A lot has happened since my last blog. I’ve been recovering from being attacked by three pitbulls.
It’s been over three months now, and I just got dismissed from my wound care doctor this week. He said I’d probably have pain from my injuries for another six months. Oh well, things are a lot better than they were, and I know in time I’ll be okay. Thanks so much to all of you who have reached out to me, sent gifts, thoughts, and prayers. You have been a real strength for me through this process.
I’ve finally been able to play some gigs. It’s been just what the doctor ordered. I’ve been playing some solo shows and have had a few trio shows. I am really enjoying my trio! Gary Porter and Ken Wynn are a joy to work with, and they always keep a watchful eye out for me. They are like family. If you haven’t heard the trio, I hope we make it to your area soon. I want everybody to hear us!
I recently went to Memphis to attend the Blues Music Awards and they were awesome! It’s always like a family reunion. Talk about hugs, I sure got a lot of them! Here’s a picture of me with (l to r) Lisa Biales, Gil Anthony, Deb Ryder, and Hurricane Ruth. We were havin’ a ball!
On my way to Memphis, I stopped by in Nashville and worked with Pat Alger. Pat has written many hit songs for various artists through the years, including “The Thunder Rolls,” “What She’s Doing Now,” and “Unanswered Prayers” for Garth Brooks. And Kathy Mattea, Hal Ketchum, and Don Williams have recorded some of his songs. I’m honored to write with him, and I’m learning so much. We’ve already written a good one, and I hope to get it out there soon!
And Jody Jackson called and asked me to play a songwriter’s show in Atlanta recently with Pat Alger and Tony Arata. Tony wrote “The Dance” for Garth, and his songs have been recorded by some of my favorite artists, such as Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, and Delbert McClinton.
Tony and Pat were both so sweet and encouraging to me. They’re both good ole Georgia boys, and they feel like old friends now. And I look forward to seeing them again soon.
(l to r: Tony, me, and Pat)
And another good ole Georgia boy I got to spend some time with recently is Chuck Leavell, who played on my “Southern Comfort” album, and tours with the Rolling Stones. He had a fundraising event at his farm, and he invited me up to sing with him. And a good time was had by all!
My trio and I will be performing this coming Wednesday, May 30th at the Rookery in Macon, GA, then I fly out to Ohio. I hope to see y’all at the Hey Hey in Columbus and at Memorial Hall in Cincinnati. Can’t wait to see my fans there.
I have gigs coming up soon in Tennessee and Florida. Keep an eye on my schedule. You never know where I may show up! http://www.EGKightMusic.com/tour-dates
Until then, keep a song in your heart!
Have I been busy lately! I’ve been traveling around the country, having a great time doing what I love – writing and playing music!
My band and I were in Montgomery, Alabama on Sunday at the Capitol Oyster Bar. It’s been quite a while since we were there and we enjoyed getting to see our friends and fans in the area. And Memphis Billy was along for the ride.
(Photo by Jimmy Jacobs)
A few months ago I performed with an old friend Becky Hobbs and a new friend, Lucy Billings, at the Renaissance Theatre in Kingsport, Tennessee. We played an “in the round” songwriters night. It’s always inspiring to hear other writers songs. An “in the round” concert is when artists take turns performing their songs. I’ve always enjoyed this type of concert and I think it’s interesting for the audience to find out the thought process behind the songs. It lets them know where your ideas come from, and how a song develops.
(LtoR: Lucy Billings, me, Becky Hobbs)
And at the end of July, I helped launch the Explore Georgia Songwriter Series at the Carnegie Library in my hometown of Dublin, Georgia! This was the first in a series of events, and I was honored to be part of the first one. Joining me was Levi Lowrey and Greg Hester. These two guys are successful writers, and I really enjoyed hearing their music, and getting to know them a little bit. Levi ended up jammin’ with me on the fiddle and we had a ball! I hope we can all work together again!
(LtoR: Greg Hester, me, Levi Lowrey)
The night before that I was in Sheffield, Alabama at George’s, a beautiful venue with great sound. Thanks to Debbie Dixon and all those who came out to get their fill of the blues!
And while we’re talking about songwriters, I spend some time in Nashville again, writing with Johnny Neel and Doug Jones, and we came up with some keepers! Johnny and I, and Joanna Cotten wrote a song that’s on Shaun Murphy‘s new album. I was honored to have another song on her album, too. I hope by now you’ve heard her CD. It’s a real true blues release and Shaun really belts it out. Check it out when you can!
Recenty I also performed in another songwriters round at the Allman Brother’s Big House in Macon, Georgia with Sonny Moorman and Russell Gulley. I’d heard about them for a long time, and really enjoyed being with them. Thanks to Michael “Buffalo” Smith for letting me be a part of it.
(LtoR: Toney Gulley, Sonny Moorman, and me. Photo by Rick Cash.)
In mid-July I did a mini-tour in Ohio and Indiana. I performed again at one of my fave places, the Hey Hey Club in Columbus, then I did a house concert in Westerville, Ohio at the Hoover House Concert series. It was outdoors, on a lovely night, and Nancy and Roy were precious hosts. It was a magical night!
The next night I helped kick off the new Indy Blues Society at an event at Wolfie’s in Noblesville, Indiana. It’s a good thing to see folks have such a passion for this great music and who are willing to start a society to help keep the blues going. Marcia and Mark Adams are dedicated to growing this blues society, and I know they will. So many good things can come from being associated with the Blues Foundation. I’m just proud to be a part of it.
I’m getting ready to head up to Ohio for the Cincy Blues Festival, and I’m really looking forward to seeing a lot of friends up there. Lots of my friends are performing on the same stage! After my set, Gaye Adegbalola will do a solo set, then Andra Faye and Scott Ballentine do a set. Then Gaye will join Andra for a “Saffire Reunion” with Cheryl Renee sitting in. This will be their first reunion since Saffire – the Uppity Blues Women retired. And even though Ann Rabson won’t be there physically, I know she’ll be there in spirit. I love performing, and I love sitting back watching my friends perform, too. I can’t wait!
After the festival, I’ll be flying to Wyoming to have a whole week of learning more about my camera, taking photos, taking in the fresh air, and just being blessed by the beautiful surroundings. This trip has been on my “bucket list” for a long time. Hopefully I’ll come back with some new exciting photos.
In the next couple of months I’ll be in Chattanooga, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and Nashville. When I’m home in between shows, I’m working on a new project that I hope will be ready in the next few months. I’ll let you know when it’s ready to show everybody.
Keep an eye on my schedule and I’ll see you somewhere along the way! Until then, keep a song in your heart!
It’s been a great month so far, and it’s not even half over! I’ve done a band show, several solo shows, had some great artists sit in with me, and even had a visual artist painting live on canvas during my show! One good thing about this music business – I never get bored!
I had a wonderful time in Ohio the first weekend in August. Getting to play the Cincinnati Blues Festival with my band was awesome, because they rock the house every time! And we were treated like royalty! A special thanks to my friend, Lisa Biales, for joining us on stage and backing me up. Thanks so much, too, to Nancy and Steve Broermann for looking after us all.
The next night I played a solo show in Columbus, at the Hey Hey Club, one of my favorite places. I had a large time having Lisa back on stage with me, and she and Long Tall Deb backed me up. Then I was off to Silverton to play a benefit for Women Writing For A Change. I enjoyed Raison d’Etre and Emily Ash sitting in with me. A huge Thanks goes out to Bev Bowers for always working endlessly to promote women in the arts.
While I was in Cincinnati, Alison and Dave Petrik presented me with a mug from the famous Rookwood Pottery, commissioned for a limited run for the Cincy Blues Society.
Before flying home, I went by the Rookwood Pottery plant and met the artist who designed it, Roy Robinson. Etched into the big blue mug is “Keeping Blues Alive”. I love it!
Last Saturday I had a blast with Heather Wilkerson at the Crimson Moon Café in Dahlonega, Georgia. I had never done anything like that before, and it was fascinating! Heather painted, live on stage, as I performed.
She let the music influence her, and the end result was an awesome painting that she sold to someone in the audience. She’s one talented gal! And here’s her finished painting!
I have some more really fun stuff coming up, too. This Saturday I’ll have my band with me, and we’ll rock the house at Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee. And if you can’t make it to the show, the first set will be live on the internet on http://www.1061thepath.com. Listen in, and enjoy the show with us!
Then next Saturday I’m doing a house concert in a barn! That’s right! I’ll be in Eatonton, Georgia at the Crooked Pines Farm, doing a writer’s night in their barn with two other southern singer/songwriters – Kyrsta Nick and Tori Lee Averett. It’s gonna be a wonderful night of original music, and I can’t wait.
I’m working on some other interesting things too, but for now, y’all come see me. I’m always looking for your smiling faces looking back at me. And I appreciate each and every one of you!!
Keep a song in your heart!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 – Eatonton, GA
GA songwriters event at The Barn at Crooked Pines
Doors open at 6 pm EST, EG starts at 9 pm EST
355 Harmony Road / 706-347-0274
A few weeks ago I was in Ohio where I had a natural ball! I performed two nights in Newark at the Midland Theatre, a beautifully restored building with wonderful acoustics. And the audience got to sit on the stage with me! I really enjoyed being up close and personal with my fans. I love that connection, and I feed off your energy. What would I do without you?!
(with Alison and Dave Petrick, faithful supporters who first heard me on the blues cruise a few years ago. They come to all my shows in Ohio, and I’m always glad to see them!)
Then I was off to Columbus for a show at the Hey Hey Club. Needless to say I had several sauerkraut balls, their specialty! And I was blessed to have some great musician friends sit in with me. Thanks to Sean Carney and Long Tall Deb for joining me on stage! We had a great time together!
(with Sean Carney and Long Tall Deb)
(with Nancy and Steve Broermann, my official Ohio roadies! They first heard “Let the Healing Begin” on the GET THE BLUES compilation and drove from Austin to Tallahassee to see me for the first time. They really look after me!)
The next night I was in Oxford at the Big Song Music House and my dear friend, Lisa Biales, sat in with me, along with her fiddle player, Doug Hamilton. That Doug can sure play some blues on that fiddle! It was great to have Bev Bowers and her friends there. She’s very active in the arts community in the Cincinnati area, and it’s always good to see her. It was another great night, and I always feel at home there.
(with Doug Hamilton and Lisa Biales at the Big Song Music House. What a night of music that was!)
I’m at home right now, bottle feeding Sippie, one of my baby goats, and writing more songs. What a combination! I’ll be going in the studio next week to put a few of my new tunes down. I can’t wait for you to hear them. Hopefully I’ll have a new album out before too long. At least this is a start.
(Getting a hug from Sippie!)
Look out for me in the coming weeks in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Alabama. The dates are below. I hope to see you soon somewhere down the road!
Keep a song in your heart,
SATURDAY, MARCH 23 ~ Dahlonega, GA – The Crimson Moon Café ~ 8 pm
24 North Park Street / 706-864-3982 / Solo
FRIDAY, MARCH 29 ~ Knoxville, TN – Relix Variety Theatre ~ 8 pm
with Roger “Hurricane” Wilson
Blues for Food – Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank
1208 N. Central Street / 865-898-0066 / Solo
SATURDAY, MARCH 30 ~ Chattanooga, TN – Tropicana Room ~ 9 pm
110 Jordan Drive / 423-499-3883 / Solo
SUNDAY, APRIL 7 ~ Jacksonville Beach, FL – Springing the Blues Festival ~ 12:30 and 3:30
Seawalk Plaza / 75 North First Street Oceanfront / Band show
SATURDAY, APRIL 20 ~ Ozark, AL – Crawdad & Music Festival – Time TBA
One N. Court Square / 334-774-2618 / Band
SATURDAY, MAY 4 ~ Hiawassee, GA – BMW Motorcycle Owners of GA Annual Rally ~ 4 pm
MAY 7 to 11 ~ Memphis, TN – Attend Blues Music Awards
SATURDAY, MAY 18 ~ Macon, GA – Forrest Gump Private Party
FRIDAY, JUNE 7 ~ Crossville, TN – Palace Theatre ~ Time TBA
72 Main Street / 931-484-6133 / Solo
SATURDAY, JUNE 15 ~ Eureka Springs, AR – Eureka Springs Blues Weekend ~ Time TBA
At the Auditorium / Solo
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 ~ Perry, GA – Perry Music Festival ~ 8:30
Info coming soon to http://www.perrymusicfestival.org
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 ~ Savannah, GA – Savannah Jazz Festival – 8:15 pm
Band Shell in Forsyth Park in Downtown Savannah / Band
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 ~ Daytona Beach, FL – Daytona Blues Festival ~ 3:30
Jackie Robinson Ballpark, Downtown / 386-846-7302 / Band
Dates and times are subject to change. Please confirm with the venue before making travel arrangements.
Text and photos ©2013 EG Kight