Country musicians returning to area to perform
acoustic concert at Chatfield Center for the Arts
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:41 AM
Miss Billy the Kid and Dan?
Dan Mahar, at left, and Billy Dean will return to the Chatfield Center for the Arts on Feb. 1. The two performed last January and have agreed to return to Chatfield as a fundraiser to benefit the Chatfield Center for the Arts. This will be Dean’s third concert in Chatfield. MELISSA VANDER PLAS/CHATFIELD NEWS FILE PHOTO
Find them on the Potter.
Country singer Billy Dean, whose single, "Billy the Kid," made nostalgia ride the airwaves, will return to Chatfield's Center for the Arts (CCA) the first Saturday of February, taking the Potter Auditorium stage with a special guest, bass guitarist Dan Mahar, who toured with him until 1995.
The fundraiser concert to benefit the Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) is a welcome encore after Dean's first two sell-out Chatfield performances. It is an opportunity for a personal evening with his music.
The Quincy, Fla., native gained national recognition on the talent show "Star Search," eventually debuting with an album entitled "Young Man" in 1990, according to his biography, which noted that his single "Only Here for a Little While" peaked at number three on the Billboard charts.
Songs to follow included "Somewhere In My Broken Heart," which was nominated for a Grammy, and "Let Them Be Little," inspired by his own children, Hannah and Eli, and his wife, Stephanie. Throughout his career, he's had at least 20 hit singles.
The biography concluded, "Dean's true gift comes through during his signature solo acoustic performances. An accomplished musician, Dean has a rare, unique ability to take you on an emotional journey with just him and a guitar. The raw energy of his personality, sense of humor, and powerful vocals, leaves a lasting impression on audiences once they experience the quality of his music up close and personal."
Bassist Dan Mahar's career is long and varied - it began in 1979 when he toured the Midwest with "a variety of bands, playing and singing songs by artists ranging from Tony Bennett to The Beatles and all the in-betweens," according to his online biography.
Mahar began composing his own music, "and after nearly 10 years of playing honkytonks, county fairs, ballrooms and street dances throughout the Midwest, the desire to play in the big time won out," resulting in his move to Nashville to "perfect his picking, singing and writing."
He became the lead acoustic and electric guitar chair in Dean's band, "The Regulators," performing with Dean twice on the Jay Leno Show, 10 times on The Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits, Nashville Now, "participating in seven major tours and receiving two gold records for his part in promoting and performing on those albums."
Mahar left Dean's band in 1995 in order to pursue his own career, creating Mahar Music Works, teaching guitar, performing regularly around town and releasing his first album of original blues, "Long Stone's Throw," released in 2007, then his second album, "Songs from the Second Half," released in November 2009. He currently teaches guitar, performs locally and has recently finished a new record.
Billy Dean and Dan Mahar will entertain audiences Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Potter Auditorium at the Chatfield Center for the Arts.
Tickets are $25 in advance at Root River State Bank, F&M Community Bank, at the city clerk's office in Chatfield, the News-Record office in Harmony or online at www.chatfieldcfa.com. If available, tickets will be $30 at the door.
The Chatfield Center for the Arts is located at 405 S. Main St., Chatfield. For more information on upcoming events, call (507) 867-2927, log onto www.chatfieldcfa.com, or check out Dean's website at www.billydean.com.