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!
I don’t know about you, but it’s been raining, raining, and raining in Georgia. My catfish pond has overflowed twice already and we’re still having some rain almost every day. At least it’s kept the temperature down compared to what it usually is down here in the south.
Paul Hornsby and I just finished producing a new album for Lisa Biales. This is the second one we’ve worked on together and I think it’s terrific! It may be out in August some time. It’s called “Belle of the Blues” and I can’t wait for you to hear it. I get as excited about Lisa’s albums as I do mine!
I’ve been busy performing in Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia. Thanks to all of you who came out to my shows, picked up a cd and purchased one of my photographs.
Speaking of photos, I now have a way for you to get them online. You can go to http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/eg-kight.html and check them out. I love taking pictures almost as much as making music. I’m not a professional but I sure enjoy it!
I have some great shows coming up this week in Ohio. My band and I will be performing at the Cincinnati Blues Festival on Friday night, then I’ll be performing my solo show in Columbus on Saturday at the Hey Hey Club, and then Sunday I’ll be in Silverton performing at a benefit show for “Women Writing For A Change”.
Next week I’ll be back at the Crimson Moon in Dahlonega with artist Heather Wilkerson. She will be painting on canvas, live to my music. It sounds like fun to me!
My band and I will be back in Tallahassee at the Bradfordville Blues Club on August 17th. Now you talk about a fun place – this is one of the best! Then on August 24th I’ll be playing a songwriters night at Eatonton, Georgia at the Crooked Pines Farm in “The Barn”. I’m excited about this new venue and appreciate people who want to showcase songwriters.
My goats are doing fine. My little boys are really getting handsome and Sippie is really growing. I’m so glad you all keep asking about my goats, and that you enjoy them!
Until I see you, be sure and……keep a song in your heart.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 – Cincinnati, OH
Cincy Blues Summerfest – 10:15 pm
Women in the Blues Headliner / Band
705 East Pete Rose Way
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 ~ Columbus, OH
Hey Hey Bar and Grill ~ 9 pm
361 E Whittier Street / 614-445-9512 / Solo
SUNDAY AUGUST 4 – Silverton, OH
Benefit for Women Writing for (a) Change
and Womens Way of Ohio-Kentucky – 7 pm
with Raison D’Etre and Emily Ash
6906 Plainfield Road / 513-923-1414 / Solo
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 – Dahlonega, GA
Crimson Moon Cafe – Time TBA
24 North Park Street / 706-864-3982 / Solo
special event with visual artist Heather Wilkerson
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 – Tallahassee, FL
Bradfordville Blues Club – 9 pm
7152 Moses Lane / 850-906-0766 / Band
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 – Eatonton, GA
GA songwriters event at The Barn at Crooked Pines – Time TBA
355 Harmony Road / 706-347-0274
I had such an amazing time last week that I wanted to tell you all about it!
I’ve been trying to spend more time in Nashville, because when I’m in “Music City”, I soak up all the energy that’s there. It’s a whole different vibe, and being in the heart of the songwriting community always inspires me.
I went this time especially to see Wynonna in concert Wednesday night at 3rd & Lindsley, one of my favorite night spots. I’ve performed there several times, and I was really looking forward to seeing her there. Needless to say, she was absolutely awesome. So was her band. Her husband Cactus, played the drums and I couldn’t believe how great he was. He had a bad motorcycle accident less than a year ago and lost a leg. You sure couldn’t tell it by the way he plays. He’s amazing!
I’ve always known that Wynonna had the blues in her, and when she pulled out her harmonica and got down with it, I knew she did! I know she’s recording a new album and I’ve been writing with her in mind. I hope she has the chance to listen to my songs.
Just when I didn’t think it could get any better, the crowd standing up front started screaming. They apparently saw someone coming from backstage, and the next thing I knew, Kree Harrison, from American Idol, was joining Wynonna on stage. They did two of my favorite songs – “Love is Alive” and “Grandpa”. It was incredible!!
During the evening, I had the chance to meet Cactus, and their guitar player Justin Weaver, and Wynonna’s son Elijah. What a sweet, polite young man he is!
Thursday afternoon, as my friends and I were still talking about what a great concert it was, I thought the week couldn’t get any better. But it did…
We got a tweet around 3:00 that Wynonna was going to do a short acoustic set Puckett’s in Leipers Fork. That’s a quaint little rural community south of Nashville where I’ve gone several times to take pictures. The countryside is picturesque, and in so many ways it reminds me of where I live. I couldn’t believe that I had the chance to see Wynonna again, and an acoustic set at that!
While waiting for Wynonna to arrive, I happened to step outside to take some pictures and found some people getting ready to go up in a couple of hot air balloons. They were so beautiful!
When it was close to show time, I found Wynonna sitting outside on a bench. I had the chance to speak to her for a minute, and she was so gracious. I mentioned that I’d sent some of my songs to her husband Cactus and she said she’d look for them. I hope she likes them!
Before the show I finally got to meet Tami Olin, Wynonna’s longtime Personal Assistant. I’ve only spoken to her on the phone over the years, but she’s always been so gracious. It was great to finally meet her in person!
When Wy took the stage, it was just her and her acoustic guitar, Justin on acoustic guitar, and Cactus on the “box”. He doesn’t need a full drum kit. He can beat on anything and make it sound good!
It was so cool that I got to hear one of my all-time favorite country singers – two nights in a row! And if she and Cactus like some of my songs, and want to record them, that would be the icing on the cake!
Friday I left Nashville and headed to Crossville for an encore performance at the Palace Theatre. I had a very attentive crowd, and we had a ball! I also did an interview, talking about how important the arts are for young people. It was great to work for Debra Mendenhall again, and I appreciate all her efforts, and those of the Performing Arts Alliance of Rural Tennessee. I also appreciate your continued support of live music, and the arts in general.
I was so touched Saturday morning, when I read some of the fan mail that was already coming in! Here are a few of them. I love it when people reach out to me letting me know that my music touched them. After all, they’re the reason I keep on doing it, traveling around, making music.
Fantastic performance at the Palace Theater tonight. Enjoyed the variety of music, especially “The House of the Rising Sun.” Thanks for sharing your special talent and love of music with Crossville. – Diane Lewis Hodges
Wow! great voice ! Enjoyed the show tonight. – Connie Obohoskie
Great Show!!!!! We saw you in Crossville, TN last night. We thoroughly enjoyed you, you are dynamic! You amaze me with your recall ability. Thanking you again for a fabulous performance. – Dennis & MaryAnn Tryon
My husband and I attended your concert in Crossville last night. Loved your performance-so much fun! Great stories, too. Thank you so much for doing “I’d Rather Go Blind.” That song always gives me goosebumps. When you finished it, the woman next to me said, “What a beautiful song!” She had never heard it before and thanked me for requesting it. It sounds like you have the same musical idols that I have. For eleven years, I was a weekly entertainment columnist for the Times Picayune in New Orleans. I retired eight years ago, but I still compose a column “in my head” (like you write song lyrics). I could have easily written a couple of thousand words about your performance, anecdotes, biography, other musicians you have worked with, and those who influenced you. Looking forward to hearing you again. – Beth Sager
My wife and I saw you last night at the Palace in Crossville TN. It was the second time we saw you, and we loved the show. You are an awesome entertainer and guitarist. You make that guitar sound like three guitars, and your bluesy voice is the best. Thanks for the great show, you worked real hard, and we appreciated it. Look forward to seeing you again some time. Best of health to you. Ciao. -BMac.
I always love hearing from the fans, and I appreciate you taking time out of your day to come see me, and to let me know you liked the show!
You all know how much I love my animals, and I just wanted you to see my little Sippie. She’s not a baby any more! She’s growing so fast. Look how big she is now!
This coming weekend I’ll be performing at the Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. Then I’ll be back in east Tennessee, and Alabama, Ohio, and Florida. Just keep an eye on my schedule, which will always be current on this blog. You can always scroll to the bottom and just search for “schedule”.
And come see me when you can! I’m always looking for music lovers in the crowd!
Keep a song in your heart!
I’m headed out today to perform at a private party for the Chamber of Commerce and the Air Force Base. I’m really looking forward to that!
Last weekend I was performing in Jacksonville Beach, Florida at the Springing the Blues Festival, and what a great time my band and I had playing for all those blues lovers! The weather was perfect and the crowd was too. It’s a wonderful thing when you connect with your audience. It feels like magic, and it’s what keeps us “pickers” going.
Last month I did a show at the Crimson Moon in Dahlonega, in the north Georgia mountains. It’s always a lot of fun at that place, and the crowd and staff are always so good to me. The last weekend in March I was off to east Tennessee. I played at a great theater in Knoxville with one of my blues brothers, Roger “Hurricane” Wilson. We did some jamming and had a ball.
Then I was off to the Tropicana Room in Chattanooga, where several special friends came to be with me. My “roadies” in Ohio, Steve and Nancy Broermann were there, along with good friends from Nashville, Sunny Stephens and Patricia Childs, and very dear friends from Germany, Christa and Norbert Fuhrmann. In fact Norbert is the lead guitarist of my German band, Blue Alley. Needless to say, he and I did some jamming, and the fans seemed to really get into it. My co-writer Tom Horner was there and joined in the fun, too.
As you can probably tell, I’ve really been having a good time performing. It never gets old and only gets better! Thanks to all of you who come to the shows. You are the greatest!
I couldn’t wait to tell you this part too! I recently entered seven photos in a photography contest in Eatonton, Georgia for the Plaza Arts Center, and last week I took home 2 ribbons – one for second and one for third place!
You all know how much I love taking pictures. In fact, here’s my newest one called “The Blues Diva”. I have different versions of it. Which one do you like best?
Let me know what you think about these new photos! I’ll be waiting to hear from you!
And I couldn’t put a post on my blog without a picture of my goats! Here’s one of Sippie and Bluesie. They’re starting to eat regular food, and they couldn’t wait to get to the bucket, and they ended up turning it over!
And look how big Sippie’s getting! I love my babies!
I can’t wait to see y’all again down the road some time! Until then, keep a song in your heart!
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
SATURDAY, APRIL 13 ~ Cochran, GA
Chamber of Commerce and Air Force Base
Private Event / Solo
SATURDAY, APRIL 20 ~ Ozark, AL
Crawdad & Music Festival ~ Noon
One N. Court Square / 334-774-2618 / Band
SATURDAY, APRIL 27 ~ Barnesville, GA
Barnesville BBQ Blues Festival ~ 9 pm
EG will be presented with the Georgia Music Legend Award!
And she will perform a few songs with The Crossroads Blues Band
at Ritz Park Amphitheater
SATURDAY, MAY 4 ~ Hiawassee, GA
BMW Motorcycle Owners of GA Annual Rally ~ 4 pm
Private event / Solo
MAY 7 to 11 ~ Memphis, TN
Attend Blues Music Awards
SATURDAY, MAY 18 ~ Macon, GA
Forrest Gump Private Party / Solo
FRIDAY, JUNE 7 ~ Crossville, TN
Palace Theatre ~ 7 pm
72 Main Street / 931-484-6133 / Solo
SATURDAY, JUNE 15 ~ Eureka Springs, AR
Eureka Springs Blues Weekend ~ Time TBA
At the Auditorium / Solo
FRIDAY, JUNE 21 ~ Townsend, TN
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
Great Smoky Mountains National Park / 865-448-0044
Solo / Details TBA
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 ~ Cincinnati, OH
Cincy Blues Festival
Arches Theme Stage / 10:15 pm
705 East Pete Rose Way / Band
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 ~ Columbus, OH
Hey Hey Bar and Grill ~ 9 pm
361 E Whittier Street / 614-445-9512 / Solo
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 ~ Perry, GA
Perry Music Festival ~ 8:30
Info coming soon to www.perrymusicfestival.org
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 ~ Savannah, GA
Savannah Jazz Festival – 8:15 pm
Band Shell in Forsyth Park in Downtown Savannah / Band
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 ~ Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Blues Festival ~ 3:30
Jackie Robinson Ballpark, Downtown / 386-846-7302 / Band
Dates and times are subject to change.
Please confirm with the venue before making travel arrangements.
Text and photos ©2013 EG Kight
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Just a quick note to let you know that after I get home from the festival this weekend, I’ll be updating you all with another newsletter. I want to tell you about the awards I got yesterday, show you one of my new photos that is really selling with my audiences, and let you know how it’s going with my new songs, and Lisa Biales’s upcoming album!