Most of the outdoor concert stages are shuttered for the winter, but there are still plenty of opportunities to see live music. An important showcase for Loudoun’s singer-songwriter scene kicks off on Saturday night when Mike Meadows returns to the Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards.
The show is the first installment of this year’s Songs, Stories and Gas Money concert series. The project was launched in 2015 by local artist, activist and musician Stilson Greene and songwriter and guitarist Don Chapman.
While the performances occur on a winery stage, the shows are different than you’ll find on a typical weekend afternoon in rural Loudoun. This isn’t background music for your visit with friends or family.
This is a listening room environment where the attention is on the performer and table talk is reserved for between sets. The artists generally take advantage of the rare scene, often developing more personal setlists that provide deeper insight into their craft and musical journey.
Meadows is a Virginia native, but he’s another of the commonwealth’s talented exports to Nashville, where chance connections can be career-changing, as was the case when Meadows got to know Taylor Swift’s band leader and was invited to join the touring group two years later. In addition to collaborations in Nashville and appearing on recordings with Luke Brindley and Shawn Colvin, Meadow’s maintained ties with Loudoun, working with Todd Wright among others. [Artist Profile: The Music City Maturation of Mike Meadows]
Saturday’s show will be his third appearance on the Songs, Stories and Gas Money stage.
Also on this year’s performance schedule are Shane Hines, Jan. 25; Larry Burnett and Don Chapman, Feb. 8; Todd Wright, Feb. 22; and Taylor Carson, March 7.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Season passes are offered for $75.
The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards is located at 16804 Hamilton Station Road just north of Hamilton.
For details, go to thebarnsathamiltonstation.com.