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NANCY APPLE- Coloring Outside the Lines

     Dubbed the reigning "Queen of Country in Memphis" by Memphis Magazine’s City Guide, and the "Princess of Twang" by Memphis' daily paper the Commercial Appeal, Apple’s last critically acclaimed Ringo release, Outside the Lines, received substantial press, television and radio support. Peaking at #3 in February 2001, (right between Dolly Parton and Rodney Crowell), Apple remained in the Top 20 of the Freestyle American Roots chart for four months.
     NANCY APPLE inexplicably reminds her audiences how special it is to be in the presence of such individuality. From classic country tunes to memorable ballads and honey-flavored cheatin’ songs, Nancy rocks-and-rolls with a twist that is twangled up in the blues. It’s genuine y’alterna-honk that is outside the lines and far from ordinary.
     Her journey to the present has been as eclectic as she is. Born and raised a Navy brat, Nancy Apple’s immense talent became clear at a very early age, she went from crawling to dancing to Fats Domino.
     She plays drums, guitar, harmonica and dabbles in the accordion, and has played in several notable Memphis bands and even did a road stint with blues man Willie Cobbs.
     She has hosted a respected Memphis Songwriters Stage, a weekly Pickin’ Party, and even hosts a Sunday afternoon session for up and coming talent to learn and play with experienced pros. The Bartlett Performing Arts Center invited Nancy to perform for their 2001 season finale, and that performance was made into a PBS television special. Called, In Their Own Voice, the show debuted in Memphis in December 2001.
     Prominent DJs and critics (as well as several seedy drunkards) have commented that Apple is on the verge of making a huge impact on the Americana/roots scene. Who really knows, but she doing something that is fresh and entertaining.
     Take note of Nancy Apple. She is the real deal, she plays your heart strings and leaves you feeling energized, encouraged, refreshed. And she still likes to dance to Fats Domino.

QUICK FACTS: Nancy has been nominated 13 times for a Premier Player Award in Memphis in the songwriting, female vocalist and community service categories, and was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in 2002. She has appeared in numerous movies and videos with the likes of Harvey Keitel, Linda Gail Lewis and Bridget Fonda, has been endorsed by Gibson Guitars, played drums in The Hellcats for a short time and with bluesman Willie Cobbs. She has had a side project with Duane Jarvis and Phil Lee called the Tennessee Triple Threat, and another with honky tonk singer Susie Salley calle The Darlins. She has sung backup live and on recordings for Todd Snider/Dan Baird, Keith Sykes, Mark Lindsay, Reba Russell, and Cory Branan. Nancy is also known as The Cadillac Cowgirl, and has been a volunteer DJ on WEVL FM 90 in Memphis since 1996.

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Films
Finding Graceland  — starring Harvey Keitel and Bridget Fonda / Cinemax 1999
Played band leader/Guitar player that backed up both Bridget and Harvey in 10 scenes
Great Balls of Fire — starring Dennis Quaid — Played several characters as local color in four scenes

Television / Video
Fox 13 Breakfast on Beale — Nancy has been a guest twice on this Memphis morning show, on July 18, 2003 and a few years ago when it was shot at AutoZone Park.
Channel 3 Morning Show — Nancy was a guest in Spring 2003
The Pickin' Porch — Featured songwriter on 2 hr. live broadcast on Battlefield Cable Channel 42 Georgia
The Food Network — Nancy Apple featured performer for Extreme Cooking show on Memphis BBQ Cook-off 1999
Elvis, the Early Years — Played several characters as local color in six episodes
The Library Channel — 15 minute feature on Nancy Apple 1998
Action News Five — Nancy Apple’s career featured in Women In Music Series 1998
Action News Five — 15 minute segment over 4 days called Fame featuring Nancy Apple 1997
Action News Five — Live from Nancy Apple’s CD Release Party 1996
The Access Channel — music video for "What’s The Deal"
Linda Gail Lewis — background vocals on three 1991 live  music video / TNN

Albums / Recordings
Shoulda Lied About That — 2003 - Ringo Records
Outside The Lines — 2000 - Ringo Records
High On The Hog — 1996 Cadillac Cowgirl With Her Back Door Men - Ringo Records/Sur Records
Tijuana Tapes — 1994 Cadillac Cowgirl With Her Back Door Men - Ringo Records

Background Vocals
"One of These Days" — The Moonshine Cherrys background vocals 1999
"Draggin’ Me Down" — Jay HarringtonRuffins background vocals 2000
"Elenor" — Jay Harrington Ruffins background vocals 2000
"Drivin’ You Away" — Jay HarringtonRuffins background vocals 2000
"Time For You" — Jay HarringtonRuffins background vocals 2000
"Silver Angel’s Promenade" — Jay Harrington Ruffins background vocals 2000
"Eight Miles High" — background vocals for Todd Snider, Dan Baird on guitar - Universal Pictures 1998
"Rainy Day Girl" — background vocals for Todd Snider, Dan Baird on guitar - Universal Pictures 1998
"The Joker" — background vocals for Todd Snider, Dan Baird on guitar - Universal Pictures 1998
"Please Don’t Lead Me On" — Reba Russell Band Buried Treasure background vocals 1998
"Tool Box" — Reba Russell BandBuried Treasure background vocals 1998
"Volcano" — Keith Sykes I’m Not Strange Reissue background vocals 1997
Mark Lindsey — (Lead singer Paul Revere and the Raiders) Background vocals 1993 Kiva sessions

Awards and Nominations
Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in 2002
Just Plain Folks — National songwriter organization, nominee for Country Song of the Year 2000 for Cadillac Man
Memphis Songwriter Association — awarded honorary Lifetime Membership 1999
Premier Player Awards — nominated for Outstanding Community Service 2000, 1999
Premier Player Awards — nominated for Songwriter of the Year 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996
Premier Player Awards — nominated for Female Vocalist 1996
Stand By Your Band — Memphis Flyer readers poll named one of Top 3 bands in Memphis 1993
Taco Bell Sponsorship — Proud Sloppy Second place for Memphis region Taco Bell Sponsorship 1994

BLUES, PUNK and GARAGE BAND YEARS
Freak Mountain — singer 1994
Mark Lindsey of Paul Revere and the Raiders — background vocals, 1992
The Cadillac Cowgirls — drummer, guitar, songwriter, vocals 1989
Mississippi Bluesman Willie Cobbs — drummer 1988-1989
Apple/Sides — drummer, vocals, songwriter 1983-1989
The Hellcats — drummer 1987
Tino and the Teetotalers — drummer 1986

 

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