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.

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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.

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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.

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