E.G. Kight on stage (2007)
|Birth name||Eugenia Gail Kight|
|Also known as||The Georgia Songbird|
January 17, 1966 |
Dublin, Georgia, United States
|Occupation(s)||Singer, guitarist, songwriter|
|Labels||Blue South, M.C. Records|
E.G. Kight (born January 17, 1966) is an American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and songwriter. She has worked with many musicians, including George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Luther Allison, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, and Koko Taylor. Kight has recorded seven albums to date and received several nominations for Blues Music Awards, in the categories Contemporary Female Artist and Song of the Year.
Life and career
Eugenia Gail Kight was born in Dublin, Georgia. At the age of five her grandmother taught her to play the guitar. In her youth she watched Elvis Presley perform in Macon, Georgia. Initially raised on a musical diet of gospel and country music, she gravitated towards the blues after hearing a recording of Koko Taylor. Already a professional musician in her mid-teens, Kight moved away from playing country songs and began her career in Chicago blues. She appeared regularly on the television program Nashville Now in 1989 and toured extensively in the late 1990s and into the new millennium.
Her 1997 album, Come into the Blues, includes a version of "I've Been Loving You Too Long". In 2002, she performed at the ceremony when a statue of the song's writer, Otis Redding, was unveiled at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The same year, Blue South Records released Trouble. Southern Comfort followed the next year, with Chuck Leavell playing piano; the album contains her cover version of John Prine's "Angel from Montgomery".
In 2004, she released Takin' It Easy, which included, along with her own compositions, covers of Duke Ellington's "I Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues" and the Allman Brothers Band's "Southbound." Guest musicians on the album were Ann Rabson, Chris Hicks (of the Marshall Tucker Band), and Greg Piccolo (formerly with Roomful of Blues). In the same year she was nominated for three Blues Music Awards.
Prior to Kight's latest album release, Lip Service (2011), she had two stays in hospital due to a combination of meningitis and encephalitis. The album again had musical and production input from Paul Hornsby and contains "Koko's Song", a tribute to Taylor. The album also contains a duet with John Németh.
Her songs have been recorded by Taylor, Dorothy Moore, Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women, and Shakura S'Aida. She endorses Taylor Guitars. Kight continues to live in Dublin, Georgia, on land that has belonged to her family for four generations.
|1997||Come into the Blues||Blue South|
|2003||Southern Comfort||Blue South|
|2004||Takin' It Easy||Blue South|
|2007||EG Live and Naked||Blue South|
|2008||It's Hot in Here||M.C. Records|
|2011||Lip Service||Blue South/Vizzitone|
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