Moe Bandy

Moe Bandy will play a headlining set May 23 at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.

The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar has announced that the chart-topping, Texas-bred country traditionalist Moe Bandy will headline a May 23 show.

Unlike the other acts the Cowboy has hosted since the construction of its new stage and sound system — Jo Dee Messina, The Bellamy Brothers, Midland and Asleep at the Wheel — Bandy has not been nominated for any Grammy awards. That doesn’t mean his music is any less famous. If anything, Bandy is a true country music fan’s die-hard honky-tonk musician.

“I mean, he’s pretty dang prolific,” said Justin Smith, the Cowboy’s talent buyer.

Since the release of his first hit song, “I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today,” in 1974, Bandy has written 19 top-10 hits on Billboard’s “Hot U.S. Country Chart” and released five records that have sold over 500,000 copies apiece.

Of the five songs Bandy released that became top-five hits on the chart, three have “cheating” in the title. Smith said that, for honky-tonk culture, that’s par for the course.

“Of course he’s gonna be talking about lying, cheating and hurting,” Smith said. “He presents himself as a good, friendly storyteller, but he’s not afraid of the honky-tonk truth.”

Professing that truth has allowed Bandy to transition from his early days as a bull rider in the Texas rodeo circuit to a touring, award-winning country musician. That’s a nice parallel for the concert, which will happen a few days into May’s Old West Days celebration. But while the singer’s roots aren’t lost on Smith (he said he “loves having cowboys in the Cowboy”), at the end of the day Bandy will be there to showcase his hit-making music.

Coming a few days before the Cowboy hosts its first-ever music festival, the Million Dollar Music Fest, the Moe Bandy show is intended to celebrate the first anniversary of the bar reopening its doors post-renovation.

Tickets for the concert will be available starting Friday at

MillionDollarCowboyBar.com. They can also be purchased in-person at the front desks of The Wort Hotel and the Cowboy, when it reopens May 3. 

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7062 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

Scene Editor Billy Arnold covers arts and entertainment. He apprenticed as a sound engineer at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio before making his way to Jackson, where he has become a low-key fan of country music.

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