Named #2 in the most recent listing of the top 100 Reasons to Love Nashville by Nashville Lifestyles magazine, Robert Hicks was described as Nashville’s “Master of Ceremonies.” They went on to say that “being a New York Times best-selling author should be enough – but not for Robert Hicks, award-winning author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country. His passion for words is equaled by one for preservation, saving the history-steeped places associated with the Battle of Franklin. Writer, speaker, leader, world-traveler, preservationist – one person really can make a difference.”
He has recently finished a 29 city tour with his third novel, The Orphan Mother.
Born in South Florida, he moved to Williamson County, Tennessee in 1974 and lives near the Bingham Community at ‘Labor in Vain,’ his log cabin.
BB King gave Hicks his favorite title, ‘Curator of Vibe’.
A lifelong collector, Hicks was the first Tennessean to be listed among Arts & Antiques’ Top 100 Collectors in America – his collection focuses on Outsider Art and Southern Material Culture. He served as curator on the exhibition, Art of Tennessee, at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville.
He is founding chairman emeritus of Franklin’s Charge: A Vision and Campaign for the Preservation of Historic Open Space in the fight to secure and preserve the historic battlefield in Williamson County.
In December 2005, the Nashville Tennessean named him ‘Tennessean of the Year’ for the impact THE WIDOW OF THE SOUTH has had on Tennessee, heritage tourism and preservation.
In the October 2014, Robert introduced his Battlefield Bourbon, a very small batch, Tennessee-made, aged and hand-bottled bourbon whiskey. With this The Nashville Tennessean gave Hicks his other favorite title: “Whiskey Preservationist”.
Hicks is the host of Seriously Seersucker, the largest seersucker party in the world for the benefit of student scholarships at O’More College of Design in Franklin, Tennessee.