Hugh Prestwood (born in El Paso, Texas) is an American songwriter whose work is primarily in country music. His first hit as a songwriter was "Hard Time for Lovers", which was recorded in 1978 by Judy Collins. Prestwood also wrote "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart", a Number One for Randy Travis in 1990, and a song for which Prestwood received the Robert J. Burton Country Song of the Year from BMI.
Other artists who have recorded his material include Alison Krauss ("Ghost in this House"), Collin Raye ("On the Verge"), Shenandoah ("Ghost in This House"), Highway 101 ("Bing Bang Boom"), Barbara Mandrell ("Where are the Pieces of My Heart"), and Trisha Yearwood ("The Song Remembers When", for which he won an Emmy in 1994). He is also known for his song "Asking Us to Dance," which originally appeared on Kathy Mattea's album Time Passes By.