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I Walk the Vine

Every year we try to have some live music at the vineyard, and this year I'm getting things rolling a little early. Why? Because the band we're bringing in is so great and so fun, you are going to want ample time to plan. Without further ado, I am pleased to announce our 'big' summer show:

From their website:

James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash celebrates the life and music of the Man in Black with strong conviction and stunning accuracy. Garner and his band faithfully recreate Cash’s biggest hits, such as Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line and Ring of Fire, and incorporate historical accounts and personal anecdotes about America’s most beloved singing storyteller in this not-to-be-missed musical event. The show is a fun, classy and toe-tapping trip down memory lane honoring Johnny Cash’s life and music, and the boom-chicka-boom sound of his signature backing band, the Tennessee Three.

I have the pleasure of knowing James, as we worked together at my first job out of college. If another person exists who knows more about and is a bigger fan of Johnny Cash than James, then I'd sure like to witness the two of them compare notes. Since his childhood, James has studied the life and music of Johnny Cash. That's why he calls this a tribute show. James doesn't just cover songs; he weaves in stories from Johnny's life; he provides rich background to the songs he performs; he even personifies Johnny both with deep vocals and the classic "boom chicka boom" sound, as well as in his dress and manner. I'm telling you, this is a performance you want to attend.

So here is the plan: I'm going to put tickets on sale for $20 a piece. I recognize that this is a higher ticket price than our typical vineyard show, but this is a bit more than our regular gig. I'll offer Early-bird pricing at $15 for a couple weeks after putting the tickets on sale. I'll also offer you, my devoted reader, a $5 discount code to use at checkout. That code is: bradleyblog. (Wine club members, use your club password from the members' only page to receive $10 off.)

Gates will 'open' for the show at 7pm on Saturday, August 13 and I'll introduce the band at 7:30. I'm offering a first come, first served free camping package, as long as you contact me ahead of time to reserve the space. Tents are easy and can really go anywhere on the property. RV and camper space is limited, as is power hook-up (and there is no dump site on the property). 

Tomaselli's will have their mobile wood-fired pizza oven on site, so we all would prefer that you don't bring outside food/drink. But if you bring a picnic, I guess that's okay too :). You will want a blanket or camping chairs as this will be a concert on the lawn. We'll also be selling Bradley Vineyards wines, select beers - I'm thinking about getting a keg or two depending on attendance- bottled water and soft drinks.

Okay now with all this said, I'm going to ask a favor of you. James's band is doing very well, is booked constantly, and is traveling a long way to come play in Elkton. I'm hoping that by launching this event early, together you and I can help bring lots of people out for this special show (and frankly I want to surprise him with a big, enthusiastic crowd).

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to:

  1. Buy a ticket or several for you and your friends!
  2. Tell your friends and family about the show and encourage them to get tickets!

Any Facebook shares, Tweets, Retweets, Instagram posts, Snapchats, etc. we can get, we'll take! With your help, this could truly be one of the most fun events of the summer!

For tickets click HERE

With that, I'll leave you with a playlist starting with James introducing and playing one of my favorite Cash tunes, Hey Porter.




Newsletter - February, 2016

Dear Friends of the Vineyards,

We have our first festival of 2016 under our belts! Tyler poured our wines in the 'Tasting Room' at the Northwest Ag Show in Portland. We didn't know what to expect, but we sold quite a bit of Baco and Pinot and Tyler got to network with several industry folks. All in all, we made a little money and got some great exposure for Elkton wines.

On February 12 and 13 I'll be pouring at Confluence in Reedsport, and Tyler will be pouring for River's Edge. Come see us there or at the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival on February 25-28.

We'll also be announcing the March Wine Club selections next week! We're planning a nice lunch in the Yurt for our members where we'll be serving homemade Mulligatawny soup, paired with our 2013 Riesling. If you want to try this yummy recipe, I've included it below (click for larger version). If you need the Riesling to complete the pairing, just let me know!

Hope to see you soon!

Warm regards,

Bonnie Bradley
Bradley Vineyards