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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!

Bradfordville Blues ClubBradfordville Blues Club

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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Unique airport show in Chattanooga, Georgia shows with German band, Blue Alley

Hello Everyone!

My band and I have been busy lately playing some great festivals, and last month, we even got to play one in Georgia!  The Savannah Jazz Festival was a lot of fun, and it was good to see some old friends there.

On stage at the Savannah Jazz Festival

On stage at the Savannah Jazz Festival

We just got back a couple of days ago from playing the Daytona Blues Festival and we had a ball there. A special THANKS to all the folks who came to support us at these festivals and for all the kindness shown to us by the festival staff. We love playing for you all!

EG and the band take a bow at the Savannah Jazz Festival

The band and me taking a bow at the
Savannah Jazz Festival
L to R: Gary Porter/drums, Ken Wynn/lead guitar, me, Johnny Fountain/bass, and Mike Harrell/keyboard

Last month I submitted several of my photographs at the Georgia National Fair and I ended up winning FOUR ribbons!  I received two first place ribbons, and a third and fifth place.  I’m so excited about my photography, and winning more ribbons! Next to music, I love taking pictures!

"Goats at the Gate" won a First Place ribbon

“A Gate of Goats” won a First Place ribbon

"Old Man" won a First Place ribbon

“Lines of Time” won a First Place ribbon

I have a very unique show coming up this Saturday at the airport in Chattanooga.  It’s a fundraiser for the Moccasin Flying Club, which supports several different charities. There will be a drawing for a free “discovery/sightseeing flight”, and attendees will have the chance to tour a private plane. It all sounds like fun, so come on out and join us!

Next week, I’ll be joining Norbert Fuhrmann and his German band, Blue Alley for several dates.  For five years I toured with them in Germany, but this is the first time they’ve been in the states to play some shows. I’m looking forward to joining them on stage in Georgia, and I can’t wait to see my German friends again!

A lot of you often ask about my goats and I wanted you to know they are doing fine. My little boys are turning in to quite the handsome young billys. They already have the nannys looking at them! I sure enjoy my goats. They’re good company, and lift my spirits, no matter what’s going on. I just hope the rattlesnake stays away from them!

Hippie J and Tiny Tim

Hippie J and Tiny Tim

That’s all for now. My upcoming schedule is below. Come see me when you can. And until next time, keep a song in your heart!

EG

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 ~ Chattanooga, TN
Fundraiser for Moccasin Flight Club
Doors at 6pm, Show time 6:30 to 8:30 pm / Solo
Lovell Field at the airport
TAC Air South, Hangar 2
1001 Airport Road
706-980-5818 or 706-280-4921
Tickets available at Bud’s Sports Bar
Meet local pilots, and tour a private plane
Drawing for free “discovery/sightseeing flight”
http://mocfly.org

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 ~ Athens, GA
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar ~ 8 pm
with German Blue Alley band*
237 Prince Ave in The Bottleworks
706-353-3050
www.hendershotscoffee.com

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 ~ Tifton, GA
Lamplighter Pub ~ 8 pm
with German Blue Alley band*
1803 US Hwy 41 N
229-382-6565

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 ~ Atlanta, GA
Park Tavern ~ 4 pm
with German Blue Alley band*
500 10th Street NE
404-249-0001
www.parktavern.com

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 ~ Marietta, GA
East Cobb Middle School – 11 am
with German Blue Alley band *
380 Holt Road

*See www.blue-alley.de for more info about German band, Blue Alley.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 ~ Orlando, FL
Holy Smoke ~ 8 pm
3000 Curry Ford Road, Crystal Lake Plaza
407-340-2318 / Band
www.myspace.com/ZShowzMustGoOn

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 ~ Lake Worth, FL
Bamboo Room ~ 9:15 pm   25 South J Street
561-585-2583 / Band
www.bambooroomblues.com

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 ~ Dahlonega, GA
Crimson Moon Café  – 8 pm
24 North Park Street
706-864-3982 / Solo
www.thecrimsonmoon.com

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