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God, goats, and guitars!

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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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Donations for East Tennessee fire victims

I’ve been watching the news about the fires in East Tennessee, and I know first-hand how terrifying that can be. This is a photo of the famous chapel in Gatlinburg. It’s gone now…

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Last Friday night, the woods behind my house caught on fire. The smoke was so thick back behind my goat pen that I couldn’t even tell where the fire started. And I’m so grateful to the firefighters for getting to it as quickly as they did, and for stopping it from spreading any further than it did. I found out that someone lost their house and everything in it.

Today is Giving Tuesday, and I want to do what I can to help raise money for all those devastated by the fires. I have a lot of friends in Nashville, and I know that the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee there is sending money to help the East Tennessee residents, for immediate and long term needs.

I also want to spread the message of not giving up in the face of adversity.

My songs “Don’t Give Up” and “Holdin’ On” are on my A NEW DAY album. And I want to share those songs with everyone right now.

Today through Saturday, I’ll be donating ALL the proceeds from the sale of my music to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. My manager will personally take a check to their office on Monday.

Click here to buy the music. Let us be the reminder that “Music heals.”
http://www.egkight.com/discography/day.html

In the meantime, I’m keeping all the people in East Tennessee in my prayers
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Blues Music Awards, Goats, Tour dates, Wyoming, IBA Voting!

Hey Everybody!

I had such a great time at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis! It’s always great seeing old friends and meeting new ones. And this year I had the honor of presenting at the awards show, with the talented Eden Brent. There we were, two southern women, talking about the nominees, and handing out some awards. I just hope everyone understood our southern talkin’!
EG and Eden present - Marilyn Stringer

(photo by Marilyn Stringer)

Our new Blues Foundation President, Barbara Newman, had called me weeks earlier to see if I could bring one of my goats to the show. I was afraid it would try to eat everything on stage, and fertilize it too, so I brought a stuffed goat instead. And now, Memphis Billy, my little stuffed goat is famous! Here he is after a long day in Memphis, ready for bed.

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Not long before heading to Memphis I found out that a fantastic artist, Shaun Murphy, had just released a new album with two of my songs on it. She’s what I call “a singer’s singer!” I had the chance to spend a little time with her in Memphis. Be sure and check out her CD, “It Won’t Stop Raining”.

Shaun Murphy Raining cd cover
I’ve gotten a lot of nominations through the years, and every time I’m honored just to be considered. This is my first Independent Blues Awards nomination, for Best Female Artist. You can VOTE, and tell all your friends. But do it quick! Voting ends June 1st. http://www.makingascene.org/vote-now-independent-blues-awards

Sippie and her crew campaigning for votes
If you’re in the tri-cities area, up near Knoxville next week, y’all come see me at the Renaissance Arts Center in Kingsport, TN. I’ll be sharing the stage with Becky Hobbs and Lucy Billings, doing a “songwriters in the round” show. It’s gonna be a lot of fun, performing our original songs, and telling how they were born. Some tickets are still available. You can read all about Lucy and Becky, and get ticket info at http://www.bluesouthtalent.com/latest-news.EG Kight, Becky Hobbs, Lucy Billings Kingsport 052616

I have a show coming up at the Allman Brothers Big House in Macon, GA in June. Michael “Buffalo” Smith and a couple other writers and I will be doing some original songs. And I’ve got some private parties, and house concerts coming up, too. I love performing at house concerts. I’ll be at several Ohio venues in June, and my Blue South Band and I have shows coming up at Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee and Capitol Oyster Bar in Montgomery. Then in August I’ll be making a solo appearance at the Cincy Blues Festival opening for a Saffire reunion.

Later in August I’m going to be doing something I’ve never done – flying to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to take pictures! This has been on my “bucket list” for a long time I’m so excited about this trip and look forward to giving my camera a work out!

Be sure and keep an eye on my Tour Dates page because it changes all the time.

I hope to see you on the road somewhere. Until then, keep a song in your heart!

EG

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Nashville! Nashville! Nashville!

Well, this Songbird sure has had a lot going on the last couple of weeks! I’ve been in Chattanooga and Nashville, and what a great time I’ve been having!

I was in Chattanooga the last weekend of February, and performed at a couple of house concerts. They were well attended and were so much fun! I just love it when I can get that that up close and personal with my fans. It’s like a mini-concert with fans who listen to and appreciate every word and every note. Thanks to Karen, and Gail and Al, for hosting these concerts!

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I’ve been in Nashville this whole past week and got to catch up with so many wonderful artists. I saw some old friends and made some new ones.

Tuesday I went to 3rd & Lindsley to hear Post Monroe, an amazing country trio with beautiful harmonies.

Post Monroe at 3rd & Lindsley
We left there and went to see Jennie Hoeft and the Jenerators at Sambuca, a nice, cozy dinner club. Jennie is one of my all-time favorite drummers, and she had five-time Grammy winner Victor Wooten on bass. They were playing some of the good old R&B songs that we all know and love, and I really enjoyed that blast from the past.

Jen Hoeft at Sambuca
We left there, and went to Bourbon Street to hear Gary Nicholson, (as Whitey Johnson), who is not only one of the best songwriters out there, but he’s also a great performer. Playing guitar with him was someone I’ve wanted to meet for a long time, Colin Linden. He’s the Music Director for the ABC show “Nashville” and has studied under none other than Howlin’ Wolf. So Colin and I had a mutual friend, Hubert Sumlin, Howlin’s Wolf’s guitar player, who continues to inspire both of us.

Gary Nicholson, Colin Linden, Dana Robbins BSBBB

In one evening, I heard straight-ahead country, R&B, and blues. That’s one reason I love Nashville!

Wednesday afternoon I had a conference call with Dr. Arun Venkatesan, the Director of Neurology at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, about when I was sick with Encephalitis. We had an uplifting conversation and he talked about me becoming one of the “Faces” of Encephalitis research. I’m looking forward to taking a tour of the Encephalitis Center, and performing a concert there. I’m glad to be part of the research and to help raise awareness about Encephalitis.  Stay tuned….

And to see my photo that landed in 3rd place in two categories in the Encephalitis Society‘s #ShowYouKnow contest, click here. http://www.EGKightMusic.com/encephalitis

Wednesday evening I joined some old and dear friends, JC Ward and Diane Gentes, in Debi Champion‘s songwriters round at the Commodore Grille. It was a fundraiser for the Cheatham County Animal Awareness Foundation, and we helped raise $3,500 for the animals. You know that did my heart good!

Friday night Colin had a show at the City Winery and invited some of the “Nashville” cast to join him.  I’m a huge fan of the show, so I was beside myself, and it was a very memorable evening.

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EG Kight, Chaley Rose - Winery 030416 rszwith Chaley Rose
(“Zoey” from ABC’s “Nashville” show)

Sam Palladio, EG Kight, Buddy Miller - Winery 030416 rszwith Sam Palladio and Buddy Miller
(Sam is “Gunnar” and Buddy is the Executive Music Producer
from ABC’s “Nashville” show)

Then we went back to Bourbon Street, and I got to sit in with Stacy Mitchhart and his band again. They are one of the best blues bands I’ve ever heard, and it’s always an honor to be invited to sit in with them! My friend Barb Hilke from the Atlanta Blues Society happened to be there, too, so we were representing Georgia in the house!

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I’ve been writing some new songs and can’t wait to try them out for you. And, I’m excited that the movie, “Collar” that has five of my songs in it, is supposed to be coming out soon. I can’t wait to see it and can’t wait for you to see it, too.  I’ll keep you posted on that!

And for all of you who’ve been asking about my goats, they’re all doing good right now. And a couple of weeks ago, I brought Cotton Top in the house so she could listen to me practice one of my new songs. I think she liked it!

Cotton Top
My schedule is constantly changing, so please keep an eye on it.  I hope to see you soon.  Until then, keep a song in your heart!

EG

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Merry Christmas!

 

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Happy New Year! 2014 recap – Top 5 Best Blues Artists, the new “Goat Report,” a cookbook, Robert Johnson book, Koko Taylor award voting, “A New Day” reviews, and new songs!

2015 gold banner -2Happy New Year everyone!

I hope that this year has started out good for you, and that it will be the best year ever!

As I’m writing this, I’m thinking about all the good stuff that happened in 2014. Here’s a recap of some of the highlights of my year!

  • One of my photos got chosen to be on the cover of a book by James Nuttall about Robert Johnson, and I got a copy in the mail last week. I’m so tickled about that! It’s only available for kindle right now, and you can get your copy at http://www.amazon.com/Preaching-Blues-Times-Robert-Johnson/dp/1505627672
  • Several of my mama goats had some baby goats born on Christmas Eve, and they are beautiful! And Sippie’s doing good, and her baby Sip is enjoying his new home and family.
  • I was nominated for a Blues Music Award – the Koko Taylor Award! Voting is open to all members of the Blues Foundation. If you’re not a member yet, you can easily join on their website. http://www.blues.org/membership/individual-membership. Then you can vote up till March 2nd.
  • Some of my photographs won some first and second place ribbons at the Georgia National Fair.
  • I helped produce an album for Lisa Biales, which was nominated for a Blues Blast Award for “Acoustic Album of the Year.”
  • My new album came out in September. “A New Day” is getting lots of airplay, and it’s still getting great reviews!
  • Several of my recipes were included in the Blues Foundation’s “Cooking with HART” cookbook. You can buy it at http://www.shopbluesfoundation.org/cooking-with-hart, and all the proceeds go to the HART fund.
  • Because I was on Vinny Bond Marini’s “Music On The Couch” program, I now have a chance to be featured in his 2016 calendar, for the month of September. And YOU can vote at http://www.musiconthecouch.com/#!calendar-contest/c1uk4.
  • I performed at clubs, festivals, and theaters, several in new areas; did a couple of Blues in the Schools events; performed for more private events; did quite a few solo shows, got to do some shows with my incredible Blue South Band, and I joined Lisa Biales for several Peach Pickin’ Mamas shows. It was a GREAT year on the road!
  • A song I wrote with Tom Horner and Sunny Stephens aired on “The Fosters” on ABC Family.
  • I ended up in the top 5 “Best Blues Artists of 2014″! I’m in good company with Joe Bonamassa, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gary Clark Jr., and Eric Bibb. Read more about it here. http://www.axs.com/best-blues-artists-of-2014-35943.

I had a good Christmas and New Year’s Eve, takin’ it easy at home with family, friends and my pets. I’m so enjoying watching the baby goats jumping and running. They’re a sight to see. I’ve got a new page on my website dedicated to my goats, so you can check back regularly. Just click on the “Goat Report!”

EG loving on Jazzy

I’m gearing up for my birthday on January 17th. My Blue South Band and I will be performing at one of our all-time favorite venues, the Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee, Florida. Come one, come all! We’ll have a ball!

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It’s time to start thinking about my next album, so I need to write some new songs. I’ll be busy at home writing for a while. I’ll be around Georgia and Tennessee this month, but I hope to see you down the road in the coming months. Keep an eye on my schedule, because we’ll be adding some more tour dates as we get them contracted.

I sure appreciate ALL of you! You mean the world to me.

Keep a song in your heart!

EG

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BMA Koko Taylor Award nomination, Robert Johnson book, A New Day, Bradenton, and The Crimson Moon!

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

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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/
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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!

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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 at Bradenton - by ChefJimi(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.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NabuY6YwSBQ

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG0zwANY81s

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!

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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!

EG
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Another great BMA show, just finished up in the studio, my new camera, Billtown this weekend!

Hello Everybody!

I just wanted to catch you up on what’s been going on with the Songbird. I attended the Blues Music Awards in Memphis and as always, I had a natural ball. I got to be part of the VizzTone jam at the Rum Boogie on Beale, and talk about a good time! It was happening there!  I got to jam with Bob Margolin, using Little G Weavil‘s amazing guitar. It was an awesome evening!

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And then the next night, it was the Blues Awards night, and what an outstanding show! I’ve made so many friends by attending the Blues Awards every year and it’s always like a family reunion when we all get together. I met up with my “Peach Pickin’ Mamas” partner, Lisa Biales, and she and I did some radio spots. We did a fun interview with Jesse Finkelstein for Blues Radio International. I’ll let you know when that show will air.

Lisa’s CD is doing great and I was happy to introduce her to some of my friends in the industry. Here I am at the BMA’s with some of my favorite people – Lisa Biales, Reba Russell, and Teeny Tucker.

BMA's - Lisa, EG, Reba Russell, Teeny Tucker

I’ve been working hard on my upcoming album. My band helped with the arrangements on several of the songs and played their butts off in the studio. I’m so proud of the way they put so much of themselves into these songs. The creative juices were really flowing!

EG recording in the studio May 2014

Here’s my band after a session in the studio – Paul Hornsby/engineer and producer, Gary Porter/drums, Mike Harrell/piano and organ, Ken Wynn/guitar, and Johnny Fountain/bass.  I love these guys!

Band and Paul in studio May 2014

And here’s Gary and his wife, Rhonda Porter. They helped me with background vocals, and she’s my soul sister!

Gary and Rhonda in studio May 2014

It looks like the new CD, entitled “A New Day,” will be officially released in September. But I’ll have a few CD release parties prior to the national release. There will be one in Knoxville on July 18th, one in Chattanooga on July 19th, and another in Tallahassee on August 2nd. We’re working on several more, and we’re also in the process of booking some mini-tours in other states. I may be coming to your town, so just keep an eye on my schedule to see what’s going on. We’ll post the dates as soon as they’re contracted.

This coming Sunday, I’ll be performing at the Billtown Blues Festival in Hughesville, Pennsylvania. I’ll be joined on stage by my Northern Band, some great guys I used to play with some years back. I can’t wait to see them again, and all of my friends in Pennsylvania!

The goats are doing fine and I get such comfort from them when I get stressed. Here’s Sippie and me, enjoying a moment together.

EG and Sippie looking at sunrise
I’ve also been enjoying my new camera. Here are a couple of photos I’ve taken lately. Can you tell I’m lovin’ it?!

Pond - by EG Kight
Old guitar and chair - EG Kight

Well, it’s back to work on the new CD. I need to get my part of the cover finished so we can wrap this baby up!

I hope to see you along the way. Until then, keep a song in your heart!

EG

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UPCOMING DATES

SUNDAY, JUNE 8 ~ Hughesville, PA
Billtown Blues Festival – 2:30-3:30 pm
– Band Show
East Lycoming Fairgrounds
http://www.billtownblues.org

SUNDAY, JUNE 8 ~ Hughesville, PA
Billtown Blues Festival – 6:30-7:15 pm
– Solo Show
East Lycoming Fairgrounds
http://www.billtownblues.org
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Crimson Moon, Peach Pickin’ Mamas, BMA’s in Memphis, Billtown Festival, and playing with my goats!

Hey Everyone!

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!

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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!

EG

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