Meridian, Mississippi It was a great night for entertainment in Meridian.The MSU Riley Center hosted "The Heart Behind the Music" concert, featuring several country greats.
Billy Dean, Deana Carter, Collin Raye, and Bryan White took the stage to a crowded theater and played fan favorites as well as new songs. The singer/songwriters told the stories behind some of their best songs.
Newscenter 11 caught up with Deana Carter and Billy Dean before the concert. Dean says this part of Mississippi is special to him. He attended East Central Community college years ago on a basketball scholarship: "I've got some old classmates coming," Dean told us. "That will be exciting because that was one of the most homesick times I've ever had, and the folks in Mississippi took me in and made me feel at home, so it's good to be back. "
Deana Carter was fascinated with the Riley Center. "It's rare for us to get to play in a place like this, that has the history, that they've kept authentic," Carter said. "And just being a part of The Heart Behind the Music, which is really the stories behind the songs, you know, and to be with these guys, just back to basics. Pick up a guitar and tell a little bit about where the song came from, and just play it!"
The big events continue at the Riley Center. Officials will announce the Fall and Winter Concert lineup this Thursday.