Driving south into a wall of heat headed towards San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. We check into the Motel 6 on the edge of town for one night. Next to the motel is a casino and a gas station mini mart I stop into for postcards and stand in line behind a weathered cowboy, dusty boots and big hat. It’s too hot to be inside and being labor day weekend the motel folks are tailgating in lawn chairs playing cards and drinking.
Sculpterra Winery is down a desolate hot road east of the freeway. It is known for it’s metal work and sculpture gardens. It is above 95 degrees and there is no place to escape the heat except inside with the wine tasters. Steve Key who produces the showcase plays some songs as well as a handful of other singer-songwriters. Rob Kimmel plays a mean 12 string and DJ’s a folk show in the area and we excitedly talk about tenor guitars and alternative tunings like two music nerds. The stage thank god is in the shade. Playing outside among the trees and the grape vines makes me feel like a wood nymph serenading the town folk. People have picnics and bottles of wine and I am thankful for the slightest wind now and then.