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God Save Kingston Springs! Cash, Kris, Cowboy, Shel, and the Great Train Wreck of 1973.

June 06, 2015 | Posted by CMHOF Staff

June 6, 2015
The museum hosted a panel discussion, God Save Kingston Springs! Cash, Kris, Cowboy, Shel, and the Great Train Wreck of 1973. Moderated by Peter Cooper, the program featured images, video, and audio recordings key to the story as well as live performances from the participants. Presented in support of the exhibit Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City presented by Citi.

Take Vince Matthews and Jim Casey—two laid-back country pickers, with laid-back country minds—add big ideas, little white pills, homemade wine, and the creative and financial support of four country music titans: Johnny Cash, Cowboy Jack Clement, Kris Kristofferson, and Shel Silverstein. Ferment in the sleepy hamlet of Kingston Springs, Tennessee. Stand back, and allow enough space for chaos, merriment, unforgettably odd and oddly charming music, and a major railroad derailment. Forty years after its non-issue, Kingston Springs Suite is finally available, and one of country music's most incredible stories can now be told. Jim Casey (songs recorded by Charley Pride, Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings, Richie Havens, and more), journalist Frye Gaillard, and Kingston Springs survivors Danny Flowers ("Tulsa Time") and Chris Gantry ("Dreams of the Everyday Housewife") gathered to explore the vivid myths and blurry truths behind Kingston Springs Suite.