Songwriter Sunday – Local Songwriters Perform in our Barrel Room

Host Kris Ferris


Songwriter Sunday – $5.00 Cover charge (tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance –  we recommend in advance because our Barrel Room Seating is limited.. see below for online ticket option, or call 336-644-9908).

Come enjoy some wine & live music by the best of our local songwriting talent! Kris Ferris hosts this performance melange, with each singer/songwriter performing his or her songs in the round. They will also take you behind the scenes and learn what inspires their compositions, the stories behind the songs and the process of song writing through each songwriter’s eyes and experience. It is an interactive event and audience participation is encouraged (but please be respectful and don’t converse with your neighbor while the artists are speaking or singing).

Also note:  If this is your first time visiting and you would like to do a tasting before the event, we suggest you come at least 30-45 minutes before to allow for a relaxed tasting experience.  Tastings are conducted in our Tasting Room.  You will be served there and when the door opens for the Songwriter Performance, you will then be seated in the Barrel Room.  Tasting Fees are $7/$10 for regular or reserve wine options, respectively.

Songwriters featured  10/22/17

Donna Hughes (Country-bluegrass) – 

Donna Hughes is a prolific songwriter (over 500 songs) with over 200 songs on iTunes.  Donna has performed at some of the finest venues in the Nation, (e.g., Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, The Birchmere in Washington D.C., and BB King’s in NYC) and has opened for stars such as Marty Stuart,  Tony Rice,  Jerry Douglas, and Sam Bush. She has had songs recorded by Artists big and small around the globe, including Grammy Winning Alison Krauss & Union Station (who also performed Donna’s song at the CMA Awards), Grammy Winning Group The Seldom Scene, Wyatt Rice, Kati Penn, The Snyder Family, Kim Robins, Nu Blu, and many others. With 6 albums in her discography, one of which was produced by Acoustic Guitar Legend Tony Rice (Gaining Wisdom), and one produced by Banjo Legend J.D. Crowe (Hellos, Goodbyes & Butterflies), Donna’s talent has been endorsed through  superstars’ guest appearance (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alison Krauss, Claire Lynch, Buddy & Melonie Cannon, James Carroll, Rhonda Vincent, Sonya Isaacs, Carl Jackson, and many others). Donna currently resides in Trinity, NC and is a Realtor with Keller Williams.



Tom Troyer   (Folk-Alternative Country)”Tom Troyer is the singer songwriter and producer responsible for the indie folk rock group Farewell Friend. Based out of Greensboro, he has spent the past decade crafting songs that deal with the criss cross of culture, history, religion, and race as they pertain to the south. With a voice that might make you believe in angels, he sings songs crafted to confront demons and the skeletons hidden in the American experience. His third independently released EP ‘Grandfather Clock’ is expected to release this winter. Find Farewell Friend on noisetrade or bandcamp or anywhere you get your music.”



Bonnie Allyn (Americana-blues) 

Bonnie Allyn’s is a journey of folk,rock,blues,country and jazz to create a unique Americana style. Jordan Greene, of The Triad City Beat in Greensboro states “ Her voice is an exquisite instrument that suggests of the 70’s folk,soul acts of Joni Mitchell and Carol King. A songwriter with a knack for jazzy phrasing and a free spirited and strong sensibility






Michael “Blind Dog” Gatewood (Blues)

“Blind-Dog” Gatewood is a native of the Motor City and has been a music teacher, instrument technician and professional musician since the age of 16. His early exposure to some of the diverse musical influences in Detroit created the framework for his extensive mastery of the blues via R&B, funk, rock, and fusion. He is an award-winning one-man act who has polished his chops in places as diverse as the Sierra Foothills, the Mojave Desert, Mississippi Delta and the streets of New Orleans. In September 2002, he took the first prize in Colorado at the Telluride Acoustic Blues competition. First place winners are honored with a performance on the main stage the following day at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival for over seven thousand attendees. That same year he won the Kentuckiana Blues Society’s Blues Challenge out of Louisville Kentucky and represented the Society at the International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis Tennessee. In 2004 “Blind-Dog” was a Finalist for the first Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) in the category of AMERICANA/ROOTS/AAA, for his song “TELLURIDE”. In addition, a Simi finalist in 2006 in the International Song Contest (ISC), Blues category, for his song “Monkey On My Back”. In June of 2005, “Blind-Dog” took first place in the Memphis Blues Society’s Battle of the Blues solo division on Beale Street and represented them at the 22nd annual International Blues Challenge that January in Memphis. In 2006 “Blind-Dog” wins the Battle of the Blues two years in a row and represented the Memphis Blues Society at the 23rd annual International Blues Challenge, this was his third time to compete at the IBC in Memphis. 
“Blind-Dog” was recently crowned “King of the Blues” at the Guitar Center Evansville IN October 2009. Truly, a one-man band, “Blind-Dog” is now based out of Uniontown,Kentucky.