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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Dean of country

Billy Dean plays solo acoustic set in Holt

by Allison M. Berryman
Country music star Billy Dean performs a solo acoustic set at the Holt Performing Arts Complex Saturday. Dean is expected to perform songs from his most recent album, “Let Them Be Little,” in addition to several of his Top 10 singles spanning over the last 18 years.

But the next time you see him might be when you drop by his place.

In a feature last month in Billboard Magazine, Dean announced he is launching a concert series that will spare him a lot of travel time. “Live From Our Living Room” will be set up for fans at the Dean family farm in Center Hill Lake, Tenn.

The singer refers to his rural home as “Dean Acres.” 

He plans a regularly scheduled series of concert dinners. "I'm going to continue to tour," he told Billboard. "Ive got a new record Im working on. But I wanted to record new music in front of people. Thats kind of how it got started. My whole life and musical life came together.”

Dean, 50, has been topping the country charts since 1990, when “Only Here For A Little While” cracked the Top 5.

In the years since, the Florida native has been named American Country Music New Vocalist of the Year and won a Grammy for his contribution to the 1996 compilation album “Amazing Grace.” 


Billy Dean

8 p.m. Saturday, April 14 

Margaret Livensparger Theater

Holt Performing Arts Complex

5885 West Holt Road, Holt

$20 reserved seating;

$25 premiere seating

 (517) 699-6439 

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