Please note that we will be CLOSED on Friday, July 4, 2014 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Sorry for any inconvenience!
Our Summer Hours are now in effect!
- Wednesday and Thursday: 1:00 – 8:00pm
- Friday: 1:00 – 10:00pm
- Saturday: 1:00 – 11:00pm
- Sunday through Tuesday: CLOSED
We’ve updated our Events page with the latest schedule of musical guests and other special events!
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
“Overture for an Undertaker”
Friday, May 30, 2014, 7:00pm
Here at The Black Sheep Vineyard
Call us at 740-546-3741 for reservations.
$45 per person includes dinner and the show.
We’ve added a couple of new events to our calendar for the month of May:
Saturday, May 3, 1:30pm: Paint ‘N Sip – Call us at 740-546-3741 to make your reservation.
Friday, May 30, 6:30pm: Murder Mystery Dinner – $45 per person, pre-paid. Call us for reservations!
See our Events page for our full schedule of musical guests and other happenings at the Vineyard!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nashville Father-Son Duo Bring Guitar and Fiddle to Black Sheep Vineyard
- a one-of-a-kind combination of improvisational jazz, traditional folk, singer-songwriter,
country, rock and world music
ADENA, Ohio (Feb. 24, 2014) – Nashville-based father and son duo, Tim and Myles Thompson, will perform at Black Sheep Vineyard on Rt. 250 close to Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. The father, Tim, plays guitar while son, Myles, plays the fiddle. There is a cover charge of $5 and seating is limited.
Live, the Thompsons present high-octane instrumental and vocal duets of improvised originals and classics reminiscent of legendary artists such as Chet Atkins, Stephan Grappelli, Chick Corea, Jackson Browne, Sam Bush and more. Although influenced by the masters, their down-to-earth style is all their own — a one-of-a-kind combination of improvisational jazz, traditional folk, singer-songwriter, country, rock and world music. Fans of their live shows are frequently dazzled by the often otherworldly, synchronized unity of their music. After all, the father / son duo have been playing together now for, basically, all of Myles’ 19 years.
“He was my biggest influence,” Myles says. “So it’s really not difficult to read his mind, musically.”
What IS surprising is the independent spirit that exists between the two musical partners, particularly when one of the partners is the father. “I stopped looking at Myles as a student years ago,” Tim says. “He’s become a great player and writer so he’s one of my peers.”
Tim is a respected award-winning Nashville session guitarist and songwriter who has recorded a fourth CD with his son. “We wanted to do a record that was just one fiddle, one guitar and two voices,” Tim says. “We have similar voices and tastes. We don’t have to think too much to play together. It’s like osmosis.”
International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Tim Thompson digs deep into his musical roots, layering intricate melodies, chords and textures with his deft playing. Myles stays in step, answers or takes the lead with soaring and drifting echoes on fiddle.
Before beginning work as a duo, Tim built a reputation for his unique, intricate style, winning First Place at the prestigious Walnut Valley Festival’s “International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition,” and earning acclaim from such respected publications as Fingerstyle Guitar magazine, Taylor Guitar’s Wood & Steel magazine and Just Jazz Guitar magazine. His songs can be heard on everything from bumper music on NPR to the United Artists film Casper’s Haunted Christmas.
Black Sheep Vineyard opened in 2008 and expanded in 2013. Named in part from the owners’ last name, John and Becky Black, turned land and a barn that used to be a sheep farm into their vineyard. The musical venue is the restored old barn located behind the farm house. It is located at the junction of Rt 250 and Rt 150.
PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release
Black Sheep Vineyard Welcomes International Guitarist
Richard Smith and Cellist Julie Adams
“The greatest guy I know on the guitar … he can play anything I can play, only better!”
ADENA, Ohio (March 5, 2014) — Black Sheep Vineyard in Adena, Ohio, will be hosting world-
renowned guitarist Richard Smith and his cellist wife, Julie Adams, on Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. The combination of Richard’s fretboard fireworks and Julie’s warm tone and lyrical style will have your toes tapping and your jaws dropping. Their ever growing repertoire comprises a wide variety of music from classical Bach to Beatles pop, Chopin and Mozart to fiddle tunes. It ranges from Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed to jazz standards and gypsy swing. Richard and Julie deliver both lightning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads, occasionally spiced with gentle and witty vocals. There is a cover charge of $5.00 and seating is limited.
Their incredible playing is founded in a lifelong love for music. Born in Beckenham, Kent, England, in 1971, Richard started playing guitar at age 5 under the instruction of his father. Concentrating initially on the country picking of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis, young Richard digested everything he heard, learning even the most complicated of these tunes with ease, and confounding everyone with his dexterity. It seemed that not only did he possess amazing physical skill but a photographic musical memory as well. Often, a single hearing was all it took to get a piece under his fingers, using all ten to play bass, rhythm and melody simultaneously and creating a universe of sounds while easily switching between thumbpicking and flatpicking like hardly anybody else.
Richard first met his hero, the “Godfather” of fingerstyle guitar, Chet Atkins, when he was only eleven. Richard was invited by Chet to share the stage with him at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in front of an audience of 1,000. At first, the master accompanied him, but later, he just listened in stunned silence while the child played Chet’s own arrangements – perfectly. By the time Richard reached his early twenties, both Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed began to refer to him as their “Hero”.
Richard has toured the world as a solo artist, with his brothers Rob and Sam as the Richard Smith Guitar Trio and with his swing band, The Hot Club of Nashville, featuring Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Pat Bergeson on guitar and Charlie Chadwick on bass. Fellow guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel prefers Richard Smith as one of his favorite duet partners.
In 2001, Richard became the National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion in Winfield, Kansas. He has been a mainstay at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in Nashville since 1991, where he has played with many world renowned artists including Nato Lima of Los Indios Tabajaras, sax legend Boots Randolph and John Jorgenson of Desert Rose Band and Elton John Band fame.
He has also performed with other great musicians such as Marcel Dadi, Tommy Tedesco, Thom Bresh, Joe Pass, Biréli Lagrène, Bryan Sutton, Les Paul, Mark O’Connor, Sam Bush, Martin Taylor, Jorge Morel, Suzy Bogguss, Muriel Anderson, Guy Van Duser, Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, Tony McManus and Buster B. Jones and shared the bill with a host of others, most notably Steve Morse, Albert Lee, Paco Peña, Barney Kessel, David Russell and Johnny Hiland.
In 1999, Richard married the accomplished American cellist Julie Adams and settled in the Nashville area. Julie is one of the most diverse cellists on the music scene today. Raised in Dayton, Ohio, and classically trained at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Cincinnati Conservatory, she has won many competitions and played in diverse musical settings. In 1996, Julie was selected to perform the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the Cincinnati Conservatory Orchestra. Since then, she has performed with orchestras in Chicago, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Vero Beach, Florida.
Julie has also branched into folk music, playing a significant role on Glenn and Holly Yarbrough’s album “Family Portrait,” produced by well-known fingerstyle guitarist Muriel Anderson. Julie and Muriel then teamed up to release their own duet CD titled “Theme for Two Friends” and toured extensively throughout the U.S. At home, Julie is a sought-after session player and has been featured on top-ten albums as well as major film scores such as the soundtrack of the box office hit “Bridget Jones’s Diary” in 2001 and Suzy Bogguss’ contribution “Oh! May the red rose live always” to the Grammy winning CD “Beautiful Dreamer: the songs of Stephen Foster” in 2003.
Their rich artistic backgrounds led Richard and Julie to an exciting musical rendezvous. Soon they released their duet debut “Living Out a Dream,” recently followed by their second album “Seems Like Old Times.” Audiences delight in the eclectic mix of Julie’s emotional depth on cello and Richard’s flawless technique on guitar when they embark on a journey through clever arrangements, swapping melodies, countermelodies, rhythm and bass lines, and earning rave reviews around the world.
Opened in 2008 and expanded in 2013, Black Sheep Vineyard is located on US Rt. 250 at the junction of State Rt. 150, about 11 miles west of Bridgeport. The venue is located in the restored barn behind the farmhouse and is a treat in itself with an old windmill converted into a ceiling fan while metal buckets and musical instruments serve as lighting for the rooms. For more information about Black Sheep Vineyard, find them on Facebook or visit their website at blacksheepvineyard.com. For more information about Richard Smith and Julie Adams, contact Kim Butler at 304-242-1241.