A Kingston Springs Weekend

music musings, beaverdamusa.comIf you read my last musing, you know that I have an affinity for the town where I live – Kingston Springs, TN.  A couple of weeks ago, I had what I considered to be a Kingston Springs weekend. That weekend is proof why Kingston Springs is special.

It started on Friday night by going to the local bar called the Fillin’ Station which is home of cold beer, great music, and the best damn patty melt that I’ve ever tasted.  On a side note, the Filling Station (http://fillinstation.net/) is owned by a super nice guy, who is one of the best harmonica players around and you can hear him on War’s Low Rider.  Anyway, we went to the Fillin’ Station to see local favorites – Runaway Home.

Runaway Home (http://whw.runawayhomemusic.com/) has just released their sophomore album – There’s A Paradise.  All three members of RH can stand on their own musically, but when they are put together – it sounds great!  The original lineup of the band was formed at the Filln’ Station, so every time RH plays there, it is like a homecoming.  You should go out and get their newest release – you won’t be disappointed.  While there, we saw neighbors and friends.


Music writer Peter Cooper moderates a discussion about the Kingston Springs Suite.

Saturday proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime event for this Kingston Springs resident.  If you read my latest blog, you read about the Kingston Springs Suite and its history.  Well, we attended a panel discussion at the Country Music Hall of Fame about the Suite.  Its members included a close friend of Vince Matthews, a guitar player from the Suite, a Nashville songwriter historian, and the co-writer of the Suite and friend – Jim Casey.  For 90 minutes, Peter Cooper (former music writer for the Tennessean) moderated a discussion about the Suite.  Stories were told, songs were played, and memories were stirred about the special time the late 60’s and early 70’s were in Kingston Springs.  The entire discussion can be found at http://countrymusichalloffame.org/newsandupdates/posts/god-save-kingston-springs-cash-kris-cowboy-shel-and-the-great-train-wreck .  If you have the time, you should watch this.


Panel discussion on the Kingston Springs Suite at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

Sunday dawned as usual with church in the little white church (Kingston Springs UMC) on Main Street in Kingston Springs.  As church, the Town of Kingston Springs hosted a reception, if you will, at the local community building in the park for Jim Casey and friends.  It was an afternoon of sharing stories and tunes with the very people who lived in Kingston Springs during the time of the Suite.  In true Southern hospitality style, folks brought food to be shared along with the stories.

As the weekend came to a close, I reflected on how lucky I was to live in Kingston Springs.  As I have listened to the Suite and its references to life in the Springs, I realize that the life described in the Suite still exists today.  Its spirit exists in place like the Fillin’ Station where folks gather and listen to music and share friendships.  I really do love my town.

Zach, musing in da Springs.

Kingston Springs: Home Sweet Home to Me

music musings, beaverdamusa.comThis edition of Music Musing has been sitting in the back of my mind for a long time.  Occasionally, it will race to the front of my mind when I am looking for topics and with Horshack-like enthusiasm scream “Ooh! Ooh! Pick me! Pick me!”  Well, I guess this is the time – sorta.  Read on.

I live in Kingston Springs, TN which is about 20 miles or so west of Nashville.  We have a very small, close-knit community which has a history as a resort town back in the day.  Anyway, they say you can’t swing a dead cat in Nashville without hitting an aspiring musician, but in Kingston Springs, you don’t even have to fully extend your arm or take a full swing.  Musicians tend to gravitate toward Kingston Springs and the surrounding area for some reason.  I don’t know why, but I have an idea that I will expound on later in this musing.

Flashback to about 10 or so years ago when I met a lady named Jessie who worked for JDRF.  As Jessie and I became friends, she mentioned that her dad, Jim, was married in Kingston Springs several years earlier.  Eventually, I met Jim and as we started talking, he told me he was a musician who hung out in Kingston Springs back in his “hippie” days.  As we talked through the years, he kept telling me about this album that he and a friend wrote titled “The Kingston Springs Suite”.  I kept bugging him to publish the album and he kept telling me that he was trying.  Turns out his friends was Vince Matthews.  When Vince died, a tribute article to Vince started circulating around Kingston Springs which talked about Vince’s history, along with stories of how folks would come out to Kingston Springs to play and listen to music.  Names such as Cash, Kristofferson, Silverstein, etc. were floated in the article. About that time, I started to realize that the music history in Kingston Springs continued to current day.

Well, a publisher was finally found for the “Suite”, and it is available now.  I haven’t picked my copy up yet because I am going to an event this week at the Country Music Hall of Fame where Jim and others will discuss the Suite and sell copies where I plan to get one and have them autograph it.  Hell, this story even made it to Rolling Stone magazine – while not the cover of the Rolling Stone, it did make it.  You can read about the history of it as written by people who get paid to write at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-kingston-springs-suite-makes-40-year-belated-debut-20150512.

There are so many Musing stories that I could write about folks here in Kingston Springs, their history, and their work.  There are names that you would recognize and some that  you wouldn’t, but they play with those names that you would recognize.  Some that I have known are no longer with us and some I see on a daily basis.  But, something has always held me back.  Maybe they are drawn to Kingston Springs because they can be Tom, Dick, and Harry who go to the store or local bar in peace.  Kind of like the line in the movie Fight Club – the first rule of fight club is that you don’t talk about fight club.

A couple of years ago, a video of old pictures was put on YouTube to the music of “God Save Kingston Springs” from the Suite.   Enjoy – https://youtu.be/Q9HB_wbVw8U

Musing in Kingston Springs


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