where did michael ballard meet jesse james?

Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree met in 2000; during the bar's first year Jesse called Ballard and was in Sturgis and wanted to play. He was then promoting his solo record. Ballard took him up on it and hired him to come in and he nailed it!

The “Full Throttle Saloon” is only open 10 days out of the year throughout the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. And during the rest of the year, Michael and Angie Ballard tour the states making appearances and hosting a Throttle Fest, along with Jessie and his band Jackyl. Find out more at Examiner.

Watch them every Monday on TruTV at 10 pm ET, as they are fully loaded! See how they prepare to open for the year and everything the staff has to go through!