The Kingston Springs Suite
"First ever release of the heavily mythologized outlaw concept album from 1972. RIYL Johnny Cash, Crazy Horse, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Charles, and The Band. Vinyl edition features: download code, tip-on jacket, four-panel heavy insert containing rare photographs, essays by Frye Gaillard (Watermelon Wine: Remembering the Golden Years of Country Music) and Vince Matthews, and the recipe for Melva's Wine! CD edition housed in deluxe digipak with 24-page booklet containing both essays and exclusive photos. Features the original version of 'Laid Back Country Picker,' recorded by and live staple of Waylon Jennings (and recently performed by Shooter Jennings, and by Father John Misty). An amphetamine-fueled, prophetic, loose, and gritty 1972 Polaroid snapshot into the lives of a small town of an America gone by. Championed by Johnny Cash (who provided his studio and engineer, and penned the liner notes), and produced by Shel Silverstein (along w/ Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Cowboy Jack Clement), the Suite was the talk of the Nashville outlaw underground, but was then mysteriously shelved for 40 years. Preserving the old ways, and presented for the first time ever -- God save Kingston Springs! Vince Matthews and Jim Casey were two of the best and wildest songwriters to emerge during the brief post-Dylan artistic renaissance period in Nashville, TN (it was 'a little like Paris in the 1920s' according to Mickey Newbury). Their songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Gordon Lightfoot, and Sammi Smith, among others, and their 24-hour lifestyle was accepted and encouraged. The Suite was their ambitious dream project, and its presentation was to include film, slides, costumes, narration, and songs. A script/treatment by Vince was green-lighted to be a complete episode on the Johnny Cash television show. The Cash show never happened, but the Suite was performed at a Johnny Cash concert at Pocono Speedway, and at a dress rehearsal in the Kingston Springs HS gymnasium (with Johnny, June, and baby John Carter in attendance). But things began falling apart as Vince's ambitions grew bigger and his craziness got crazier. Shel Silverstein and Larry Wilkerson immortalized him in their song 'Vince' ('And that great speckled bird sang her song in his ear. Whisperin' words of magic that only he could hear.'), but the Suite was never completed to his satisfaction and remained unreleased. Interest lagged and the doors slammed shut by 1974, when Nashville had shaken off the crazies and gotten back to business as usual."