They’d been waiting through Covid to finally have their tomato catch-up in Nashville last year.
You see it takes a lot to ground the Tennesseans, particularly on August 12 and 13 when it’s all about tomatoes.
And so if you like Warhol Campbell’s soup tins, or let’s hope a food fight, then The Tomato Art Fest is for you.
And this is not just any old Tomato Fest.
They only hold the record for the highest number of tomato-dressed costumes.
You could say they crushed it.
And that you’d expect to hear Tammaty Wynette blaring out.
And maybe some tunes from adopted Tennessean Sheryl Crow, or Cherry Crowmato as she’s known on Toms weekend.
You can see Sheryl too first weekend of September for Americanafest.
That’s Labor Weekend which starts, of course, on a Friday.
She’s come a long way since hanging with Bill-Buddy and watching the sun come up over Santa Monica Boulevard.
And Cherry Crowmato
Now she has her own ranch in Tennessee, complete with its own chapel, and has reinvented herself as a Country Gal.
Sheryl is the headline act for the Live on the Green free music festival.
And Coin, Moon Taxi, Yola (we’re listening) and more.
In truth, the music never stops in Nashville with the city boasting more music museums than anywhere else in the world.
You see it’s not only Country, though we wouldn’t mind if it was.
Most recently, the National Museum of African American Music opened its doors last year.
It claims to integrate history and interactive technology to tell the story of more than 50 genres and sub-genres inspired by African-American musicians.
The storied Ryman Auditorium doubles during the day as a museum preserving the legacy of the iconic Mother Church and all the music performed there.
The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum‘s exhibits take visitors on a tour of cities that greatly influenced music culture, featuring an interactive Grammy Museum Gallery.
Where naturally, in a nod to my old stomping ground in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, we’d sing Like a Greystones Cowboy.
While when you’re in The Gallery of Iconic Guitars at Belmont you’d naturally want to check out rare string instruments, and play some.
We have, down the road at Sun Studio in Memphis where we channelled our inner Elvis.
Nashville is a treat that awaits me, the good people of the city having wined, dined, entertained me in Dublin.
Before inviting me to a Nashville weekend in The Fair City’s O2 Arena.
And then a ticket to Music City which alas I was unable to take up… just reminding y’all.
And if I have to take a red fruit for my troubles, well I would.
So, here’s looking forward to a tomato catch-up in Nashville.