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Billy Dean Releases New Single, “Already a Dead Man”

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I’m a child of the 80’s and 90’s, and I LOVE me some throwback country. To me, it’s perfection. One of my favorites, Billy Dean, is back with a new single, “Aldready a Deadman.”

It’s a gunfighter song I wrote in which Jason Pritchett plays the role of the young gun fighter. And I guess I’m the Ol Outlaw!,” says Billy Dean of the new single.

What do you think of the new single??

Charlie Daniels Celebrates Musical Freedom and Heritage at 40th Anniversary of Volunteer Jam

Credit: John Shearer / Getty Images for Webster PR

Since the first Volunteer Jam with Charlie Daniels in 1974, a few things have changed, but one thing has remained: celebrating the generous spirit of southern rock – with a few surprises.

“Ain’t it good to be alive, and to be in Tennessee?” – Charlie Daniels

This year’s special event raised more than $200,000 for the Journey Home Project, a non-profit organization co-founded by Charlie Daniels to connect donors with veterans organizations. Proceeds will also benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation.
The almost 5-hour-long concert was a “who’s who” of legendary musical artists. Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys quipped, “We’ve got more acts tonight than are running for president!”

Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Webster PR

Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Webster PR

Craig Morgan noted that the 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam “is a piece of history.” Surprise guests included Eric Church, Lynyrd Skynrd, Blackberry Smoke, and Jamey Johnson, who were in addition to the guests already on the bill: Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Colt Ford, The Grascals, Lee Greenwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, Tracy Lawrence, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ryan Weaver, Wynonna, Craig Morgan, Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Dean, Michael W. Smith, Travis Tritt, Phil Vassar, and Montgomery Gentry.

Lee Greenwood, known for the patriotic classic “God Bless the USA,” kicked off the show and set the tone for the night. Greenwood described Charlie Daniels as not only a “big brother” figure, but also as “a perfect lesson in how to live.” Numerous other artists echoed those sentiments throughout the night, revering Daniels’ musical talents and warm spirit.
But when it comes down to defining the music, it’s all about the spirit and authenticity.

Blackberry Smoke describes southern rock as “musical freedom,” while Ted Nugent talked about how he loves the “attitude and spirit” of the music. Billy Dean brought the discussion to contemporary country music, and how he feels that acts like Florida-Georgia Line are unjustly criticized for making music that is authentic to who they are.

In addition to the music, the main message of the event was about supporting veterans when they transition back to civilian life. Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity co-hosted the event alongside SiriusXM “The Highway” host Storme Warren. Throughout the night, they recognized military servicemen and women, including two Benghazi survivors, whose story will be portrayed in an upcoming movie called “13 Hours – Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” The title sponsor of the 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam, Henry Repeating Arms, presented a $200,000 check on stage to The Journey Home Project.

For more information about how you can get involved with the non-profit, visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org.

Larry Gatlin and Billy Dean Are Taking on Terrorists

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Earlier this week, while in between shows in Branson, Missouri, GRAMMY® Award-winning country music singers Larry Gatlin and Billy Dean got together to write a song about an issue weighing on their minds.

The recent beheadings of innocent people prompted Gatlin and Dean to pen “American With A Remington.”  The song was written in just a few hours and an acoustic video performance of the tune was immediately uploaded directly to Facebook.  In less than 24 hours, the video has reached more than five million people.

“Folks are stirred up about this stuff and they should be,” says Gatlin.  “These gutless, worthless terrorist cowards are attacking innocent people and we as a nation won’t stand for it.  We’re pissed off and we hope this song delivers a message to the bad guys.”

Dean adds,

“The feedback we have gotten from this song has been overwhelming and with good reason.  It has reached over five million people on Facebook in just a few hours, which tells us something about the temperature of the situation.  People are mad as hell and there’s an army of Americans who know how to use a gun and who respect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

View the acoustic performance of “American With A Remington” below.  In the days to come, Gatlin and Dean are planning to record a studio version of the song and release it through iTunes and other digital media platforms.

Country Music Artists Gather in Support of Autism Speaks – Photo of the Day

Autism Sings!

Autism Sings!

Country and Christian artists gathered at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Nashville on Tuesday night to show their support for the fight against autism at the benefit concert Autism Speaks™ Presents Autism Sings!

The night included performances by Gloriana, Billy Dean, Bucky Covington, Jaci Velasquez, Tyler Barham, Logan Blade, Katie Chance, and Austin Webb. The show was emceed by celebrity host Evan Farmer.

Over the past five years, Autism Speaks has given back more than $2 million to the state of Tennessee.  Funds are used to support local research, science grants, community grants, AutismCares grants, Baker Camp Scholarships and various toolkits that are available for free, including the 100-Day Kit, developed to provide much needed support to families during the initial diagnosis period.

For more information about Autism Speaks, please contact Kathy Streng at (615) 238-1625 or Kathy.Streng@AutismSpeaks.org.

Photo:  (Back Row L to R): Bucky Covington, Gloriana’s Mike Gossin, Tyler Barham, Billy Dean (Front Row L to R): Austin Webb, Gloriana’s Tom Gossin, Katie Chance, and Jaci Velasquez

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