Sue Smith (aka Emma Chase), the owner of the Emma Chase Cafe in Cottonwood Falls, handed Robin a piece of paper after a jam one night. On it was written, "Queen of the Kansas Prairie" and asked Robin if he would consider writing a song about the Chase County Courthouse.
Robin has emmense respect for Sue Smith, and loves the Flint Hills and Cottonwood Falls, so he spent a great deal of time researching the Courthouse's history, and had a list of features, historical facts and images to draw from. Robin has said he didn't think he could write a song by request. It hadn't happened before.
Turns out, "The Queen of the Kansas Prairie" was written using each of the line items Robin had listed as important to the story. We had the real, true, heart-felt pleasure of playing the song in Cottonwood Falls for Sue Smith and the wonderful players and friends who join that community in their celebrations and musical jam sessions. Thankfully, too, that moment was captured by Clark Smith.
Click HERE to watch the moment in Cottonwood Falls, KS.