E. G. Kight Interview
[MuzikMan] What does E.G. stand for? Is there any particular reason you abbreviate your name?
E.G. Kight I was named after my Daddy, Eugene, who was named after a famous governor of Georgia, Eugene Talmadge. So my name is Eugenia Gail Kight. Now you understand why I call myself E.G.?
[MuzikMan] Could you express your feelings regarding the entire process of making the great new album "Trouble"? How long did it take, who was involved, and what did you feel like when it was completed?
E.G. Kight My feeling, at this point, is RELIEF! It took 16 months and three recording studios to complete the project to my satisfaction. I had to work through lots of problems and mistakes to get it right. During the 16 months, I continued to write new songs and kept replacing what I had already recorded with my new songs. Sometimes I think things happen for a reason. If I hadn't taken so long to record this project, several of the best songs, including the title cut, "Trouble" would not have been on there. I don't believe the CD would have been as strong. Anyway, I have a few songs in the can to start my next CD.
I had several friends involved, and the person who helped me most, at such a critical time, was Paul Hornsby of Muscadine Recording Studio in Macon, Georgia. Paul has produced several gold and platinum albums through the years and his expertise helped me get it right. I also had some friends sing duets with me, which added depth to the CD. Kim Forester, from the Forester Sisters era, Chris Hicks, of Southern Rock fame, and the legendary Koko Taylor.
[MuzikMan] You have a relationship with the "Queen of The Blues" Koko Taylor. How did you meet her?
E.G. Kight I was in Country music for a number of years and one night at a performance someone suggested that I learn some Koko Taylor songs. I wrote the name down, and spelled it wrong – something like "Cocoa." I went to my local record store and purchased her cassette, "Queen of The Blues." After popping it into my car's cassette player, I had a light bulb moment. I thought "WOW, WHAT A FEELING THING." I started incorporating Koko's songs into my Country shows and the audience response was unreal! I was having so much fun singing the Blues that I changed genres and jumped right in the middle of things. That's where I am today. I finally met Koko in Chattanooga, Tennessee a few years ago and we have been friends ever since. I have flown to Chicago to perform for her friends and family several times. Most recently, I was invited to perform at her 40th Year Celebration in the music business. I got to sing my tribute song to her called "The Queen," which is included on my new CD. It made her cry. I was extremely touched by her emotion and I will always remember that moment. She is truly a sweetheart. Oh, yeah, I almost forgot - Koko recorded one of my songs for her latest CD, "ROYAL BLUE." That CD was nominated for a Grammy this year.
[MuzikMan] Do you like all of the advances that independent artists have made on the Internet? Do you enjoy browsing online looking at other artists' sites? Do you read all the reviews on your work?
E.G. Kight The Internet is a wonderful vessel for independent artists like me. Finally, we have a way of getting heard and known. With radio catering to just a few artists and record stores having room for just well known groups, the Internet has opened up opportunities and breathed a new life into performers and writers like me. I do look at other musicians' websites and I like to learn from them. Some of my favorite singers have been independent artists. I DO read all of my reviews. Some only once and others a bunch!
[MuzikMan] Have you always toured every year or has there been periods of time when you went on a sabbatical to gather your strength and energy?
E.G. Kight What energy? What strength? I'm kind of pooped right now! It's like being in the middle of a whirlwind and I feel it just threw me out! I have been blessed to make my living for the past 20 plus years performing. I have very loyal, believing friends who have walked beside me down this long, winding road and I have had some wonderful musicians who have been there when I needed them most. My family is the real backbone of my strength and my support. I can't remember a time, besides illnesses, that I have taken time just for myself. You know how it is, the brain is constantly thinking, trying to figure this music thing out. Never a dull moment!
[MuzikMan] What keeps you motivated and striving to become better at your craft?
E.G. Kight It's people like you, Muzikman, giving encouraging words. It seems, at times, when you are at your lowest point and thinking about giving up, something good comes along and regenerates you…gets you motivated again. You have to have a strong drive and determination to hang with it, make sacrifices, and you truly have to love it in a way that most people would not understand. To me, it is like breathing. I hope I never lose the desire to keep trying to get better at my craft.
[MuzikMan] What are your intentions for future projects? What kind of album have you always wanted to make but never have?
E.G. Kight As far as future projects go, I will most likely do more recording and writing, and try to get more of my songs recorded by other artists. I would like the people in film and TV to take a serious look at my music. I have two publishing companies, Georgia Songbird Music, (BMI) and Kight Flying Music, (ASCAP). My intentions are to sign other writers to my publishing companies. And I always wanted to do a CD of old pop standards. Maybe someday but not now.
[MuzikMan] How do you define "Making it"?
E.G. Kight What is "making it?" Does it mean you have to make a fortune, have lots of cars, a big expensive home and be on the David Letterman show? Or, can it mean making a living, like I have all these years, on a smaller scale, just touching peoples' lives and making a difference with them? I feel blessed with what God gave me and I hope I can always share my talent.
[MuzikMan] What's it like being a woman working and making music? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Or do you feel that you can work on an equal level with all other artists, both men and women?
E.G. Kight When I first started out years ago, women didn't get the respect they deserved. The men in the business would say, "You're just a girl singer and you are a dime a dozen." I have seen the music world change throughout the years. It's not quite there yet, but it's a lot better than it has been. Women are taking a stronger stand now.
The only advantage women have over men, as I see it, is women get help unloading and loading equipment! In the south, men still open doors for us! Us Southern Belles demand that! I KNOW I can perform on an equal basis, both as a singer and writer. Bring it on!
[MuzikMan] When your career is over and you are retired, what do you want people to say about E.G. Kight?
E.G. Kight I want people to say, "Remember that ole crazy Blues singer from Georgia? Didn't we have a good time when we went to see her?" I just pray that I have made a positive difference in someone's life.
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