A bluesy Southern rock guitarist with soulful vocals to match, Georgia native Chris Hicks honed his skills playing lead guitar for Gregg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band, among others. Inspired by Otis Redding and James Brown, Hicks grew up in the Macon area and later joined the Experience. After playing the blues festival circuit for several years, the band opened up for Steppenwolf and Charlie Daniels during the 1980s, and Hicks was asked to join the Outlaws later that decade. After the Outlaws disbanded in 1996, Hicks joined the evolving lineup of the Marshall Tucker Band, serving as the group's lead guitarist while simultaneously launching a solo career with 1998's Funky Broadway. Hicks stayed with the Marshall Tucker Band throughout the following decade, and 2008 saw the release of his second solo effort, Dog Eat World.

 

Artist Biography by John Bush

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/chris-hicks-mn0000114832/biography

Dave Perkings - Featured Artist

Dave Perkins is an artist whose musical journey crisscrosses the map of American music. Perkins' work as a guitarist includes playing bluegrass and swing with fiddle-great Vassar Clements, Texas renegade-country with Jerry Jeff Walker, singer-songwriter pop with Carole King, alternative rock with Chagall Guevara, Americana with Guy Clark, blues and jazz with violinist Papa John Creach, reggae with Mystic Meditations, and industrial hard-core with Passafist. Then, there were the occasional odd jobs, such as accompanying Ray Charles on his "3/4 Time" video. Dave's musical career also involves the studio arts—engineering and producing. He has performed on many recordings as an instrumentalist and produced albums for numerous artists such as Over The Rhine.

Music critics heralded Dave's 2009 album Pistol City Holiness as a "blues-rock masterpiece." Following that project, Dave was called upon to score the feature film Deadline. Both Pistol City Holiness and the soundtrack to Deadline are available on Lugnut Records. A new Dave Perkins album is now in production with an expected release date of January 2016.

While music remains Dave's first love, he has added an extra dimension to his life and work. In 2002, Dave earned the M.Div. (Master of Divinity) degree at The Divinity School at Vanderbilt University and, in 2011, the Ph.D. from Vanderbilt's graduate school. He is Associate Director of the Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture program at Vanderbilt and teaches graduate-level courses aligned with that program—several involving music.

EG Knight - Featured Artist

The 2013 Georgia Music Legend Award recipient, EG Kight takes great pride in representing the USA. Considered one of the few true blues vocalists, Kight has headlined at venues around the globe, and has been involved in fundraising concerts in Germany, Japan and Mexico.

Kight has been nominated for the 2015 Blues Music Awards Koko Taylor Award, she landed on the AXS.com list of Top 5 Best Blues Artists of 2014, and her latest album landed on the Blues Bytes 2014 Top 10 Albums list, and the Roots Music Report's Top 100 Blues Album Chart for 2014. She has also been nominated for two Blues Blast awards, and has six previous BMA nominations, twice for Song of the Year. Many artists have recorded her songs, and she's had songs on two Grammy-nominated albums, and on two compilations that maintained Billboard chart positions for over a year.

She has also been nominated for two Blues Blast awards, and has six previous BMA nominations, twice for Song of the Year. Many artists have recorded her songs, and she's had songs on two Grammy-nominated albums, and on two compilations that maintained Billboard chart positions for over a year.

She has appeared on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion, and an original song from her segment was re-broadcast on the Listener's Choice Program. And her songs have appeared on the Children's Miracle Network, Nick at Nite, and on ABC Family.

Kight's style transcends musical boundaries. With a rich and velvety voice that's been called "a cross between Phoebe Snow, Wynonna, and Bonnie Raitt," and a mastery of the guitar that has her holding her own next to any other player, Kight mesmerizes audiences of all ages. And Taylor Guitars proudly provides her with the tools of her trade.

Her previous four albums went to #1 on Sirius XM's Bluesville. One also charted in the top 10 on Airplay Direct's Top 50 Blues Albums, and one went to #1 on the Roots Blues Chart.

Born and raised in rural Georgia, Kight still lives on the land that's been in her family for four generations. Her roots go deep, and that comes through in her music.

When she's not touring, Kight loves being out in the country with her pet goats, writing new songs, and taking more pictures to add to her photography portfolio. One of her photographs was recently licensed for the cover of a book about the life and times of Robert Johnson.

Kight is grateful to be alive, and to continue making music. A near-death illness a few years back transformed her music into a more positive shade of blue. On her latest album, A NEW DAY, which continues to garner rave reviews, she infuses her "country-flavored southern-fried blues" with a little gospel to create her most inspiring venture to date.