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An Evening with Billy Dean

Live Music

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center will host a special acoustic concert by GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Billy Dean on Friday, December 11, 2020 as part of its “Townsend Christmas in the Village” events.

A VIP meet-and-greet reception with Billy is scheduled for 6:00 pm ET, and the performance will begin at 7:00 pm ET. The show is sponsored by Blount Partnership, Duke 95.7 FM, and Ole Smoky Moonshine. The reception will be held inside the Heritage Center’s Transportation Gallery, and the performance will take place in the Heritage Center Amphitheater at 123 Cromwell Drive in Townsend. The Amphitheater is a partially open-air facility, so dress warmly and bring a blanket to enjoy this intimate, holiday performance! Social distancing will be enforced, and seating is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

General admission tickets are $50 per person. Ticket holders may “add-on” the VIP reception for an additional $25 person, which provides entrance to the meet-and-greet and preferred seating. All ticket holders will receive access to the candlelight tours of the Heritage Center’s historic Appalachian Village prior to the show.

Tickets are available at or by calling the Heritage Center at 865-448-0044.

Billy Dean is an American Troubadour who has mastered the art of singing, songwriting, and storytelling. His unique ability to morph into the characters in his songs while performing LIVE, brings the storyline to life with musical drama. Billy’s finger style acoustic guitar playing is reminiscent of James Taylor, and is percussive in nature. “I’ve never heard so much music coming from one man and one guitar. He’s the best I’ve ever seen,” says award-winning producer/songwriter Monty Powell.
No matter what venue he performs in, large or small, with his band or just solo, Billy’s charismatic charm and approachable personality puts you, the listener, in an intimate living room setting, where he touches every emotional nerve, leaving you musically nourished with a renewed Spirit.

Although Billy’s best known in the Country Music genre for his 11 top ten singles, 5 number one’s and over 5 million albums sold, his musical roots are entangled with Folk, Southern Rock, Bluegrass, and Classic Country. Billy says his musical influences are ongoing, but his sound will forever have the finger prints of those who came before him like James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, John Denver, The Eagles, Christopher Cross, David Gates and Bread, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Don Williams.
Billy Dean has been nominated by every major music award entity. He was named Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist in 1992, and that same year his song “Somewhere in My Broken Heart” won the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year and was nominated for a GRAMMY®. Billy won a GRAMMY® Award for Amazing Grace: A Country Tribute to Gospel along with Martina McBride, Allison Krauss, the Charlie Daniels Band, and others. Most recently Billy was inducted into the Florida Hall Of Fame for artists.