Drawing comparisons to a young Black Keys, the four-man Southern blues rock outfit The Kingston Springs are playing Nashville as part of Lightning 100′s Live On the Green.
Each year when the breezes of fall sweep into Nashville, local music fans start to feel the itch for the live music that is to come. Lightning 100, Nashville’s only independent radio station, hosts the annual Live On the Green Music Festival, a free weekly event that boasts headliners like The Wallflowers, Alabama Shakes and Here Come the Mummies. Nashville locals flock to Public Square Park downtown Thursday nights from September 6 through October 11 for a night of live music and community.
The festival kicked off last Thursday, with Jon Cleary and Moon Taxi supporting headliner Dr. John & The Lower 911. Others set to play this season include North Mississippi Allstars, The Apache Relay, Trampled By Turtles, The Kingston Springs, The Delta Saints and tons more. In order to celebrate the beginning of the long-anticipated event, we had a quick chat with The Kingston Springs, a bluesy Southern rock band hailing from, well … Kingston Springs, Tenn.
Having played tons of festivals and shared the bill with acts like Cage the Elephant and cult favorite The Features, The Kingston Springs are roots rock at its rootsiest, citing catfish as their inspiration and Taco Bell as one of their band interests.
You guys hail from Kingston Springs, Tennessee. What is there to do in Kingston Springs – what occupied your time there growing up?
Swimming in the river, playin’ some tunes, skating from time to time, and trying to woo some ladies.
You’ve been recording your eponymous full-length debut in Franklin, Tenn. What studio have you been working at, and who has been involved in helping see this record to fruition?
Well, we experimented with a bunch of different people at different studios, and we just couldn’t seem to find what we wanted. So we decided to do it ourselves at a family studio. This pretty much just gave us freedom to do whatever we wanted, which is the way we like it.
What can fans expect to hear on this record sound-wise?
A little of this, a little that and voilà!
In the past couple years, you’ve really gotten some festival experience under your belts. Do you have any favorite festival moments?
Well, waking up to the open-bar beach at Hangout Fest was pretty nice.
You’re playing Nashville’s Live on the Green October 4. What are your thoughts going into that?
It should be fun. We’ve never played to the Nashville skyline before.
How do you feel about people comparing you to a young Black Keys?
That’s cool. We like the Keys. We feel like we have some musical differences, but that’s a flattering comparison.
What’s one thing your fans don’t already know about you guys?
We eat a bunch of spaghetti.
Catch The Kingston Springs and tons of other great bands at Nashville’s Live On The Green each Thursday night through October 11.