The thriving ballroom and concert venue known as the Esquire Ballroom is now Neon Boots Dancehall and Saloon.
Built in 1955 the Esquire was home to many well known act of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Most notable is Willie Nelson, where he was offered a job by house performer Larry Butler after Nelson asked him to listen to a few songs he had wrote.
Nelson, desperate for money offered the songs for $10 each. Butler knowing that these songs were “too good” instead offered Nelson a $50 loan and job performing with his band.
Other notable acts: Bob Wills • Buck Owens • Charley Pride • Conway Twitty • Crystal Gayle • Dolly Parton • Ernest Tubb • Faron Young • Gene Watson • George Jones • Glen Campbell • Jim Reeves • Jimmy Dean • Jimmy Dickens • Kenny Rogers • Kitty Wells • Lefty Frizzell • Loretta Lynn • Marty Robbins • Mel Tillis • Merle Haggard • Patsy Cline • Porter Wagoner • Ronnie Milsap • Roy Clark • Tammy Wynette • Tanya Tucker • Tom T. Hall • Wanda Jackson • Waylon Jennings
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