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11 August 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Becky Hobbs, Benita Hill, & Dave Gibson will be performing. Tickets are $20+tax and fees. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event and presented on arrival at the grand dinning room. If you have trouble purchasing tickets, please email balsam.inn.events@gmail.com.

The restaurant will be having a special fixed menu on this night for $32+tax and gratuity per person. There will be a selection of soup or salad, 2 choices of entree, and 2 choices of dessert. Dinner will include coffee, tea, or iced tea. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.

Benita Hill

Singer/songwriter Benita Hill has had her songs recorded in nearly all genres of music-country,rock, pop, jazz, gospel,Broadway and musical theater. As a recording artist, she has released seven CDs of her original music to outstanding critical reviews. She has toured as a background singer with the Allman Brothers, J.J.Cale, Conway Twitty and many others. Hers is the voice of “Santa Baby” for the international Jaguar Automobiles television commercial. Her songs have been recorded by Isaac Hayes, Crystal Gayle, Kirk Whalum and Garth Brooks,including the two number one hits “It’s Your Song” and “Two Pina Coladas”; and a song she co-wrote with Garth titled “Weekend” which appears on his 2016 platinum selling album “Gunslinger” as well as his multi-platinum selling boxed set “The Ultimate Collection”.

Benita’s self-produced documentary, “The Healing Power Of A Song” has been broadcast on public television and on the Blue Highways cable television network. Her recent work includes co-writing six songs for the international movie musical “Cooking For Two” which premiered in Hong Kong and has been touring the international film festival circuit ; her newest album of original, modern torch songs called NOIR establishes her range as a modern and timeless songwriter and artist of depth, humor and insight.

Benita is passionate about yoga and healthy eating. As a certified yoga instructor, she has taught a popular class at the YMCA; and her recipes were included in Trisha Yearwood’s New York Times number-one best selling cookbook, Trisha’s Table. She also enjoys meeting aspiring songwriters through her work as a mentor at the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Becky Hobbs

Becky Hobbs started writing songs when she was nine years old in Bartlesville, OK.  At age fifteen, she formed what has now been documented as the first all-female rock band in the state of Oklahoma, “Four Faces of Eve.” Her song, “Angels Among Us,” recorded by Alabama, Demi Lovato, Scotty McCreery, and more, has been used to benefit charities throughout the world, namely  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Other songs of hers have been recorded by Conway Twitty, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Glen Campbell, Emmylou Harris, John Anderson, Helen Reddy, Shirley Bassey, Wanda Jackson, Janie Fricke, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, Ken Mellons, Lacy J. Dalton, the Cherokee National Youth Choir and more.  Past awards include Cashbox magazine’s Female Country Artist of the Year and the U.K.’s “Country Music Round-Up” magazine’s Most Promising International Act.  Her song “You Are”, recorded by Glen Campbell and Emmylou Harris, was nominated for a Grammy in “Best Country Duet” category 1988.

As a recording artist, she has had over 20 chart singles/albums, including “Jones on the Jukebox,” “Honky Tonk Saturday Night,” “Are There Any More Like You (Where You Came From),” and Billboard Top Ten duet with Moe Bandy, “Let’s Get Over Them Together.”

Becky is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and the composer and co-playwright of the musical “Nanyehi-The Story of Nancy Ward,” based on the life of her fifth-great grandmother, a Cherokee war woman-turned peacemaker in the 1700’s.  It has had nine productions in four states.  She has performed her song “Tsa La Gi-We Are Many” at both of Chief Bill John Baker’s Inauguration Ceremonies, as well as the past seven State of the Nation addresses.

Known for her high energy shows, the “Beckaroo” has performed in over 40 countries.  She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, guitarist/producer Duane Sciacqua.  Becky was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2015 and awarded Cherokee National Statesman award in 2017.

DAVE GIBSON

Born in El Dorado, Arkansas and raised in Odessa, Texas, Gibson grew up in an era of great music and in particular loved singer/songwriters such as Buddy Holly, Elvis, Roy Orbison, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Smokey Robinson, Bob Seger, Chris Kristofferson and the Beatles just to name a few. All of them became his heroes and influenced his singing and writing style. By 1982 after cutting his teeth in the honky tonks, folk and blues bars of Chicago the restless, singer/songwriter was bent on making it. He patched up a rusted out Ford van and headed to Nashville armed with raw talent, determination and an infectious personality. A keening baritone with a wry sense of humor, Gibson was always drawn to the story-telling part of country music combining that with a rock beat. He loved to deliver a surprise last line with his signature guffaw. It wasn’t long before the office doors of Music Row opened and Gibson found himself in front of an array of power brokers, including producers Tony Brown, Norro Wilson, Oak Ridge Boys, and eventually, Doug Johnson.

 He landed a publishing deal with The Oak Ridge Boy’s company, Silverline Music, and began co-writing with a who’s who of hit makers. The industry soon began to take notice of this fledgling writer and he started having hits with Steve Wariner, Joe Diffie, Confederate Railroad, Tanya Tucker, Alabama, Pam Tillis, and Montgomery Gentry. He earned six number ones, and Alabama’s “Juke Box in My Mind” stayed at number one for an impressive four weeks. The longest of their career

 Despite his success and attention as a writer, Gibson’s first dream was always to be a performer. That dream was finally realized when he teamed up with rocker Blue Miller, famed guitar player for the Bob Seger band, in 1990. The duo formed the Gibson-Miller Band. They quickly racked up sell out dates, received critical raves, and scored multiple top ten hits as well as a coveted Academy of Country Music Award for New Vocal Group or Duo in 1993. The band toured together for four years, pushing the envelope with their rockin’ country cutting-edge shows. They even landed a song in the feature film, “The Cowboy Way” starring Keifer Sutherland and Woody Harrelson, with their re-make of the hit “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”. When the band broke up, Gibson began focusing again on his writing and developing new talent.

 Gibson has been producing, writing and performing ever since and has just signed a new recording contract with Right Recordings, the largest independent record company in the UK. His debut album “Good and Getting’ Better” has just been released across the pond, on the strength of his song, no pun intended, “The Frog Song” that reached 4 weeks at number 1 on the hot disc chart. He just concluded a three-week tour in the UK last September that ended up at the Schupfart festival with his new band in Switzerland. Dave continues to write every day…Dave says the music business Is a roller coaster ride and he ought to know, his talent has taken him to the top many times and is headed there again. He is also working on a new project that Gibson says his most rewarding, SAVEANOTHERPATRIOT.COM, is a company he recently founded with a business partner, songwriter friend Carl Conge, who is incidentally a retired capt with 40 years of service in the United States Army. Out of the power of a song, by the same name, the idea was born. Gibson is currently in the studio working on an album of tribute songs along with many legendary stars of Country music with the primary idea of bringing awareness to the huge problem of PTSD and other challenges which cause so many to take their own lives, 22 every day to be exact, every 65 minutes.

25 August 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Angela Easterling, Fayssoux Starling McLean, Brandon Turner will be performing. Tickets are $20+tax and fees. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event and presented on arrival at the grand dinning room. If you have trouble purchasing tickets, please email balsam.inn.events@gmail.com.

The restaurant will be having a special fixed menu on this night for $32+tax and gratuity per person. There will be a selection of soup or salad, 2 choices of entree, and 2 choices of dessert. Dinner will include coffee, tea, or iced tea. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.

Fayssoux Starling McLean

Fayssoux thinks she sings songs, but she sings invitations. Invitations to a kind and lovely south that I’ve not found when her voice is out of earshot. Invitations to transformational emotions, to empathy and caring, to good humor and helpfulness. Invitations to feel something, to hear stories and smile together. Invitations to grace. Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Linda Ronstadt, Tom T. Hall and many others have accepted her invitations. Harris, who calls Fayssoux’s “one of my favorite voices,” featured Fayssoux on classic albums including Pieces of the Sky, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town and Blue Kentucky Girl.That’s Fayssoux, duetting with Harris on 1978’s “Green Rolling Hills” and harmonizing on 2005’s Grammy-winning “The Connection.” Crowell adores her, and likens her voice to “charm, elegance, whippoorwills and Magnolia dewdrops.” Ronstadt writes glowingly about Fayssoux in her Simple Dreams memoir. Hall contributed vocals to Fayssoux’s version of his and wife Dixie Hall’s “I Made a Friend of a Flower Today,” which originally appeared on the Grammy-nominated Red Beet Records album, I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs of Fox Hollow.

Angela Easterling

Angela Easterling lives with her partner and their two young sons on the South Carolina farm that has been in her family since 1791. She is a three-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist, a Telluride Troubadour Finalist and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter Finalist. The Boston Herald named her song “The Picture”  “Best Political Country Song” in their Year’s best music. Her most recent release, 2015’s “Common Law Wife”, went all the way to number 1 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Airplay Chart, and remained in the top 5 on that chart for nearly 2 months, closing the year out as #12 on the top 100 albums, and earning much praise in the press.  Roger McGuinn, of the Byrds, called her “a bright shining star on the horizon!” and went on to say, “Her CD brought me back to the time the Byrds recorded “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” – tradition meets youthful exuberance.”

Brandon Turner

A native of the tiny mill hill town of Pacolet, SC, Brandon Turner is an accomplished and versatile young guitarist, having played both live and in studio with, among others, Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Sierra Hull, Will Kimbrough and more. Peter Cooper, music writer for the Nashville Tennessean said, “Brandon Turner plays guitar with ease, tone and invention, whether trading bluegrass licks with Ricky Skaggs, dueling on searing electric guitar with Will Kimbrough or creating plaintive acoustic parts for songs featuring Emmylou Harris, Fayssoux McLean or Angela Easterling. Hailing from a region that has given us country-jazz master Hank Garland, blues great Pink Anderson and country-rock kingpin Toy Caldwell, Turner synthesizes his native influences into something unique, fresh and pleasing.