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Feb 26, 2018

Country Legend Dean Dillon's Life, Music will be the Subject of new Musical TENNESSEE WHISKEY

The Story of Dean Dillon
The Man Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits
Written by Dewey Moss
Featuring Songs by Dean Dillon

LA based The Launchpad Group partners with writer/producer Dewey Moss of DMoss Productions and Wildcatters Network to bring the story of Dean Dillon and his music to the stage in the new jukebox musical "Tennessee Whiskey The Musical." 

Dates, theatre and cast TBA. For more information and updates please visit TennesseeWhiskeytheMusical.com.

Written by Dewey Moss, Tennessee Whiskey The Musical tells the story of Dean Dillon, Country Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, BMI Icon award recipient, and the writer of some of country music’s most popular songs by singers such as George Strait, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, Pam Tillis, Barbara Mandrell, Johnny Rodriguez, Gary Stewart, and many more. 

His music defined a generation, but it did not come without a price, personal struggles with alcoholism and drugs almost ended his life. 

Ultimately about redemption and success, Tennessee Whiskey is an emotional story told in a way that only country music can.

Tennessee Whiskey features hit songs such as “The Chair,” “Unwound,” “Marina Del Rey,” “Ocean Front Property,” “She Calls It Love,” “How Long Does It Take,” “I’m Lying In Love With You,” “I'm Into the Bottle,” “We Got ‘Em Smokin’ in the Rockies,” “Easy Come, Easy Go,” “The Road Less Traveled,” “Here for a Good Time,” “Tennessee Whiskey” and many more, along with several new songs Dillon is writing specifically for this production.
“Dean Dillon’s music really is part of the fabric of an entire generation of country music lovers. And while they may be able to sing every word of his songs, they may not know the man behind the music – the struggles and immense personal troubles he overcame to become one of our song writing legends. We are honored to be a part of bringing this message of strength and courage to the stage, and what better way than in a musical that features his incredible number one hits as well as some lesser known works to tell his life story,” Dewey Moss, Writer/Producer, DMoss Productions, said.
Dean Dillon (Composer) started playing guitar at the age of seven and at 15 he appeared on a variety show called “JIM CLAYTON’S STARTIME” as a songwriter and performer; by the end of high school, Dean Dillon had his mind set on Nashville.
In 1976, Dillon landed the role of Hank Williams in Opryland’s Country Music Show, USA. 

The theme park gig indirectly helped Dillon secure his first publishing deal with Nashville producer, publisher Tom Collins. 

Three weeks later Barbara Mandrell recorded three of Dillon’s songs. 

In 1979 Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius had a number one hit with Dillon’s “Lying Here In Love with You” a song he co-wrote with fellow tunesmith Gary Harrison of “Strawberry Wine” fame. It was both writers first number one hit record.

Although it was writing songs for others where Dillon’s future lay, the young singer was hell bent on making it as a recording artist. 

Between 1979 and 1981 Dillon released 12 singles for RCA Records. 

Three of the songs reached the Top 30 on the country charts, including “Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her,” which climbed all the way to number 25 (and later became a number 1 hit for George Strait). 

As an artist, Dillon charted eight times and broke the Top 30 with “I’m into the Bottle (To Get You out of My Mind).” 

He also wrote hits for other country stars like the 1983 George Jones number 1 hit “Tennessee Whiskey.”

After “Those were the Days”, Dillon took a five-year hiatus from recording, cleaned up his personal life and concentrated on songwriting. 

He wrote or co-wrote a number of hits during this period and had considerable success with George Strait, who took five of his songs to the charts between 1981 & 1988. 

The exposure landed Dillon a new contract with CAPITOL RECORDS, who released two Ricky Scruggs produced albums, Slick Nickel and I’ve Learned to Live. 

The later featured a Tanya Tucker duet “Don’t You Even Think About Leaving.” Dillon next signed with ATLANTIC, where he issued his most successful album. 

It was 1991’s Out of Your Mind which referenced the hard country of Dillon’s heroes, but it also flirted with pop. 

The LP was lauded as a throwback, an answer to Nashville’s penchant for vapidity.

In 2002, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (along with Bob Dylan and Shel Silverstein). 

Early the following year Dillon signed a songwriting contract with Sony/A TV Tree, which came after his fifteen-year relationship with Rose Acuff, a publishing company Sony acquired in July 2002.

Dillon has composed or co-written 63 songs for Strait, including 19 singles, 11 which went to number one. 

His other accolades include 1985 Billboard Country Music Artist of The Year Award; 1986 Nashville Song Writers Award; 1995, 1996, 1998 CMA TRIPLE PLAY AWARD; Three Time Grammy Nominee; Lee Iacocca Award (American Automotive Division); Twenty-Six Number One Records Award; and the coveted 2013 BMI Icon Award.

DEWEY MOSS (Book Writer) is an award-winning director, writer, and actor whose performance career has spanned Broadway shows, concert appearances, film/TV work, and opera. 

As a writer and director, his debut feature film A Normal Life won critical acclaim in film festivals worldwide and is currently in distribution. 

His screenplay All the Way from Arp, Texas is currently in pre-production. 

His play, Death of the Persian Prince, about Iranian gay men forced to have sex changes to avoid execution, made its world premiere at the 2015 Midtown International Theater Festival. 

The play subsequently ran at the South Asian International Theater Festival where it won Best Play, and then a run at the historical Duo Theater. 

The Crusade of Connor Stephens played at the 2016 Midtown International Theater Festival where it won 7 awards including Best Play, and then moved to a successful commercial Off-Broadway run at Jerry Orbach Theater. 

The play has been optioned by Diceman House cinemas, and production of the film is scheduled to begin in 2018 with Dewey Moss serving as Executive Producer. Other projects in development include For Such a Time as This, The Southern Baptist Biddy Band (and their dirty little secret), and Tennessee Whiskey the Musical. As a Creative Director for several major advertising firms, Dewey has written and produced/directed hundreds of commercials, industrials, and webisodes, many of which have been Telly Award-winning. 

Dewey is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, he is the author of the acting handbook Learning the Art of Imperfection.

THE LAUNCHPAD GROUP, is headquartered in Studio City, CA and is a full-service agency founded by a multicultural melting pot of minds that have developed and grown global brands. The agency works daily with brands in strategy, experiential, digital, social media, media production and content creation.

WILDCATTERS NETWORK, headquartered in Texas, is not only an online magazine with a focus on the business and lifestyle of a Wildcatter, it is also a group of like-minded investors that participate in unique and exciting investment opportunities. Wildcatters Network has active investments in virtual reality, medical research, software development, and the entertainment industry.

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