Billy Bob Thornton is the first person to tell you that some people don't know what to expect when they come to see him perform with his band, The Boxmasters. "About three songs in," he explained to his middle-aged crowd, "about seven or eight people who were expecting us to play 'Mustang Sally' or see me act like Carl from Sling Blade start scratching their heads and going, 'What is this stuff?'" The fact of the matter is that Thornton has been playing music for 40 years. He explained to the intimate Coach House crowd that before he was discovered in an acting class, he was opening for such acts as Ted Nugent, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, and Humble Pie. On Thursday night, he proved that he, with his fellow Boxmasters, can still put on an outstanding, no frills rock show.
Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters perform at The Coach House. Image by Scott Feinblatt