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!
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!
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!”
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!
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!
I hope 2014 is being good to you so far. We’ve had snow and ice in Middle Georgia! Yea, I said Georgia. We can go from single digit temperatures to the 70’s in the same week. I braved the cold and went out and took some pictures of the ice, but it was too cold to stay out there for too long!
After my last Chattanooga show, I spent some time in Nashville where I did some writing with Richard Fleming. He and I co-wrote several of my songs, including “Trouble,” “Peach Pickin’ Mama“, and several more. It had been quite a while since we were together but the chemistry was still there. We got two songs written in one afternoon!
This past Saturday, I was on the phone with another co-writer Tom Horner, and we got another new song written, too. This is one of my favorite things to do and I love writing with Richard and Tom. I’m planning on taking my band into the studio this week to record some of these new songs. Stay tuned…..
I received some good news about my photos last week. Two of them were chosen as some of the best of 2013 for Popular Photography Magazine. I have so much fun taking pictures, but I still have so much to learn. You can see my photos at this link. http://www.popphoto.com/gallery/2013-readers-contest-winners-gallery?i=381117&s=75
Next Saturday, February 15th, I’ll be back at The Barn at Crooked Pines in Eatonton, Georgia. I can’t wait to get back there. It’s actually a beautiful barn, the classiest one I’ve ever seen. I’ll be playing my solo show and I believe we’re going to record it. Who knows, a new “naked” album may come out of it. Come on down and be a part of the recording! I guarantee you’ll have a large time!
I have some more interesting dates coming up. Be sure to click on the Tour Dates tab above, and check them out. I want to see you! Until then, keep a song in your heart!
Even though it’s been a couple of weeks since I went to the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, it still feels like yesterday! I had such a great time there, visiting with friends I don’t get to see very often, and hearing so much great music! This was about the 15th year I’ve gone to the BMA’s, and it never gets old. It’s a family reunion that I look forward to every year!
I was especially excited to go this year, for several reasons. First of all, it was the first time Lisa Biales and her husband Marc attended. I co-produced Lisa’s JUST LIKE HONEY album last year, and it has done real well. I wanted to introduce her to my friends, and let her see what a family the blues community really is.
Another exciting aspect is that three artists nominated for a BMA had one of my songs on their albums. “No Time for the Blues” was on Ann Rabson and Bob Margolin’s NOT ALONE album, and it won the award for Acoustic Album of the year. It was emotional not having Ann there, even though in a way, it felt like she was.
“Bad Girl” is on Shakura S’Aida’s TIME album, and she was nominated for Contemporary Female Artist. And “Let the Healing Begin” is on Dorothy Moore’s BLUES HEART album, which was nominated for Soul Blues Album. Dorothy was also nominated for Soul Blues Female Artist. I’m definitely in good company with these artists!!
I always arrive on Wednesday, and run into a lot of my friends in the lobby of the Marriott. Lots of hugs and kisses are exchanged, and we all get to catch up with what’s going on with each other.
And Thursday, there’s more mingling, and eating, and some jammin’ going on. An incredible vocalist, Greg Nagy and I rehearsed a song I wrote, and we were hoping the folks in the nearby rooms wouldn’t mind. Apparently they didn’t…
The BMA show started out on a wonderful note. The legendary Dorothy Moore took the stage, and performed “Let the Healing Begin.” That done my heart good! I was SO proud to see her up there, looking beautiful in her yellow outfit, singing my song, and playing harmonica on it. Then she did her famous hit “Misty Blue”. I was in tears, just so happy for her! She got a standing ovation, and set the bar for the rest of the evening’s performances. I am so honored to call Dorothy my friend! And we’re talking about doing a duet together. I’ll keep you posted!
On Friday, there was more mingling and visiting, and that night we had a big VizzTone show at the Rum Boogie on Beale Street. Rosy Rosenblatt, with VizzTone, coordinated the show, and played some harp with me. I was proud to invite Lisa Biales on stage, and the crowd really threw some lovin’ on her!
Then I did a duet with Greg Nagy, and the bluesiest guy I know, Bob Margolin joined us on guitar. I simply love the soulfulness of Greg’s voice, and we’ll definitely be looking at doing some recording, and some shows together. I’m excited about the possibilities!
Here’s a link to a video that Mark Patrick took at the Rum Boogie. Greg and I did pretty good even though we had little rehearsal. This is a work in progress. And listen to Bob Margolin pick that guitar! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9tS8UQ5dJk
It’s always sad to leave Memphis, but I had to head back to Chattanooga to write some new songs with Tom Horner and get ready to produce Lisa’s next album. We’ll be working with Paul Hornsby in the studio this week. She has such a beautiful voice. And I can’t wait to hear how the songs turn out, and get the new album out there for y’all to hear!
I’ve booked some more dates, too, so keep an eye on the calendar. The upcoming shows are below.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day. Let’s not forget what the day is all about. There are families out there having cookouts with one less family member, because they gave their life for our freedom. A heartfelt “THANKS” goes out to the soldiers and their families who allow me the freedom to travel the world making music. I am very blessed…
Till I see you again, Keep a song in your heart!
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 ~ after 3 pm
At the Auditorium / Solo
SUNDAY, JUNE 16 ~ Eureka Springs, AR
Jam at the Father’s Day Party Concert ~ time TBA
at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
FRIDAY, JUNE 21 ~ Townsend, TN
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center / Solo / Time TBA
3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection
towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
SUNDAY, JUNE 30 ~ Montgomery, AL
Capitol Oyster Bar ~ Time TBA
617 Shady Street / 334-239-8958 / Solo
FRIDAY, JULY 12 ~ Calhoun/Resaca, GA
Coca-Cola Room at the Chuckwagon Restaurant ~ 8 pm
1446 Hwy 41 N / 706-625-9840 / Solo
SATURDAY, JULY 13 ~ Chattanooga, TN
The Tropicana Room ~ 9 pm
110 Jordan Drive / 423-499-3883 / Solo
SATURDAY, JULY 20 ~ Macon, GA
Macon Music ~ 7 pm
2389 Ingleside Avenue / 478-254-5488 / Solo
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 ~ Cincinnati, OH
Cincy Blues Summerfest ~ 10:15 pm
Women in the Blues Headliner / Band
Arches Theme Stage / 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
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 ~ Tallahassee, FL
Bradfordville Blues Club ~ 9 pm
7152 Moses Lane / 850-906-0766 / Band
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 ~ Perry, GA
Perry Music Festival ~ 8:30 pm
Downtown square / Band
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 ~ Savannah, GA
Savannah Jazz Festival ~ 8:15 pm
Band Shell in Forsyth Park in Downtown Savannah / Band
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 ~ private party
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 ~ Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Blues Festival ~ 3:30 pm
Jackie Robinson Ballpark, Downtown / 386-846-7302 / Band
OCTOBER – various dates with Blue Alley from Germany
Dates and locations TBA
OCTOBER and NOVEMBER – tentative dates – TBA
DECEMBER – tentative dates – TBA
Still have a few open dates for Christmas parties
Text and photos ©2013 EG Kight
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