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Fans bring out the trail ride vibes for a Beyoncé "Cowboy Carter" celebratory hoedown party in Irving, Texas, on Saturday.JerSean Golatt for NBC News

Grab your cowboy hat: Beyoncé fans celebrate 'Cowboy Carter' with themed listening parties

Venues from night clubs to bookstores hosted “Cowboy Carter”-themed parties across the country over the weekend.

IRVING, Texas — Beyoncé lovers donned cowboy hats and boots this weekend as they descended upon parties across the country, in dance clubs and bookstores alike, to celebrate Queen Bey’s new album, “Cowboy Carter.”  

At a club outside of Dallas, Tamera W. and her friends showed up in large cowboy hats and short shorts, with their hair pulled back or in pigtails. It wasn’t long before their cowboy boots had scuff marks from dancing. While her friends said they hadn’t listened much to country music before “Cowboy Carter,” Tamera said country music is in her roots. 

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Friends made the party their own personal hoedown Saturday at the Irving, Texas, hookah lounge.JerSean Golatt for NBC News

“I listen to country because I’m a Texan woman born and raised,” said Tamera, who declined to use her full name to protect her privacy.

She and her friends were among dozens who filed into the King Tut Hookah Lounge in Irving, about 15 miles from downtown Dallas, for its “Real Live Hoedown,” essentially a “Cowboy Carter” listening party where cowboy and cowgirl attire was required.

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Host Cedric Collier takes the lead during his "Cowboy Carter" party in Irving, Texas, on Saturday.JerSean Golatt for NBC News

The Grammy Award-winning singer on Friday released her latest project, a country album featuring greats of the genre like Linda Martell and Dolly Parton, and newcomers Tanner Adell and Shaboozey. Excitement over the new music was especially felt in Texas, Beyoncé’s home state, and a bastion of cowboy culture and country music. 

“We were looking for places to hear her new country vibe,” said Kennedy B., 23, who wore a star-studded cowboy hat, boots to match and a pleated cowboy skirt with her hair in two braids. She declined to use her full name to protect her privacy. “She’s an incredible performer and she’s an incredible singer.” Kennedy and her friends yelled and danced when the DJ played “TYRANT,” one of two tracks featuring Parton. Cedric Collier, who hosted the Irving event, marched around the venue in his cowboy hat and boots, and danced along with the Beyoncé lovers. When they weren’t dancing, partygoers posed for pictures tipping their hats and holding their belt buckles. They embraced Texas’ signature cowboy culture. The DJ mixed Beyoncé tunes with hip-hop and rap songs, prompting a mix of lasso moves and twerking.

Staff were also in the spirit, with cocktail waitresses halting their services to dance in their shorts and cropped, tied flannel shirts. The atmosphere in King Tut Hookah Lounge reflected the album: country songs with a touch of hip-hop. 

“Cowboy Carter” is the second installment of Beyoncé’s three-part project that began with the house and dance music album “Renaissance” in 2022.  

Beyoncé announced the album in a Super Bowl ad and dropped singles “Texas Hold ’Em” and “16 Carriages” that evening on her Instagram. She recently made history as the first Black woman to top the Billboard country chart with “Texas Hold ’Em.” 

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It was a real-life boogie and a real-life hoedown! Some partygoers showed up in their best cowboy gear with star-studded cowboy hats and boots to match.JerSean Golatt for NBC News

Black country artists have lauded the project and said they hoped it would bring more visibility to Black country artists. This seemed to be important to Beyoncé too, as she featured Black country artists including Willie Jones, Reyna Roberts, Tiera Kennedy, Brittney Spencer, Adell and Shaboozey, on “Cowboy Carter.”

The album also gives proverbial flowers to Linda Martell, 82, the first solo Black woman country artist to play in the Grand Ole Opry. Though a pioneer of the genre, Martell is considered an unsung hero of the genre. Martell is featured on the “Cowboy Carter” tracks “Spaghetti” and “The Linda Martell Show,” an intro to the following song, “Ya Ya.” 

“Haha, OK, thank you so very much,” Martell is heard saying on the track. “Ladies and gentlemen, this particular tune stretches across a range of genres and that’s what makes it a unique listening experience. Yes, indeed. It’s called ‘YA YA.’”

When asked her favorite song on the album, 26-year-old Tamera couldn’t choose just one.

“So ‘16 CARRIAGES’ is my favorite. ‘DAUGHTER’ is a good one too, but I’ve been told that just means you’re an eldest daughter or an only child,” she laughed. “My friend got on me the other day, she’s like, ‘You’re really into this!’ and I said, ‘Yes, I really am!’”

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"Time to strike a match and light up this juke joint!" The King Tut Hookah Lounge in Irving was one of the many venues to put on "Cowboy Carter"-themed parties.JerSean Golatt for NBC News

Despite the country songs on “Cowboy Carter,” Beyoncé has said it’s not a country album but a “Beyoncé’ album” and a continuation of “Renaissance.” Many have said the three-part project is Beyoncé’s attempt to reclaim genres of music created or pioneered by Black people. 

This seemed to resonate with fans.

“I’m definitely in the bey-hive,” said Sierra, 25, who declined to use her full name for privacy reasons. “I went to the ‘Renaissance’ concert, that was my first Beyoncé concert. It was top tier. She’s an incredible performer, an incredible artist.” 

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When Beyoncé said "I'm going all out just for fun" on her track with Willie Jones, fans were up to the challenge. JerSean Golatt for NBC News

Beyoncé revealed last month that the backlash she received over dabbling in the country genre inspired her to create “Cowboy Carter.” She wrote in an Instagram post that she had worked on “Cowboy Carter” for five years, calling it a project “born out of an experience that I had years ago where I did not feel welcomed.”

Fans speculated that Beyoncé was alluding to her 2016 trip to the Country Music Association Awards, where she performed her song “Daddy Lessons” with The Chicks, then known as The Dixie Chicks. Even though her fans enjoyed the performance, it drew backlash, with one person saying she heard a woman at the show yell, “Get that Black b---- off the stage!”

“The criticisms I faced when I first entered this genre forced me to propel past the limitations that were put on me,” she wrote. “act ii is a result of challenging myself and taking my time to bend and blend genres together to create this body of work.”

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