HITS & GRINS” Consisting of Steve Dean, Victoria Venier and Bill Whyte is a trio of talented writers/performers from Nashville who present an extremely entertaining evening filled with great stories, hit songs and comedy. Their songs have been recorded by George Strait, Alabama, Rhonda Vincent, Ray Stevens, Colt Ford, Reba McEntire, Cledus T. Judd and many others. Don’t miss this one of a kind “in the round” acoustical and intimate musical experience that will move you, tickle your funnybone, and make you want to come back for more.
Steve Dean has written six #1 hits in his storied career including 2007’s most played song “Watching You” for Rodney Atkins. “Round About Way” for George Strait, “Walk On” for Reba McEntire, “Southern Star” for Alabama, “It Takes A Little Rain” for The Oak Ridge Boys, and “Hearts Aren’t Made To Break” for Lee Greenwood round out the other five. He was raised in Little Rock Arkansas on a steady diet of The Beatles, Byrds and Eagles, with early Buck Owens, Rodger Miller and Johnny Cash influences as well. After earning a degree in advertising, he moved to Nashville to pursue his songwriting dreams. He also spent several years as a touring artist in a duo called “James/Dean”. Steve has also written hit songs for Dierks Bentley, Joe Nichols, The Roys, LoCash Cowboys, Craig Morgan, John Michael Montgomery and LeAnn Womack. To date, he has earned 10 BMI songwriting awards.
While she is originally from historic Dixon, Illinois, Victoria now calls Nashville “home”. After graduating Millikin University in Commercial Music, she began further pursuing her dreams of becoming a singer/songwriter. In addition to touring the country with many different shows and bands, she has been a featured artist on the stages of many of Nashville’s hottest music clubs, including the world renowned Bluebird Café. She has been a guest on the Grand Ole Opry and has been a background vocalist for artists such as Sandi Patti, Loretta Lynn, Joe Diffie and Brenda Lee. She has three cuts on the critically acclaimed work “This Is My America” and some of her most recent work “Back To You” landed her on the Grammy-nominated album The Standard by Take 6.
Bill’s unique presentation of funny and twisted songs makes him a favorite everywhere he entertains. Whether he’s picking on pseudo-celebrities in his song “Celebutard” or wondering how much he could get away with in “If I Had Boobs”, he leaves the audience in stitches. His tribute to AARP “Retired” was recorded by Ray Stevens and is always a crowd favorite. “I’m Goin’ Ugly Early Tonight” was recorded by Cledus T. Judd and is the perfect howling climax to for any show. However, there’s also a serious side to his writing that has landed him cuts with Keith Anderson, Craig Morgan, Linda Davis, Brady Seals and Joe Nichols. Bill also just happens to have had a very successful career as popular radio personality, winning numerous broadcast awards including the CMA “Broadcast Personality of the Year”. You can also find his name in the Broadcasters Hall of Fame.