Bunnie XO Reveals If Her Onstage Mishap Got Jelly Roll Banned From The Houston Rodeo

“Hope this answers everyone’s question if we were banned,” Bunnie XO shared.


Lauren Jo Black

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March 9, 2024

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Bunnie XO, Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy Instagram

Jelly Roll recently brought his live show to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for the first time ever, performing to a massive crowd of over 73,000 fans. During the show, his wife, Bunnie XO, joined him on stage and broke the cardinal rule of RODEOHOUSTON when she dropped the F-word when Jelly Roll gave her the mic. 

Bunnie XO Cussed On Stage

According to the Dumb Blonde podcast host, she was unaware of the rule before she appeared on the stage. Following the incident, she took to social media to address the situation, admitting, “Your girl messed up.” 

She goes on to explain, “Apparently at the Houston Rodeo, you’re not supposed to cuss….You’re not supposed to say one bad word on stage. And if you do, they’ll turn the lights off, kick you out and never let you come back again.”

She Did Not Plan To Join Him During The Show

Bunnie XO stated that prior to the performance, she and Jelly Roll had a conversation where they agreed she would not be joining him onstage that night. Given the magnitude of the event, which marked the biggest show of his career thus far, she preferred to remain offstage.

Things changed when the CMA New Artist of the Year summoned her to the stage in the middle of his set. She obliged and walked up the stairs to join him. The crowd went crazy at the sight of her and when she picked up the mic, Bunnie XO blurted out, “Houston, what the f*** is up?” 

Bunnie XO, Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy Instagram
Bunnie XO, Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy Instagram

The moment those words left Bunnie XO’s mouth, Jelly Roll’s face gave her what she referred to as “the look of despair,” realizing that she had broken the rules. 

Did Bunnie XO get Jelly Roll banned from the Houston Rodeo? 

Although Bunnie XO confessed, “Can’t take me anywhere,” and shared her fear of being banned from the rodeo, it appears she and Jelly Roll are still on good terms with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo because they responded to her post confirming, “Y’all are always welcome at RODEOHOUSTON 🤠.”

After the rodeo cleared the air, Bunnie XO made a separate social media post to share the good news with fans. 

“Hope this answers everyone’s question if we were banned,” she wrote. 

In the caption, she shared, “We love Houston & The Rodeo 🤍.”

Fans were quick to reply to her post, expressing their excitement over the good news.

“Love it! Houston loves y’all!! Can’t wait for the next show in Houston,” one user wrote, while another added, Love it!!! Love y’all!! So blown away I got to see y’all and be a part of the y’all’s biggest night yet! J def puts on a spiritual show. That chit touched my soul🥺🥺.”

Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy RODEOHOUSTON®
Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy RODEOHOUSTON®

A Night To Remember

Jelly Roll’s RODEOHOUSTON concert was certainly one to remember, and it’s safe to say that the “Halfway To Hell” singer won’t forget that night for a long time. 

 “My name is Jason ‘Jelly Roll’ DeFord and I am from Nashville, TN. As of right this moment, as of right this second, on March 6th of 2024, at the Houston Rodeo at the NRG stadium, this is officially the biggest show of my entire life,” he yelled out to the crowd, clearly overcome with emotion. 

Later in the show, he was joined by Texas native Cody Johnson to perform their powerful collaboration “Whiskey Bent” from Johnson’s latest album, Leather

@93qcountry That moment when @Jelly Roll brings @@codyjohnson on stage at @RODEOHOUSTON and @NRG ♬ original sound – 93Q Country

“I figured since I’m in Texas, I should also tell y’all, I grew up loving Texas country music,” Jelly Roll said while welcoming Johnson to the stage. “Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great honor tonight that I would like to introduce, right out of Texas’ own, my brother Cody Johnson.”

Embarking On A Massive Tour This Summer

This night is likely one of many bucket list moments Jelly Roll will experience this year as he’s set to embark on his biggest headlining tour to date, The Beautifully Broken Tour, this summer. 

Joining him on the road are two of Nashville’s rising stars, Warren Zeiders and Alexandra Kay as support.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.