The Kingston Springs Suite – life is still sweet there


In October 1972, acclaimed songwriter and Kingston Springs, Tennessee resident Vince Matthews recorded an album paying homage to small town life and his home in the rural town twenty miles west of Nashville. The collection of songs highlight local residents and area landmarks, and featured well known artists and contributors such as Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Shel Silverstein, and Cowboy Jack Clement. The album was performed at the Kingston Springs Elementary School before a crowd which included Johnny Cash but has not been released until now. The Kingston Springs Suite is a production of Delmore Recording Society in Nashville, Tennessee and has recently been featured in the May 2015 edition of Rolling Stone Magazine. Matthew’s friend Jim Casey helped write and produce the album, and played a major role in salvaging the material.

The Kingston Springs Suite was just destined for another age,” explained Casey. “The impact of these songs and stories is much stronger today than 40 years ago. Vince and I truly loved Kingston Springs and our neighbors. It was a golden age and this story belongs to them.”

Cash described the album as “a laid-out slice of life as lived and learned by a laid-back country picker who knows and loves and understands the people like you’ll find at Kingston Springs.”

Mr. Casey will return to Kingston Springs on Sunday, June 7th to discuss the music, meet fans and old friends, and to play selections from the album. Mr. Casey will be at the Town of Kingston Springs Activity Center at L.L. Burns Park from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. L.L. Burns Park is located at 501 Park Street, Kingston Springs, TN 37082. Light refreshments will be served. In the spirit of the picnics and parties of the era, everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share. CD’s and LP’s will be available for purchase and autograph.

“The creation and release of this album proves what an impression Kingston Springs can leave. This Town is undoubtedly the best small town in Tennessee.” explained Mayor Tony Gross.

Mr. Casey will also be featured as a panelist during an event entitled, “God Save Kingston Springs: Kris, Cowboy, Shel, and the Great Train Wreck of 1973” at the Country Music Hall of Fame at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 6th. For more information, please visit:

For more information on Jim Casey’s visit please contact City Manager Mike McClanahan at (615) 952-2110 Ext. 15, or For more information on the The Kingston Springs Suite please contact Delmore Recording Society’s Mark Linn at, or visit

from a press release

About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently work for communities and companies in developing and implementing workforce and economic development solutions as CEO of Phillips Economic Development Solutions (Phi EDS). Prior to September 2017, I was the economic development professional who served a community team of elected officials, business people, community leaders and dedicated stakeholders for economic development in Cheatham County, Tennessee (pop. 39,880) and its four towns. During my five-year tenure, I served the team as Cheatham County grew over 1,700 jobs, turned around population declines at the start of this decade into healthy population growth, increased tourism expenditures 20.3% and local tax revenue from tourism 25.4%, grew sales tax revenue 36%, focused on developing the local workforce and was recognized by SmartAsset as having the 9th highest Incoming Investment Index of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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