What do you get when you mix a lot of wine, country music and scenic views? You get an intimate musical event called Live in the Vineyard Goes Country, located amidst the mountains of Napa, California. The three-day event, which took place May 14-16, hosts country industry insiders and contest winners for exclusive gatherings featuring musical performances.
The rain and cold temperatures didn’t dampen the spirits of the guests or the artists who were on hand to enjoy some good wine and country music.
“I’m a redneck so I really don’t know much about wine,” new artist Hardy tells One Country before taking the stage to perform. I think it’s cool. It’s really cool. I’ve never really been to this part of the country. It’s beautiful. I even kind of like the mugginess and the raininess. I’d rather it be rainy and these clouds hanging over the hills than just gray skies. I think it’s kind of beautiful.”
Hardy joined Chris Lane, Caylee Hammack and Ingrid Andress in the Artist In The Round Tailgate event held at the Round Pond Estate Winery. Guests noshed on fine foods and premium wines as the the artists performed.
“It is my first time at Live in the Vineyard and Napa,” Chris Lane says to One Country. “I’ll be back for sure.It’s beautiful. I’m excited to be here to play some music.” While he may not have been a wine guy until entering into his most recent relationship with The Bachelor’s Lauren Bushnell, Chris has since acquired a taste for the vino.
“Now I drink a lot of wine,” Chris laughed. “I like red wine. I’m a pinot guy. I’ll drink any of them, but if I had to pick a favorite, I love a good red.”
This year’s LITVGC featured a headline performances by Brad Paisley, who sang hits like “She’s Everything,” “Ticks” and of course the anthem of the evening, “Alcohol,” while standing amidst the backdrop of the Napa mountains. Brad was joined by Lanco and Walker Hayes at the Regusci Winery.
“How are you drunk Northern California hillbillies doing?” Brad asked the crowd, who cheered at the moniker. “Anywhere a guy can get a drink around here?”
Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne, Michael Ray and Cody Johnson treated the event-goers to a concert at the Uptown Theater for an evening show. The Brothers performed their hits “It Ain’t My Fault,” “Rum” and “Stay a Little Longer,” while Little Big Town brought the crowd to their feet with songs like “Pontoon,” “When Someone Stops Loving You” and the Taylor Swift penned hit, “Better Man.”
Also taking the stages throughout the three-day fest were artists Brandon Ratcliff, Brown & Gray, Dillon Carmichael, Erin Enderlin, Gone West, Haley & Michaels, Kylie Morgan, Mickey Guyton, Morgan Evans, Rayne Johnson, Runaway June, Seaforth, Teddy Robb, Tenille Townes, and Travis Denning.
Jon Pardi held his own party at the Blue Note Napa for a late night jam that heard him belt out hits like, “Dirt on My Boots,” “Head Over Boots” and “Heartache on the Dance Floor.”
For those who were able to get themselves up and out of bed the next morning, Scotty McCreey closed out the event with a 45-minute performance during brunch at the Blue Note, performing songs like “Five More Minutes,” “In Between” and “This is It.”
“I’m excited to be here. It was a pretty drive in and we’re enjoying ourselves,” Scotty told One Country about the event. “We have a few tastings lined up and then I get to sing for everybody and it’ll be a good time. I love wine. I used to really not, but I have acquired a taste and I really love it now. I like white more in the summer when it’s hot, but I’m definitely a red guy. I started with pinot and worked my way up to Cab. I’m a cab guy.”
The event marked the second year of Live in the Vineyard Goes Country. It was spawned from Live in the Vineyard which features top 40 acts performing at the vineyards in November.