Billy Dean to Open Home to Fans for Intimate 50th Birthday Concert
How do you celebrate your 50th birthday when you're an adored country singer? How about treating your fans to an up-close and very personal concert right from your own home? That's exactly what Billy Dean plans on doing at the end of the month, when he and his wife Stephanie open their Liberty, Tenn. home to a few hundred lucky fans who will get the full experience of Dean Acres farm.
On March 31, Dean will kick off his Live From Our Living Room concert series with some of his music pals, including bluegrass queen Rhonda Vincent, as well as some familiar faces from the 90s, which will possibly include Ty Herndon and Collin Raye.
The concept for the concerts from his living room came about last year when Dean's then-16-year-old daughter did an impromptu concert for her family, which got them thinking of endless possibilities.
"We were in the audience [watching my daughter perform], and we thought it was really cool," Dean tells Taste of Country. "My wife said. 'Why don’t you do this for your fans?' We already had moved the furniture out of that room. Then we really decided to make it a business plan and make Dean Acres the hub of everything I do from concerts to maybe broadcasting on the internet of some of the live shows, have a dining experience out in the country … it’s very Tennessee friendly. We want to promote Tennessee products and Tennessee growers that grow amazing produce in our local areas."
The Deans have called the farm home for several years now. The 100-acre spread is located on Center Hill Lake, roughly 50 miles east of Nashville, and fans who attend the birthday event will truly receive the whole package. "We’re going to have dining experience and incredible music experience and you will also get an amazing Tennessee nature experience where we live, which is on the Cumberland Plateau right on Center Hill Lake," explains Dean. "There’s a reason I’ve lived out there all these years … it’s a special place, that’s why I’ve done everything I could to maintain it and keep it up. It’s just been a private little haven for me. It’s been the source of songs like 'Let Them Be Little' and 'Billy the Kid' and stuff like that that I’ve written out there. It’s been the source of everything I’ve done and now we want to open it up to the public."
Fans who wish to save a few bucks, but still want to get in on some of the excitement, can head down the Dean Acres on Sunday, April 1 for a special brunch and meet and greet with the Deans. The concert, however, will take place the night before -- Saturday, March 31. There are still a handful of tickets available.