My latest album is called “A New Day,” and most of you know why…
And today is a new day, the first day of a brand new year. I wanted to take some time today, to review last year, and share the things I look forward to this year. In 2016, I did some exciting things, and even marked off one of the things on my bucket list.
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– With my Blue South Band, we helped Gary Anton celebrate his birthday, along with mine, at Bradfordville Blues Club. If you haven’t been there yet, and you’re a true blues lover, you absolutely have to check it out. It’s one of the coolest venues I’ve EVER been in, and once you get a taste of the vibe there, you’ll want to keep going back.
– I spent some time in Nashville, which I hadn’t done in a while, had several co-writing sessions, and even performed in a writers round at the Commodore Club, hosted by Debi Champion. It was great to see and hear old friends, JC Ward, and Diane Gentes! It brought back a lot of memories from the old Bogie’s and Broken Spoke days.
– I performed at more house concerts, and I just have to say that I REALLY enjoy doing that kind of a show. It’s an intimate listening room environment, and I can practically reach out and touch my audience from the stage. I love the feeling of being so close to the fans, and they seem to enjoy the up-close-and-personal concerts.
– I did another singer/songwriter night with my longtime friend, Becky Hobbs, and Lucy Billings, at the Renaissance Arts Center Theatre in Kingsport. There’s something so comfortable about sharing the stage with friends and hearing them sing their own songs. I had the best seat in the house!
– And my friend, Michael Buffalo Smith invited me to do another writers round with Sonny Moorman and Russell Gulley, for a benefit for The Big House Museum. That was a fun afternoon, too, and it was for a good cause!
– One of the most exciting writers shows that I did was in my own hometown of Dublin, Georgia! I was part of the launching of a new songwriters series for ExploreGeorgia.org, celebrating “The Year of Georgia Music.” Levi Lowrey and Greg Hester joined me at the Historic Carnegie Library, and we sang our original songs for my hometown fans. Thanks to Lisa Love and Jody Jackson for putting that show together, and inviting me to be a part of it!
– I also did some shows up in Ohio, Indiana, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Mississippi. From a concert in an apple orchard, to clubs, to house concerts, to a membership kickoff event for Marcia Adams and her new Indy Blues Society, to a chapel concert series, to a theater, a museum, and a yacht club, to festivals, to private parties, to a coffee house, I had a great year! I love performing for old and new fans alike, and I’m excited about some things we’re working on for this year. We’ve got some different things on the horizon, and I can’t wait to see how they turn out.
– And last year I did something I haven’t done in 20 years or more – I took a vacation, and went to Wyoming to take pictures!! I hope to knock a few more things off my bucket list this year. Stay tuned!
– Last year set a record for my photography sales! And I won more ribbons, too! I’m so thrilled that y’all like my pictures, and I’ve added some new ones to my photography page. Take a look and see what you think. And if you don’t see what you want there, that doesn’t mean that I’m sold out. I just like to change them up every so often. http://www.EGKightPhotography.com
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Coming up this year, I want you all to be watching out for the movie, “Collar,” too. Five of my songs are in it! I’ve seen a sneak preview of it, and it’s a well-written movie, and you’ll recognize some of the actors – Tom Sizemore, Rebecca DeMornay, Richard Roundtree, and David Patrick Wilson. When it comes out in theaters, be sure to go see it, and let me know what you think! Here’s a link to a brief video snippet of my songs in the movie.
As you can see, it was an incredibly busy year. This year I’ll be at home for a bit, working on a few secret projects. I’ll let you know when they’re almost ready to announce.
And I’ve booked some very cool gigs already, including the Edmonton Blues Festival. I’m excited about some things I’ll be doing, and we’re entertaining other offers, too. Keep an eye on my tour dates page for all the latest.
I’ll be at the IBC in Memphis next month! Who else is going?!? I hope to see you there!
And stay tuned for news on baby goats. I have six pregnant mamas, and expect to have babies any day now! Brownie’s about to pop!
I had such a great time at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis! It’s always great seeing old friends and meeting new ones. And this year I had the honor of presenting at the awards show, with the talented Eden Brent. There we were, two southern women, talking about the nominees, and handing out some awards. I just hope everyone understood our southern talkin’!
(photo by Marilyn Stringer)
Our new Blues Foundation President, Barbara Newman, had called me weeks earlier to see if I could bring one of my goats to the show. I was afraid it would try to eat everything on stage, and fertilize it too, so I brought a stuffed goat instead. And now, Memphis Billy, my little stuffed goat is famous! Here he is after a long day in Memphis, ready for bed.
Not long before heading to Memphis I found out that a fantastic artist, Shaun Murphy, had just released a new album with two of my songs on it. She’s what I call “a singer’s singer!” I had the chance to spend a little time with her in Memphis. Be sure and check out her CD, “It Won’t Stop Raining”.
I’ve gotten a lot of nominations through the years, and every time I’m honored just to be considered. This is my first Independent Blues Awards nomination, for Best Female Artist. You can VOTE, and tell all your friends. But do it quick! Voting ends June 1st. http://www.makingascene.org/vote-now-independent-blues-awards
If you’re in the tri-cities area, up near Knoxville next week, y’all come see me at the Renaissance Arts Center in Kingsport, TN. I’ll be sharing the stage with Becky Hobbs and Lucy Billings, doing a “songwriters in the round” show. It’s gonna be a lot of fun, performing our original songs, and telling how they were born. Some tickets are still available. You can read all about Lucy and Becky, and get ticket info at http://www.bluesouthtalent.com/latest-news.
I have a show coming up at the Allman Brothers Big House in Macon, GA in June. Michael “Buffalo” Smith and a couple other writers and I will be doing some original songs. And I’ve got some private parties, and house concerts coming up, too. I love performing at house concerts. I’ll be at several Ohio venues in June, and my Blue South Band and I have shows coming up at Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee and Capitol Oyster Bar in Montgomery. Then in August I’ll be making a solo appearance at the Cincy Blues Festival opening for a Saffire reunion.
Later in August I’m going to be doing something I’ve never done – flying to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to take pictures! This has been on my “bucket list” for a long time I’m so excited about this trip and look forward to giving my camera a work out!
Be sure and keep an eye on my Tour Dates page because it changes all the time.
I hope to see you on the road somewhere. Until then, keep a song in your heart!
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!
SRO at Jeremiah’s club!
At the Fall Chapel Concert Series with my mama as special guest!
Having fun with the dancers at the County Line Orchard!
With Lisa Biales at Tom Carson’s house concert!
Blues on the Porch with Val Starr and the Blues Rocket band!
At 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!
(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.”
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
Ken 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
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
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.
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
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
The 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…
With 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.
At 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!
with 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.
LtoR: 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
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!
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 fans enjoying the blues in Tallahassee
Gary Anton gets a birthday kiss from EG
with 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.
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!
with Markey Blue’s band
with 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 Amazon.
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 Royal, South 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!
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!
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!”
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!
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!
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
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/
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!
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 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.”
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.
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!
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!
I just wanted to post an update to let you know how my new album is doing. It came out last week and it landed at #1 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 for the state of Georgia! And now it’s #16 on the Top 50 Blues Album chart! And the song “Holdin’ On’” debuted at #32 on the Top 50 Blues Song chart! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am with the news!
And it’s getting lots of great reviews and quite a bit of airplay. Thanks to all of you in radio who are helping to spread my music around, and to the media for helping get the word out!
I had a wonderful CD release party at the Cox Capitol Theatre in Macon, Georgia last Friday. The theatre was full and the folks connected, and gave us what we needed to put on our best show. Thanks to my special guests, Diane Durrett, Paul Hornsby, and Gregg Brooks for adding so much to our show. My band, The Blue South Band, was on their A game, and it was an exciting night!
Here’s a video of Gregg Brooks with me and my Blue South Band. It was an emotional performance, and I was so glad that Gregg felt well enough to join us. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=800513933302464
Now, I’m on to Muncie, Indiana to meet up with Lisa Biales to perform our “Peach Pickin’ Mamas” show next Tuesday. We always have a ball and laugh a lot. Lisa is such a sweetheart to sing with, and I look forward to every show we do together.
After Indiana, I’ll be heading to Chattanooga to meet up with my Blue South Band for another CD release party at Chattanooga Billiards East in the Tropicana Room on October 4th. I’ll be looking for all my friends and fans in that area to come out and hear my band and all the new songs!
Several people have asked about the red strings on my sparkle strat guitar. I love the color red, and I love that my strings and guitar match my lipstick! They are DR Strings and you can find out about them here. http://www.drstrings.com/#!red-devils-list/c3q6
Thanks again for supporting my new CD. This one is really special to me, and you can read my story behind it here. http://www.EGKightMusic.com/egs-story
And there are several ways you can get your copy! Check them out here. http://www.EGKightMusic.com/music
Keep an eye on my tour dates. I’ll be in Ohio the middle of October, then several Georgia dates, and then I’ll head up to Indiana and Michigan!
I hope to see you soon! Until then, keep a song in your heart!