I’ve been on the road! Festivals, concert series, apple orchard, yacht club, songwriters night, and everything in between!
I’ve been a lot of places since my last blog update, and I want to tell you all about it!
After playing at a couple of private parties, I performed at a couple of festivals, a summer concert series, some of my favorite spots in Ohio, a coffee house and an apple orchard in Indiana, a yacht club and a pub in east Tennessee, a private room in a billiards club in Chattanooga, and a songwriters night in Georgia.
Havin’ fun at the apple orchard!
I was excited to head up to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with my band for the Edmonton Blues Festival. It’s been many years since I was up that far north, and the welcome we received warmed our hearts!
And just last week while I was on the road, I read an email that moved me to tears. The Edmonton festival organizer, Cam Hayden, wrote:
“EG Kight brought the house down and and brought a tear to my eye with her heartfelt, deeply moving, personal songs, delivered in a truly touching manner. Her sweet soul shone through the songs that captured the audience and took us all to a higher plane.”
This is why I continue to do what I do, taking my music out to the people, hoping to touch their hearts, and make a difference. I’m so grateful to be living my dream…
Some of you were at a recent show I did in LaGrange, Georgia. ExploreGeorgia.org hosts a series of songwriters events, promoting the state as a destination for live music and music heritage. And I was invited to join Pat Alger and Tony Arata for this show. But Tony had to have surgery, and wasn’t able to make it. I’m sending love and prayers out to him for a speedy recovery.
LaGrange is Pat’s hometown, and it was good to see the Mayor proclaim it “Pat Alger Day.” Another great writer, Johnny Bulford, who wrote Lee Brice‘s #1 hit “A Woman Like You, joined us, filling in for Tony. I was in great company, and we had a ball!
(Me, Pat Alger, Johnny Bulford)
You may know Pat as the writer of “Unanswered Prayers” and “The Thunder Rolls,” which were hits for Garth Brooks. He’s also had songs recorded by many other artists, and I love his style. But what surprised me, and the audience, I think, was when I threw it on him and asked him to join me on a blues song. He picked that guitar and I loved every minute of it! Thanks to Lisa Love and Jody Jackson for booking me on the same stage as these guys. It was an amazing night!
Here’s a video from that night, of Pat sharing the story of how he came to write one of my all-time favorite songs – “Unanswered Prayers.”
As you know, many artists constantly reinvent themselves. I’m trying something new this coming weekend, at Perk Avenue in Madison, Georgia. I’ve got an acoustic trio, and I can’t wait for y’all to hear us! My lead guitar player, Ken Wynn, and my drummer, Gary Porter, will join me to make some acoustic music for you. We’d love to see all y’all there! Details are on my Tour Dates page.
Then I’m headed back up to Dahlonega to The Crimson Moon Cafe for a show on one of my favorite stages. I love being in the north Georgia mountains, and I love this cafe. That’s why I keep going back. If you’re in the area, you’ll want to come on out and see how the town gets all dressed up for the holidays!
And I’ve got some Christmas parties in the works, too. If you’d like some Songbird music at your Christmas party, just let us know. I bet we could work something out.
We’re working on a lot of dates for next year, and I’ll be headed to some new areas. Y’all keep an eye on my schedule and we’ll post the dates as they are confirmed.
I’m looking forward to the holidays, and I hope you get to spend quality time with the ones you love.
Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Keep a song in your heart!
Of course, my pet goats get a lot of my attention every day when I’m at home.
Here’s me holding Moses, a truly precious goat.
And I’m still working on a couple of new songs, and getting set lists ready for some upcoming shows. I love being home, and I love being on the road, seeing all of you!
I’m getting ready to head out again next week to the Chattanooga area for three shows. Two of them are private, but you can come see me at the House Concert next Wednesday! Get all the details on my TOUR DATES page. Email the host to RSVP and make plans to come see me!
On August 25th my band and I will board a big jet plane, and head north to Canada for the Edmonton Blues Festival! It’s been a long time since I’ve been up there, and I’m sure looking forward to seeing Cam Hayden, and all my friends up there. They’ve got a fabulous lineup, including Victor Wainwright, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Colin Linden Trio, Toni Lynn Washington, Mike Ledbetter, Monster Mike Welch, and so many more amazing artists. If you don’t have tickets yet, ya better get ya some!
A couple of weeks ago, I was with my band at Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee. We always have a great time there, and our friends out in radio land and online get to listen to the first set. That’s the next best thing to being there! Here’s a photo that Gary Anton took of all of us on stage. We were having a naturally LARJ time!
We always look forward to our shows there, and we’ll be back in January, to celebrate a couple of birthdays – Gary Anton’s and mine! Make plans now to be part of the celebration!
Last weekend I did a solo show at one of my favorite cafes, up in the north Georgia mountains – The Crimson Moon Cafe in Dahlonega.
It was great to see so many friends and family, who drove from all over the state to see me! And it’s always good to have my mama with me. Here’s a picture that Elizabeth Adams took of us. I got Mama up to sing a song with me, and everyone seemed to love it. And I love my mama! Can you tell?!?
On our way back home from Dahlonega, we headed over to one of my regular stops along the way – Murrayville. This is where I’ve gotten so many of my favorite photos over the last few years. This time, I got a couple more. See what you think.
I’ve got a lot to finish up before I drive up to Chattanooga next week. But I’ll be lookin’ for ya on the road!
Till then, Keep a Song in Your Heart!
I had a blast at Summer NAMM last week, and enjoyed visiting with some friends that I ran into.
For those who don’t know, NAMM is the National Association of Music Merchants, and a couple of times a year they have a convention, where the merchants and manufacturers exhibit their goods. And boy are they good!!
For a musician, it’s like being a kid in a candy store. There are aisles and aisles of instruments and gear, and it’s hard to know what to look at next! And there doesn’t seem to be enough time to see it all!
I’ve been to NAMM several times before, but this time was really special, because my guitar tech, Mark Graham, and his wife Latralle got to join me.
Mark looks after my guitars and equipment, and it was a proud moment when I got to introduce him to VP, Tim O’Brien and Kurt Listug, the CEO of Taylor Guitars.
I’ve played Taylor guitars for a long time, and everyone at Taylor has been so good to me through the years. So this was a special time, just chatting with the guys who keep things going at the company.
And I want to send a big “Thanks” out to Robin Straudt, who takes care of so many details for me.
I got to play a lot of the guitars Taylor had at the show. Here’s a snippet of me playing the Taylor 916ce. It sounded SO good, and I had a ball with it!
I also got to meet Daniel Cooper, the inventor and founder of Cooperstands. I’ve used Cooperstands for several years now, and I have one in every guitar case. They’re sturdy, and compact, and I just love ’em! https://www.cooperstand.com/
It was interesting, too, seeing all the music industry people there. One of the first artists I ran into was Rory Feek. You may know him from the duo Rory + Joey. And you may know the story of him and his wife, Joey, and their daughter, Indiana. If you don’t, you should. It’s a love story for the ages, and it’ll break your heart, and yet leave you hopeful. http://www.thislifeilive.com/to-joey-with-love/
One of the best parts of the three days I spent in Nashville was running into Charles “Chip” Esten!
In case you don’t watch the CMT show “Nashville,” he plays Deacon Claybourne on the show. He’s as good a singer as he is an actor, and I was excited to get to chat with him for a minute…
You can read all about him here. https://www.charlesesten.com/
I’m back home now, and while it was fun to have a few days off, I’ve got to get back to work. We’ve got band rehearsals, and I’m working on some new songs. And I’ve got some shows coming up at Bradfordville Blues Club, the Crimson Moon, and several private events. Then my band and I are off to Canada for the Edmonton Blues Festival!
Y’all keep an eye on my schedule, ’cause we keep adding dates. I’ll be lookin’ for you out there on the road!
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 a quick update, to let you know what I’ve got going on.
First, I wanted you to see how I spent the afternoon a few days ago. When I’m on the road, I miss my family. And I miss all my pets and from this picture it seems the goats miss me! I went down to visit them when I came off the road, and look how they greeted me!
As most of you know, besides playing solo and with my band, I’ve also been blessed to team up with Lisa Biales as the “Peach Pickin’ Mamas,” and we just wrapped up another tour. Read all about it at http://www.PeachPickinMamas.com!
I’ll be hitting the road again this weekend, with a solo show on Saturday night at The Crimson Moon Cafe in Dahlonega. Their website states that they exist to “support the creative spirit,” and that’s so true. It’s one of my favorite venues, and I’m thrilled that I’ll be back on their stage.
I haven’t been on the road as much this year as I’d like to be, because I’m spending a lot of time in the studio working on my next album. I’m getting more and more excited about it by the day. I’ve got most of the songs recorded, and I’m working on a couple more new ones. I’ll be working hard with Paul Hornsby and my band over the next few months getting it all finished up. I can’t wait for you all to hear my new songs!!
Last week at the Eatonton Putnam Arts Foundation 2014 Photography Contest & Exhibition, I won a couple of ribbons. It seems that everybody likes my goats, because this photo, “Goats at the Gate” got one of the ribbons. You can see more of my photography at http://www.egkightphotography.com.
I’ll be in Memphis for the Blues Music Awards next month, then in June I’ll be playing at one of my all-time favorite festivals, the Billtown Blues Festival in Hughesville, Pennsylvania. Keep an eye out on my schedule as we’re working on some new dates and I may be headed your way. Until then keep a song in your heart!
I so hope you are having a wonderful holiday season. In the same week it was like summertime here in Georgia, but then it got cold. I enjoy this time of year so much. I guess I’m still a kid at heart.
I recently performed two solo shows in Chattanooga and it was so heartwarming to see old friends and meet several new ones. Chattanooga has been good to me and I just love playing there.
My amazing band and I recently traveled to Orlando and Lake Worth, Florida to put on some shows. Needless to say, we had a blast. Taking on a new keyboard player, Mike Harrell, has added so much to my band and has taken our show up a level. Man, oh man I had fun singing with these guys. I’m hoping to take them into the studio soon. Can’t wait!
I’m in Pine Mountain, Georgia this week to take some pictures. I have a new camera and I’m going to take some time to try and learn how to use it. Once I learn it, you better look out! I enjoy taking pictures almost as much as I enjoy my music and that’s saying a lot.
I did get some good news this week about my pictures. I found out that I got Honorable Mention in one contest and have been asked to use one of my photos for the cover of an upcoming book on the life and times of Robert Johnson! Oh, I’m so excited!
I’m playing a house concert this weekend in the Macon area and have a couple more coming up in January. If you’re interested in having one, don’t be afraid to ask. I love playing house concerts. I’ll also be in Dahlonega, Georgia on December 21st at the Crimson Moon Café. It’s a quant mountain town that is just beautiful, especially during the Christmas season. I hope you can come see the lights, and come to my show.
We’ve changed the structure of my blog a bit, so now you can keep up with my schedule here. Just click on the “tour dates” tab at the top, and you’ll see all my dates. I’ve got some more tentative dates coming up, and as soon as we get them under contract, we’ll post them here. Keep checking back. And I hope to see you out on the road somewhere!
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Let’s be kind to one another. You never know how just a smile can lighten someone’s day.
Until I see you, 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