Nashville! Nashville! Nashville!
Well, this Songbird sure has had a lot going on the last couple of weeks! I’ve been in Chattanooga and Nashville, and what a great time I’ve been having!
I was in Chattanooga the last weekend of February, and performed at a couple of house concerts. They were well attended and were so much fun! I just love it when I can get that that up close and personal with my fans. It’s like a mini-concert with fans who listen to and appreciate every word and every note. Thanks to Karen, and Gail and Al, for hosting these concerts!
I’ve been in Nashville this whole past week and got to catch up with so many wonderful artists. I saw some old friends and made some new ones.
Tuesday I went to 3rd & Lindsley to hear Post Monroe, an amazing country trio with beautiful harmonies.
We left there and went to see Jennie Hoeft and the Jenerators at Sambuca, a nice, cozy dinner club. Jennie is one of my all-time favorite drummers, and she had five-time Grammy winner Victor Wooten on bass. They were playing some of the good old R&B songs that we all know and love, and I really enjoyed that blast from the past.
We left there, and went to Bourbon Street to hear Gary Nicholson, (as Whitey Johnson), who is not only one of the best songwriters out there, but he’s also a great performer. Playing guitar with him was someone I’ve wanted to meet for a long time, Colin Linden. He’s the Music Director for the ABC show “Nashville” and has studied under none other than Howlin’ Wolf. So Colin and I had a mutual friend, Hubert Sumlin, Howlin’s Wolf’s guitar player, who continues to inspire both of us.
In one evening, I heard straight-ahead country, R&B, and blues. That’s one reason I love Nashville!
Wednesday afternoon I had a conference call with Dr. Arun Venkatesan, the Director of Neurology at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, about when I was sick with Encephalitis. We had an uplifting conversation and he talked about me becoming one of the “Faces” of Encephalitis research. I’m looking forward to taking a tour of the Encephalitis Center, and performing a concert there. I’m glad to be part of the research and to help raise awareness about Encephalitis. Stay tuned….
And to see my photo that landed in 3rd place in two categories in the Encephalitis Society‘s #ShowYouKnow contest, click here. http://www.EGKightMusic.com/encephalitis
Wednesday evening I joined some old and dear friends, JC Ward and Diane Gentes, in Debi Champion‘s songwriters round at the Commodore Grille. It was a fundraiser for the Cheatham County Animal Awareness Foundation, and we helped raise $3,500 for the animals. You know that did my heart good!
Friday night Colin had a show at the City Winery and invited some of the “Nashville” cast to join him. I’m a huge fan of the show, so I was beside myself, and it was a very memorable evening.
with Colin Linden
with Chaley Rose
(“Zoey” from ABC’s “Nashville” show)
with Sam Palladio and Buddy Miller
(Sam is “Gunnar” and Buddy is the Executive Music Producer
from ABC’s “Nashville” show)
Then we went back to Bourbon Street, and I got to sit in with Stacy Mitchhart and his band again. They are one of the best blues bands I’ve ever heard, and it’s always an honor to be invited to sit in with them! My friend Barb Hilke from the Atlanta Blues Society happened to be there, too, so we were representing Georgia in the house!
I’ve been writing some new songs and can’t wait to try them out for you. And, I’m excited that the movie, “Collar” that has five of my songs in it, is supposed to be coming out soon. I can’t wait to see it and can’t wait for you to see it, too. I’ll keep you posted on that!
And for all of you who’ve been asking about my goats, they’re all doing good right now. And a couple of weeks ago, I brought Cotton Top in the house so she could listen to me practice one of my new songs. I think she liked it!
My schedule is constantly changing, so please keep an eye on it. I hope to see you soon. Until then, keep a song in your heart!