For two evenings next week, Sparkman Cellars in Woodinville will turn into a country music experience.
Writers and Wine features four award-winning songwriters and the life stories behind some of their most popular hits. The event, which is presented by The Listening Room, takes place at Sparkman Cellars on September 30 and October 1.
“The event itself is very similar to the type of experience you would get in Nashville,” said Jillian Becker, co-owner and producer of KJCo. “There’s a lot of laughter that happens, there are also tears that happen. It is a truly intimate experience with incredible energy.
She said these artists wrote songs for country legends Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and Garth Brookes, among others. The event draws attention to the inspiration behind each story, she added. Featured songwriters include Kent Blazy, Danny Myrick, Matt Warren, and Megan Linville.
“These people have played a lot together, so they have a really good rapport on stage,” Becker said. “It’s a really collaborative show.
In addition to music, participants can purchase an all-access pass to participate in the harvest experience at Sparkman Cellars. The pass also includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery and early access to the venue.
According to Becker, Writers and Wine is a “teaser event” for others to come to Woodinville. She plans to organize a larger songwriter festival in the future.
“There’s really nothing else like it going on in the Woodinville area,” she said. “The Woodinville wine region is so beautiful and so accommodating for this type of experience.”
In the meantime, Becker said, she hopes to produce several more Writers and Wine nights before the festival.
“It’s a unique experience that you usually can’t have outside of Nashville,” she said. “You will feel these stories, both happy and sad, and discover the beauty of the music of the people who originally wrote it.”