By Lydia Lowe (photos by Bob Hunter)
I wasn't sure what to expect from this show this past Saturday night at The McPherson Opera House. The advertising didn't really give me a lot to go on and I had never heard of Becky Hobbs, Benita Hill or Kacey Jones. But after I saw the show, I realized that I did know all three of them by the songs that they had written and other performers had been singing for years. If you were like me and this show was not high on your list of shows to attend, you missed an incredible show. The advertising didn't do this show justice.
Have you heard the song "I Want To Know You" sung by Conway Twitty? Becky Hobbs wrote that song and the well know song "Angels Among Us" sung by Alabama. I sat there shocked, delighted and quite pleased to know that this little lady, The Cowgirl, was the one responsible for these songs. Some of the other songs that I really enjoyed that Becky had written were "They Always Look Better When They're Leaving" and "A Bible and A Six-Pack". Becky has also written a musical about Nancy Ward, a Cherokee war woman, and also one of her ancestors, which I found to be quite impressive.
How about "More Money" sung by Crystal Gayle, "Two Pina Coladas" (one of my all time favorite songs) and "It's Your Song" both sung by Garth Brooks? Well, Benita Hill, The Diva, wrote those songs. What a surprise! I was in the midst of unsung hero's who had written many of my favorite tunes. "Old Love Letters" and "Tangerine Moon" written by Benita Hill, were two of the prettiest songs I've ever heard. Just beautiful and classy all wrapped up in one package.
Kacey Jones, The Shameless Hussy, was the comedy portion of the group. She lightened up the mood. She's written some of the funniest songs I think I've ever heard. She had written a song about Donald Trump's hair and she sent him a copy but she never heard back from him, oddly enough. There was the ever popular "Down At The Piggly Wiggly", (where she went to meet men), "I Can Always Get Skinny But You You'll Never Be Tall", "1-900-Bubba", and she ended the evening with "Waitin' For The Guy To Die". This final song had everyone rolling in the aisles laughing. She said her mother didn't particularly like this song but it did land her a recording contract so her mother decided that maybe the song was alright after all.
The evening started out with the three singing their signature song, "A Cowgirl, A Diva, and A Shameless Hussy". Becky Hobbs sang the first song, then Benita Hill sang a song, and then Kacey Jones would round out the set with something hilarious which had everyone laughing. Throughout the evening the ladies gave background information about their lives and their music. They talked of other songwriters they'd worked with and musical acts that had performed their songs. The audience was in the midst of song writing royalty.The evening ended just as it had begun with the three singing their signature song. There were two opportunities for meet and greets in the lobby at intermission and after the show. All in all, a fantastic evening of women and song.