Spotlight: Jody Nix
Saturday night dance with Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys!
We are excited to have Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys back again this year, Bob Wills wouldn't be the same without this iconic Western Swing group. So put on your dancin' shoes and come out to the Saturday Dance at 8:00pm, and enjoy some good ole Western Swing.
Jody Nix, a well established artist in the great State of Texas gives Glory and Thanks to God for the talent, and the ability to use it to play music that he dearly loves. A true Traditional Country Music and Western Swing artist, he has been in the business 53 years. He has played dances and shows all over Texas and parts of the southwest. He leads one of the finest dance bands in Texas, they fill the floor on every song.
Jody "grew up" in music, started playing drums in his Father Hoyle Nix's band at age 8 in 1960 playing 5 nights a week all over West Texas. Jody started playing the fiddle at age 11, started singing at age 16, recorded with Bob Wills at age 21 on the 1973 "Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys For The Last Time" as a guest artist and sang 3 songs. Jody has 11 albums of his own to his credit, and was a guest artist on both of Asleep At The Wheel's Tribute to Bob Wills albums. Jody and The Texas Cowboys played for the Black Tie and Boots Ball in 1989 in Washington DC for then President George H. W. Bush. Jody has played the Bob Wills Day Celebration in Turkey, Texas for 38 years..10 with his Daddy, and 28 on his own, and he played the TCR rodeo dances in Stamford, Texas for 21 years, the Big Spring Cowboy Reunion And Rodeo for 21 years, has been a part of all the Western Swing Festivals in Canton, Texarkana, Snyder and Wichita Falls for over 22 years, and also the Boys Ranch Ball in San Angelo for 15 years, the Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo in Abilene for 15 years. Jody was also a guest artist with Asleep At The Wheel in the original play of "A Ride With Bob" in 2005.
In 2008 Jody and the Texas Cowboys represented the state of Texas at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC, and also played at the Kennedy Center For Performing Arts. Jody has also played for the PRCA Convention at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada prior to the NFR 3 years in a row, and the Cowboy Ball at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Co. He is a favorite in Branson, Missouri at Silver Dollar City and has performed there for 8 years and at Willie's Place in Carl's Corner, Texas and the Lincoln Co. Cowboy Symposium and the Lincoln Co. Cowboy Christmas Ball In Ruidoso, New Mexico. If you listen to XM radio you will hear Jody and the Texas Cowboys on Willie's Roadhouse Sirius XM 56 where they are in heavy rotation. This has brought attention worldwide for the band.
In 1996 Jody was inducted into the Western Swing Society Hall of Fame in Sacramento, California. In May of 2009, Jody and the Texas Cowboys were inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame in San Marcos, Texas. Jody has worked with Bob Wills, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, George Strait, Moe Bandy, Red Steagall, Asleep At The Wheel, Johnny Bush, Frenchie Burke, Tony Booth....and many many others. The band works 100-115 dates a year, and consists of Jody Nix- Bandleader, fiddle and vocals, Robert Weeks- fiddle and vocals- Brandy Weeks - upright bass - Adam Goodale - steel guitar - Joe Paul Clark -drums and vocals.