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 Fee is $10.00 for 7 wines and a signature wine glass.
Dean Driver –
Dean Driver started playing guitar in his teens, but pretty much set music aside for a couple of decades while he focused on raising a family. As his kids started leaving the nest, he started hearing songs in his head, calling him to pick up his old guitar and learn to play it in completely new ways. Each song, he says, presented itself to him and challenged him to turn it into reality. The inspirations continued until he felt the need to produce an all-original album at age 50, which he aptly called Late Bloomer. The all-acoustic songs on the this album don’t fall into any particular genre – this music in many ways appears to emerge from nowhere, though his influences (Beatles, John Prine, Paul Simon, and maybe a little Mozart) can be heard lurking between the lines. Since first performing before an audience in 2010, Dean has performed hundreds of shows up and down the East Coast, often appearing with his daughter Riley on accordion and vocals. His consistent mission is to encourage others to step outside of their comfort zones and act on their artistic impulses.
Vaughan Penn –
A North Carolina singer-songwriter/recording artist, Vaughan’s original music has been featured over 150 times in film and television, including: Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer, NCIS LA, The Hills, Laguna Beach, Showtime’s L-Word, Californication, Nurse Jackie, Weeds and many more…
Vaughan’s music has been described as being her own unique sound of eathy-pop-rock music that combines meaningful songwriting with a powerfully melodic sound. With strong rhythmic textures and hints of Americana roots in the production, her songs have pure emotional honesty; both musically and lyrically.
Vaughan has headlined and opened for many national acts, including: Emy Lou Harris, Darius Rucker, Huey Lewis, Indigo Girls, Newsong, Amy Mann, Shawn Mullins, Melissa Etheridge just to name a few.
In 2016, Vaughan’s song “Bring On The Day” was included in the Oscar Winning Film—The Big Short alongside artist like Neil, Young, Metallica and Led Zepplin.
In 2017, Vaughan’s songs Right In Front Of You, Even When, Forgive You and The Miracle were included in NBC’s Superstore. Her song Hey You was also featured in OWN’s The Hero Effect.
Sam Frazier is a guitarist (and pianist and bassist), singer and songwriter from Greensboro, NC. He has released two solo CDs (Half a Million Years and Sam Frazier). He was a member of the band Tornado with whom he released a long playing record album (First Alert) and a CD (When a Breeze Breaks Your Bones). He has also performed and recorded with Martha Bassett (The Goodbye Party, Magnificat, Mortal Flesh), The Piedmont Songbag (Try and Spread Some Cheer), Bruce Piephoff (Hamburger Square, The Chestnut Tree, Clockwork), Lisa Dames, The Numbers, The Prizzi’s House Band, The Sky Kings, Mary Lyon (Hopscotch) and The Hall Monitors. He has opened shows for Joan Armatrading, The Neville Brothers, America, The Funky Meters, The Duhks, The Del McCrory Band, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Eric Church, Craig Morgan, Root Boy Slim and others.