The County Line BBQ Restaurants offer Country Music Series with a Purpose

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The County Line BBQ restaurants in Texas and New Mexico have an unique way to give back the local communities they serve--live music concerts from well-known national and regional musicians--but with a purpose. All concerts are offered at no cost to its customers with one catch: all should bring canned goods or a donation to the designated non-profit that feeds the hungry.

Charlie Robison appears at County Line in San Antonio

In 2001, Randy Goss—the famous GM and part owner of the County Line BBQ restaurants in San Antonio—was looking for a unique new way to give back to the San Antonio community. Like most of the County Line restaurants, the newest San Antonio location has a fabulous patio with great tree cover, so it is a great venue for enjoying County Line’s award-winning smoked BBQ while listening to live music.

Goss loved the idea of concerts that were no-cost to his customers—but with a purpose—so he came up with the idea of asking all attendees to bring food for the San Antonio Food Bank. Since the series started in 2001, the music series has raised over one million pounds (yes, one million pounds) of food for the hungry in San Antonio.

Goss is now deceased, but his legacy continues with this concert series, plus two others. County Line has taken that highly successful recipe (excuse the food pun) for a phenomenal music and community event, and created Live Music Series benefitting local food-related nonprofit agencies in another two of its four other locations: The State Line in El Paso, Texas and The County Line in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

For those unfamiliar with County Line and State Line—they are part of the same restaurant family, serving the same mouth-watering BBQ. The County Line was formed by some Texans who love Texas; love its heritage and historical buildings; love BBQ; and are committed to running a restaurant based on four principles: First: offer the highest quality smoked barbecue – ribs, brisket, sausage and chicken – with traditional sides of cole slaw, potato salad and beans. Second: provide these BBQ specialties in generous portions at reasonable prices. Next: offer friendly table service with linens and bar service. Finally: feature an authentic location that celebrates the heritage of Texas. In 1975 they put all these principles into effect at The County Line’s original location in an old speakeasy now known throughout Austin as The County Line on the Hill…and the rest, as they say, is history.

The “Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 2017 Live Music Series at The County Line” that benefits the San Antonio Food Bank is back—for its 17th year— on Thursday nights. This very popular live music series runs from April 6 through August 28, 2017 at The County Line Bar-B-Q restaurant at 10101 IH-10 West in San Antonio. Since the series started in 2001, it has funded 774,679 meals from the $94,278.50 and 48,804 pounds of food donated to the Food Bank by County Line concert-goers. In 2015, the County Line was recognized by the San Antonio Food Bank for raising enough food to feed over 1 million people since the series start.
Here are the remaining performers for the 2017 County Line IH-10 series, as of June 26:

  •     June 29     Shane Smith & The Saints
  •     July 6    Whitney Rose
  •     July 13    Slaid Cleaves
  •     July 20    Zac Wilkerson
  •     July 27    Adam Hood
  •     Aug 3    TBD
  •     Aug 10    Bri Bagwell
  •     Aug 17    TBD
  •     Aug 24    The Powell Brothers

The “Shamaley Ford Free Live Music Series at The State Line,” now in its 12th year, benefits the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank and is held every Wednesday night from 8 - 10 p.m. from April 12 through August 23 at The State Line Bar-B-Q restaurant at 1222 Sunland Park Dr. in west El Paso. The 2016 music series alone collected 1,265 pounds of food and $3,837 in monetary donations for the Food Bank; in the life of the series it has raised more than 18,000 pounds of food.
Here are the remaining performers for the 2017 State Line series, as of June 20:     

  •     July 5    Brian Mars
  •     July 12     Max Stalling
  •     July 19     Valerie Ponzio
  •     July 26    Whitney Rose
  •     Aug 2    Joe Barron Band
  •     Aug 9    Chuco Soul Project
  •     Aug 16    Fungi Mungle
  •     Aug 23    Bri Bagwell

The Free Music Series at The County Line in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on its 9th year, benefits Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque. Performances are held every Thursday night from 7 to 9 p.m. from My 18 until August 17 at The County Line Bar-B-Q restaurant at Tramway Blvd. The 2016 music series alone collected $1,000 and close to 1,000 lbs. of food.
Here are the remaining performances for the 2017 season:

  •     June 29     Shane Henry & Maggie McClure    
  •     July 6     Kyle Martin
  •     July 13    Michael Moxey & The Easy Sinners
  •     July 20    Eillen and the Cross Country Band
  •     July 27     Moonshine Blind
  •     Aug 3    Roger Jameson and the Jaded Heart Band
  •     Aug 10     Exit Zero
  •     Aug 17     Lincoln County War

The County Line continually updates all music series line-ups on its website at

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