By Chuck Cox
I knew last Thursday night was going to be pretty special for a local band I’ve come to love.
And from the moment Holy Moly took the Honky Tonk Stage at Billy Bob’s, opening with the stellar “One More Time Down the Road” from its Grasshopper Cowpunk disc, it was clear the band was just as psyched to be there as its largely moustached fan base.
Holy Moly tore through its set just like it was playing in front of a crowd on its home stage at the Aardvark. But the night definitely had a unique vibe to it — with special guests providing horns on several songs, including the insanely catchy “I Want to Be a Mexican.”
Now, I’ve been to Billy Bob’s more times than I can remember. I’ve seen tons of shows there, from Loretta Lynn to Dwight Yoakum to ZZ Top to Hootie and the Blowfish. But never once, until Holy Moly arrived on the scene, had I ever seen a mosh pit at Billy Bob’s. How cool is that?
I first discovered the greatness of Holy Moly when I saw them open for Bowling For Soup at House of Blues in 2009. If you’re not familiar with them, you need to amend that.
I’ve got to give Billy Bob’s a lot of credit. The world’s largest honky tonk is really starting to embrace local music. Earlier this year, I saw Tyler’s JB and the Moonshine Band at Billy Bob’s. Like Holy Moly, JB and the Moonshine Band also seemed to be thrilled to be playing its first show at the historic venue. And when the band is that excited about the show, it really does come through in the performance.