Yesterday I spent the afternoon in Millington, TN, just 15 miles north of Memphis, at the Old Millington Winery for Wine Fest 2010. It was a beautiful 75 degree sunny October fall day. With great music by Nancy Apple and the Whole Damn Band and a plethera of delicious wines, everyone (men, women, children and dogs) had a wonderful time.
I was smart to arrive just at 3 when Nancy Apple started playing because I got a close parking spot. Within the hour, people were parking down the street from the winery. I set up my chair in the shade and bought a bottle of wine because they do not sell wine by the glass. It was a nice bottle of table white wine, they said it was the closest wine they had to pino grigio, called Delta White. It was very good – a little sweet, not dry.
Nancy Apple and the Whole Damn Band were great! Nancy is my favorite Memphis musician, living anyway. I was excited to hear ‘Sun Will Always Shine’ because it is my favorite of Nancy’s, and I didn’t hear it at Memphis Music and Heritage Festival last month. ‘Sun Will Always Shine’ is a song Nancy wrote about the day Johnny Cash died. Nancy’s set also included ‘Rockin Granny,’ ‘Voodoo Woman,’ ‘Let’s Have a Party,’ ‘Delta Moon,’ ‘Elvis Loved His Mama’ (another favorite of mine, obviously), ‘Cathead Biscuits and Gravy,’ and a cover of Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prison Blues.’ Keith Sykes came up and sang one song with them.
The whole afternoon was great. Wine Fest was free, parking was free. I spent $10 on a bottle of wine and $10 on a Nancy Apple tee shirt. I got to chat with Aaron and Nancy for a bit – they are just so nice. Nancy gave me a cute dog lover’s pin. The first hour was very relaxing, but the second hour was very crowded. There were only 3 problems with the afternoon – too many gnats, too many smokers and my dogs weren’t there. Maybe next year I will have trained Elvis and Cilla to behave in public, so I can take them with me.
Please watch the video of my day at Wine Fest with Nancy Apple http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-ONJqruhRg