Wales Manor just keeps growing in popularity. As Collin County's first commercial Winery & Vineyard, we have been open to the public since April 2007. In 2010 alone, we've entertained approximately 10,000 visitors and guests. Our wine and music venues are rapidly gaining notoriety, making Wales Manor one of the Top 5 Tourist Destinations in Collin County, TX. Texas Music & Texas Wine. A winning combination
Tired of sitting around the house watching television? When was the last time you took that someone special out for a romantic evening? Have you even been outside and watched the Stars lately? Wales Manor has one of the most economical, fun-filled, romantic, entertaining evenings in Collin County!
Music Under The Stars is back by popular demand in 2010. So stand by for some great music in an unbelievable atmosphere. Each year, once a month during the Spring and Summer, Wales Manor brings in some of the best musicians to hit McKinney. The music varies by musician - So far this year, we have booked: Country, Oldies, Soft Rock, and Blues - and we are not done yet!
Bring a picnic basket, enjoy a bottle of Wales Manor, Triple "R" Ranch, or another one of the selections we carry, and prepare to be entertained (wine, champagne, soft drinks, water and Sangria are also available). You will have one remarkable and memorable evening. Bring a friend, someone special or come alone - you will meet plenty of friends "old and new".
Wales Manor -- The word is getting out! Here is what the artists and patrons themselves have to say...
"Wales Manor has become our favorite place to play in Noth Texas. There´s no other venue quit like it. Also, be sure to bring a folding patio type chair and a picnic basket... tables go fast!" jon Christopher Davis-Nashville Recording Artist and TEXAS Singer/songwriter
"I´ve played a lot of venues but none better than Wales Manor. Great setting and John Wales is a great host. Can´t beat that." Adam Mitchell- Singer/Sonwriter. Awared Numerous Platinium and Gold Records (KISS, Linda Ronstadt, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John, Chicago, John Waite. *Some artists who have recorded Adam´s songs).
"Finding it is half the fun. But, plain and simple--my favorite place to listen to live singer/songwriter music PERIOD! No cover band here... no to mention the great wine and atmosphere. Nothing like in North Texas. Wales Manor--our best keep secret is getting out." Ryan Smith--Wales Manor Fan
The new TV Show, Troubadour TX., scoured the State of Texas in search of the most talented singer-songwriters they could find to feature on their 22 episodenationally televised show. .
Wales Manor has thus far been featured in two of the Nationally Televised episodes. Why? WE ROCK! and are one of the favorite venues of many Texas musicians and artists.
TEXAS WINE AND DINNER CLUB
One of the most exciting things we will be doing in 2012 is opening our Wine and Dinner Club.
NOTHING like this exists in Texas (we developed this original concept specifically for you, our Fans-and it will be free to become a member, with no type of wine shipments, or monthly billing). However, due to the demand this Club will create, we will be limiting the number of members. The name: Wales Manor's: TEXAS WINE AND DINNER CLUB. Details will be coming out soon via our newsletter.
So if you are not on the mailing list--sign up now! . Wales Manor Vineyard & Winery--"The Best Little Winehouse in Texas!" Spread the news-bring your friends and let's the 21012 Season at Wales Manor, THE BEST LITTLE WINEHOUSE IN TEXAS!
DETAILS- Bring a lawn chair (winery tables/chairs are limited and go fast). And do not forget- NO OUTSIDE BEER, WINE, LIQUOR or BEVERAGES! We will be selling wine, margaritas, sodas and water. WE ID!
IF YOU HAVE A CAMERA--BRING IT! We want posts on Facebook/Twitter and You Tube. Let's introduce the world to Wales Manor and TEXAS MUSIC!
McKinney's Best Kept Secret Is Getting Out!
(finding us is half the fun!)
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Jon Christopher Davis has come full circle. After years of writing songs in Nashville for publishers, Warner Chappell and BMG, Jon returned home to the Lone Star State to make music his way. While in Nashville, the Texas born singer-songwriter penned several songs for artists like Dolly Parton, Hal Ketchum, Tammy Cochran, Sherrie Austin, Billy Ray Cyrus (Hanna Montana's dad) and Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles. "Little Bird," as recorded by Sherrie Austin, peaked at number 4 on Billboard's Top Country Singles Sales Chart.
He also recorded his own songs for Warner Brothers, Sony and MCA Records, with Vince Gill singing back-up.
Through all of this, he became friends as well as collaborators with some of the biggest names in the business. Look at Jon's body of work over the last ten years and you'll find names beside his like Rodney Crowell, Radney Foster, Steve Lukather of Toto, Stan Lynch of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Charlotte Caffey of The Go Go's as well as hit producers, Dann Huff (Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban) and David Z. (Prince, Jonny Lang). Not bad for a small town boy from Bonham who married his high school sweetheart.
Within a year of moving back, Jon signed a new record deal with Palo Duro Records. Jon's long awaited debút CD was released nationwide in August of 2006. It quickly caught the attention of USA Today and popular music critic, Robert K. Oermann - "I'm a huge fan of this man's album. Its second single sizzles with zesty rhythm, yelping vocals, sidewinder guitar and a ridiculously catchy melody. The major-label "stars" on Music Row have nothing on this guy. Play this!"
If there's one thing Texans love, it's a good party. But if you ask self-respecting Lone Star carousers what turns a bash into a blast, they won't say beer or barbecue. They know it all comes down to the music! And there is one band that can rouse revelers like no other: TWO TONS OF STEEL!
Two Tons' rambunctious brand of country-rooted rock has been inspiring listeners in the great republic — and far beyond — for more than two decades, and with its 10th album, NOT THAT LUCKY, the band is ready to throw its weight around even more.
NOT THAT LUCKY, which reached #4 on the Americana Music Charts in Sept/Oct 2009 is the band's first studio album since 2005's VEGAS (which ranked among the top 20 Americana albums for 2006) is its fourth helmed by Lloyd Maines, Texas' most in-demand producer (the Flatlanders, Dixie Chicks, Pat Green, James McMurtry). Explaining why he always clears his schedule for Two Tons of Steel, Maines simply declares, "They're one of the best bands in Texas."
And beyond. Already familiar to fans of the Grand Ole Opry, where Two Tons has performed some eight times, and to visitors at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame, where it appears in a documentary about country music, Two Tons tours Europe regularly and in 1997, became the first U.S. act in 37 years to perform in the national theater of Havana, Cuba. It's so beloved in its home state that Two Tons of Steel is featured in the IMAX film, "Texas: The Big Picture," and is considered an institution at the state's oldest, most revered dance hall, Gruene Hall, where its annual Two Ton Tuesdays summer series has been selling out for 14 years (and can be witnessed via the 2006 CD/DVD release, TWO TON TUESDAY LIVE!).It's high-energy, that's for sure. Inspired equally by Elvis Presley and the Ramones,
"We push the envelope of our abilities every album," says Geil, "Geil, who wrote the other cuts on NOT THAT LUCKY, until recently had a second career as the San Antonio Express-News' award-winning senior photographer. A massive round of layoffs gave him the opportunity to concentrate on the band fulltime. With the kind of work ethic that already has the band performing 200 dates a year, consistently earning top honors in San Antonio music polls and backing by its new label, Smith Entertainment Records, Two Tons is chomping at the bit. The band is itching to get out and pump up new audiences with its Two Tons cheer and its now-classic countrified version of the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated" (a take so popular, other bands have covered it), not to mention its new tunes.
"We're primed right now," says Geil. "We're ready to go." Ready to ladle out some hot molten steel, that is.
Trying to describe Brave Combo’s music requires a pretty extensive vocabulary – at least when it comes to musical styles. For the past three decades the Denton, Texas based quintet has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more. They are America’s Premier Dance band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey -- offering what one critic recently wrote, “Even if you come for the party, you'll leave with something of a musical education.” Brave Combo’s catalog of recordings range from Japanese pop to Latin American dance tunes, to the orchestral classics to rock and roll at its finest. The band has recorded with the late Tiny Tim, and were the band Talking Head’s David Byrne chose for his wedding reception. From festivals and fairs of all varieties across the globe, rock clubs big and small, colleges, roadhouses, dances, cultural centers (including the annual Midsummer Night's Swing at Lincoln Center in New York City) Brave Combo has charmed countless listeners and won avid devotees. The band has won two Grammy Awards and been nominated for their work 7 times. Brave Combo's vivid music can be heard in the films David Byrne's True Stories, Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions, Late Bloomers, Fools Rush In, Envy, The Academy award winning The Personals. They appeared at Oktoberfest in the beloved American burg of Springfield on an episode of "The Simpsons" and in 2008 Brave Combo provided the musical score for PBS’s first ever animated series, “As the Wrench Turns” which resulted in an "Annie" nomination from the International Animated Film Society. Their music has also been featured on ABC’s hit series “Ugly Betty”, and Fox Television's "Bakersfield P.D." They have also contributed original music for ESPN and The Big Ten network. Keyboardist, guitarist, accordionist, and singer Carl Finch founded the band in 1979, releasing their first records on the band's own Four Dots Records. Alongside Finch for most of Brave Combo's 30 years has been multi-instrumentalist Jeffrey Barnes, who joined in 1983. Barnes is known for his lively and imaginative stage wear, as well as playing an array of reeds and woodwinds, harmonica, pennywhistle, guitars, you name it, sometimes in multiple, simultaneous combinations. Rounding out the current line-up are trumpet player Danny O'Brien, drummer Alan Emert and Little Jack Melody on electric bass. Brave Combo continues to tour extensively and is currently working on their next CD release
Adam's passion led him to professionally race cars trough most of his young adult life. He discovered during that time that he had a great talent for playing the guitar as well. Graduating from The University of Toronto in 1966 whith a degree in French, Adam became a member of the legendary Canadian band, "The Paupers". By 1967, they cut a hit record on Verve, opened for Jefferson Airplane and became the new sensation. The band broke up shortly after and he continued racing and playing until he landed in Los Angeles in 1976.
Having such distinct influences as Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Merle Haggard and Joni Mitchell, Adam quickly learned the art of diversity when it came to his writing and producing styles. Adam is well known for his work with the heavy metal supergroup KISS, including cuts like Creatures of the Night and Crazy Nights. He also worked with vocal jazz sensations, Manhattan Transfer, producing their first record, as well as producing Linda Ronstadt.
Adam has had more than 150 cuts in his career as a songwriter. Several of his more notable include Dancin' Round and Round (recorded by Olivia Newton-John, Nicolette Larson, Anne Murray etc.) French Waltz (recorded by Art Garfunkel, Anne Murray, Bette Midler, Nicolette Larson etc.), Out Among the Stars (recorded by Merle Haggard, Wylon Jennings, Hazel Dickens, Teresa etc.) and Tears (recorded by John Waite, Patty Smith, Cheap Trick, Peter Criss, etc.). He has also had cuts on such artists as Chicago (Man to Woman), Cher (When Two Hearts Collide) and Bonnie Tyler (Matter of the Heart) just to name a few.
In 1996, Adam moved to Nashville to continue his career as both as writer and producer. Developing several new acts in the Nashville area, Adam continues to develop his versatile career. He is currently working with Bruce Kulick (of KISS) on developing "The Rockheads" an animation/music series begun by the late Eric Carr. He is also looking ahead to producing Linda Rondstadt's upcoming record.
iMi, the high-energy, Texas-born-and-bred, alternative rock band, will grab your attention with their all-original mix of hard-driving rock and acoustic melodies. Formed in 2007, its members are Chris Roberts on Lead Vocal and Guitar, Matthew Gene on Bass Guitar, Brady Hamilton on Drums, and Adrian Kindred on Lead Guitar. iMi has been inducted into the Curtain Club's "Hall of Fame" in Dallas, receiving special recognition for their sell-out shows and amazing talent. Presented with a plaque honoring them for being one of the top-drawing bands, their autographed portrait is on display with some of Texas' greatest recording artists such as Pantera, Bowling for Soup, Drowning Pool, Pat Green, and The Toadies. This crowd-pleasing band is no stranger to playing with national acts. Taking first place in a battle of the bands, iMi was granted the opportunity to open for The All-American Rejects. Other national acts iMi has played with are Puddle of Mudd, Eve 6, Candle Box, Saliva, Faktion, Deaf Pedestrians, Edgewater, to name a few. iMi was selected to showcase at the Texas Festivals and Events Association (TFEA). They have also performed at the "Red, White and Boom Festival" in McKinney, Texas; at the American Airlines Center during the Pre-Game show for Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets fans; and, recently played their second appearance at the Texas Rockfest in Austin during the famed South by Southwest Festival in 2010. Appearing on several NBC Morning Shows throughout Texas, iMi continues to gain attention. They have secured sponsorships from national companies such as ESPN, LA Fitness, and many others. The band is passionate about the work they do in their community. They have launched charity concerts and donated a percentage of the proceeds from their downloaded songs to support At Risk Teens for Children's Medical Center. www.imirocksnow.com
From he early days as gospel singer, to her legendary status as a Texas Diva, Maylee trascends genre. Mixing gospel based blues with a soul driven, Janis Joplin style rock, touches of pop, and -- time to time, the very faintest caresses of country... and audiences respond, often in disblief of the greatness they are hearing.
Maylee is The Soul of Texas! They Maylee Thomas Band´s music will rock you soul! A MUST SEE ACT.
When Tom Faulkner released his debut Cd, Lost in the Lans of Texico, an image was born that painted a musical and lyrical picture of a place where listeners longed to go to again and again. It is truly a soulful experience to Get Lost Whit Faulkners second CD, Raise The Roof, the journey evolves, moving the listener to an even deeper and rich place.
Like Texico, Raise The Roof s explosive at times, yet gentle an others. The sound and the stories are vintage Faulkner, taken the listener farther down a wonderfully familiar road, but with powerful new twists and turns that leave you, once again, longing for more. Faulkners musical acumen even caught the attention of New Orleans Legendary Dr. John, who joined Tom to sing on Blues Across America, a rocking tribute to the heritage of American Blues .
Faulkner, a New Orleans-born singer/songwriter/producer knew by age 5 that music would be the fascination of his life when his mother took him to see Lawrence of Arabia and he begged her to buy him the music score. After earning a degree in philosophy from Washington & Lee University, he returned to Dallas and put together a band, The Coconuts, that achieved rapid and prolonged regional success.
Singing with United Artist Publishing and a subsequent move to Los Angeles proved to everyone involved that record company promises can be as ethereal as vapor. After a multitude of unfilfilled promises, Faulkner came home, disillusioned, and the band broke up shortly thereafter. He immediately landed a job in a small recording studio with the intention of producing other bands and artist. While he gained production knowledge working in the studio, Faulkner's raputation an accomplished composer caught the attention of advertising executives. Consequiently, while en route to a singer/songwriter/producer career, Tom created some of the most memorable commercial music in on American television and radio. Most notably, he composed I Want My Baby Back for Chilis, as well as the theme for Tom Bodett and Motel 6.
Still, Faulkner abandoned his dream of one day owning his own studio and producing his own music, so in 1990 he methodically assembled on of the finest state-of-the-art recording facilities in Texas. It should come as no surprise that in his endeavor to develop his own unique sound, Faulkner relied not on a record company to create his first CD, but in own expertise and vision. Not that he doesn't credit many talented and supportive people who played essential roles, But Lost in The Land of Texico is truly an expression from the hearth.
Lost in The Land of Texico arose, in part, from the memories of his travels over the backroads of the Southwest. His unique blend of Texas Rock, Blues, Cajun and Tejano music is a herthfelt abandonment of musical trends and a passionate embrace of the rich ethnic heritage of "Texico".
Early on in his career, Garland, Texas native Austin Cunningham carved out a place for himself as a songwriter. He has had song recorded by artists such as Hank Williams, Jr. Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Wynonna, Chris Knight, Del McCoury, and the list goes on. Austin has song on feature film including Ashely Judd`s Where The Hearth Is, and the Richard Gere/Wynona Rider film, Autumn in New York. He and his music are featured in "Hey Dillon", a documentary about one of the "Last Great DJ`S", Bret Dillon de KHYI in Dallas. Austin has performed at the Sundance Film Festival fot the Bluebird Café on the Road series, and a few years back, was awarded the coveted Johnny Mercer Award for "Emerging American Songwriters".
Altought writing is Austin's first passion, he is no slouch at performing, blazing a trail with live shows across the U.S. and is a favorite on the Texas Music Scene. With a strong voice and some of the best guitar playing you'll ever hear, he always manages to captative his audience. Whether performing an acoustic solo, or rocking the house with a strat an a full band, it is entertainment at it's best. This is just good, root music mixed with great stories.
In 1972, Michael Martin Murphey, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Willie Nelson moved to Austin and a new Era in music was born. The movevent was dubbed "Texas progressive", "Outlaw music" among other monikers and Gary P. Nunn was right in the middle of it. At one time he was playing bass for Murphey, Walkey and Nelson. For Murphy and Walker, he lead The Lost Gonzo Band who backed them up on stage and in the studio, and helped propel them to national notoriety. It was during this time that Nunn honed his songwriter skills composing tunes that were recorded by Nelson, Walker and Murphey, as well as Rosanne Cash, David Allen Coe and others, earning him several gold and platinium records for writing, publishing and performing.
He has appeared on countless programs such as Nashville Now, TNN's Texas Connection, music videos and special appearances on TNN, Austin City Limits, Texas Ranger's Baseball games (singing the National Anthem), and other appearances too numerous to mention.
To learn more aboun Gary P. Nunn visit his official websites at www.garypnunn.com or www.myspace.com/garypnunnofficial . You'll find information about how to purchase his music and CD`s as well as find out where he'll be playing again.
Jimmy Ellis was born in 1935, in the rural farming community fo Foreman, Arkansas. Like most youths, his first singing experience came in church, where he and his brother both sang. Regrettably, Jimmy was to experience the blues first hang at the age of 12 with the break up of his family. The next 2 years were spent on his grandfather's farm across the Red River in DeKalb, Texas.
By 1950 Jimmy had moved to Seattle, Washington to be reunited with his mother. Under the guidance of his grandmother , he began singing in the choir at the nearby Mount Baker Baptist Church. Eventually his vocal talents came to the attention of the Reverend F.F. Billups who managed two well know gospel groups, The Kansas Gospel Singers and The Traveling Four. Billups, on his next visit to Seattle, asked Jimmy to join The Traveling Four, since their baritone singer has just quitr. Rev. Billups ended up being his guardian.
Altough Gerry is primarily a blues artist, he can perform a broad range of material from blues, to show, to pop. This reflects his experiences from his chilhood to the present encompassing more than four decades as a entertainer. In addition to guitar, Gerry is accomplished on banjo, manodolin, bass guitar, Dobro guitar, and keyboards.
For a time, Gerry was the bass guitar player with Lloyd Price (Personality, Stagger Lee, Lawdy Miss Claudy). He has also performed in shows with rhythim and blues artist such as Bobby "Blue" Bland, Albert Collins, Rufus Thomas, Lloyd Price, and Buddy Guy. On the country side he has performed with Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Charlie Pride, Hanks Williams, Jr., and Clint Black´s band. In the pop/rock field, Gerry has performed with Joe Walsh, Stevie Winwood, Johnny Rivers, and with Paul McCartey´s band.
Eighteen year old Emily Riddle is a budding Indie artist that has made quite a splash with her new album "Happy In A Melancholy Way". This folk/rock album features all original songs and artwork. The project title of this young singer/songwriter perfectly sums up her record. Honest lyrics, lilting melodies, and whimsical , smart arrangements complete with a plethora of eclectic instruments make for delightful, mood-altering goodness.
As soon as she was born, Emily began to sing. Her pen, upon learning to write, could barely keep pace with her creativity. She has grown up singing at church and amongst her peers for the weekly chapels held at her small country school.
Emily's music is captivating. Both young and old find themselves quickly endeared. She has already garnered a very culturally and generationally diverse audience, whose support is making for a strong and dedicated fan base for this young talent.
"Zane Williams is the real deal. He has the wordsmith chops of a young Guy Clark, and the melodic sense of Rodney Crowell. " Radney Foster "If you're in the mood for true honky-tonk music, you're in the right place..." Country Weekly Magazine "Recalls the best about Jack Ingram and other mainstream-leaning Texas artists" Roughstock.com "Combines the humble and direct style of someone like Bruce Robison with the honky-tonk extroversion of Robison’s brother Charlie...99 Bottles is incredibly clever" No Depression “The first time I heard Zane he blew me away….incredible songs, great storyteller. I’m really excited about Zane’s future and think he’s gonna be around for a long time.” Jim Catino, VP of A&R, Sony/BMG Nashville Sometimes you have to go all the way around the country just to find your way back home again. Just ask Zane Williams. The Texas-born singer/songwriter spent nine years in Nashville and honed his craft by performing at hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide. And though the experience was invaluable and helped mold him into the artist he is today, it wasn’t until he returned to Texas in 2009 that he really hit his musical stride. A perfect mesh of commercial irresistibility and indie honesty and credibility, the new CD is aptly named “The Right Place,” for it truly represents that place in the life of this Texas tunesmith. Accolades: Wrote Arista artist Jason Michael Carroll's top 20 hit single, "Hurry Home" 2009 Poor David's BW Stevenson Song Contest winner 2008 “Lennon Award” winner in John Lennon Song Contest $20,000 “Song of the Year” winner in John Lennon Song Contest Grand Prize winner of CMT/Nashville Songwriter’s Association Song Contest Kerrville New Folk Finalist International Acoustic Music Awards winner, Country/Bluegrass category Runner up for Campus Activities Magazine “Best Small Venue Artist” Merlefest Chris Austin Song Contest winner in both “Country” and “General” categories Telluride Troubador Runner-Up Nashville Grammy Showcase Finalist Has opened for George Jones, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Radney Foster, Max Stalling, 1100 Springs, Aaron Watson, John Michael Montgomery, Josh Gracin, and Chris Cagle
"We are very passionate about our vineyard and the high quality wines we produce here at Wales Manor Vineyard & Winery. Our 11 acre facility can create a beautiful setting for any size wedding event or party. Contact us to arrange a meeting where we can coordinate and plan the perfect event for your special occation. If there are any special arrangements you want taken, please do not hesitate to ask. I want you to be confident that your wedding or special event will be given the special attention it deserves and that your guests feel welcome and well looked after during their time here at Wales Manor Vineyard & Winery."
- John Wales, owner of Wales Manor