Marshall Ballew to Open September's Weekend Music Performances at the Classic Wineseller
Waynesville, NC - The Classic Wineseller's September Live Music performances begin this Friday, September 6 with multi-instrumentalist and bluesman Marshall Ballew from 7pm-10pm. Singer-songwriter, and pianist Joe Cruz returns Saturday, September 7 at 7pm performing the best of the Beatles and Elton John. Enjoy tapas and small plate fare prepared in the Wineseller’s kitchen from 5:30 to 9pm. There is a $10 per person minimum and includes food, drink, and retail purchases. Reservations are accepted before 7pm by calling 828-452-6000.
Marshall Ballew is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in northeast Tennessee. His dobro and lap steel work can be heard on recordings by David Childers, Christine Kane, Hot Guitar, Chris Rosser, Gospel Playboys, Mama Said, Wanda Lu Greene, and Radiation Blues Banned.
He has shared the stage with performers such as David Lindley, Jorma Kaukonen, Doc Watson, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men, Cindy Cashdollar, Acoustic Syndicate, Michael Reno Harrell, Mary Flower, and Rank Outsiders.
Ballew performs on guitar, dobro, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, hawaiian guitar, and tiple. His musical styles include a mix of originals, old-time, blues, bluegrass, jug band, rock and roll, and more. He has performed at Piccolo Spoleto and Lowcountry Blues Bash in Charleston, SC; Downhome Blues Festival in Camden, SC; Lake Eden Arts Festival in Swannanoa, NC; Pee Dee Blues Bash in Florence, SC; Greening Up The Mountains in Sylva, NC; and, the National Steel Guitar Festivals in Brevard, NC and Charleston, SC.
Joe Cruz was raised in a musical family in New York City, playing and singing in church from a young age. He was a regular on the club scene in New York City and has opened for Bonnie Raitt, Chicago, and Santana, among others. Cruz resides in Haywood County with his wife, Tracey, and their two daughters.
Remaining September performances are:
Friday, September 13 - James Hammel guitar and vocals, jazz & popular music
James Hammel was introduced to jazz guitar by jazz great Sal Salvador. Salvador predicted that Hammel would one day pursue a career in music. However, music remained on the sidelines during Hammel’s 20-year detour building and leading large companies.
In 2001, Hammel was positioned at the top of New York City’s corporate ladder. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 became the catalyst for Hammel’s adventurous leap from being CEO to being singer/songwriter/musician.
Hammel recorded his first full-length CD, Do It All Over Again, in 2005. Five years later he released Come Together. Hammel and his band have performed in New York City at venues such as The Metropolitan Room, Satalla, Julian's, PM, and Kavehaz (The Gallery). He also has performed at the former CBGB's Gallery and The Bitter End.
Hammel's music is highly charged with a voice that brings forth a boyish sense of charm and innocence while still having the ability to transition from a crooner to a full pop/rock performer. For more information visitwww.jameshammel.com.
Saturday, September 14 - Joe Cruz piano, vocals
Friday, September 20 - Jay Brown guitar, harmonica, vocals
Jay Brown has been playing guitar since the age of seven and writing music since he was a teenager. His performance repertoire contains more than 50 original songs, as well as covers from a wide range of genres. A favorite of Classic Wineseller fans is Brown’s rendition of Duke Ellington’s “What a Wonderful World.” He sings and performs on a number of instruments including piano, guitar, steel guitar, percussion, and harmonica.
Brown has spent years traveling and playing across the United States. His musical tastes found a vehicle for expression when he became a founding member of the old-time swing band, Lazybirds, a band that blends a variety of musical styles, including jazz and blues, to create fresh and soul-stirring sounds. He has performed with the Old Crow Medicine Show, and musical legends Etta Baker and Doc Watson.
Saturday, September 21 - Joe Cruz piano, vocals
Friday, September 27 - Valorie Miller guitar, vocals
Valorie Miller is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Asheville, North Carolina. She got her start as a musician in the late 1990s when the North Carolina Arts Council awarded her an Emerging Artist grant to make her first recording. From there she has recorded independent CDs, gained recognition from many prestigious venues and contests, and toured the United States and overseas. Miller was named a Kerrville New Folk Finalist, two-time top finalist in the North Carolina Songwriting Contest, and top finalist in the Great American Song Contest.
She has performed at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Bitter End in New York and The Continental Club in Austin, Texas—and virtually every place between. She has shared the stage with Merle Haggard, Jennifer Nettles, Wilco, and Patty Larkin. Nashville’s Grammy-winning songwriter, Larry Cordle, says, “Go see Valorie Miller and listen to her stark, wonderfully crafted stories of longing, escaping love’s clutches, love of her homeland in the North Carolina mountains... Valorie is a beautiful girl with great stories to tell in song and a beautiful voice to convey them with.” For more information visit www.valoriemiller.com.
Saturday, September 28 - Live Music + Dinner event at 7:00pm with Musica Nostra. Mandolin, guitar, vocals, Italian and Mediterranean folk music, $39.99 per, four-course Italian dinner, reservations at 452-6000.
Musica Nostra, "Our Music" in 'Italiano', is a unique ensemble that performs old Italian and Mediterranean mandolin music. The group is comprised of Dick Hull, first mandolin; Bob Kogut, second mandolin; and,Joseph Hasty, guitar. The musical arrangements were handed down to band leader Dick Hull by his Italian grandfather Giovanni (John) Napoleone and his brother Domenico (Dominic). Musical selections include: old Italian and classical pieces; opera overtures; ragtime numbers; original compositions; and, marches and novelty pieces performed on two mandolins and guitar.
The Classic Wineseller, Waynesville’s premiere retail wine and craft beer shop, small plate restaurant, and intimate live music venue presents local, regional, or national talent each Friday and Saturday night at 7pm. The Classic Wineseller kitchen opens at 5:30pm on weekend evenings serving freshly prepared small plate fare. For more information visit www.classicwineseller.com or call 828-452-6000.