Captivating. Riveting. The Billy Dean show tonight at the Duttons’ Theater in Mesa, Arizona was just that: Billy Dean. He walked onto the stage from behind the curtain and said “…you’re in my living room tonight”, indicating the show would be just Billy Dean and his guitar with him playing a little piano. It was more than enough. Billy Dean played his six string so well it completely filled the room to the walls and ceiling and also provided the perfect cradle for his amazing voice.
The Billy Dean show was two sets with a break, the show beginning at 7:00 pm and ended a little after 9:30 pm. The show began with comedian Dave Hass who was so good do not be surprised if you see him sitting next to Greg Gutfeld on Red Eye in a year or two. His final gag was really funny. He set the microphone for Billy Dean and when he walked up to it to introduce Billy Dean to us the mic hit him in the forehead. He then made the point of how tall Billy Dean is.
During the show Billy Dean said he’d donated one of his Manuel jackets to a charity auction. (Manuel was a protege of Nudie the Rodeo tailor and made all the fancy studded jackets. This author visited the Manuel Nashville store once upon a time and the fancy coat prices began as $1500 and went up from there). The Billy Dean donated jacket was purchased by the one and only Glen Campbell. After telling this story Billy Dean sang an amazing version of Wichita Lineman.
Billy Dean at one point played and sang Tennessee Stud and without stopping his guitar he began singing his hit Billy The Kid. He sang many of his hits, including We Just Disagree, Only Here For A Little While, and made this author’s wife cry when he sang Let Them Be Little just like she cried the first time she heard the Billy Dean hit version on the radio.
All photos were taken by me, the author, Michael Sikorsky, during the Billy Dean live performance on Monday night February 23rd, 2015.
Long time Billy Dean friend and piano virtuoso Marvin Goldstein joined Billy on stage for one song the first set and returned for a couple songs in the second set. This author does not know how any piano player could have found musical holes to play in within the wonderfully full Billy Dean guitar playing but he did and made the musical experience all the greater.
An amazing singer named Vanessa Joy sang one song and was called back to the stage by Billy Dean and Marvin Goldstein for a threesome song.
Billy Dean sings most Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Duttons’ Theater through about March 10. He then spends most of his summer singing in his Branson theater.
It’s noteworthy to tell you this author and his wife attended the Duttons’ show a couple weeks ago and all attendees were offered a $17 per ticket price for a future Billy Dean show, and $10 discount per ticket off the retail price. Yes, the Duttons show was well worth the money. If Simon Cowell loved them, you know they’re great. It was also great our seats were second row almost center stage. The seats were padded and comfortable. The fudge sold in the lobby is great, too.