One of the great musical treasures of far West County is a honky-tonk named Stovall’s Grove Rockhorse Saloon. When you walk in the front door, you immediately feel like you have walked onto a movie set. The decor is mid-century country, complete with wagon wheel chandeliers, tables covered in blue gingham, a pool table and an adequately sized dance floor speckled with sawdust. Patrons wearing cowboy hats line the bar to watch the dancers kick up their heels.
Right in the center of the tavern is a stage, separated from the dance floor by a wagon wheel and timber fence, topped with saddle frames. The walls of the stage feature a fascinating little museum of country music memorabilia, including vintage fiddles, guitars, hats and photos.
Stovall’s style may seem like a step back in time, but many vintage musical genres are making comebacks, including western swing and bluegrass. At Stovall’s, people who love “old-timey Opry” country music will feel right at home. You’ll hear songs by Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash, with a smattering of Elvis and a few contemporary country tunes thrown into the mix. These groups also represent some of the best country and folk musicians in the St. Louis region. Regulars include Colonel Ford & the Roughriders, Roadhouse Kings, Diesel Island and the original house band since 1935, the Missouri Valley Boys.
Wednesdays at Stovall’s feature an “Open Mike” where aspiring country artists can perform with hosts Greg Hart and Steve Hollander. On Thursday nights, Claudia teaches line and couples dancing to boot scooters of all skill levels, beginners to pros — no partner required. Fridays and Saturdays provide full blown entertainment, with a top notch band and a guaranteed group of dancers.
Stovall’s Grove is located in Wildwood, just six miles west of Highway 109 on Manchester Road/Highway 100. Western attire is requested, but not required.
18720 Stovall Lane, Wildwood MO 63069