Dean entertains crowd with storytelling, music


Photo by Donna Ritchie

Country music singer, songwriter and storyteller Billy Dean made his debut in Canyon Lake on Saturday evening at the lodge. Dean captivated the audience with both his storytelling and music.

Dean opened the show with “I Wanna Take Care of You,” a song he dedicated to Canyon Lake couple Anneda and Doug Schultz in appreciation of their hospitality during Dean’s two-day stay in Canyon Lake.

The show’s setlist also included Dean’s smash-hit “Billy the Kid,” a song that spent 20 weeks on the Hot Country Songs charts.

A poignant moment in the concert came when Dean sang “Happy Birthday” to a 94-year-old gentleman in the audience.

Concert goers were treated to autographs and photos with the singer during a meet and greet after the show.

Photo by Donna Ritchie

Prior to the concert, Dean attended a private dinner at the lodge. Being the entertainer he is, Dean grabbed his guitar and entertained the diners while waiting for dinner to be served.

The POA’s 2020 “Concerts at the Lodge” lineup was announced at the start of the show. Next year’s concerts include country music artist Phil Vassar on Saturday, Feb. 15, heavy metal band LA Guns on Saturday, Apr. 25, the British classic rock band The Babys on Aug. 8 and American classic rock and blues band Canned Heat on Saturday, Nov. 7. Tickets to the 2020 concerts go on sale on Monday, Dec. 2, and can be purchased on the POA’s website at General Admission tickets only are available at the POA office.