The first annual Fiddlin', Brewin', and BB-Q'N Cookoff for the Tennessee State Championship was held at the Opryland Hotel Paviion. Cooking sites, campers and dining flies surrounded the roofed pavilion. The stage, picnic tables and chairs sat under it. The promise of a very hot day was broken by the thundershowers that danced around the area, but didn't cut in on us. An occasional brisk wind caused a few of the dining flys to become airborne, but moderated the temperature for the contestants, the musicians and the audience.
Paul Scott and his band furnished the afternoon's entertainment, playiing 45 minute sets during each hour from 1 until 5. A total of twenty thousand dollars in prizes were awarded the winning cook-off contests in several categories.
Brandon Kenny and Clint Ingersoll opened the evening's entertainment. They're strong performers as well as gifted writers. Brandon unleases his bold, wry humor in his music. Clint is the writer of Lee Ann Womack's current single, "He Ought to Know That By Now."
Wade along with Randy Lanham were the featured entertainers. Plenty of blue ribbon worthy fiddlin', pickin', and singin' to go with the grillin', smokin', and bb-q'n. Wade opened with "On a Good Night" and closed with his first number one hit, "Old Enough to Know Better." In between were his special renderings of swing classics, "Take Me Back to Tulsa" and "Milk Cow Blues," along with Willie's plantive "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" and Merle's rowdy "It's Been a Great Afternoon."
Randy's Kentucky Championship fiddle playing was featured on "Ashokin Farewell," "Maiden's Prayer," "Faded Love" and "Orange Blossom Special." Randy was with Wade and Wheel Hoss (Wade's touring band) – Wade's fans know very well Randy's signature fiddle opening on "Old Enough to Know Better."
Special guests included Randy's bride, Kristi, and Wade's parents, Don and Trisha, visiting from Oklahoma.
Good barbecue and really fine country music - a simple recipe for a whole lot of pleasure.