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  12/17/17

 

 

Brian “Songbear” Smith (Country-bluegrass): Brian has been writing and performing his own music for several years, performing solo and with others in the NC Piedmont and beyond.  Brian is the proud owner of SONGBEAR PRODUCTIONS, a company dedicated to promoting NC’s best writers and musicians.

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=601435

 

 

 

Kendra Bragg  is a composer and songwriter from the Piedmont area of North Carolina, and graduate of the UNC School of the Arts. She grew up surrounded by influences ranging from Liszt to Led Zeppelin and it shows in her music. She mixes folk, rock, and pop influences with classical techniques and sensibilities to create a unique body of work for a wide audience.  http://www.kendrabraggmusic.com

 

 

 

 

Jame Vincent Carroll is a full time musician/performer that loves his family, motorcycles, and supporting the live music scene with his prolific writing, recording, and performances, both public and private.

http://www.jvcmusic.info/who_am_i_/

 

 

 

 

Emily Stewart plays original tunes rooted in the folk, country, and blues traditions of the deep south. She first discovered her voice while perched in a south Alabama church pew as a child, and her vocal stylings are those of a true southern siren. Her roots as a writer reach back to her hometown well, Alabama’s literary capital, where she was raised in the belly of a family newspaper and commissioned as a columnist before even growing tall enough to reach the employee time clock. With lyrics and melodies that channel the strength of Odetta, the delicate twang of Kitty Wells, and the forthright softness of Loretta Lynn, Emily finds a song in every story. She also currently performs in the indie folk duet Magpie Thief and as a supporting guitarist and vocalist in Lightweight.

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.
 

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  9/17/17

 

Barry Gray  –

Barry Gray is a 2017-18 N.C. Arts Council Fellowship recipient. Also the winner of the 2016 Triad Music Festival Songwriter Stand-Off, he lives in Burlington and attended Elon University.

Like many musicians, Gray has paid the bills with a day job in another field, earning money as an upholsterer. Since 1995, he has played with the acoustic rock band Graymatter, and often contributed to other artists’ work as a vocalist or arranger. For his own work, he has had many influences, including The Beatles, The Four Seasons, The Kingston Trio, Cat Stevens, CSN, and others, but says his music has been most profoundly affected by playing with family and friends, and where he finds his greatest joy: “My biggest love in music is the harmony. I hear most of the beauty in the harmonies, in voices coming together to carry, support, and shape the emotions of the song. That’s where I live.”

 

Lyn Koonce

Lyn Koonce is a local singer/songwriter with 3 CDs. She founded Harmony Music School, a non-profit organization which offers free music lessons and instruments to at-risk youth. Lyn is Music Director at Hinshaw United Methodist Church, works in production at radio stations Rock 92 and 1075KZL and sings and plays with her band, Lyn Koonce & Friends. Check out Lyn Koonce & Friends as well as Harmony Music School on the web and on Facebook.

Fun Fact: Lyn wrote and sang the Greensboro Grasshopper jingle you might hear on the radio.

 

 

 

 

Wes Collins 

Wes got a late start to songwriting but he took first place in the 2012 North Carolina Songwriter’s Co-op Song Contest and made the finals in the 2013 Kerrville TX New Folk Competition. He released his first CD ‘One Layer Down’ in January 2013, and in 2015 made it back to Kerrville, placing as one of the six winners.

In the past year he’s played Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, The Threadgill Stage in Kerrville, TX, Blue Rock Studio Stage in Wimberley, TX and more. He is now hard at work writing songs for his second album, planning to take these new songs into the studio some time within the next year.

 

Casey Noel Perkins

Casey Noel is a Greensboro native and a rising Junior at UNCG. A 21 year old singer- songwriter, Casey started playing classical guitar when she was 5 yrs old and decided to switch to acoustic her junior year in high school. It was then that she started to try her hand at singing. It soon turned into a passion and she started songwriting about two years ago. Being a fan of all genres, her personal style tends to lean towards the folk, country, blues, singer songwriter style.

 

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  6/25/17

Brad Reaves

 

Brad Reaves  – Add expressive words to vibrating air and a song emerges. Inspired by the 1960s British invasion Brad Reaves’ list resonates with the maturity of diverse experience. A journeyman musician his songs, vocal prowess and instrumental chops showcase his love for the art form as he shares a ramble through the good, good, good, good vibrations.

 

 

Carrie Pazdziora

Carrie Pazdziora

Carrie Paz’s Carolina roots show up in her music–her clear alto is captivating, her picking weaves images of cypress trees and beach skies, and a touch of the blues gives her music a sly edge. Carrie lives in Greensboro, and performs regularly across the Triad and beyond. Find out where she’ll be next at carriepaz.com.

 

Jack Gorham is a junkman/songwriter-it says so on his business card.  When he’s not rummaging through someone’s attic he can be found playing keys in bands such as Shaken and Stirred, Stained Glass Canoe and the El Dorados.  Gorham’s songs shed light on ideas about time, place, love and the human condition.  They are loaded with imagery and metaphor and delivered by engaging melodies and thoughtful piano accompaniment.

 

Sarah Sophia

Sarah Sophia is a 21 year old Folk/Americana Singer-Songwriter. She grew up in Hopewell, a small town in central New Jersey, and is now based out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Sarah’s musical influences range through many different genres giving her original music a whole new sound and feel of its own. Some of her main influences include Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Grace Potter, Kacey Musgraves and Jason Isbell.   Sarah is a solo acoustic performer. She preforms at many local, North Carolina venues ranging from cafes to small bars. Sarah has also booked many Singer-Songwriter rounds in Nashville, Tennessee.  Sarah recently released her first EP that she worked on with local Winston- Salem producer John Pfiffner. 

 

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).

 

Songwriters featured  3/12/17

Dave Cecil

Dave Cecil started writing on the piano at age 6. Putting notes together just seemed to make sense to him. He began writing lyrics shortly after and while secretly playing one of his brother’s guitars he wrote his first song. Through the years he has developed a style all his own and totally original. Dave now on his 3rd record, plays & performs his original style of music regularly throughout the Southeast in collaboration with guitarist Jack King.

 

 

Abigail Dowd

Singer/songwriter Abigail Dowd grew up under the longleaf pine trees in North Carolina and comes from a long line of musicians. She taught herself to play the guitar at age 14 and went on to study classical guitar with Danny Infantino.

In 2009, with a duffle bag and her guitar, Abigail moved to Florence, Italy, and then to Maine, where she spent five years writing songs and developing her own style. Her bluesy voice has been described as “at once strong and generous in its vulnerability.” Abigail has written and performed music for the cultural theater performance Bleeding Pines of Turpentine as well as for documentary film and shorts.  Her debut album Don’t Wake Me was released in January 2017. 

Benjy Johnson

Songwriter Benjy Johnson has been writing, producing and playing music for over 20 years.  He has released 3 records of original material over 15 years under the band name Benj-o-Matic and written scores of songs that didn’t make or to those band releases. His latest release is with his band The Sonic Prophets.  All his releases are avilable on iTunes and all digital media outlets.  He owns and operates Earthtones Recording Studio in Greensboro NC and serves as co-writer, engineer and producer on many fine releases from there.  Visit benjyjohnsonmusic.com and earthtonesrecording.com 

 

Bobbie Needham

Songwriter Bobbie Needham grew up in Greensboro for the most part but left after graduating from UNC/G. After years away she’s back to find that Greensboro is “…just full of music” and that it is so good to be home. Realizing the vicarious musical life provided by her musician daughters would end as they fledged, Bobbie began playing guitar, singing and eventually writing her own songs. Initially drawn to country, honky-tonk and bluegrass, she has edged her way into her current favorites – blues and swing. Inspiration comes to her “from odd words found in crossword puzzles, comments overheard by hopefully discrete eavesdropping and ideas wafting through the clouds just waiting to be noticed and claimed”. Bobbie also says that “Sharing the “aha!” realizations that come with time just on the off chance it might save someone else some missteps is the best part. Sometimes singing it aloud makes things clear in a way speaking cannot.”

Songwriter Sunday – Featuring Kris Ferris

Songwriter Sunday – $5.00 Cover charge (tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance – see below).

Come enjoy some wine & live music by one our favorite local songwriters, Kris Ferris. Kris will kick off the first “Songwriter Sunday”* at Stonefield Cellars Winery.  This event will be held in our intimate barrel room.

Many of you have heard Kris doing cover tunes in various venues, but fewer have heard his own compositions. Come enjoy some of our signature wines, relax and listen to Kris perform some of his many original songs covering much of his music career which has spanned 42 years.

*Songwriter Sunday is a new local music event hosted by Stonefield Cellars Winery and emceed by Kris Ferris.  If you are a songwriter interested in learning more about this event, come to this one and you will be given more info about future Songwriter Sundays.