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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
with Colin Linden
with Chaley Rose
(“Zoey” from ABC’s “Nashville” show)
with 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!
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!
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!
I hope you’re all getting into the Christmas spirit! “Kindness” is the word for the season. If things seem overwhelming, just smile. I don’t think the good Lord intended for us to get stressed around his birthday. Let’s just slow down and breathe, and remember that a smile goes a long way, and sometimes that’s all someone needs.
I just got the latest issue of Kudzoo magazine, and it made me smile from ear to ear! Not only was my “A New Day” album reviewed in it, but it also made the “15 Best Albums that made 2015 memorable” list! How awesome is that?!? You can read all about it here. http://www.kudzoomag.com
I’ve been one busy Songbird the last half of this year. I’ve traveled to South Carolina, Ohio, Florida, Connecticut, Kentucky, California, Tennessee, Indiana, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and back to Georgia, performing in a park, on a porch, at a festival, on the street, in a listening room, at house concerts, at an apple orchard, in a chapel, in clubs, and a theater. I love pickin’ and grinnin’ and I’ll make music anywhere!
SRO at Jeremiah’s club!
At the Fall Chapel Concert Series with my mama as special guest!
Having fun with the dancers at the County Line Orchard!
With Lisa Biales at Tom Carson’s house concert!
Blues on the Porch with Val Starr and the Blues Rocket band!
At Marg Henry’s house concert!
It’s been great catching up with old friends and making new ones. That’s one of the perks of the music business. I’ve been so blessed to meet so many wonderful people through the years playing my music, and some end up becoming dear friends.
I do a lot of solo shows, but I’m always thrilled to get to share the stage with the amazingly talented members of my Blue South Band. We performed a short set together at the Skydog 69 annual benefit concert honoring the legacy of Duane Allman. It’s always held around his birthday and the admission is cans of food which go to the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia. I was so honored to be part of it, and it was great being with my band!
(LtoR: Mike Harrell/keys, me, Rhonda Porter/bgv, Gary Porter/drums,
Ken Wynn/lead guitar, Johnny Fountain/bass. Photo by Rudy Mullis)
I also shared the stage with the young guys of the Dirty Uncle Bob band at GABBAfest, the Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association’s annual event. It’s great to see these young players appreciating great music! Here’s a video of us doing “Southbound.”
A couple of months ago I got a request for some of my songs for an upcoming movie starring Rebecca DeMornay, Tom Sizemore, Richard Roundtree, and David Patrick Wilson! And they selected five of them, including a couple that I co-wrote with Tom Horner! I’ll keep you posted as things develop!
In November I had four baby goats born. One of them, “Jazz” was shunned by his mama, but he now has a wonderful new home, and is at a goat “palace.” He’s being pampered so much that I’m thinking we should call him “Prince Jazz.” The other new babies are Cotton Top, Honey Boy, and Buttercup. They’re so cute, and they’re such great stress relievers. Everyone should have a pet goat! You can see all the latest pictures of my babies on the GOAT REPORT page. Here’s one of Buttercup curled up in a feed bowl.
I’m getting geared up for the holidays, and looking back over an amazing year. I’ve been a lot of places, and done a lot of things. And I’m excited to now be raising awareness for the Johns Hopkins Encephalitis Center. They are on the cutting edge of research and education, and my hope is that one day people like me will get the right diagnosis, and the best possible care, with no lingering effects. Read all about it on the ENCEPHALITIS page.
I’ll be performing on New Year’s Eve in Chattanooga at the Tropicana Room, and we’re gonna have a large time! Get your tickets on my Tour Dates page. Come on out and let’s bring in 2016 together!
Click here for tickets. –>http://www.EGKightMusic.com/tour-dates
We have some more upcoming dates in the works, and as soon as we can, we’ll post the on my site. So keep checking my schedule. You never know when I might show up in your neck of the woods!
And one final thing… We’ve got a few of my older CD’s left in the warehouse, so we’ve got all of them on sale now through the end of January. I’ve got to clear some out to make room for a new one! I’ll be working on it in 2016, and I’m excited about another new venture. Get a free download of “Holdin’ On,” and get some CD’s for your collection, and to give to your friends at http://www.EGKightMusic.com/music!
Till I see you again, 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 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.