You never know what you are going to get when you turn your radio on at the office. I was glad I was working inside today – I got to hear Reggie Neel interview Billy Dean. Actually, it was more of a conversation than an interview. But it was fun listening. And, Billy sang. He sounded great! Even over the airwaves with just an acoustic guitar backing him. It was really the kind of performance you would expect to hear if you had paid to listen.
Billy was performing at Barter Theater in Abingdon, Va., last night, as part of this years Virginia Highlands Festival. He was kind enough to make time to stop by WXBQ radio in Bristol, Va., for a visit yesterday afternoon. Above, we have WXBQ on-air personality Marc Tragler (M-F 3:00- 8:00 p.m.), with Billy outside the WXBQ studio.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen Billy Dean do a show. And, I’m really disappointed that I wasn’t able to go last night. In fact, the last time I saw him was at the Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tenn. It was so long ago, it was back when the fair was nine nights, instead of six. And it was back when the artists did a show at 7 and a show at 9 p.m. And it was definitely back before the digital camera days. Or at least long before I had one.
I’m guessing that show was 15 years ago. And what I remember even more than the show itself was how nice Billy was. He actually walked around the midway, chatted with people, and even got on some of the rides. I think we need to bring Billy back to the fair. Surely he hasn’t outgrown a nice ride on a Ferris Wheel.
With just about every artist, I have songs I consider my favorites. With Billy, those songs would be “The Greatest Man I Never Knew,” “You Don’t Count the Cost,” “Let Them Be Little,” and “It’s What I Do.” Billy really doesn’t have any songs I don’t like. But they can’t all be favorites.
Everyone who has ever visited Bristol, Tenn., knows that you can’t go through Bristol without at least one look at the very impressive Bristol Motor Speedway – home of NASCAR (and a bunch of other equally as impressive events). Not surprising that Billy stopped to see the facility, and Tweeted the picture above.
You can be a fan on facebook, or follow Billy on Twitter. When he gets to an area near you, I hope you will do better at seeing his show than I did last night. But, he’s still on my list, and hopefully the next time he’s anywhere near me, I’ll be there, too!
Talk to you all later!