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ExploreGeorgia.org Songwriter Series - LaGrange

Featuring Pat Alger, Tony Arata & EG Kight


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The fourth installment in the 2nd annual ExploreGeorgia.org Songwriter Series will feature Pat Alger, Tony Arata and EG Kight performing together in West Side Recital Hall on the beautiful campus of LaGrange College. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The intimate concert features the artists sharing the stage and playing off of one another as they take turns sharing their songs and the stories behind them.

Pat Alger, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer, wrote Hal Ketchum’s timeless hit, “Small Town Saturday Night” about his hometown of LaGrange. From his first hit in 1980 with “First Time Love,” recorded by Livingston Taylor, to the chart-toppers recorded by Garth Brooks including “Unanswered Prayers” and “The Thunder Rolls,” Alger has amassed a staggering catalogue of hits recorded by artists including Trisha Yearwood, Don Williams, Nanci Griffith, Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, Kathy Mattea, Peter, Paul and Mary, Brenda Lee and more. Alger is the consummate storyteller, both through song and in the behind-the-songs stories he shares with audiences.

Shortly after arriving in Nashville more than 25 years ago, Savannah native Tony Arata performed one of his songs at the Bluebird Café and an artist who was in the audience swore if he ever got a record deal, he wanted to record it. Not long after that gig, Garth Brooks did land a record deal and he made Arata’s “The Dance” a hit single around the world. An inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer, Arata has had songs recorded by Patty Loveless, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Lee Roy Parnell, Delbert McClinton, Don Williams, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire and more.

Though she appears at venues and festivals across America and Europe, blues singer, songwriter and guitarist EG Kight is a Georgia girl. Born in Dublin, named Eugenia Gail and taught to play guitar at age five by her grandmother, Kight is known as the “Georgia Songbird.” She has had three songs on television and has released nine albums. EG Kight songs have been recorded the late blues legend Koko Taylor, R&B singer Dorothy Moore, Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women and others. King Biscuit magazine wrote, “Equal measures of sensuality and grit filter through an appealing Southern drawl when this lady sings the blues.”