Touring Soon!




Storyteller. Seeker.

Man of many hats.

Jack of all trades. Master of some.

Producer. Director.

Executive Director of the National Barbecue Association.

Mental health advocate.

Amazing Opry sideman.

Cancer survivor.


The list goes on…

Brian was singing on the Grand Ole Opry by the time he was twenty-one and shared the stage (at the same time) with Roy Acuff, Porter Wagoner, Connie Smith, and performed stand-up comedy with his friend and mentor, Minnie Pearl.

The years he spent at Opryland U.S.A., as a performer and musician, were the most valuable he will say. “I learned from so many crazy-talented folks about musicianship, performing, dancing, and how to read an audience and get in their hearts.”

Brian went on to be a published songwriter and tour as a bass player and vocalist, with Louise Mandrell, Alan Jackson, and other headline artists while enjoying numerous appearances on television and in Las Vegas with the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr.,Ray Stevens, George Burns, Johnny Carson, Mickey Gilley, Roy Clark, Ralph Emory, and others.

That was in the 1980’s and 90’s.

After 20 years of raising his boys in Chicago, surviving divorce, prostate cancer, and a career as a corporate event producer / creative director (Over 2000 shows and 200 brands, globally) Brian has learned a thing or two more about audiences and what motivates them to take action. This has been especially important for his corporate speaking. “Creating emotion. That’s what it’s about.”

Today, Brian has set out to reclaim his authenticity, as well as the road back (yes, back) to the Opry via Asheville, North Carolina. “My eyes are set on Jerusalem. I gotta walk it out.”

With new music, reared acoustically, and gently laced with socially conscious lyrics, Brian weaves stories of his disparate lives and observations into a single focus…to share his voice with the world in hopes of making a difference, whether it’s on a bluegrass stage or corporate theater.

“I decided to take a chance on the truth. For years, I was always living something different than what my southern soul was screaming. I had to get back behind the microphone.”

Brian has written and directed others, from Fortune 100 CEOs to GAC-TV’s Great American Country Show at Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN) in the last decade or so, and is putting that experience to new performance platforms for himself through music, inspirational and corporate speaking, writing, and workshops.

In the western North Carolina mountains, life is softer, creative, and more conscious for Hilligoss. “I am inspired by so many who journeyed here to reinvent…to resurrect, to heal,” he says. “Sometimes you have to go home. And, as Miss Minnie told me, ‘Love ‘em and they’ll love you back.’ I will do just that.”

Brian is also co-founder of Ending the Silence, mental health advocacy and school educational program for NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness. https://www.nami.org/find-support/nami-programs/nami-ending-the-silence






"These Boots"

by Brian Hilligoss

All original music. Recorded Nashville, TN, Chicago, IL, & Los Angeles, CA. Thanks to the crazy-talented musicians who helped make this possible.

Andrea Zonn, Harry Stinson, Don Steirnberg, John Rice, Eric Silver, Wanda Vick, Jim HInes, Larry Kohut, Jerry Salley, Jeff Frankel, and others.

Produced by Larry Hinds & Brian Hilligoss

Engineered by Larry Hinds


“The Seeker” - One-man show depicting Brian’s hero journey as it relates to spirituality. Music, Poetry, Storytelling, Multi-media.

“Everest Everyday” - coming soon.