SILOAM SPRINGS – For the past 40 years, a group of men have gathered from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for coffee together in downtown Siloam Springs, and now two of those members are posting a country song on experience Friday.
The song, which is called “Brewin ‘Beans”, is about the men who come over for coffee together and play a game where they try to guess a number that a person has thought of.
The song will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio and everywhere else, said Ron Harp, one of the authors of “Brewin ‘Beans”.
“The genesis of the song is really about what happened here in Siloam Springs for over 40 years in a special downtown location, which at the time was Richard’s Cafe, where there is a band of ‘men having coffee together basically at two different tables, “says Harp.
One table consisted of working men and the other table had retired men, Harp said. The group meets on weekdays at what is now The Cafe on Broadway, Harp said.
The guys who were working would attend business and each table had an average of six to nine people, Harp said. Around 9:25 a.m., the retiree table would jokingly say at the work table that it’s time to play the numbers game to decide who paid for the coffee, and then get back to work to pay their social security benefits, Harp said.
About 14 weeks earlier, Harp realized that the coffee group was not unique to Siloam Springs or The Cafe group on Broadway, Harp said.
“I had seen other groups of men having coffee in other places here in Siloam, in other states like Iowa, small towns, Enid, Okla., Different places that I have been to.” , said Harp. “You would often see men taking time out for coffee together, and it occurred to me then that maybe it should be commemorated in some way, in a song.”
He came to Harp to write the song on a day when Bob, 93, was telling stories about his past, Harp said. The group had heard these stories several times before, but listened politely out of respect, Harp said.
Over the years, two different generations have shared stories about what they did as a teenager, and Harp began to write verse. That night, Harp texted Randy Steele, a local singer and another band member, about the song and passed on the lyrics.
Harp and Steele worked together to add and rearrange the lyrics until they had a song.
“So after it was largely formalized, we thought it would be fun to share it with our coffee group, out of the blue with a guitar, and we did that about a week after we continued. to develop the song, ”said Harp.
The guys in the coffee group were moved by the lyrics and encouraged Harp and Steele to record the song so that they could each get a copy, Harp said.
A Harp colleague from Edward Jones ‘days heard Steele sing “Brewin’ Beans” on Harp’s iPhone and connected Harp to a contemporary Christian singer named Dalton Lee, who recorded in Nashville, Tenn. .
Lee came from Fort Smith and heard the song, Harp said. He agreed the song was to be recorded and recorded in Nashville at the Beaird Music Group where Lee had recorded in the past, Harp said. Lee called the Nashville studio to see when they would have a free slot to record the song.
The opening took place two weeks after the June 4 meeting. Harp, Steele and Lee traveled to Nashville to record “Brewin ‘Beans”. For Steele, the experience at Beaird Music Group was the culmination of a lifelong dream.
“I played guitar from Arizona to New York, but never had the time in the studio,” Steele said. “So when you walk in and there’s the platinum record of Reba, Brooks and Dunn and Eddie Arnold, Randy Travis, Waylon (Jennings) and Willie (Nelson), history flows from that place.”
Steele said he was the beneficiary of generous and talented people at Siloam Springs who have helped his career over the years.
Steele credits Mike Larson who hired him to play a Jaycee feature in 1974 and the Parks and Recreation Division for allowing him to perform at the first summer concert in 1975. He also credits others like Mark Barnett; Janis Longhorn Jan Lauderdale and Don Roberts.
Ultimately, this is a song that shines a light on a very common but mostly unknown facet of life. There are three names mentioned in the song: Bob, Hank and Joe.
When Harp performed the song for different people who are members of a different cafe group, they said there were guys like Bob, Hank, and Joe in their group.
Harp also said it’s a song the nation needs right now as it delivers the message of making time for coffee together and not being in such a rush.
Lee believes the song is a way for his generation to learn more about the previous generation.
“I think it’s important that people, especially those of my generation, understand the importance of community because I think it’s a value that has been lost inside social media,” said said Lee. “I think it brings back a lot of a feeling of a time gone by.”