So, I found a little, should we say,magical place in Nashville a few months back. My brother took me up (I’m in Huntsville AL)to see Larry Sparks play at the Station Inn. I fell in love with the place from the moment I payed my $15 or $20 walked in and sat, literally fifteen feet away from Larry Sparks. There are no words to fully describe the Station Inn. It’s not much to look at, but a place that is full of bluegrass history and seems to me to have been lost in time. It’s a cozy place where the artists mingle with the fans during breaks and admission is extremely reasonable (compared to what most concerts cost now!). Anyway, I say all that to say that if you haven’t been, find a way to check it out, if possible (and the Hulls, need to find a way to play it!). I know if I didn’t live 100 miles away, have 3 daughters under the age of 3, and a wife that I’d like to keep, I’d be there almost every night!
But I did get the chance to go up again Wednesday night to see Chris Stapleton (formerly of the Steeldrivers) & Friends do a show benefiting tornado victims in Kentucky. It ended up being a songwriters type session with: Stapleton, Ronnie Bowman, Jessi Alexander and husband Jon Randall, JT Hodges, Angaleena Presley from the Pistol Annies, John Scott Sherril, and Larry Cordel, taking turns playing there songs and playing some together. Banjo pickers Rob McCoury and Richard Bailey showed up as did Chris Harris and another mandolin picker. Anyway, the following is a video I shot at the end of the night when they got up and played together. Pretty cool, at least in my opinion!