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 “Wherever You Are,” a great song about special people, and we 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, whom I’ve know for many years. He 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. We had so much fun, and a good time was had by all!!
I have lots of fun gigs coming up. So 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!
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To read about EG’s comeback from encephalitis, an often-fatal brain disorder, click here. http://www.EGKightMusic.com/egs-story
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…
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.”
In the meantime, I’m keeping all the people in East Tennessee in my prayers…