Hugh Prestwood

Born: Andalusia, AL

Country Songwriter that frequented Muscle Shoals

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


A native of El Paso, Texas, Hall of Fame songwriter Hugh Prestwood has been writing hits for three decades. He was discovered in 1978 by Judy Collins, who gave him his first hit (Hard Times For Lovers), and subsequently recorded five more of his songs.

Prestwood has penned #1 hits for Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood, Michael Johnson, Shenandoah, Crystal Gayle, and Collin Raye. He has also composed hits for Highway 101, Anne Murray, Ty England, and Kathy Mattea . Other artists who have recorded his songs include Conway Twitty, Lee Greenwood, Don Williams, Jackie De Shannon, Maura O'Connell, Tanya Tucker, The Judds, Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Jerry Douglas, and Alison Krauss.

In 1991 Prestwood was honored at the annual BMI Awards with the 23rd Robert J. Burton Song Of The Year award for "Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart". He was also picked by Billboard Magazine as the #2 country songwriter of that year.

Prestwood made his recording debut on RCA records in 1993 with the album "Signatures 3," featuring five of Nashville's top writers.

In 1994 Prestwood won a Prime Time Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement In Music And Lyrics" for his composition, "The Song Remembers When," featured in the Disney special, "Trisha Yearwood - The Song Remembers When". The song was also nominated for a CableACE Award for Best Original Song, and was voted Song Of The Year by members of the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI).

In 1997 his song "On The Verge" was listed by Billboard magazine as the 4th biggest country hit of the year.

In 2001 he joined Billy Dean, Marcus Hummon, Bob DiPiero, Gary Nicholson, and Stephen Allen Davis on Nashville Undergound’s Sampler II CD.

Three of Prestwood's songs have been nominated for Grammys in the "best performance" category:

"Sound Of Goodbye" performed by Crystal Gayle.

"Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart" performed by Randy Travis.

"Ghost In This House" performed by Shenandoah.

In 2006, along with Jimmy Buffett and Jim Weatherly, Prestwood was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

A graduate of the University Of Texas At El Paso, Prestwood currently resides on Long Island, New York. For over 20 years he taught Advanced Songwriting at Manhattan’s The New School. Additionally, each year Prestwood teaches songwriting workshops for the NSAI in various locations throughout the country.

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Produced by Rick Hall in 1993, Nickels & Dimes & Love was recorded outside of Nash Vegas at Muscle Shoals in Alabama. It was also the last time Gosdin nailed the charts, with Hugh Prestwood's "Back When," a mid- to uptempo burner with gorgeous acoustic guitars, a lilting fiddle, and pedal steel that jumps in texture and phrasing from verse to refrain. It's a love song that verges on a breakup tune. But in the grain of Gosdin's voice, the track becomes a song of hope and redemption. One of Gosdin's five contributions is a solid honky tonk number, "Bury Me in a Jukebox." In that George Jones croon of his, Gosdin sounds like he's having a good time even when he's broken -- as long as the Telecasters and steel guitars are ringing out in the heart of the mix. And they certainly do here. Uncharacteristically, Gosdin travels deep into outlaw terrain with the pumping "I Like My Country Music Kinda Rock." Here a funky backbeat frames a razor-wire guitar and rounded high-pitched pedal steel, as a bluegrass fiddle anchors the tune in the country camp. The high point on the album, however, is a duet with Janie Fricke entitled "Two People With a Love Gone Bad," another Gosdin number. If there were ever a song written too late, this one was. It should have been written for George Jones and Tammy Wynette. In the voices of this pair, it's still a devastatingly beautiful country weeper that transcends the country genre and becomes simply a beautiful song. Gosdin was focused here on writing for the charts, and it is reflected in the production, but nonetheless he remains completely true to the tradition in his execution. Gosdin would remain with Columbia for another four years, but this was the beginning of a transformation in country music that would leave him out, as it had others in his generation. It was too bad for country, because Gosdin is the real thing. ~ Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

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Book: The Secrets of Songwriting: Leading Songwriters Reveal How to Find Inspiration and Success (9781581152784): Susan Tucker: Books


Listen: Signatures III - A Songwriter's Album: Various Artists, Hugh Prestwood, J. Fred Knobloch, Angela Kaset, Walt Aldridge, Richard Leigh: Music

Video: YouTube - Hugh Prestwood, Asking Us To Dance, Nashville, Songwriter

Video: YouTube - Hugh Prestwood's - Bristlecone Pine, sung by J. Salestrom






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