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!
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!