Ultimate Way to Experience The Still House Sessions
Looking for a fun way to spend your Friday night? Consider taking a trip a bit off the beaten path for a full-blown musical experience at Leiper’s Fork Distillery.
Beginning in 2018, the family-owned whiskey distillery started their Still House Sessions, an evening of live music and stories from singer/songwriters, food and community right outside their back door.
What to Expect
On the final Friday of each month throughout 2019, head out to the Fork’s distillery, located off Southall Road on 27 lush, green acres. There, you’ll find a food truck and drink options--of course!-- as well as the opportunity to enjoy a catered dinner from inside the distillery.
Previous sessions have included music and stories from Waylon Jennings’ band -- Waymore’s Outlaws--Jeffrey Steele, Allen Shamblin, and Marla Cannon, just to name a few.
Be sure to arrive when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. to get a good seat at community style tables and enjoy the ambiance before the show begins at 8. Dress for the weather, and take note: the session is outdoors under a tent on the lawn! The show is scheduled to run until 9:30, though a few encores and some dancing wouldn’t be out of the question.
Tickets range from general admission, beginning at $35, to a VIP experience for $65, which includes reserved seating and a private whiskey tasting. Visit the Leiper’s Fork Distillery website to reserve tickets.
Savor the Historic Details
Inside their retail store, a refurbished 200-year-old cabin known as a dogtrot house, you can enjoy a whiskey tasting and some of the area’s distilling history.
Hunter’s Select Barrel, the distillery’s top-shelf bourbon, is named after Colonel Henry Hunter, the property’s original owner. Hunter fought with Andrew Jackson in the early 1800s, and also ran a small distillery in Williamson County.
When proprietors Lee and Lynlee Kennedy opened up shop in 2016, they set out to preserve the feel of the commonly seen rural distilleries operating in the South prior to Prohibition.
Even during Prohibition, Williamson County was home to many illegal stills. In fact, Lee Kennedy’s 3rd great-uncle Sam Locke, who worked for the U.S. Treasury Department, busted 73 stills in a 3-month time period before being gunned down by local whiskey distributors.
If you’re a whiskey buff who wants more of the area’s back story, take the time to schedule a full tour of the distillery.
What Else to See While You’re There
Want to see more of the area before the show? There is so much to see, like these 10 amazing things to do in Leiper's Fork, but for me, an essential stop is to enjoy a pre-show dinner at 1892, a delightful dining concept on Hillsboro Road in the heart of Leiper's Fork. Chef and owner Dylan Morrison grew up in the Fork and is inspired by locally-sourced ingredients and the history of the area. Be sure to call ahead for reservations in their intimate dining area.
If you haven't had enough music after the music session, stop by the original Puckett's of Leiper's Fork. Be prepared: it will likely be standing room only!
The rest of the year is filled with incredible Still House Sessions at Leiper's Fork Distillery, featuring multiple No. 1 songwriters and the creators of the biggest songs on the radio of the last generation. Find out more and make your plans to attend here.