Songwriters perform at Balsam Mountain Inn

Feb 11, 2013

Songwriters Ellen Britton, W.T. Davidson and Henry Hipkens will perform Feb. 16 at the Balsam Mountain Inn during its Songwriters in the road event.

The Balsam Mountain Inn began its Songwriters in the Round series 15 years ago, and modeled it after similar performances at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. Balsam’s performers are most often the Nashville-area songwriters who pen lyrics performed by country and western stars. Many performances feature Grammy and CMA award winners, and all include writers of many top-ranked songs.

Well-known for his modern standards, Hipkens is a Nashville songwriter whose songs have appeared on more than 50 CDs, including recordings by Pam Tillis, Tim O’Brien, Maura O’Connell, Claire Lynch, Robin and Linda Williams, Maryann Price and Trout Fishing in America. He performs regularly at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, and has two CDs of his own; Demos and Snow Day.

Britton has brought her original songs and love of performing to the Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Swallow at the Hollow in Atlanta, as well as Nashville’s prestigious Bluebird Café in the round with Amy Grant and Vince Gill. She has toured with Martina McBride, Pam Tillis, Jo Dee Messina, Maura O’Connell and Tanya Tucker, among others. She is also part of female vocal foursome Queen of Hearts.

In a long Nashville career, Davidson’s songs have been cut by Ray Charles, Crystal Gayle, Michael Johnson, Gary Stewart, Ray Stevens, any number of country acts, and most recently Bettye Lavette, who recorded “They Call It Love” on her classic blues album Scene of the Crime. He co-wrote the Kerrville award-winning “Perfect Strangers” with Michael Lillie, and he now plays most often with much loved partner MJ Bishop.

A buffet dinner is included in the $45 ticket price, and seating begins at 6 p.m. For more information, visit