A lot has happened since my last blog. I’ve been recovering from being attacked by three pitbulls.
It’s been over three months now, and I just got dismissed from my wound care doctor this week. He said I’d probably have pain from my injuries for another six months. Oh well, things are a lot better than they were, and I know in time I’ll be okay. Thanks so much to all of you who have reached out to me, sent gifts, thoughts, and prayers. You have been a real strength for me through this process.
I’ve finally been able to play some gigs. It’s been just what the doctor ordered. I’ve been playing some solo shows and have had a few trio shows. I am really enjoying my trio! Gary Porter and Ken Wynn are a joy to work with, and they always keep a watchful eye out for me. They are like family. If you haven’t heard the trio, I hope we make it to your area soon. I want everybody to hear us!
I recently went to Memphis to attend the Blues Music Awards and they were awesome! It’s always like a family reunion. Talk about hugs, I sure got a lot of them! Here’s a picture of me with (l to r) Lisa Biales, Gil Anthony, Deb Ryder, and Hurricane Ruth. We were havin’ a ball!
On my way to Memphis, I stopped by in Nashville and worked with Pat Alger. Pat has written many hit songs for various artists through the years, including “The Thunder Rolls,” “What She’s Doing Now,” and “Unanswered Prayers” for Garth Brooks. And Kathy Mattea, Hal Ketchum, and Don Williams have recorded some of his songs. I’m honored to write with him, and I’m learning so much. We’ve already written a good one, and I hope to get it out there soon!
And Jody Jackson called and asked me to play a songwriter’s show in Atlanta recently with Pat Alger and Tony Arata. Tony wrote “The Dance” for Garth, and his songs have been recorded by some of my favorite artists, such as Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, and Delbert McClinton.
Tony and Pat were both so sweet and encouraging to me. They’re both good ole Georgia boys, and they feel like old friends now. And I look forward to seeing them again soon.
(l to r: Tony, me, and Pat)
And another good ole Georgia boy I got to spend some time with recently is Chuck Leavell, who played on my “Southern Comfort” album, and tours with the Rolling Stones. He had a fundraising event at his farm, and he invited me up to sing with him. And a good time was had by all!
My trio and I will be performing this coming Wednesday, May 30th at the Rookery in Macon, GA, then I fly out to Ohio. I hope to see y’all at the Hey Hey in Columbus and at Memorial Hall in Cincinnati. Can’t wait to see my fans there.
I have gigs coming up soon in Tennessee and Florida. Keep an eye on my schedule. You never know where I may show up! http://www.EGKightMusic.com/tour-dates
Until then, keep a song in your heart!
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
It’s been a while since my last blog post, which was about the loss of BB King. It’s still hard to believe he’s gone…
Ironically, today I’m writing about BB again, on his birthday. I’m honored to be a part of a Tribute Concert in Nashville next week, performing along with some great musicians and entertainers. There are few people in the music business today who weren’t touched in some way by BB’s music, personality, and sweet spirit. He influenced my music in a huge way. I wrote about it, and you can find it on page 29 of the tribute issue of Blues Music Magazine. http://www.bluesmusicmagazine.com/bb-king.html
And it’s very fitting that we’ll be performing at this Tribute with Stacy Mitchhart and his band. In the early days of my blues career, I went to Nashville a lot, and spent many a night at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar, listening to Stacy and his band, soaking up every word, every note, and every gesture. Stacy is the epitome of Nashville Blues, and Bourbon Street was the first blues club to open in Nashville. I even brought my band to that stage several times through the years, and we always had a great time. And to this day, when I travel to or through Nashville, I try to find time to stop down there, to get my blues fix.
Thanks to Gina Hughes and the Galaxie Agency for allowing me to be a part of such a special evening. I’m looking forward to seeing Claudette King, Crystal Shawanda, Gary Nicholson, Mike Farris, T. Graham Brown, and all the other great artists who are a part of the tribute.
They’ve already sold a lot of tickets, but there are still some good seats left. Get yours today! http://www.citywinery.com/nashville/tickets/bbkingtribute092215.html
I also wanted to post a link to the “Women in Music” edition of the Blues-E-News magazine. My story is on page 44. Get a copy when you can, and read all about all these amazing women. Thanks to Wayne Rinehart and his team for putting this together! http://blues-e-news.com/2015-women-in-music-feature
I’ve been a lot of places since my last blog update. I’ve been blessed to do some shows with my Blue South Band at the Capitol Oyster Bar, the Bikes, Blues & BBQ Festival, the Crawdad & Music Festival, the Wiregrass Blues Fest honoring Paul Hornsby, Bradfordville Blues Club, at The Big House Allman Brothers Band Museum, the Street Music Concert Series in SC, and even on the Blues Music Awards show!
I’ve got one of the best bands on the planet, and I’m never more at home than when I’m on stage with them. I’ve known each of them for 15 years or more, and I love them like brothers. You can read all about them here. http://www.EGKightMusic.com/blue-south-band-bios
The Blue South Band with EG on stage at the BMA’s:
Key Wynn/lead guitar, Mike Harrell/keys, Johnny Fountain/bass, Gary Porter/drums
While I was in Memphis for the Blues Music Awards, I also got to share the stage with my Peach Pickin’ Mamas partner, Lisa Biales, as well as Greg Nagy, Victor Wainwright, Gracie Curan, and Andy T and his band.
And I got to tour the brand new Blues Hall of Fame! That was definitely a highlight of my year, to see the end result of so much hard work by the Blues Foundation.
What a fabulous place, for people from all over the world to see where the American art form called “The Blues” got its start. I’m definitely going to go back and see it again. I could go through the museum time after time…
With Victor Wainwright at Rum Boogie
I’ve also gotten to perform with some amazing bands across the country, from California to Connecticut! It was great to get out to Sacramento, and share the stage with John Ellis, Val Starr, and their Blues Rocket band. It was a beautiful evening on the patio, and I look forward to getting back out to that part of the country.
At the Blues on the Patio in Sacramento. With John Ellis on bass.
Photos by Brian Phillips.
And last weekend I was with my northern band at the 2 Left Feet Blues Festival in Connecticut. We had a ball with my “northern cousins,” Char and Tom, and I can’t wait to see them again.
And at the end of the night, I got to join John Nemeth and his band for a song. Any time I’m on a stage, I’m happy, and when I get to share it with talented folks like these, I’m overjoyed!
with Jeremy Jaffe/drums, Sean Farley/lead guitar, Bill Stetz/bass
Photos by Tom Aguiar
And I’ve done some solo shows, too. I love having my band with me, but sometimes a solo is more fitting for the venue. I’ve done some house concerts, been back to Chattanooga and Dahlonega, and was in Florence, AL for a show at the Sweetwater Depot.
More recently, Andra Faye and Scott Ballantine and I performed at a Women’s Way event, and Lisa Biales sat in with us. And the next night I had Long Tall Deb and Hurricane Ruth sitting in with me.
LtoR: Andra Faye, EG, Lisa Biales, Scott Ballantine
Photo by Lisa Scrimizzi Jones
Here’s a link where you’ll find a video of Deb, Ruth and me at the Hey Hey Club. We had a naturally good time singing “You Can Have My Husband!” http://www.EGKightMusic.com/videos
I’m also thrilled about the latest news about one of my songs! “Comin’ Down with the Blues” will air on a show called “From Dusk Till Dawn” on the new El Rey Network! That feels pretty good, that they like my song enough to use it!
I’ve also got a lot going on with my photography. Three of my photographs were just selected to hang in the Arts Clayton Gallery in Jonesboro, Georgia for the month of October. What an honor! Here’s one of them. I took this on the streets of Memphis. And you can see more of my photos at http://www.EGKightPhotography.com
And speaking of Georgia, how exciting was it to watch Miss Georgia being crowned the new Miss America!! I’m so proud of Betty Cantrell! She’s from Warner Robins, which isn’t far from my hometown.
As you can tell, I’ve been busy! I try to keep my website’s home page updated so you can see what I’m up to, but I wanted to take time today to fill you in on everything.
I’ve got a lot of great stuff coming up, too. I was asked to bring my band and be the first artist to grace the stage at a brand new $8 million Fine Arts Center in north Georgia. I’m so honored, and am proud to bring our music to show the residents of Union County that their tax dollars were well spent! Then I’ll head to Nashville for the BB King Tribute, back to Macon for GABBAfest, on to Cincinnati, Oxford, Indianapolis, Hobart, then down to Jacksonville Beach, and back up to Williamsport and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
I know this was a lot to take in, but I’ve been so excited, and had a lot to tell ya! I’m havin’ a ball y’all!
Keep an eye on my Tour Dates, and come see me when I’m in your area. I always enjoy seeing your smiling faces! You’re the reason I keep doing what I do!
Keep a song in your heart!
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 fans enjoying the blues in Tallahassee
Gary Anton gets a birthday kiss from EG
with 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.
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!
with Markey Blue’s band
with 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 Amazon.
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 Royal, South 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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
And here’s Gary and his wife, Rhonda Porter. They helped me with background vocals, and she’s my soul sister!
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.
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!
SUNDAY, JUNE 8 ~ Hughesville, PA
Billtown Blues Festival – 2:30-3:30 pm
– Band Show
East Lycoming Fairgrounds
SUNDAY, JUNE 8 ~ Hughesville, PA
Billtown Blues Festival – 6:30-7:15 pm
– Solo Show
East Lycoming Fairgrounds
For the full schedule, click on the “Tour Dates” tab.
.For the full schedule, click on the “Tour Dates” tab.
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.