I’m so excited because I now have my new CD – A NEW DAY – in my hot little hands! We’ve sent it out to radio, and the media are getting their copies as well. It will be released nationally on September 16th, and it’s already getting some great reviews! You can read some of them under the REVIEWS tab above.
While I was in Nashville recently, I got to do something I’ve never done there before – sightseeing! I sure enjoyed soaking up so many areas of the city. And I took this photo from the pedestrian bridge. I sure love Nashville!
During that trip I also got to meet the artist who designed my last two album covers. I was thrilled to meet Cara Schneider, and she was just as genuinely sweet in person as she has been on the phone every time I’ve talked to her. Cara is the Art Director for the Nashville Opera, and she’s an incredibly inspiring designer. I’m so glad we got to visit and have some tea. Here’s a photo of us in her front yard.
I have some CD release parties coming up, and we’re gonna celebrate in a big way! We’ve confirmed one in Macon, GA on September 19th, one in Chattanooga, TN on October 4th and a couple in Ohio later on in October. Just keep an eye on my TOUR DATES, because we keep adding more!
My band and I tried some of the new songs out a few weeks ago in Tallahassee and they went over great. The crowd seemed to love them. That sure makes a songwriter feel good. Our first set was live on the internet from Bradfordville Blues Club, and it was awesome!
And speaking of my band, we’ve FINALLY come up with the perfect name for these guys, who are like my brothers. They are now called the BLUE SOUTH BAND! We’ll be adding their photos and bios to my website, so you can know more about these amazingly talented players. I’d be lost without them, and I want you all to show ‘em some love the next time you see them! Check back soon to read their stories…
And while we were on stage at Bradfordville, we were being filmed to be part of a tourism video for Tallahassee. I think it turned out GREAT! See what you think. You’ll see us at the 2:13 mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kguaD_P-Fts&list=UUDlZa0hPoPD3gjwRZrv9A6Q
You all know how I love to take pictures! I’ve taken some new ones recently, too, and I’ve updated my photography page. Check it out at www.egkightphotography.com and let me know what you think.
I drove up to Hobart, IN near the end of July, and had the time of my life! It was a corporate event, for the owners of an oil company, and an apple orchard, among other businesses. I got to perform inside a huge barn, and the people I was entertaining were some of the sweetest people I’ve ever met! They even took me on a golf cart tour of the apple orchard, and I sure wish my mama could have been with me. She loves apples! I so enjoyed spending the afternoon with the Luke Oil folks, and I can’t thank them enough for their hospitality. I look forward to coming back your way one day soon. Thanks to Dana, and Tom, Sr., and Ryan, and everyone else who made this event such fun!
I so appreciate all of you, and love the connection I have with you at my shows. You make me want to continue to grow as an artist, and to make people smile. Thanks for giving me the positive energy I need!
You can pre-order my album now on my website, iTunes, and CD Baby, so you have a lot of choices! I can’t wait for you to hear it! Just click on the MUSIC tab above.
I’ll be in the north Georgia Mountains this Saturday, at the Crimson Moon Café in Dahlonega. Then I have shows coming up in Indiana with Lisa Biales as the Peach Pickin’ Mamas, in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee with my Blue South Band, and as a solo in Ohio.
Keep an eye on my schedule, and I’ll be looking for you! Until then, keep a song in your heart!
Happy Summer! Yea, it’s hot in Georgia. How is it where you are? I hope you had a good time on the 4th of July. What a great country we live in. We’re so lucky.
I had a wonderful time in Williamsport, Pennsylvania last month. Billtown Blues is one of my favorite festivals! I had a reunion with my northern band – Jeremy Jaffe, Tim Hooper, Sean Farley and Andy Seal – and they rocked it on stage at the festival. And my trip was made so much easier because of Roadie Jim Boose, and all of his hard work road managing. Thanks to all the guys!
At the festival I also got a chance to sing with a young teen band, The Black Strat Blues Company. It does my heart good to see young people playing music, especially when it’s the Blues. There are some great young players out there.
I’m proud to announce that the album Paul Hornsby and I produced this past year for Lisa Biales has been nominated for a Blues Blast Award! “Belle of the Blues” is up for Acoustic Album of the Year! We’re all so excited about it, and Lisa will be singing at the awards show. You can vote here: http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/bbmas/vote/
And more good news! I couldn’t wait to tell you that I’m finished with the new CD! The title is “A New Day” and I can’t wait for you all to hear it. I have some CD release parties coming up, so keep an eye on my schedule. We’re adding dates all the time, and we’ve got offers coming in left and right. I hope to see YOU in your city soon!
This Friday I’m at the Museum of Art in Knoxville with my band, then next week I’m performing solo for a private corporate team building event in Hobart, Indiana. On August 2nd my band and I return for a CD release party in Tallahassee at Bradfordville Blues Club. Then my boys and I will head to Port Royal, South Carolina for a Music in the Streets concert series. And in September, I’ll be doing a duo with Lisa Biales, as the “Peach Pickin’ Mamas” at Pruis Hall at Ball State University. I’ve got lots going on and it’s all good!
Whether it’s solo, with Lisa as a duo, or with my band, I love performing on stage! And I’m so grateful to all the fans who keep buying tickets and coming to the shows. Ellen Altamore even drove all the way from Michigan to see me at Billtown in Pennsylvania! And for every one of you who buys my CD’s, and emails me and sends me messages on facebook – your thoughts and encouragement, and your sweet comments keep me going!
Don’t forget to check the Tour Dates page, and mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Then you can bring all your friends and family and get your own copy of “A New Day”. Let’s celebrate y’all!
Until I see you, 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!
Last Saturday night I performed at a house concert for Mike and Marcia Adams, and let me tell you – we had an EXTRA larj time! I love doing house concerts because I’m literally just a few feet away from my audience. And what a great crowd this was! I was treated like a queen, and even had a few musicians sit in with me. The same thing happened a while back at Karen Claypool’s house concert. You never know what could happen at one of these events. It’s nothing but having a little party in your living room!
In between gigs, I’ve been doing a lot of songwriting, on some deep subjects. And one of them is a song that I started thinking about when I came home from the hospital a few years ago, after a life-threatening illness. It talks about how quickly our lives can change, and how we have to hold on…
My band has been working real hard with me on some new songs and we’ve been in the studio once already. They’re naturally tearing it up! We’ll be going back in real soon, and I can’t wait! I’m the luckiest singer on the planet, to get to work with Ken Wynn, Gary Porter, Johnny Fountain, and Mike Harrell. I’d put them up against any band out there!
I hope to see you all soon in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Marietta and Douglas, Georgia. I’m doing a solo and a couple of band shows, so you know I’ll be having a ball! I always enjoy being with my friends at the Tropicana Room in Chattanooga, and I haven’t been to Darwin’s in Marietta in a long time. It’ll be good to be back on their stage. And the boys and I are gonna let it fly at the Bikes, Blues & BBQ Festival in Douglas. Bring your friends and come on out to see us!
Last week I took photos of Kim Kight, my cousin who was the victim of domestic violence a few years ago. These pictures will be part of a video for the group Break the Silence against Domestic Violence, which should be seen nationally before long. Kim will be speaking, telling her story of survival, at an event in Atlanta on March 8th. Here’s a video that tells more about it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDqn9wErS9M&feature=youtu.be.
Thanks for checking in with me on my blog, and for always supporting my music and my photography.
I can’t wait for you to hear the new songs! I’ll keep you posted on how the new album’s coming along.
Here’s my latest photo of me and Sweetie, taken on Valentine’s Day.
Keep a song in your heart!
SATURDAY, MARCH 8 – Chattanooga, TN
The Tropicana Room at Chattanooga Billiards East
110 Jordan Drive / 423-499-3883 / 8 pm / Solo
SATURDAY, MARCH 15 – Marietta, GA
Darwin’s – 9:30 pm
1598 Roswell Road / 770-509-2664 / Band
SATURDAY, MARCH 29 – Douglas, GA
Bikes, Blues and BBQ Festival – 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Douglas Municipal Airport
440 Elton Brooks Drive / Band
For the full schedule, click on the “Tour Dates” tab.
I hope 2014 is being good to you so far. We’ve had snow and ice in Middle Georgia! Yea, I said Georgia. We can go from single digit temperatures to the 70’s in the same week. I braved the cold and went out and took some pictures of the ice, but it was too cold to stay out there for too long!
After my last Chattanooga show, I spent some time in Nashville where I did some writing with Richard Fleming. He and I co-wrote several of my songs, including “Trouble,” “Peach Pickin’ Mama“, and several more. It had been quite a while since we were together but the chemistry was still there. We got two songs written in one afternoon!
This past Saturday, I was on the phone with another co-writer Tom Horner, and we got another new song written, too. This is one of my favorite things to do and I love writing with Richard and Tom. I’m planning on taking my band into the studio this week to record some of these new songs. Stay tuned…..
I received some good news about my photos last week. Two of them were chosen as some of the best of 2013 for Popular Photography Magazine. I have so much fun taking pictures, but I still have so much to learn. You can see my photos at this link. http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/2013-readers-contest-winners-gallery?i=381117&s=75
Next Saturday, February 15th, I’ll be back at The Barn at Crooked Pines in Eatonton, Georgia. I can’t wait to get back there. It’s actually a beautiful barn, the classiest one I’ve ever seen. I’ll be playing my solo show and I believe we’re going to record it. Who knows, a new “naked” album may come out of it. Come on down and be a part of the recording! I guarantee you’ll have a large time!
I have some more interesting dates coming up. Be sure to click on the Tour Dates tab above, and check them out. I want to see you! 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.
I just wanted to give you a quick update. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time for a full update, but I’m working on it. For now, here’s all the exciting news!
In the last month I’ve done an interview with NPR radio, I’ve performed for the Moccasin Flying Club, and got to fly a plane. I only flew it for 15 minutes by myself, but it was a life-changing experience!
I also toured in Georgia with my German touring band, Blue Alley. I’ve been to Germany and toured with them many times, but this year they came to the states, and we had a ball!
I’ve also started writing a couple of new songs. And I’ve also started a couple of chapters of my book, which will be all about my musical adventures, and my travels around the world. I’ll keep you posted on that as it comes along.
I’ll be in Chattanooga next week, performing for a private function for the Sister Cities Association. Then on Saturday, I’ll be back at the Tropicana Room, starting at 8 pm this time. We’ve had a lot of requests from the fans to start earlier, so we’re gonna do just that! Come out to see me, and I may play a little bit of my new songs for you!
Here’s the rest of my schedule for the next little bit. I can’t wait to see you. You’re the reason I keep traveling around, so I can bring my music to you!
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Tropicana Room ~ 8 pm
110 Jordan Drive
423-499-3883 / Solo
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Holy Smoke ~ 8 pm
3000 Curry Ford Road, Crystal Lake Plaza
407-340-2318 / Band
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Lake Worth, FL
Bamboo Room ~ 9:15 pm
25 South J Street
561-585-2583 / Band
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
Crimson Moon Cafe ~ 8 pm
24 North Park Street
706-864-3982 / Solo
Visit my website for more tour dates, a link to my “Savannah” video, and to buy my CD’s!
And you can see some of my photographs on this site.
And here are a couple of links to some of my music on itunes.
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
I have always considered it an honor and privilege to represent my home state of Georgia in my travels around the world. Saturday night at the Barnesville BBQ & Blues Festival I was presented with the Georgia Music Legend Award. This award means the world to me and I hope I always make Georgia proud! Thank you so much!!
Alan Walden*, co-founder of Capricorn Records, presents EG with the
Georgia Music Legend Award as Carl Pruett looks on.
(Photo by Scotty Kight)
(The award, and the key to the city)
(*Alan has also been a manager, publisher, booking agent, and promoter and has worked with artists including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Percy Sledge, Johnnie Taylor, Al Green, Candi Staton, Etta James, Boz Scaggs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Outlaws. He opened Redwal Music with his brother Phil Walden in 1965, publishing hit songs like “Respect”, “I Can’t Turn You Loose”, “Sweet Soul Music”, “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”, and “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”. He also co-founded Capricorn Records with his brother Phil.)