Seventh annual Rhymes and Vines underway

SARA VANDEN BERGE sara.vandenberge@empiretribune.com
Rhymes and Vines kicked off Thursday at Melody Mountain Ranch. Wineries from across the state gathered to showcase their best blends alongside the musical stylings of artists like Larry Joe Taylor, Mike McClure, Billy Joe Shaver and many others. JESSIE HORTON/E-T

The wait is finally over for Texas music lover and wine aficionados who have been anticipating Larry Joe Taylor's 7th Annual Rhymes and Vines.

The Texas music festival kicked off Thursday at Melody Mountain Ranch with performances by Larry Joe Taylor and Mike McClure and Billy Shaver.

"We're really excited this year. We have tried to put the focus on Texas wines and foods, but it's all about the music," Martha Taylor said in previous interview. "We have added wine tastings from six Texas wineries, there will be professional and amateur wine and beer makers from Erath County and beyond and we will have the best in Texas cooking."

Cooking demonstrations with Amy Kushner will take place at 1 p.m. Friday  followed by a string of performances beginning at 3 p.m. Those taking the stage Friday include Kylie Rae Harris, blacktopGypsy, The Damn Quails, Josh Weathers Band, Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros, Six Market Blvd and Kevin Fowler.

New this year is a wine bar which will feature tasting from the various wineries. Festival-goers can purchase wine by the glass, bottle or case. Gilbert Pecan Co. and Goin' Nuts will also be set up under the wine tent selling nuts, chocolate, fudge and other "munchies," Taylor said.

Kushnir will host another cooking demonstration at noon Saturday followed by the final performances.

The Tejas Brothers, Deryl Dodd and No Justice will be among Saturday's performances which begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

Three-day tickets are $53, two-day tickets are $38 and a one-day ticket is $22.