John T. Floore’s Country Store: Where The Music Is As Hot As The Tamales

If you’re a true-blooded Texan and Country enthusiast, you’ve heard of John T. Floore’s Country Store. Our TMP Venue Spotlight shines over this Texas staple.

For over 75 years, this iconic establishment has hosted outlaws and celebrities alike, putting Helotes, Texas on the map.  John T. Floore opened the Country Store in 1942 as a cafe and dance hall. Since its opening, Floore’s Country Store is known for its homemade bread and tamales. Still to this day, musicians such as William Clark Green have raved about grabbing a few tamales before playing a set at the venue. Randy Rogers even named his live album after them.

However, Floore’s is known for more than just tamales. The venue is considered to be the birthplace of Willie Nelson. Floore and Nelson were partners in the Willie Nelson Music Company, and Floore’s name appeared playfully in the song “Shotgun Willie.”

Alongside American music legend Willie Nelson came massive names that helped create the venue’s fame. Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis have all played at Floore’s, including Country music sensations like Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett.

Floore’s Country Store has remained a bucket list destination for upcoming musicians and out-of-state honky tonkers. From Cody Johnson to Whiskey Myers, the venue maintains sold out crowds and is a huge supporter of the Texas music scene that we love today. Whether its the TexMex and beer that gets you there or the killer lineup of solid musicians, make sure you catch a show at this iconic venue in Helotes!


Upcoming shows

9/21 Robert Earl Keeen w/ Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis

9/27 Josh Abbott Band

9/28 Austin Meade w/ Garrett Simon Band

9/29 Turnpike Troubadours w/ Micky and the Motorcars and Vincent Neil Emerson




Author: Taylor Ashlynn

Western Fashion Stylist, Funky Florist, Branding Aficionado, Southwestern Painter, & a big big fan of the harmonica! You can find me anywhere at @PinaTaylotta.

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