Billy Dean has had an undeniable amount of success over the years, with hit singles to his credit as "Somewhere In My Broken Heart" and "Let Them Be Little." The singer hopes he can create the intimate reactions those songs gained with listeners in his newest endeavor -- the "Live From Our Living Room" concert series from his farm, which he calls "Dean Acres."
"Dean Acres is the place to be," he says, referencing the theme song to the 60s TV classic "Green Acres." He wants to give music fans a unique musical experience. "With the music business changing, I realized that what I have done with my music career -- how do I compete with that?" he says.
"The kind of shows I do are kind of up close and personal," he says, admitting that the idea came to him when his family was looking to renovate the house. "We were looking at redoing the living room. I saw the piano there, and thought it looked like such an intimate stage. So, we decided to have three concerts last year -- live from the living room. We did a little bit of food. We have an Amish friend who made some treats for people. So, we decided to do a full-fledged dinner and up close and personal concerts."
He says that 2012 will mark the beginning of the concert dinners on a regular schedule. "I'm turning 50 next year," he told Billboard. "I'm going to continue to tour. I've got a new record I'm working on. But, I wanted to record new music in front of people. That's kind of how it got started. My whole life and musical life came together. Music is more valuable as a marketing tool than a commodity, so we asked ourselves 'What are we marketing?'
He can't wait to showcase his music and farm to the world at large. "My wife and I decided that we wanted to create a physical place where you get not only an amazing musical experience, but we tried to create an all-inclusive experience of why we love living at Dean Acres. We love the produce in the area, the lake, and the nature. It's a Tennessee experience. We're kicking it off the weekend of my 50th birthday March 30-31, and April 1. My birthday is actually the 2nd, which falls on a Monday, but who wants to throw a party on a Monday?"
Dean says he plans on keeping it intimate. "I think it's always going to be a small gathering, and we're working toward on-site stays. We have a few places on the land. I think that's the next chapter for me -- creating intimate experiences from a musical, dining, and nature level. Hopefully, we'll be a destination place for Center Hill Lake, and for our farm."
Dean says he would love for people to experience the artistic rush that he has felt at the farm. "I've had the farm for about twenty years, and it's been the source for every song, every fight, every family argument we've been through, and all the fun stuff that affects music. It's got a good vibe. I perform differently there. It's nice to be able to go upstairs and go to bed, and everyone else leaves," he says.