A Look Back at How Gilley’s Gave Us ‘Urban Cowboy’

November 20, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

The shout-out the 1980 film Urban Cowboy received earlier this month at the Country Music Association Awards show got me thinking about its stars, John Travolta and Debra Winger, and the funky old place that roused an era of garishly feathered hat bands, belt buckles the size of hubcaps, jewelry-studded designer jeans, and $1,000 boots: Gilley’s Nightclub in Pasadena.

Summer For Procrastinators: Honky-Tonks in Dallas

July 25, 2019 | By Anna-Kay Reeves

Where to indulge your Urban Cowboy fantasy in the heart of the big city

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