“A Cowgirl, a Diva and a Shameless Hussy” – Becky Hobbs, Benita Hill and Kacey Jones – were regulars and favorites at the Balsam Mountain Inn for years. After Jones’ untimely passing last fall, Hobbs and Hill have invited Nashville songwriter Amanda Williams to join them for a May 13 round at the inn. We welcome Amanda, and look forward to Becky and Benita’s return!
Becky Hobbs has performed in over 40 countries, including nine in Africa. Her songs have been recorded by Alabama, Conway Twitty (“I Want To Know You Before We Make Love” went to number one), George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell, Wanda Jackson, John Anderson, Janie Fricke and dozens more. She is the co-writer of Alabama’s hit, “Angels Among Us,” which has been used by many charities throughout the world, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
An Oklahoma native and member of the Cherokee Nation, was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Her musical play “Nanyehi-The Story of Nancy Ward” has been produced many times, and is slated for the Kingsport Renaissance Art Center in Kingsport, Tennessee this fall.
A longtime Nashville resident, Benita Hill has written extensively for major publishing companies, recorded as a solo artist for Polygram Records, and worked as a background singer for Waylon Jennings, Charlie Daniels, Ben Folds, the Allman Brothers, J.J. Cale and Conway Twitty.
She has collaborated with jazz legends Kirk Whalum and Isaac Hayes, and written songs for Crystal Gayle and Garth Brooks, including the number one single “Two Piña Coladas”.
Grammy nominated songwriter Amanda Colleen Williams, daughter of legendary Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame Member Kim Williams, has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, George Jones, Tyler Dickerson, Alecia Nugent and Jessie James Decker. Her philanthropic work in education with at risk youth has led her to perform for Ambassador Andrew Young, Pres. Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou, and Oprah Winfrey. Amanda founded her own enhanced music publishing company called Hillbilly Culture LLC in 2010 to provide education and mentoring to aspiring songwriters of all ages.