She is a singer-songwriter and author born in Spartanburg, South Carolina to the owner of a cotton mill. She has said that her life changed in 1957 at the age of 8, when she went to see Elvis Presley in concert.
She studied French at Vanderbilt University and after leaving became the first woman to front a rock and roll band. Her career has seen her touring in concert and also opening for many performers such as Jimmy Buffett , The Ramones and Jerry Lee Lewis. She has since written many hit songs that have been recorded by numerous artists including Olivia Newton John, Joe Cocker, Jimmy Buffett, Dion, Conway Twitty, Irma Thomas, Ronnie Milsap, Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gayle, Emmylou Harris, her “Betty’s Bein’ Bad” was a No. 1 hit for Sawyer Brown and her “Railroad Track” recorded by Jimmy Buffett was nominated for a Grammy Award. Fourteen of her co-written songs have also been heard in the musical Good Ol’ Girls which is stage in the Southern States.
She has released ten of her own albums, some with her band The Love Slaves, that include It’s About Time…. Which won “Record of the Year” by the Stereo Review, Take It On Home, Dirty Linen, Inside Job, Mellowlicious! and Jaded Virgin. Other albums she appears on are Way Home by Russ Taff, I’m Just An Old Chunk of Coal by Billy Joe Shaver , Even Now by Conway Twitty, Last Mango in Paris by Jimmy Buffett , Brand New Dance by Emmylou Harris, Her book Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller was published in 2003 and received critical acclaim and her second book They Came to Nashville was published in 2010.
Here she is singing her “Betty’s Bein’ Bad” and being interviewed by Jimmy Buffett….