Vinyl&Wine 23: Drake Bell + Cline Dry Rosé

Like a psycho stocking up on Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, I buy anything that has Brian Setzer’s name on it. I bought a vinyl at the record store by Drake Bell called Ready Steady Go! because I noticed it was executive produced by Brian Setzer on Surf Dog Records; and even featured him on guitar on a song. I thought out loud to myself, “it’s gotta be good, right?” I wasn’t wrong at all. Ready Set Go! Is a collection of well written songs including, guitar solos, jazz fiddle, thundering upright bass, blues/ Dixie piano, and covers from Billy Joel, Stray Cats, and Elvis. The record is reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s rockabilly and rock n’ roll styles.

Though the vinyl is great, I still didn’t know who Drake Bell was and to my surprise, he is freaking huge. With millions of fans around the world, I was curious why I hadn’t heard of him before. Turns out, Drake Bell is TV/ Movie from the show Josh and Drake, and the Amanda Bynes Show on Nickelodeon. Yes, I said the Amanda Bynes show (Insert Amanda Bynes joke here.) His fans consist mostly of youngsters who followed those shows. Well I am happy to say I am now a fan for his music and choice of music style. I watched a Youtube video about the making of this record and he and I had a lot of similarities when we first heard the Stray Cats as children. We both wanted to go out and buy a big orange guitar. He did. We both wanted to pile our hair high. We both did. We both wanted to play in a band. Both did it. We both wanted to be good at it. He is, I can just barely get by. On Ready Steady Go! Bell channels the vibe of many artist including the Stray Cats and a little bit of Django Rhienhart on the song Bitchcraft, Gene Vincent, and many more. The stand out song for me is his cover of I Won’t Stand In Your Way a classic Stray Cats cover that was my favorite song as a kid. Bell crushes it. It made me happy. When I listen to this vinyl it makes me happy and jealous at the same time. It is an uplifting and a breath of fresh air to play this vinyl and with it, you need to pop the cork on a glass of something inspiring and full of summer freshness. It’s the spring time and the only wine that will do is a Dry Rosé.

I love dry Rosés from all over the world. The best come from the old world, Southern France and a close second for me is California, though they tend to be a little richer with less acidity. I have had rosé from Argentina, New York, Virginia, Italy, Austria, Australia, and New Zealand, and they are all pretty tasty. Made at the historic Oakley Ranch in Contra Costa County, the Mourvèdre Rosé by Cline Cellars is a perfect pairing for Drake Bell’s Ready Steady Go! Vinyl. The wine is made in a true “blanc de Noir” fashion where the juice is pressed from the skins before the fermentation process begin making a mostly white wine, though small amounts of color do bleed out into the wine giving it its soft rosé hue. As the folks at cline noted, ““A fun and festive rosé, with floral raspberry and vanilla aromas and user-friendly watermelon, cherry and spice flavors.” I wouldn’t disagree and the good part is that it is sold all over. The wines from Cline have always been great and sold at great values, but the Rosé is young, lively, and fresh just like Drake Bell.

Ready Steady Go! Is a great record and I highly recommend it with a glass of dry rosé. There is young energy pouring out of both using old vessels; the sounds of the 1950s and wine styles from the old world. Is it nice to see the youthful exuberance take hold of older styles. So do yourself a favor and go out and pick up both at your local shops and keep the needle droppin’ and cork poppin’.