Merle Haggard – the music, the man

When I got the news today I was so heartsick…
It’s hard to believe that Merle Haggard is no longer with us. He was a huge influence on me as a young girl. In fact, one of the first songs I learned how to play on the guitar was a Merle song – “Branded Man.”
Several years back I was honored to open for him for two nights at The Birchmere, in Alexandria, VA, and I got to spend a little time with him.
At sound check the first day I told him that I would be singing some blues songs and asked if that was okay. He said, “That’s great! I was singing the blues before I ever got into country music.”
He was such a joy to work with and his music will always be a part of me.
And as hard as it is for artists like me to deal with the loss, I can’t imagine what his family is going through.
My heart goes out to each of them, and I’ll be lifting them up in prayer…

EG and Merle Haggard

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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!

Secor party panoramic

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.

Post Monroe at 3rd & Lindsley
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.

Jen Hoeft at Sambuca
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.

Gary Nicholson, Colin Linden, Dana Robbins BSBBB

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.

EG Kight, Colin Linden - Winery 030416 rszwith Colin Linden

EG Kight, Chaley Rose - Winery 030416 rszwith Chaley Rose
(“Zoey” from ABC’s “Nashville” show)

Sam Palladio, EG Kight, Buddy Miller - Winery 030416 rszwith 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!

EG with Stacy Mitchhart 030416 rsz
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!

Cotton Top
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!

EG

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Merry Christmas!

 

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“15 Best Albums” list, New Year’s Eve party, free download, CD sale, songs in a new movie!

Hello Everyone!

I hope you’re all getting into the Christmas spirit! “Kindness” is the word for the season. If things seem overwhelming, just smile. I don’t think the good Lord intended for us to get stressed around his birthday. Let’s just slow down and breathe, and remember that a smile goes a long way, and sometimes that’s all someone needs.

I just got the latest issue of Kudzoo magazine, and it made me smile from ear to ear! Not only was my “A New Day” album reviewed in it, but it also made the “15 Best Albums that made 2015 memorable” list! How awesome is that?!? You can read all about it here. http://www.kudzoomag.com

I’ve been one busy Songbird the last half of this year. I’ve traveled to South Carolina, Ohio, Florida, Connecticut, Kentucky, California, Tennessee, Indiana, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and back to Georgia, performing in a park, on a porch, at a festival, on the street, in a listening room, at house concerts, at an apple orchard, in a chapel, in clubs, and a theater. I love pickin’ and grinnin’ and I’ll make music anywhere!

EG at Jeremiah's SRO by Sean FarleySRO at Jeremiah’s club!

EG at Fall Chapel Concert - 3At the Fall Chapel Concert Series with my mama as special guest!

EG at County Line Orchard - aHaving fun with the dancers at the County Line Orchard!

PPM's at Tom Carson's - a rev 1With Lisa Biales at Tom Carson’s house concert!

EG in Sacramento by Brian PhillipsBlues on the Porch with Val Starr and the Blues Rocket band!

EG at Marg Henry's house concert 100815 rvAt Marg Henry’s house concert!

It’s been great catching up with old friends and making new ones. That’s one of the perks of the music business.  I’ve been so blessed to meet so many wonderful people through the years playing my music, and some end up becoming dear friends.

I do a lot of solo shows, but I’m always thrilled to get to share the stage with the amazingly talented members of my Blue South Band. We performed a short set together at the Skydog 69 annual benefit concert honoring the legacy of Duane Allman. It’s always held around his birthday and the admission is cans of food which go to the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia. I was so honored to be part of it, and it was great being with my band!

EG and full band at Skydog 112215 - by Rudy Mullis(LtoR: Mike Harrell/keys, me, Rhonda Porter/bgv, Gary Porter/drums,
Ken Wynn/lead guitar, Johnny Fountain/bass. Photo by Rudy Mullis)

I also shared the stage with the young guys of the Dirty Uncle Bob band at GABBAfest, the Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association’s annual event. It’s great to see these young players appreciating great music! Here’s a video of us doing “Southbound.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K02Go5X82FA

A couple of months ago I got a request for some of my songs for an upcoming movie starring Rebecca DeMornay, Tom Sizemore, Richard Roundtree, and David Patrick Wilson! And they selected five of them, including a couple that I co-wrote with Tom Horner! I’ll keep you posted as things develop!

EG signing sync licenses
In November I had four baby goats born. One of them, “Jazz” was shunned by his mama, but he now has a wonderful new home, and is at a goat “palace.”  He’s being pampered so much that I’m thinking we should call him “Prince Jazz.”  The other new babies are Cotton Top, Honey Boy, and Buttercup. They’re so cute, and they’re such great stress relievers. Everyone should have a pet goat! You can see all the latest pictures of my babies on the GOAT REPORT page. Here’s one of Buttercup curled up in a feed bowl.

Buttercup curled up in feed bowl 112215
I’m getting geared up for the holidays, and looking back over an amazing year. I’ve been a lot of places, and done a lot of things. And I’m excited to now be raising awareness for the Johns Hopkins Encephalitis Center. They are on the cutting edge of research and education, and my hope is that one day people like me will get the right diagnosis, and the best possible care, with no lingering effects. Read all about it on the ENCEPHALITIS page.

I’ll be performing on New Year’s Eve in Chattanooga at the Tropicana Room, and we’re gonna have a large time! Get your tickets on my Tour Dates page. Come on out and let’s bring in 2016 together!
Click here for tickets. –>
http://www.EGKightMusic.com/tour-dates

EG Kight at Tropicana New Year's Eve - 6
We have some more upcoming dates in the works, and as soon as we can, we’ll post the on my site. So keep checking my schedule.  You never know when I might show up in your neck of the woods!

And one final thing… We’ve got a few of my older CD’s left in the warehouse, so we’ve got all of them on sale now through the end of January. I’ve got to clear some out to make room for a new one! I’ll be working on it in 2016, and I’m excited about another new venture. Get a free download of “Holdin’ On,” and get some CD’s for your collection, and to give to your friends at http://www.EGKightMusic.com/music!

Till I see you again, keep a song in your heart!

EG

 

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Letting the music speak for us… Fine Arts Center, and Tribute to BB King!

Sometimes words can’t express what we’re feeling, so we let the music speak for us. And in the last week, I’ve had so many emotions running through me, that words are hard to come by. So, I let the music do the talking…

Last Saturday my Blue South Band reminded me what real pros they are. We were the first band to take the stage at a brand new Fine Arts Center, and as the sound crew worked out the kinks, my band played right on through. They were exceptionally amazing, and I am so grateful for each and every one of them.

I want to thank Gary Steppe, Regina Hawkins, and all the great crew at the Union County Schools Fine Arts Center, for sharing their beautiful space, and for the fine hospitality! And I thank the Chamber of Commerce, and the community, who came out to share the evening with us. I look forward to coming back some time.

EG and Blue South Band UCS Fine Arts Center 091915Ken Wynn/lead guitar, Gary Porter/drums, Johnny Fountain/bass, Mike Harrell/keyboards

And on Tuesday the 22nd, I was part of a Tribute to BB King at the City Winery in Nashville. I was thrilled to be invited, since BB was such an influence on my music in my early years. And we were honored to have Claudette King, BB’s daughter with us!

This event ended up being one of the best nights of music I’ve ever heard in all the years I’ve been coming Nashville. Gina Hughes, with the Galaxie Agency, put together a lineup of stellar artists. And we blew the roof off the place!

I sang a song with Stacy Mitchhart’s amazing band, and then he and I did a duet of BB’s “Please Send Me Someone to Love.” See what you think…

And here’s the finale. We sure didn’t want the night to end!

LtoR: Crystal Shawanda, Lee Roy Parnell, EG Kight, Stacy Mitchhart, Mike Farris, T. Graham Brown, Gale Mayes-Stuart, Claudette King, Cara Lippman, and James Montgomery on harmonica
Stacy’s band: Darin James/drums, Michael Dearing/bass, Cory Distefano/trumpet, Jules Caldarera/saxaphone, Dennis Wage/keys

 

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BB King Tribute, Inaugural Fine Arts concert, Another song on TV, GABBAfest, Skydog, and MORE!

Hey everybody!

It’s been a while since my last blog post, which was about the loss of BB King. It’s still hard to believe he’s gone…

Ironically, today I’m writing about BB again, on his birthday. I’m honored to be a part of a Tribute Concert in Nashville next week, performing along with some great musicians and entertainers. There are few people in the music business today who weren’t touched in some way by BB’s music, personality, and sweet spirit. He influenced my music in a huge way. I wrote about it, and you can find it on page 29 of the tribute issue of Blues Music Magazine. http://www.bluesmusicmagazine.com/bb-king.html

BB King cover Blues Music Magazine
And it’s very fitting that we’ll be performing at this Tribute with Stacy Mitchhart and his band. In the early days of my blues career, I went to Nashville a lot, and spent many a night at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar, listening to Stacy and his band, soaking up every word, every note, and every gesture. Stacy is the epitome of Nashville Blues, and Bourbon Street was the first blues club to open in Nashville. I even brought my band to that stage several times through the years, and we always had a great time. And to this day, when I travel to or through Nashville, I try to find time to stop down there, to get my blues fix.

BB King Tribute color poster 2 City Winery Nashville 092215
Thanks to Gina Hughes and the Galaxie Agency for allowing me to be a part of such a special evening. I’m looking forward to seeing Claudette King, Crystal Shawanda, Gary Nicholson, Mike Farris, T. Graham Brown, and all the other great artists who are a part of the tribute.
They’ve already sold a lot of tickets, but there are still some good seats left. Get yours today! http://www.citywinery.com/nashville/tickets/bbkingtribute092215.html

I also wanted to post a link to the “Women in Music” edition of the Blues-E-News magazine. My story is on page 44. Get a copy when you can, and read all about all these amazing women. Thanks to Wayne Rinehart and his team for putting this together! http://blues-e-news.com/2015-women-in-music-feature

Blues-E-News Women in Blues 082315 edition
I’ve been a lot of places since my last blog update. I’ve been blessed to do some shows with my Blue South Band at the Capitol Oyster Bar, the Bikes, Blues & BBQ Festival, the Crawdad & Music Festival, the Wiregrass Blues Fest honoring Paul Hornsby, Bradfordville Blues Club, at The Big House Allman Brothers Band Museum, the Street Music Concert Series in SC, and even on the Blues Music Awards show!
I’ve got one of the best bands on the planet, and I’m never more at home than when I’m on stage with them. I’ve known each of them for 15 years or more, and I love them like brothers. You can read all about them here. http://www.EGKightMusic.com/blue-south-band-bios

EG and Blue South Band on stage BMAs 2015The Blue South Band with EG on stage at the BMA’s:
Key Wynn/lead guitar, Mike Harrell/keys, Johnny Fountain/bass, Gary Porter/drums

While I was in Memphis for the Blues Music Awards, I also got to share the stage with my Peach Pickin’ Mamas partner, Lisa Biales, as well as Greg Nagy, Victor Wainwright, Gracie Curan, and Andy T and his band.
And I got to tour the brand new Blues Hall of Fame! That was definitely a highlight of my year, to see the end result of so much hard work by the Blues Foundation.
What a fabulous place, for people from all over the world to see where the American art form called “The Blues” got its start. I’m definitely going to go back and see it again. I could go through the museum time after time…

EG and Lisa on stage at BMAs 2015

EG and Victor Wainwright Rum Boogie May 2015With Victor Wainwright at Rum Boogie

I’ve also gotten to perform with some amazing bands across the country, from California to Connecticut! It was great to get out to Sacramento, and share the stage with John Ellis, Val Starr, and their Blues Rocket band. It was a beautiful evening on the patio, and I look forward to getting back out to that part of the country.

EG in Sacramento by Brian Phillips
EG and John Ellis Sacramento Blues on the PatioAt the Blues on the Patio in Sacramento. With John Ellis on bass.
Photos by Brian Phillips.

And last weekend I was with my northern band at the 2 Left Feet Blues Festival in Connecticut. We had a ball with my “northern cousins,” Char and Tom, and I can’t wait to see them again.
And at the end of the night, I got to join John Nemeth and his band for a song. Any time I’m on a stage, I’m happy, and when I get to share it with talented folks like these, I’m overjoyed!

EG live 2 Left Feet with band - Bruce Rieder

EG live 2 Left Feet - Tom Aguiar 5with Jeremy Jaffe/drums, Sean Farley/lead guitar, Bill Stetz/bass
Photos by Tom Aguiar

And I’ve done some solo shows, too. I love having my band with me, but sometimes a solo is more fitting for the venue. I’ve done some house concerts, been back to Chattanooga and Dahlonega, and was in Florence, AL for a show at the Sweetwater Depot.

More recently, Andra Faye and Scott Ballantine and I performed at a Women’s Way event, and Lisa Biales sat in with us. And the next night I had Long Tall Deb and Hurricane Ruth sitting in with me.

EG, Andra, Lisa Womens Way Lisa Scrimizzi JonesLtoR: Andra Faye, EG, Lisa Biales, Scott Ballantine
Photo by Lisa Scrimizzi Jones

Here’s a link where you’ll find a video of Deb, Ruth and me at the Hey Hey Club. We had a naturally good time singing “You Can Have My Husband!” http://www.EGKightMusic.com/videos

I’m also thrilled about the latest news about one of my songs! “Comin’ Down with the Blues” will air on a show called “From Dusk Till Dawn” on the new El Rey Network! That feels pretty good, that they like my song enough to use it!

I’ve also got a lot going on with my photography. Three of my photographs were just selected to hang in the Arts Clayton Gallery in Jonesboro, Georgia for the month of October. What an honor! Here’s one of them. I took this on the streets of Memphis. And you can see more of my photos at http://www.EGKightPhotography.com

A girl and her dog on the streets of Memphis - EG Kight
And speaking of Georgia, how exciting was it to watch Miss Georgia being crowned the new Miss America!! I’m so proud of Betty Cantrell! She’s from Warner Robins, which isn’t far from my hometown.

As you can tell, I’ve been busy! I try to keep my website’s home page updated so you can see what I’m up to, but I wanted to take time today to fill you in on everything.

I’ve got a lot of great stuff coming up, too. I was asked to bring my band and be the first artist to grace the stage at a brand new $8 million Fine Arts Center in north Georgia. I’m so honored, and am proud to bring our music to show the residents of Union County that their tax dollars were well spent! Then I’ll head to Nashville for the BB King Tribute, back to Macon for GABBAfest, on to Cincinnati, Oxford, Indianapolis, Hobart, then down to Jacksonville Beach, and back up to Williamsport and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

I know this was a lot to take in, but I’ve been so excited, and had a lot to tell ya! I’m havin’ a ball y’all!

Keep an eye on my Tour Dates, and come see me when I’m in your area. I always enjoy seeing your smiling faces! You’re the reason I keep doing what I do!

Keep a song in your heart!

EG

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The Thrill will never be gone…

We’ve lost another one…

When I read the news this morning that the music world had lost another icon, tears were running down my face.

I’m so sad, but I’m so glad I’ve had B.B. King’s music as part of the tapestry of my life. I’ve always adored and loved him.

This photo was taken at the last show I worked with him. I was so glad I got to spend a few minutes with him after the show and got this autograph.

He will live on in anyone who’s ever picked up a guitar..

EG and BB King back stage

 

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Robert Johnson book now available, Blues Music Awards, and Birthday Bash!

Hello everyone!

It’s finally Spring, I mean sometimes… Sometimes during the day it’s winter, then summer, then spring.  Oh well, it is what it is and I’m just proud to be here.

I started the year with a wonderful birthday bash in January at the Bradfordville Blues Club, celebrating with Gary Anton, whose birthday is the same day. We had a sold out crowd and had a wang dang doodle of a time! And I was thrilled to see all the young people in the audience. The Blues is still alive and well in Tallahassee! I wound up getting 3 birthday cakes with all the trimmings, and we all had a blast!

Young blues fans celebrating with EGyoung fans enjoying the blues in Tallahassee

Gary Anton gets birthday kiss from EGGary Anton gets a birthday kiss from EG

EG and her band celebrate her birthdaywith my Blue South Band celebrating with a fabulous chocolate cake!
l to r: Rhonda Porter, Gary Porter, Johnny Fountain, Mike Harrell, Ken Wynn

In February I performed in Chattanooga, and my friend from Germany, Norbert Fuhrmann, stopped in. He was in the states on business, and I’m so glad he had time to come by and sit in with me! It’s always good to connect with friends from all over the world.

Norbert Fuhrmann with EG Kight Tropicana

From there I went on to Nashville to catch up with some old friends, make new ones, and get a new year of songwriting started! I’m hoping to spend more time in Nashville, meeting with industry folks, and writing and pitching my songs to some great artists there.

I enjoyed listening to Markey Blue and her band at Bourbon Street one night, and she invited me up to jam with her band. And I got to hear Stacy Mitchhart and his band the next night. I haven’t heard him in years, and he still puts on a great show! I ended up on stage with him, too, and he tore it up! I had a ball jammin’ with both of them.

I had forgotten how many amazing musicians there are in Nashville! I can’t wait to go back!

EG Kight with Markey Blue Band Bourbon Street with Markey Blue’s band
EG Kight with Stacy Mitchhart - Bourbon Streetwith Stacy Mitchhart and his band

I’m getting into the songwriting mood and have started working on some new songs, and even though my latest album, A NEW DAY, is still getting quite a bit of airplay, it’s time to start thinking about songs for the next project. If you haven’t heard A NEW DAY yet, you can listen to some soundbytes and get the CD or downloads here. www.egkight.com/discography/day.html

There are some songs I really want you to hear that may help you, or someone you know, in some way. That’s what I intended when I wrote them – to lift people up. I hope it works!

I’m all geared up to go to Memphis in May with my Blue South Band for the Blues Music Awards. As most of you know, I’ve been nominated for the Koko Taylor Award. I feel like I’ve already won just having her name on the nomination and just knowing that the industry folks thought enough of me to include me on the list of nominations. May can’t get here soon enough. I can’t wait to see everybody!

I’ve been taking some new photos and I’ll be posting them soon. “Preaching Blues,” the book about Robert Johnson that has my photograph on the cover is out now. The day I got my copy of the book in the mail from the author, James Nuttall, was an exciting day for this Songbird! You can order the ebook on AmazonEG holding Preaching Blues book Nuttall
If you want to see some of my newer photos, you can check out my photography site here. www.EGKightPhotography.com

I’ll be at the Capitol Oyster Bar in Montgomery with my Blue South Band this Sunday, then it’s on to the Tropicana Room in Chattanooga, then to the Crimson Moon in Dahlonega. Then we’re doing a festival, then I have some more Alabama dates. This summer we’ll be in Port RoyalSouth Carolina, and we’re working on some Arkansas and Oklahoma dates, and some more in Indiana and Michigan. And in the fall, I’m excited to be playing the 2 Left Feet Festival in Connecticut for the first time! I’m really looking forward to heading up there and seeing that part of the country!

We’re constantly working on more tour dates, so keep checking back. It’s changing all the time. Click on the “Tour Dates” tab above.

Thanks again for your support and especially for believing in me. I hope to see you soon.  Until then….. Keep a song in your heart!

EG

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Happy New Year! 2014 recap – Top 5 Best Blues Artists, the new “Goat Report,” a cookbook, Robert Johnson book, Koko Taylor award voting, “A New Day” reviews, and new songs!

2015 gold banner -2Happy New Year everyone!

I hope that this year has started out good for you, and that it will be the best year ever!

As I’m writing this, I’m thinking about all the good stuff that happened in 2014. Here’s a recap of some of the highlights of my year!

  • One of my photos got chosen to be on the cover of a book by James Nuttall about Robert Johnson, and I got a copy in the mail last week. I’m so tickled about that! It’s only available for kindle right now, and you can get your copy at http://www.amazon.com/Preaching-Blues-Times-Robert-Johnson/dp/1505627672
  • Several of my mama goats had some baby goats born on Christmas Eve, and they are beautiful! And Sippie’s doing good, and her baby Sip is enjoying his new home and family.
  • I was nominated for a Blues Music Award – the Koko Taylor Award! Voting is open to all members of the Blues Foundation. If you’re not a member yet, you can easily join on their website. http://www.blues.org/membership/individual-membership. Then you can vote up till March 2nd.
  • Some of my photographs won some first and second place ribbons at the Georgia National Fair.
  • I helped produce an album for Lisa Biales, which was nominated for a Blues Blast Award for “Acoustic Album of the Year.”
  • My new album came out in September. “A New Day” is getting lots of airplay, and it’s still getting great reviews!
  • Several of my recipes were included in the Blues Foundation’s “Cooking with HART” cookbook. You can buy it at http://www.shopbluesfoundation.org/cooking-with-hart, and all the proceeds go to the HART fund.
  • Because I was on Vinny Bond Marini’s “Music On The Couch” program, I now have a chance to be featured in his 2016 calendar, for the month of September. And YOU can vote at http://www.musiconthecouch.com/#!calendar-contest/c1uk4.
  • I performed at clubs, festivals, and theaters, several in new areas; did a couple of Blues in the Schools events; performed for more private events; did quite a few solo shows, got to do some shows with my incredible Blue South Band, and I joined Lisa Biales for several Peach Pickin’ Mamas shows. It was a GREAT year on the road!
  • A song I wrote with Tom Horner and Sunny Stephens aired on “The Fosters” on ABC Family.
  • I ended up in the top 5 “Best Blues Artists of 2014″! I’m in good company with Joe Bonamassa, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gary Clark Jr., and Eric Bibb. Read more about it here. http://www.axs.com/best-blues-artists-of-2014-35943.

I had a good Christmas and New Year’s Eve, takin’ it easy at home with family, friends and my pets. I’m so enjoying watching the baby goats jumping and running. They’re a sight to see. I’ve got a new page on my website dedicated to my goats, so you can check back regularly. Just click on the “Goat Report!”

EG loving on Jazzy

I’m gearing up for my birthday on January 17th. My Blue South Band and I will be performing at one of our all-time favorite venues, the Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee, Florida. Come one, come all! We’ll have a ball!

Bradfordville Blues ClubBradfordville Blues Club

It’s time to start thinking about my next album, so I need to write some new songs. I’ll be busy at home writing for a while. I’ll be around Georgia and Tennessee this month, but I hope to see you down the road in the coming months. Keep an eye on my schedule, because we’ll be adding some more tour dates as we get them contracted.

I sure appreciate ALL of you! You mean the world to me.

Keep a song in your heart!

EG

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BMA Koko Taylor Award nomination, Robert Johnson book, A New Day, Bradenton, and The Crimson Moon!

I hope you’re having a holly, jolly Christmas! Remember to be kind to one another and have patience. Try to enjoy each day and remember what we’re celebrating here, a birthday party for someone very special, Jesus.

My new CD “A New Day” is still getting quite a bit of airplay and lots of positive reviews. It’s what I call my “miracle album.” You can hear several of the songs, and read my story about it here. http://www.EGKightMusic.com/egs-story

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And if you don’t have a copy yet, you can order it here. http://www.EGKightMusic.com/music And I’d be glad to autograph it for you. Just let me know how many you want, and who you want me to autograph it to!

I just found out last week that I’ve been nominated for another Blues Music Award – the Koko Taylor Award!  (formerly called the Traditional Blues Female award)  Now for anybody who knows me, you know that there isn’t an award out there that would mean more to me. After all, I wouldn’t be writing and singing the blues if it wasn’t for Koko. When I read the nominations, I had tears running down my face. It was a great start to this wonderful holiday season for me.

The award show will be held in Memphis on May 7th. In order to vote, you must be a member of the Blues Foundation. This is a wonderful organization that supports musicians, fans, musicians in need, and so many other things. If you’d like to be a part of it, you can join by clicking here. http://www.shopbluesfoundation.org/select-your-membership/
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I got word this past weekend that the book about Robert Johnson that has my photograph as the cover will be available online soon. It’s called “Preaching Blues” by James Nuttall. I’ll let you know when it’s ready to purchase!

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I’ve been busy traveling around doing what I love best, making music. My Blue South Band and I just played the Bradenton Blues Festival in Florida and did we ever have a large time! Lisa Biales sat in with us, too, and we had a ball! I love it when I’m surrounded by my friends on stage! I also did a “Blues In The Schools” program with a new friend, Dave Muskett. It was a rewarding experience and I hope the young people learned some things about the blues and music in general. There’s so much more to it than just performing.

EG and Lisa at Bradenton - by ChefJimi(EG and Lisa Biales – photo by Chefjimi)

A few weeks ago, I traveled once again to Valparaiso, Indiana and then on to Allegan, Michigan where I was joined on stage by Greg Nagy, who recorded a duet with me on my latest album. Here’s a video of us together at the Griswold Auditorium performing “When Something is Wrong with My Baby.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NabuY6YwSBQ

Another friend, Ellen Altamore, joined me on stage at the Griswold too. She is a Sign Language Interpreter, and she signed to my song “Through the Eyes of a Child.” It was a heartwarming performance, and here’s a video of it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG0zwANY81s

It’s always fun to go to new places and meet up with old and new friends, and I can’t wait to head back up that way.

And just before that trip I was closer to home in Georgia, at Dalton State College, at Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs, and at Darwin’s in Marietta. I sure do enjoy my work, if you can call it that!

Tomorrow I’ll be playing my last show of the year at the Crimson Moon Café in Dahlonega, Georgia. I always try to play there during the Christmas season. They have the whole town square all dressed up in Christmas lights. It’s something to see! I hope to see you there!

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I’ll be around home the rest of the year. Some of my goats are expecting babies and I need to be home for that. I’ll keep you up to date on the babies.

Again, I hope you enjoy your family, friends, pets, and music during this holiday season. We’re working on some dates for 2015, and we’ll post them as soon as they’re confirmed. I look forward to seeing you next year!

Until then, keep a song in your heart!

EG
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