Ever notice how many crusty country honky-tonkers like Ernest Tubb seem to drink way more wine than you'd ever expect? Porter Wagoner comes to mind (One Dime For Wine, Daddy And The Wine, When I Drink My Wine) and so do Merle Haggard (Little Ole Wine Drinker Me, Wine Take Me Away), Faron Young (Wine Me Up), Johnny Bush (Back From The Wine, Waltz Of The Wine), and Bob Wills (Warm Red Wine) among others.
These are, generally speaking, the kind of guys you'd expect to be throwing back beer and shots if you ever encountered them nursing a heartache in a bar somewhere. Yet they seemed to have an unshakeable affinity for wine over and above all other alcoholic beverages. Sure, there are lyrical and metaphorical reasons for this, but I find it fun to contemplate all the same.
One of these days, I'll round up 10 or 20 of my favorite examples of this now-deceased trend but for today here's the Texas Troubadour himself, Ernest Tubb, with A Good Year For The Wine. I don't know about the rest of you, but at my house it was indeed a good year for the wine. And by wine, I mean beer.
And speaking of Ernest Tubb, here are some selected excerpts from The Troubadour, ET's fan club newsletter from the winter of 1964.