Music adds energy to the busy crush pad activity that takes place after the morning grape harvest. This week, vineyard manager Shawna Mull shares a playlist below of some of her favorite artists and songs that help pass the time and keep spirits up during the crush. Look for a new playlist from winemaker Stephen Dollar next week.
After a morning harvest and lunch, volunteers are invited to observe the crush pad, learn how the grapes are processed, and perhaps taste some free run juice. Learn more about volunteering for an upcoming harvest on Sundays by emailing email@example.com.
"My heart is with the Kansas City musicians," said Shawna. "Roots and blues run deep with me so my playlist consists of killer music from KC’s Samantha Fish, Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats, and AJ Gaither One Man Band. They all play cigar box guitars. AJ plays all homemade instruments. They influenced my fascination with cigar box guitar building and playing."
"I chose Katy Guillen and the Girls to turn up some Kansas City rock-n-roll. 'Fishin in the Dark' by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is one of my all-time faves," said Shawna. "'Air Stream Driver' makes me want to move and groove. I love to spin poi to this one. 'Age Like Wine,' yup, I'm working on it every day. The Steel Wheels's songs are just great examples of American roots music from the Virginia mountains. I do love a mandolin and banjo! I have three songs from G. Love & Special Sauce. There are so many good ones to choose from, but I felt that 'I Like Cold Beverages' is the best closing song for a long harvest and crush day. Cheers!"
Miles to Go - Samantha Fish (Video)
Air Stream Driver - Gomez (Video)
Unified - G. Love & Special Sauce (Video)
My Heart is In the Right Place - Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats (Video)
Hillbilly in Space - AJ Gaither One Man Band
Age Like Wine - Todd Snider (Video)
Find Your Mountain - Steel Wheels (Video)
Fishin In the Dark - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Video)
Don’t Get Bitter - Katy Guillen and the Girls (Video)
We've Got a Fire - The Steel Wheels (Video)
Peace Love and Happiness - G. Love & Special Sauce (Video)
I Like Cold Beverages - G. Love & Special Sauce (Video)
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