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Goats, songs, gas pumps, Mama, Chattanooga, and Canada!

I’ve been working on so many different projects that I can hardly keep up with myself!

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.


You can see more of them on my PHOTOGRAPHY page at the link above.

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!

EG
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HAPPY 2017! RECAP OF 2016!

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.

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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!

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May this be the first day of the best year of your life!

Love,
EG

 

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Robert Johnson book now available, Blues Music Awards, and Birthday Bash!

Hello everyone!

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 blues fans celebrating with EGyoung fans enjoying the blues in Tallahassee

Gary Anton gets birthday kiss from EGGary Anton gets a birthday kiss from EG

EG and her band celebrate her birthdaywith 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.

Norbert Fuhrmann with EG Kight Tropicana

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!

EG Kight with Markey Blue Band Bourbon Street with Markey Blue’s band
EG Kight with Stacy Mitchhart - Bourbon Streetwith 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 AmazonEG holding Preaching Blues book Nuttall
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 RoyalSouth 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!

EG

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Blues Music Awards wrap-up, in the studio, new show dates added, remembering on Memorial Day

Hey Everyone!

Even though it’s been a couple of weeks since I went to the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, it still feels like yesterday! I had such a great time there, visiting with friends I don’t get to see very often, and hearing so much great music! This was about the 15th year I’ve gone to the BMA’s, and it never gets old. It’s a family reunion that I look forward to every year!

I was especially excited to go this year, for several reasons. First of all, it was the first time Lisa Biales and her husband Marc attended. I co-produced Lisa’s JUST LIKE HONEY album last year, and it has done real well. I wanted to introduce her to my friends, and let her see what a family the blues community really is.

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(EG, Gary Anton, owner of Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee,
and Lisa Biales mingling in the Marriott lobby)

Another exciting aspect is that three artists nominated for a BMA had one of my songs on their albums. “No Time for the Blues” was on Ann Rabson and Bob Margolin’s NOT ALONE album, and it  won the award for Acoustic Album of the year. It was emotional not having Ann there, even though in a way, it felt like she was.

“Bad Girl” is on Shakura S’Aida’s TIME album, and she was nominated for Contemporary Female Artist. And “Let the Healing Begin” is on Dorothy Moore’s BLUES HEART album, which was nominated for Soul Blues Album. Dorothy was also nominated for Soul Blues Female Artist. I’m definitely in good company with these artists!!

I always arrive on Wednesday, and run into a lot of my friends in the lobby of the Marriott. Lots of hugs and kisses are exchanged, and we all get to catch up with what’s going on with each other.

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(VizzTone lobby party with host Rosy Rosenblatt)

And Thursday, there’s more mingling, and eating, and some jammin’ going on. An incredible vocalist, Greg Nagy and I rehearsed a song I wrote, and we were hoping the folks in the nearby rooms wouldn’t mind. Apparently they didn’t…

The BMA show started out on a wonderful note. The legendary Dorothy Moore took the stage, and performed “Let the Healing Begin.” That done my heart good! I was SO proud to see her up there, looking beautiful in her yellow outfit, singing my song, and playing harmonica on it. Then she did her famous hit “Misty Blue”. I was in tears, just so happy for her! She got a standing ovation, and set the bar for the rest of the evening’s performances. I am so honored to call Dorothy my friend!  And we’re talking about doing a duet together. I’ll keep you posted!

For 052613 blog - EG and Dorothy Moore
(EG and Dorothy Moore)

On Friday, there was more mingling and visiting, and that night we had a big VizzTone show at the Rum Boogie on Beale Street. Rosy Rosenblatt, with VizzTone, coordinated the show, and played some harp with me. I was proud to invite Lisa Biales on stage, and the crowd really threw some lovin’ on her!

BMA 2013 - EG, Bob, Lisa, Rosy on stage
(At the Rum Boogie Cafe – Bob Margolin, EG,
Lisa Biales and Rosy Rosenblatt)

Then I did a duet with Greg Nagy, and the bluesiest guy I know, Bob Margolin joined us on guitar. I simply love the soulfulness of Greg’s voice, and we’ll definitely be looking at doing some recording, and some shows together. I’m excited about the possibilities!

Here’s a link to a video that Mark Patrick took at the Rum Boogie. Greg and I did pretty good even though we had little rehearsal. This is a work in progress.  And listen to Bob Margolin pick that guitar!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9tS8UQ5dJk

It’s always sad to leave Memphis, but I had to head back to Chattanooga to write some new songs with Tom Horner and get ready to produce Lisa’s next album. We’ll be working with Paul Hornsby in the studio this week. She has such a beautiful voice. And I can’t wait to hear how the songs turn out, and get the new album out there for y’all to hear!

I’ve booked some more dates, too, so keep an eye on the calendar. The upcoming shows are below.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day. Let’s not forget what the day is all about. There are families out there having cookouts with one less family member, because they gave their life for our freedom. A heartfelt “THANKS” goes out to the soldiers and their families who allow me the freedom to travel the world making music.  I am very blessed…

Till I see you again, Keep a song in your heart!

EG

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FRIDAY, JUNE 7 ~ Crossville, TN
Palace Theatre ~ 7 pm
72 Main Street / 931-484-6133 / Solo
www.palacetheatre-crossville.com

SATURDAY, JUNE 15 ~ Eureka Springs, AR
Eureka Springs Blues Weekend ~ after 3 pm
At the Auditorium / Solo
www.eurekaspringsblues.com

SUNDAY, JUNE 16 ~ Eureka Springs, AR
Jam at the Father’s Day Party Concert ~ time TBA
at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
www.turpentinecreek.org/index.php/events/father-s-day-blues-picnic

FRIDAY, JUNE 21 ~ Townsend, TN
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center / Solo / Time TBA
3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection
towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
http://www.gsmheritagecenter.org

SUNDAY, JUNE 30 ~ Montgomery, AL
Capitol Oyster Bar ~ Time TBA
617 Shady Street / 334-239-8958 / Solo
http://www.capitoloysterbar.com

FRIDAY, JULY 12 ~ Calhoun/Resaca, GA
Coca-Cola Room at the Chuckwagon Restaurant ~ 8 pm
1446 Hwy 41 N / 706-625-9840 / Solo
chuckwagon_restaurant@yahoo.com

SATURDAY, JULY 13 ~ Chattanooga, TN
The Tropicana Room ~ 9 pm
110 Jordan Drive / 423-499-3883 / Solo
http://www.cbcburns.com

SATURDAY, JULY 20 ~ Macon, GA
Macon Music  ~ 7 pm
2389 Ingleside Avenue / 478-254-5488 / Solo
http://www.maconmusic.net

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 ~ Cincinnati, OH
Cincy Blues Summerfest ~ 10:15 pm
Women in the Blues Headliner / Band
Arches Theme Stage / 705 East Pete Rose Way
http://www.cincyblues.org

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 ~ Columbus, OH
Hey Hey Bar and Grill ~ 9 pm
361 E Whittier Street / 614-445-9512 / Solo
www.heyheycolumbus.com

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 ~ Tallahassee, FL
Bradfordville Blues Club ~ 9 pm
7152 Moses Lane / 850-906-0766 / Band
http://www.bradfordvilleblues.com

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 ~ Perry, GA
Perry Music Festival ~ 8:30 pm
Downtown square / Band
www.perrymusicfestival.org

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 ~ Savannah, GA
Savannah Jazz Festival ~ 8:15 pm
Band Shell in Forsyth Park in Downtown Savannah / Band
www.jazzfestival2013.com/savannah-jazz-festival

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 ~ private party

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 ~ Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Blues Festival ~ 3:30 pm
Jackie Robinson Ballpark, Downtown / 386-846-7302 / Band
http://www.annualdaytonabluesfestival.com

OCTOBER – various dates with Blue Alley from Germany
Dates and locations TBA

OCTOBER and NOVEMBER – tentative dates – TBA

DECEMBER – tentative dates – TBA
Still have a few open dates for Christmas parties

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Text and photos ©2013 EG Kight

NOTE: All dates and times are subject to change without notice.
Please call and confirm with venue or EG’s staff before making travel arrangements.

EG can bring her solo or band show to your
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Send inquiries to BlueSouthTalent@aol.com.

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