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!
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
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 had such an amazing time last week that I wanted to tell you all about it!
I’ve been trying to spend more time in Nashville, because when I’m in “Music City”, I soak up all the energy that’s there. It’s a whole different vibe, and being in the heart of the songwriting community always inspires me.
I went this time especially to see Wynonna in concert Wednesday night at 3rd & Lindsley, one of my favorite night spots. I’ve performed there several times, and I was really looking forward to seeing her there. Needless to say, she was absolutely awesome. So was her band. Her husband Cactus, played the drums and I couldn’t believe how great he was. He had a bad motorcycle accident less than a year ago and lost a leg. You sure couldn’t tell it by the way he plays. He’s amazing!
I’ve always known that Wynonna had the blues in her, and when she pulled out her harmonica and got down with it, I knew she did! I know she’s recording a new album and I’ve been writing with her in mind. I hope she has the chance to listen to my songs.
Just when I didn’t think it could get any better, the crowd standing up front started screaming. They apparently saw someone coming from backstage, and the next thing I knew, Kree Harrison, from American Idol, was joining Wynonna on stage. They did two of my favorite songs – “Love is Alive” and “Grandpa”. It was incredible!!
During the evening, I had the chance to meet Cactus, and their guitar player Justin Weaver, and Wynonna’s son Elijah. What a sweet, polite young man he is!
Thursday afternoon, as my friends and I were still talking about what a great concert it was, I thought the week couldn’t get any better. But it did…
We got a tweet around 3:00 that Wynonna was going to do a short acoustic set Puckett’s in Leipers Fork. That’s a quaint little rural community south of Nashville where I’ve gone several times to take pictures. The countryside is picturesque, and in so many ways it reminds me of where I live. I couldn’t believe that I had the chance to see Wynonna again, and an acoustic set at that!
While waiting for Wynonna to arrive, I happened to step outside to take some pictures and found some people getting ready to go up in a couple of hot air balloons. They were so beautiful!
When it was close to show time, I found Wynonna sitting outside on a bench. I had the chance to speak to her for a minute, and she was so gracious. I mentioned that I’d sent some of my songs to her husband Cactus and she said she’d look for them. I hope she likes them!
Before the show I finally got to meet Tami Olin, Wynonna’s longtime Personal Assistant. I’ve only spoken to her on the phone over the years, but she’s always been so gracious. It was great to finally meet her in person!
When Wy took the stage, it was just her and her acoustic guitar, Justin on acoustic guitar, and Cactus on the “box”. He doesn’t need a full drum kit. He can beat on anything and make it sound good!
It was so cool that I got to hear one of my all-time favorite country singers – two nights in a row! And if she and Cactus like some of my songs, and want to record them, that would be the icing on the cake!
Friday I left Nashville and headed to Crossville for an encore performance at the Palace Theatre. I had a very attentive crowd, and we had a ball! I also did an interview, talking about how important the arts are for young people. It was great to work for Debra Mendenhall again, and I appreciate all her efforts, and those of the Performing Arts Alliance of Rural Tennessee. I also appreciate your continued support of live music, and the arts in general.
I was so touched Saturday morning, when I read some of the fan mail that was already coming in! Here are a few of them. I love it when people reach out to me letting me know that my music touched them. After all, they’re the reason I keep on doing it, traveling around, making music.
Fantastic performance at the Palace Theater tonight. Enjoyed the variety of music, especially “The House of the Rising Sun.” Thanks for sharing your special talent and love of music with Crossville. – Diane Lewis Hodges
Wow! great voice ! Enjoyed the show tonight. – Connie Obohoskie
Great Show!!!!! We saw you in Crossville, TN last night. We thoroughly enjoyed you, you are dynamic! You amaze me with your recall ability. Thanking you again for a fabulous performance. – Dennis & MaryAnn Tryon
My husband and I attended your concert in Crossville last night. Loved your performance-so much fun! Great stories, too. Thank you so much for doing “I’d Rather Go Blind.” That song always gives me goosebumps. When you finished it, the woman next to me said, “What a beautiful song!” She had never heard it before and thanked me for requesting it. It sounds like you have the same musical idols that I have. For eleven years, I was a weekly entertainment columnist for the Times Picayune in New Orleans. I retired eight years ago, but I still compose a column “in my head” (like you write song lyrics). I could have easily written a couple of thousand words about your performance, anecdotes, biography, other musicians you have worked with, and those who influenced you. Looking forward to hearing you again. – Beth Sager
My wife and I saw you last night at the Palace in Crossville TN. It was the second time we saw you, and we loved the show. You are an awesome entertainer and guitarist. You make that guitar sound like three guitars, and your bluesy voice is the best. Thanks for the great show, you worked real hard, and we appreciated it. Look forward to seeing you again some time. Best of health to you. Ciao. -BMac.
I always love hearing from the fans, and I appreciate you taking time out of your day to come see me, and to let me know you liked the show!
You all know how much I love my animals, and I just wanted you to see my little Sippie. She’s not a baby any more! She’s growing so fast. Look how big she is now!
This coming weekend I’ll be performing at the Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. Then I’ll be back in east Tennessee, and Alabama, Ohio, and Florida. Just keep an eye on my schedule, which will always be current on this blog. You can always scroll to the bottom and just search for “schedule”.
And come see me when you can! I’m always looking for music lovers in the crowd!
Keep a song in your heart!