Introducing Next Weekend’s Musicians

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!  I thought I’d take a little time today to introduce you to the musicians who will be playing here at the winery next weekend!

Mel Besher and Adam Yount
Mel Besher and Adam Yount will be playing from 6-9pm here at Peaceful Bend on Saturday August 2, 2014.  These two have played here once before, and we are looking forward to hearing from them again!

Mel Besher at Peaceful Bend Vineyard
Mel Besher is a professional musician who has toured with country and bluegrass stars such as Jimmy Martin and Randy Scruggs.  Mel is a songwriter at heart and has written songs for many artists including Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, and Claire Lynch.  Mel also wrote, performed, and produced for the bluegrass group, Cedar Hill, from 2002 – 2006.  After living in Nashville, TN for many years, Mel moved back to Hillsboro to take care of his aging mother in 2006.  While in the area, Mel stayed busy with his record label, and in 2008 he led a songwriter’s class at Jeffereson College that Adam Yount attended.  Besher recognized Adam’s last name and the two realized that Mel had often played with Adam’s father, who was a member of the prominent bluegrass band called Missouri Natural Grass.

Adam Yount at Peaceful Bend Vineyard
Being the son of such a proficient guitarist, Adam Yount learned how to play early in life.  His father began teaching Adam bluegrass songs at the tender age of nine at their home in Shirley, MO, just west of Potosi.  By his teenage years Adam was ready to try other musical styles and played punk and rock music throughout St. Louis, but as a late teen rediscovered bluegrass and songwriting.  He lists Norman Blake as one of his favorite musicians, and is often found listening to Norman & Nancy Blake’s songs when he comes down to stay on his future farm here in Steelville.  These days Adam considers his musical style contemporary folk and his passion is collecting songs.

In fact, song collecting and preserving old-time music is a shared interest for both Mel and Adam.  Although their musical styles are different, these two singer/songwriters have found it easy to play off of one another.  A typical set will include country originals, bluegrass favorites, folksy humor, flat picking, and fine vocals.

If you are a fan of any of these styles, then be sure to come by Saturday night! There’s no charge to attend, and you are welcome to bring in food, or pick up sausage, cheese and crackers up in the tasting room to munch on while you’re here.

Adam Yount and Mel Besher
To connect with these talented musicians, you can find Mel Besher on Facebook here.  Adam is on facebook here and he also maintains a youtube account here.

Here’s a little video sneak peek of what you might expect on Saturday night:

Sigh….We’ll have to see about finding them a good bottle of wine to set out in front of them on Saturday! 🙂

A Blast From This Winery’s Past

Our neighbors invited us over for dinner last night and lent us a copy of a few home movies made of Peaceful Bend back in the late 1960’s.  Clyde did some further editing and came up with this approximately 2-minute video of the original owners of Peaceful Bend and the old vineyard:

The first segment was Doctor Axel Arneson, the winery’s originator, crushing grapes with his son Arnie. Many of you have waved at Arnie when he drives by to go back to his weekend get-away on past the winery or when he heads back out. The second segment was of the ‘back vineyard’ which no longer exists. The final segment show Dr. Arneson holding his grandson Peder. Sometimes Peder joins us during music events when he visits, so you might have met him on occasion!

It was so fun for us to see this little slice of Peaceful Bend history, I hope you enjoyed it too.  A huge thanks to our neighbors for sharing the footage with Clyde and I!

Preview for Our Labor Day Entertainment

I wanted to share a couple of videos of the musicians we’ll be hosting this weekend so you could get a little taste of what to expect…..

Saturday we’ll feature one of our favorite musicians, Mark Gordon, from 2-5pm. Mark has a huge playlist and he loves requests!

On Sunday we’ll be hosting the acoustic version of the above band – Alderwood Unplugged. The last time we hosted Alderwood, there was snow on the ground. Fortunately, I don’t think we’ll have to worry about that particular weather issue this weekend!

2013 Labor Day Weekend Music Schedule

I hope we’ll see you this weekend!