City Winery Nashville All Stars: Lauren Brumley

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City Winery is proud to announce our new blog series, “City Winery Nashville All Stars.” Meant to share the hidden talents and unique qualities of our entire staff, enjoy a peek inside our location’s employees’ lives outside the workplace.

This week’s City Winery Nashville’s All Star is Business Manager Lauren Brumley.

Where were you born, and how long have you lived in Nashville?
I was born in Boulder, Colorado in the middle of a blizzard! I lived in Louisiana for a few years when I was younger, which is where all of my family is from, and grew up in Marietta, Georgia. I have only lived in Nashville for the last two and a half years.

How long have you worked at City Winery? What is your role?
I have worked at City Winery since the Nashville location opened in October 2014. I started out as a Venue Host, quickly moved up to Concierge, then to Office Manager and now Business Manager!

We found out you’re pretty famous on Pinterest! Tell us more.
Well, I don’t really have a good explanation. All of a sudden, over the course of a few months, I gained 40,000 followers! Pretty crazy. Click here to see Lauren Brumley’s Pinterest page.

You’re also a talented songwriter and musician. Tell us more about your history with the music industry.
I’ve been writing songs since I was fourteen. Since living in Nashville, I’ve played in a folk-pop duo. We played a bunch of different venues around Nashville, including all the rooms in City Winry Nashville! I’m now pursuing a solo venture and have an EP coming out later this year. Click here to listen to Lauren Brumley’s music.

The Ultimate Easter Brunch with City Winery Nashville

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Join City Winery Nashville for our Easter Brunch Buffet in the venue to enjoy an elevated dining experience with live jazz music from Stephanie Adlington. Our brunch buffet will be available from 10:30AM – 2:00PM, and live music featuring an upright bass, guitar, drums and Stephanie’s smooth jazz vocals will echo through our venue from 11:00AM – 1:00PM.

Each adult ticket is $40 and includes unlimited brunch buffet. Children under 10 eat FREE (limit two children per adult). Easter coloring pages and crayons available for kids. Tickets do not include drinks or alcohol. During brunch, City Winery will be offering our 2-for-1 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas special, as well as a full bar.

Limited seating in City Winery’s Barrel Room Restaurant & Wine Bar and outdoor patios is available, but dependent on weather and availability. Click here to see our Buffet Menu & purchase your tickets!

$26,000 Raised for Bonaparte’s Retreat with Emmylou Harris & John Prine


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City Winery Nashville hosted Grammy Award winners Emmylou Harris & John Prine for a concert benefitting Bonaparte’s Retreat, an organization founded by Emmylou Harris with a focus on finding rescue shelter dogs a loving home. The show sold out and raised a over $26,000 for the organization. Click here to learn more information about Bonaparte’s Retreat. Photography by Ezra Soiferman.

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 Photography by Ezra Soiferman

City Winery Nashville and Tennessee Brew Works Collaborate with VINE & BREW Event – Thursday, February 2

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City Winery Nashville and Tennessee Brew Works collaborate with Vine & Brew event on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Beginning 2/2, City Winery’s wine will be available on-tap at their neighborhood taproom, Tennessee Brew Works. To celebrate, we are hosting a Vine & Brew neighborhood kick-off party at the Tennessee Brew Works taproom. Free and open to the public, the event on February 2 starts at 5PM and will feature local beers and wines on tap, music from local band Buck ‘n’ Stuff and bites prepared by City Winery Executive Chef Garrett Pittler and Tennessee Brew Works Chef Jay Mitchell.

“Being in the same neighborhood, we’ve been working with Tennessee Brew Works in one form or another for some time now and are huge fans,” says Ryan Johns, City Winery wines sales director. “We are thrilled to be the only local wine on tap in Nashville and will soon be announcing more collaborations with our neighbors and friends at Tennessee Brew Works.”

WHEN: Thursday, February 2, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Tennessee Brew Works
809 Ewing Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

ABOUT TENNESSEE BREW WORKS
Tennessee Brew Works was born from a love for craft beer. A start-up which began over a home-brew session, they ultimately celebrated their first professional brew in August 2013. Tennessee Brew Works is 100% owned and operated by folks in Tennessee. They are guided by their motto: “We work hard to create high quality craft beer that makes Tennessee proud. Our culture places importance on family, friends, and community, and we hope you’ll be a part of it.”

2015 “Music City” Pinot Noir: Tasting.com Rating of 92 Points!

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City Winery Nashville’s brand new 2015 Music City Pinot Noir was awarded 92 points and Gold Medal “Exceptional” Rating by Tastings.com! Incredibly aromatic, with a strong violet and floral aroma, this Pinot noir is ripe and ready to drink. Grown in the warm climate of Santa Barbara county, this wine is fruit-driven, like a burst of strawberry and blackberry. The subtle tannin structure offers great texture and a smooth finish. This wine is easy enough to drink on its own, and complex enough to enjoy with food.

The Tastings.com World Wine Championships is America’s oldest annual international Wine competition and has been operated objectively for decades. It is a blind tasting, medal-based competition that awards based on a 100-point scale. Wines are judged by Tastings.com’s trained staff joined by top Wine professionals and buyers from retailers and restaurants using a proven, consistent, proprietary methodology developed in collaboration with Cornell University. The Tastings.com World Wine Championships distributes its monthly results to consumers and the trade through Tastings.com, a free consumer website with tens of thousands of unique users a month on its searchable databases and via social media @tastingsbti.

Click here to purchase a bottle of our 2015 Music City Pinot Noir.

Click here to learn more information from Tastings.com.

Steve Earle January Residency: Solo & Acoustic

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We’re very excited to have the legendary Steve Earle playing a January residency here at City Winery Nashville all month long! Joined by Langhorne Slim, Colter Wall, Buddy Miller and Emily Earle, each show will be solo, acoustic and absolutely unforgettable. Meet & Greets are available for each show, too! Click here to purchase tickets!

Almost twenty years ago, Steve Earle and I took a ride through South Nashville. It was down those mean streets that Steve had spent his famous “hiatus” in the early 1990’s mostly shooting dope. It was a crazy, unprecedented thing. Here was a guy – the supposed “new face” of outlaw country – who had already put out a near unbroken string of instant classics, including chart hits like “Guitar Town,” “Someday,” and the immortal “Copperhead Road.” And he just up and disappears, drops from sight for four years, making no records, playing no shows. Many thought he was dead.

By the time we met, Steve was on the way back, through his sixty-day stint in the Davidson County Jail, firmly in recovery. He’d already released a couple new discs, the masterly acoustic Train A Comin’ and the defiantly electric I Feel Alright. But you could tell, he wasn’t all the way back. Clean and sober can be a transitory thing, the ghosts of the old days are far from fully vanquished, if they ever will be. Steve wasn’t sure he wanted any more of South Nashville, but being Steve, which is to be an adventurer and a sport, he agreed to take the tour.

In matters of the heart, Steve Earle has always been an optimist. There are several better-known tunes on the “Guitar Town” album, but when it comes to young(er) love all you really need is “Fearless Heart.” With Whitmanesque exaltation of his own resiliency, the singer sings: “I got me a fearless heart/ strong enough to get you through the scary part/ its been broken many times before/ a fearless heart just comes back for more.” Whatever happens, he’ll bounce back; all previous failures are only recon so as to guide His Own True Love Of the Moment across the “scary part.” Back then, Steve had faith in his ability to fall in love again, no matter what. It was a strange dichotomy. With an unmatched talent to describe the heartbreaking (as with the doomed Billy Austin, “twenty-nine years old, quarter Cherokee I’m told”) the singer largely avoided his own heartbreak.

“I’m patient, but I’m focused. There’s a lot to do. I’d like to write a musical, I’m working on a country record. I think a lot people this age feel like this. And if there’s one thing I know about songwriting, it doesn’t matter if it’s a love song, a song for my kid, or about an issue, something I saw on TV – people don’t give a fuck what I think about it, what they do give a fuck about is what experiences we have in common. As a songwriter, that’s where I want to go, to touch that place between me and you.”

Then, simply because Steve has too much hellraiser in him to leave it like that, he invoked the name of Willie Dixon, writer of some of the greatest modern blues songs, tunes like “Back Door Man,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Spoonful,” “You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover,” which were recorded by people like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley. Asked why he wrote and played the blues, Dixon, three hundred pounds and crusty sharp, reputedly said, “money and women, what else is there?”

A Facelift for the Barrel Room Restaurant’s Chalkboard!

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Local Nashville artist Christopher Acree took two days over the holiday weekend to update our giant chalkboard in the Barrel Room Restaurant! Now, our featured whiskies & scotches are presented proudly above each bottle, our wines on tap are clearly displayed and organized, and a customized flight menu is available! Stop by City Winery Nashville Monday-Friday at 5PM or Saturday-Sunday for brunch 10:30AM-2PM or for dinner starting at 5PM. Enjoy a glass of our in-house made wine on tap while you gaze up at Christopher Acree’s stunning work!

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City Winery Nashville 2016 Concert Highlights

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Patty Griffin

We had Patty in the City Winery Nashville venue for the first time on behalf of an edited showcase during AmericanFest in 2015. It was really exciting to have her return for a couple full shows a year later. Both of her shows in November of 2016 were sold out, what a crowd! For her first show, she was joined on stage by Buddy Miller, and for her second, she did a song with Emmylou Harris. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Emmylou Harris Residency benefiting Bonaparte’s Retreat

In May, we had four shows with Emmylou Harris and a rotating list of some of the best musicians in Nashville including Sam Bush, Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller, ending the four-play with her longtime duet partner, Rodney Crowell. In addition to a night of legendary songwriting, we were able to donate $80,000 for Emmylou’s charity.

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Maynard James Keenan

In November, we hosted the amazingly popular and eccentric Tool frontman, Maynard James Keenan. This was the first of a run of shows that he has never done before – Q&A in support of his new biography. No questions that were being asked were discussed prior to the show with Maynard, making the evening completely spontaneous. The show sold out in minutes, and the audience clung to his every word. No music was played at all, simply two hours of Maynard speaking in-depth about his book.

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Graham Nash

In April, we had two nights of Graham Nash. This was an absolutely surreal evening. Graham was very comfortable, open and full of stories. It was great to hear him discuss the songwriting process and memories of each song. To top it all off, he came out on stage and played the entire show barefoot.

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Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell Birthday

We were honored to host The Campbell family for Glen’s 80th birthday celebration in early May. The show was a retrospective, intimate, personal story-telling of the long-time and productive musical collaboration between Webb and Campbell. Jimmy sat at the piano all night playing his best known creations recorded by Campbell while images of the two of them displayed across a screen for the audience to enjoy. He told many stories about his relationship with Campbell, some humorous and some touching.

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The Zombies

This was City Winery Nashville’s first time presenting The Zombies, and they did not disappoint. They played their show, all the old hits and new songs alike, with the same excitement and preciseness they’ve done for the 30 years of their career. Solid, impressive show.

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Peter Wolf

For years, we had been trying to get Peter Wolf to play City Winery Nashville. After we opened the City Winery Atlanta location, we finally had the opportunity to host him. Thank goodness for Atlanta, or we may still be waiting to bring Peter down south! His show did not disappoint.

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Ani DiFranco

We had a two-night run with Ani at the end of June. Not only were Ani and her staff personable and easy to work with, but her shows were amazing. Simple, intimate, and different than any show she’s ever done in Nashville previous to her last City Winery tour.

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Ambrosia

We frequently host shows similar in style to Ambrosia…Atlanta Rhythm Section, Firefall, Pure Prairie League. We’ve always thought of Ambrosia as a top tier band from this era. Although we initially had difficulty finding a fitting date, City Winery Atlanta helped the Nashville location bring them down in December. There was an abundance of excitement having them in town. The crowd really enjoyed their music, especially the harmonies!

Announcing Vine to Glass: Wine Bootcamp 2017

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City Winery Nashville is excited to announce Vine to Glass: Wine Bootcamp 2017! Join the City Winery Wine Team for an informative and explorative course that broadens your understanding of wine. $35/class or $120 package. Each class includes tastes of four wines and light cheeses.

Wine Bootcamp 101: Winemaking – Our in-house Assistant Winemaker Laura Cypress will teach you the basic in’s and out’s of winemaking 101. January 18th

Wine Bootcamp 102: Behind The Label – Have you ever walked into a wine store and become frustrated because you’re unable to understand the wine label? This class will break down the critical information you’ll need to better understand what kind of wine you are purchasing. February 22nd

Wine Bootcamp 103: New World vs. Old World Regiosn – The distinction between New World and Old World are commonly misunderstood. In this class, we will explore the difference between these two styles and the history behind them both. March 15th

Wine Bootcamp 104: Sparkling, Sweet & Fortified Wines – A topic frequently skimmed over in most wine course, we will cover the methods of production, wine styles and tastes, and provide pairing suggestions. April 12th

Click here to purchase the Vine to Glass: Wine Bootcamp 2017 Ticket Package!