008                           Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafi
8/7/2008                           St. Charles, MO – Ameristar Casino
8/8/2008                           Kansas City, MO – Knucklehead’s Saloon
8/12/2008                       Interlochan, MI – Interlochan Center for the Arts
8/13/2008                       Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
8/15/2008                       Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
8/16/2008                       Port Huron, MI – Military Street Music Cafe
8/17/2008                       Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
8/18/2008                       New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
8/19/2008                       Philadelphia, PA – Sellersville Theater
8/20/2008                       Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
8/21/2008                       Harrisburg, PA – Whittaker Center
8/22/2008                       Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
8/23/2008                       Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm Studios
8/24/2008                       Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
8/26/2008                       Salina, KS – Steifel Theater
8/28/2008                       Milwaukee, WI – Miller Park
8/29/2008                       Chicago, IL – Joe’s on Weed Street
8/30/2008                       Apple Valley, MN – Weesner Ampitheater

9/4/2008                           Los Angeles, CA – Crash Mansion
9/5/2008                           Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock

In-Store Appearances
7/23/2008                       San Antonio, TX – FYE
7/25/2008                       Corpus Christi, TX – FYE
7/26/2008                       Austin, TX – FYE Highland Mall
8/6/2008                           Memphis, TN – Spin Street
8/7/2008                           St. Louis, MO – Vintage Vinyl ***
8/18/2008                       New York, NY – J&R Music World
8/20/2008                       Towson, MD – Record & Tape Traders
8/27/2008                       Salina, KS – House of Sight & Sound
8/29/2008                       Chicago, IL – FYE
8/30/2008                       Minneapolis, MN – Electric Fetus  

***Vintage Vinyl/St. Louis includes acoustic performance

Photo By Myriam Santos

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