King: On the road again, and it feels good | Chroniclers
Billy Bob has finally played in Nashville. I wasn’t at the Ryman or Broadway, but I was in a special place and for a special purpose.
Last summer Jean, Drew and I spent a week on an urban farm in Nashville / Madison. David, the owner of the farm, and I became friends that week.
David’s family farm is located in the Neeley’s Bend area of Madison. There they raise cattle, sheep and chickens, but they also have a community garden. This fall, David and his wife Janice hosted outdoor concerts on Saturday nights for the community. They call them “Bands in the Bend”. They usually have a bonfire, casseroles filled with homemade chili, treats, and coffee, all at no cost.
David invited me to come do a Bro Billy Bob concert as part of last Saturday night’s lineup, as well as Lisa Gray and her improvised band she called “Lisa-and-the-Cousins”.
Due to bad weather, the event was moved inside Amqui Station in Madison. I was disappointed with the news of the move, until I saw the place. The place was originally the passenger station and the L&N signal tower, built in 1910.
In the 1970s, Johnny Cash, who lived in the nearby town of Hendersonville, used to visit the flagman at Amqui station. Didn’t he sing something about hearing a train coming around the bend? The station fell into disrepair, but in 1979 Mr. Cash bought it and then saved it from demolition.