On Saturday, June 28, Blue-eyed Soulstress Diane Durrett with Special Guest Connor Pledger filled our 4000+ square foot barn venue with their soulful vocals, strong original songs and raw talent. Durrett, a singer-songwriter who grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, has sung with Sting, The Indigo Girls, and Gregg Allman as well as opened for Tina Turner, Faith Hill and Jimmy Hall. Durrett’s discography includes an energy-driven breakthrough album,
acoustically-driven collection, an album with groove, as well as a holiday CD in 2012. Not only an artist, Durrett
has used her talents to produce, co-write music with those like Jerry Ragovoy, and author a book. Singing from
her soul, Durrett entertained the audience with her southern wit and brought forth a show like no other. Accompanied by musical extraordinaire, Junebug, Durrett played her guitar as sounds from cajon, tambourine and djembe drum echoed behind her.
Pledger, who currently resides in Athens, Georgia, is not a new face to the Lake Oconee area. Playing at Bone Island Grillhouse as well at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge in Greensboro, Pledger lays his heart right out on the stage at each of his shows opening his audience to his emotion-driven lyrics and genuine soul that made this singer-songwriter a perfect complement to The Barn. Pledger’s unmistakably unique voice brought forth memories of the sounds
of Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers to those in attendance. When Pledger hit the stage, the audience awed at the maturity of his voice and his raw musical talent. With wit and wisdom, Pledger entertained guests prior to Durrett’s performance.
Live Music in the Pines, a concert series showcasing top notch artists, will host their August installment at Crooked Pines Farm, located at 355 Harmony Road in Eatonton, Georgia. If you missed out on this intimate concert and are looking forward to the next, then join us on Saturday, August 23rd. Tickets will be $30 and the evening will include a concert featuring Tommy Talton with special guest Hannah Thomas, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. To purchase tickets, visit www.livemusicinthepines.com.
On Friday, May 23, Mike Farris, a self-described southern boy whose music is rooted in early American gospel with a touch of blues, filled our 4000+ square foot barn venue with the music that won him the 2008 American Music Award for “New and Emerging Artist of the Year.” In 2010, Farris gathered numerous “A” list musicians to produce an album to raise funds for the devastating floods that hit Tennessee. The 2010 winner of the GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year, is not a new face to using his musical talent to help those around
him. He used this talent to play this concert where proceeds benefitted the Oconee Regional Humane Society.
Farris took the over 100 guests in attendance through a lyrical journey of his life while telling stories of his past and how he got to the very stage he was sitting on that night. If you missed out on this intimate concert and are looking forward to the next, then join us on Saturday, June 28. Tickets will be $30 and the evening will include a concert featuring Diane Durrett with special guest Connor Pledger, heavy hors d’oeuvres from At Your Service Catering and a cash bar. To purchase tickets, visit www.livemusicinthepines.com.
On Friday evening, 120 Gatewood students arrived at The Barn to dine then dance the night away for their 2014 Prom. The prom committee set the tables earlier in the week to have a rustic yet elegant feel using burlap squares, wooden slices, colored mason jars, flowers, and jars with birdseed and candles. A unique aspect to their night was
the choice to use silverware, cloth napkins, glasses and plates from Oconee Event Rentals. This really brought the event a classy touch without inhibiting the fun that was to come.
Once students had enjoyed a delicious spread of food, including chicken, steak, rolls, carrots, rice and greens, from Sweet Kneads, the lights went off and the dancing started. Ricky Discenza, the disc jockey of choice from Beauty and the Beat, led the crowd through numerous songs that inspired group dances, a few lifts of dates into the air, and lots of smiles and laughs. From his set-up, students enjoyed dancing under neon lights, seeing colorful circles float
through the air and enjoying the billow of smoke from the fog machine. Roger Cannon Photography, Gatewood’s photographer of choice for the evening, used these elements to capture unique images that spoke wonders of the
evening the students were having.
One of our favorite, and previously unheard of pieces of décor, was the date wall. Students and their date’s name were written on pieces of distressed wood and hung on our barn doors. At the end of the night, the date would go and grab his piece from the wall and hand it to his date as a souvenir from the night. Other souvenirs were given as
guests left including a t-shirt and tumbler with the night’s theme abbreviated on the side: Southern Roots.
At the end of the night, the King and Queen got crowned (Congrats, Nash and Ellen!) and the students rode away
via limo, party bus or snazzy car with great memories of their 2014 Prom. Needless to say, the staff here at Crooked Pines Farm won’t forget this night either. Thank you for choosing us as your venue, Gatewood students!
On Saturday, March 15th, Grammy nominated Caroline Aiken and special guest artist Kyshona Armstrong filled our 4000+ square foot barn venue with their soulful stylings of rock, blues, country, and songs of honest emotion that took our audience on a journey like no other. Their infectious energy made people overjoyed that they came to this
unique listening room event.
Kyshona embraced the audience with her soulful blues and left the room feeling warm at heart. When Caroline hit the stage, she brought forth a few companions to add her twist to her famous Americana jams. No one was expecting to see a violinist so deeply involved in his music that the people around him seemingly disappeared.
The bongo player increased Caroline’s unique sound even more by adding a certain ambiance to the room. Caroline, the free bird that everyone loves and adores, then invited Live Music Veteran Scott Little to play the mandolin with her on our stage.
If you missed out on this intimate concert and are looking forward to the next, then join us on Friday, May 23rd for a concert benefitting the Oconee Regional Humane Society. Tickets will be $40 and the evening will include a concert featuring Mike Farris, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. If the Friday night show sells out, a second show will be scheduled for Thursday, May 22nd.
Talk about a night to remember! Singer-songwriter and blues vocalist EG Kight blew away the Live Music in the Pines audience with her soulful tune and southern charm. Listeners were in for quite the treat as they were part of Kight’s live solo recording with music producer, Glenn Rivers. As a Georgia Native, Kight brings her “country-flavored southern-fried blues,” to the stage with a flawless combination of poise and sass. Her lyrics transcended the audience into joyful, serious and comedic experiences, making her a true storyteller through her melodies.
This Live Music in the Pines was a spectacular evening of blues, jazz and twang with tributes to legends like Etta James with “At Last” and The Animals with “House of the Rising Sun.” Kight’s impeccable hail to the classics only scratched the surface of the soulful night as she sang her catchy tunes and singles from her latest album, Lip Service. When the shades went on, you knew a jazzy tune like “You Can Have My Husband” was about to fill the barn with a get-up-and-dance kind of vibe! Kight pushed harmonious boundaries in the most brilliant way with her blend of musical backgrounds and the immaculate flare of her stage presence.
Needless to say, this performance delivered a standing ovation at its conclusion. We adore our Georgia Songbird and have been enthralled yet again by her second performance at The Barn!
We had the best time at our first installment of the Music in the Pines concert series on August 24! There was awesome music, a great turnout, great food...the list goes on and on.
First on the stage was Krysta Nick. A teenage powerhouse, Krysta really impressed the crowd with her rendition of "Cups" from the movie Pitch Perfect. She has been singing as long as she can remember and has even performed the national anthem at Turner Field! We were so happy to have her as a part of our inaugural concert, and we are sure that big things will come from her soon!
Tori-Lee Averett is a southeast Alabama native who is currently living in Milledgeville and teaching at Georgia College. Her extraordinary talent was appreciated from the moment she took the stage! Tori-Lee is an incredibly skilled guitarist, which made for a captivating performance.
EG Kight, known as "The Georgia Songbird," was last but certainly not least. Her sense of humor and obvious talent for her craft lit up the stage and made for a great set. Click here to see a short clip from EG's performance!
At Your Service catering provided heavy hors d'oeuvres that were simply scrumptious, as always. Like I said, it was an awesome time! Below are a few pictures from the night, beginning with a snapshot of our three performers.
Thank you all so much for coming out to our first installment of the Music in the Pines concert series! We hope you are getting excited for the next concert which will be held on November 30. Randall Bramblett is a Southern artist who includes elements of pop, soul, blues, and sounds of the church in his music. The Scott Little Band aims to take listeners on a ride through American life, and they feel that good Georgia music can conjure up thoughts of peaches, red dirt roads, sweet tea, and Georgia rain. Both of these artists will be at The Barn at Crooked Pines farm for the second installment of Music in the Pines, and we hope to see you all then!
In 2010, Duncan and Angela Criscoe had a dream to build a farm. A farm where families could come together and make lasting memories. In 2012, The Barn was built. The Barn was meant to be a place for the kids of summer camp to rest, cool down, have lunch, etc. It has become a popular venue for weddings, which is a tremendous blessing. However, that was not the original vision for The Barn. The original purpose was to be a venue for the community. One where the community could gather and have meetings, educational classes, or even musical events. So we are currently in the process of getting back to what matters. Getting back to our core of being an educational source for agriculture and our core of giving back to the community. The Barn is an ideal venue for unique weddings and we absolutely love doing them because they bring families together and create those lasting memories. However, we also want to be a place where your kid's birthday party takes place, where your 50th anniversary party takes place, where you learn how to can vegtables, where you learn how to line dance, and where you make lasting memories and ultimately memories with your family and friends. That is what truly matters the most and that is what Crooked Pines Farm was built on and will continue to be built on as we grow.
As we begin planning ideas for upcoming classes, meetings, and events we would truly love your input on something that you would like to utilize The Barn for. Feel free to email us your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 706.347.0274.
We are The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm. We believe in family & southern hospitality. We believe in hand written notes, sweet tea, and long porch chats. We want you to become a part of our family too.