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Billy Dean to Join Kenny Rogers on ‘Christmas and Hits’ Tour

Billy Dean will join country legend Kenny Rogers to “jingle all the way” from Columbus, Ohio to Westbury, New York on Rogers’ 30th “Christmas and Hits Tour” kicking off the day after Thanksgiving.

The country stars will perform a mixture of holiday classics and their respective hits throughout 16 cities for the “Christmas in America” themed tour. The tour makes every concert a unique experience for each city by inviting local children’s choirs to accompany the duo on stage for the show. Dean believes this is a heartwarming aspect of the tour and the part that he enjoys most. “A big highlight is getting to rehearse each day with the local kids who join the show,” says Dean. “To use Kenny’s words, ‘it’s not Christmas until the choir sings.'”

This holiday season marks Dean’s second year joining Rogers on the road for his annual Christmas tour.

“One of my favorite parts of the tour is every afternoon before each show, Kenny comes in to the band dressing room to hang with the guys, warm-up, and share stories,” Dean says.

“Thirty years is a long time to do anything, but a Christmas show seems to get easier every year, especially when I get a chance to work with friends like Billy Dean,” Rogers adds. “He always brings a great energy and beautiful music to the event.”

For additional information on Billy Dean, visit www.billydean.com.

2011 KENNY ROGERS “CHRISTMAS AND HITS TOUR” DATES:

Nov. 25 – Columbus, OH – Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 26 – Kalamazoo, MI – Miller Auditorium – Western M ichigan University
Nov. 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
Dec. 2 – Catoosa, OK – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint
Dec. 3 – Bossier City, LA – Horseshoe Casino – Riverdome.
Dec. 7 – Fayetteville, AR – Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall
Dec. 8 & 9 – Lake Charles, LA – L’Auberge du Lac Hotel & Casino – Event Center
Dec. 10 – Choctaw, MS – The Arena at Golden Moon Hotel & Casino
Dec. 14 – Bowling Green, OH – Bowling Green State University – Stroh Center
Dec. 16 – Easton, PA – State Theatre Center for the Arts
Dec. 17 – Mashantucket, CT – MGM Grand at Foxwoods – MGM Grand Theater
Dec. 19 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
Dec. 20 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Casino – Event Center
Dec. 21 – Buffalo, NY – Kleinhans Music Hall
Dec. 22 – Schenectady, NY – Proctors Theatre
Dec. 23 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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