2019 Life Logs, Day 4: Nashville Music
Date: Friday, January 4, 2019
Weather: Mostly Overcast; High 51, Low 36 degrees F
Location: At Home with Patsy and Joe Kerwood in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
A visit in the Nashville area just isn’t complete without taking in a little Nashville music. Tonight my niece Janet and her partner Monica took me into the Music City to hear Fireball Mail at The Station Inn. According to Trip Advisor, “The Station Inn is a concert venue in Nashville, Tennessee, hosting the greatest bluegrass, blues, roots and Americana in the world. The Station Inn is the last true music venue in the Gulch area who has held true to the Nashville classic music scene.” I smiled when I read that last sentence as that is just a nice way of saying that the bar has not changed one little bit in the past 45 years of its existence. It has a well-worn look with an unfinished plywood floor and a hodge-podge of tables and chairs, but the music was world-class bluegrass. The Fireball Mail band played a mixture of original, progressive, and traditional songs and invited a few guest singers to join them at times during the evening. One guest tonight was Jet Jurgensmeyer, a fourteen year-old actor and bluegrass singer who plays the guitar. This band won the 2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival and each of the five members of the band have won individual awards of excellence in guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle. I thoroughly enjoyed the music. The head of the group is the husband of a friend of Janet’s who greeted us, bought us beer, had her husband take the time to come by to chat with us, and gave us complimentary copies of the band’s latest CD. When she brought a pitcher of beer to our table, I said something about her being an angel to which she replied, “I like that. A beer angel!” It was a fun evening in Nashville.