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 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.
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.
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! 🙂