Tennessee Boys Are Polite

They happily share their buffalo wings with you, buy you beer, do some Irish car-bomb shots, talk about cricks and crawdads to fellow country folk (such as myself).

Before they were playing venues like Madison Square Garden and winning Grammy Awards, they were much more accessible after their concerts. "They" being the Kings of Leon. (Longtime fan, longtime listener).

So one night prior to their immense fame, my friend and I were hanging around outside after a show. I turned around and there stood Jared, followed by his brothers and cousin.

We ended up going with them to a run-down bar, which had an upstairs, private, no-frills area with a pool table and a few tables. After hanging out with Caleb, Nathan, Jared, and Matthew for five or six hours, I can tell you this: They happily share their buffalo wings with you, buy you beer, do some Irish car-bomb shots, talk about cricks and crawdads to fellow country folk (such as myself), and compare strange, religion-based childhood experiences in really weird churches (e.g., they couldn't go swimming because "swimmin' trunks" were immoral; I could swim, but only in creeks and with a bathing suit that had a knee-length skirt on it).

We'd all been baptized in muddy water. Very humble, very fun, very down-to-earth. Caleb is shy but engaging; Nathan is outgoing and very funny; Matt and Jared love that golf video game. Their cousin Nacho was also there. Great guys, great night, just like hanging out with some pals.

Nathan gave me his drumsticks as a souvenir. Caleb gave me a hug goodbye. It was fun; now it seems surreal.

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