Brian Waters

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  • Harlem - Hippies

  • The Temper Trap - Conditions

  • The White Stripes - Under Great White Northern Lights

  • Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record

  • Arcade Fire - The Suburbs


After living in Nashville for 20 years, Brian ventured off to college to attend MTSU.  Brian graduated from college in 2008 with a degree in Entrepreneurship.  In his spare time he enjoyed writing, booking shows, attending shows, traveling to festivals, and listening to the radio.   Before even looking at jobs, Brian got an internship at Lightning 100 in 2008.  He work on projects such as Music Business Radio, Local Lightning Spotlight, and festival coverage for the stations website.

I'm the web guy.  I own this website.

Recent Posts

The Tallest Man On Earth performs “Sagres” and “Like the Wheel” [audio]

Lightning 100’s Lt. Dan has The Tallest Man on Earth live in-studio as they perform their songs “Sagres” and “Like the Wheel”. The Tallest Man on Earth performed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on May 27, 2015 promoting their newest album, Dark Bird is Home.  Click here to download the new album.


Howard Shares debuts “Money Can’t Buy”


In Japanese culture there is a type of nostalgia known as mono no aware, or a wistful appreciation for the impermanence of life and the passing of things. This feeling is channeled by the folk-electronica group from Brooklyn known as Howard on their new song entitled, “Money Can’t Buy,” the second single from their debut album “Religion,” out now on Falling People Records.

“Money Can’t Buy” is a meditation on the angst inflicted by a departed lover, composed of impressionistic snapshots of unfulfilled longing, backed by the uncertain skitter of drums and a looping finger-picked pattern on acoustic guitar, pushing the dream towards it’s all too certain conclusion, “We’re all gonna die.”


Tony Lucca debuts “Delilah”


Tony Lucca debuts “Delilah” off his recent self title release on 100.1 FM.  Tony Lucca finished third on The Voice in 2012, won a record deal in the process, and received more press coverage than any contestant on the show that season… or any season, for that matter.  He made a record with Adam Levine, then toured with Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson.  He was cast on the hit show “Parenthood” playing himself as a rock singer, and performed an original song.  He even starred in an Aaron Spelling prime-time drama and dated Keri Russell for years, winding up in countless gossip mags.

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“We went in with the intention of making a record that was as live-sounding as possible. I wanted to close my eyes and be able to visualize the players in the room or up on the stage, actually playing the songs together. One guitar over here, the other guy over there, bass, drums, some keys? I mean, that’s the rock-n-roll I fell in love with when I was a kid.” Lucca pulls inspiration from the heroes he heard on the radio growing up, from Tom Petty, Billy Squier to AC/DC’s Angus Young, tapping into a sense of timelessness he places somewhere between The Black Crowes and the Black Keys.

Each of the 12 songs on “Tony Lucca” are deeply personal. The record kicks off with “Old Girl”, Lucca’s rebuff to the music business treadmill. On the upbeat “Imagination”, Lucca recalls the evening where he met his wife… to the best of his ability. Lucca’s fans will enjoy the diverse sonic quality of four of his trademark ballads – the epic and sweeping piano-driven “North Star”, the optimistic “Smoke ‘Em”, the push and pull of love lost and found in “Right On Time”, and the sweet album closer that bares his daughter’s name, “Sparrow”.

Funded by a very successful Kickstarter campaign (one that hit its $25K funding goal just inside of 30 hours), Lucca feels strongly that his fans stepped up so that he could make the best record he possibly could – one he could finally feel comfortable releasing with his own name as the title. To that point, Lucca says “this record is pure. And honest. And hopefully completely refreshing to its listeners.”



DJ Picks – Week 11


Angry Orchard’s Slice of Summer Photo Sweepstakes


Slice of Summer Photo Sweepstakes

Slice of Summer Photo Sweepstakes

Sponsored by Tuned In Broadcasting and Boston Beer Company



Please read these official rules carefully.

This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or
associated with, Facebook.


1. No purchase necessary. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state, and local regulations apply.

Sweepstakes Period: Slice of Summer Photo Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:00:01 a.m. Central (“CT”) on May 22nd, 2015 and ends at 11:59:59 a.m. CT on June 3rd, 2015 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
2. Eligibility.
Sweepstakes is sponsored Tuned In Broadcasting and Boston Beer Company. Sweepstakes is open to legal U.S. and Tennessee residents 21 years of age or older and living in Middle Tennessee at the time of entry. Prizes are non-transferable by winners. Employees of Sponsors are not eligible. Government Issued ID, proof of age, identity, and eligibility must be furnished to Tuned In Broadcasting and Boston Beer Company upon request. All entry form information must be complete and accurate. Sponsors will not award a prize to anyone not meeting eligibility requirements at the time of entry. Tuned In Broadcasting and Boston Beer Company reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if these Sweepstakes rules are not followed. By entering, you agree to comply with all applicable law and these Sweepstakes rules, and you agree to abide all decisions of Tuned In Broadcasting and Boston Beer Company .

3. Entries.
One (1) Way to enter for a chance to win the Sweepstakes: (a) Internet: Visit HTTP:// and follow the online instructions to complete and submit an online entry.  Sponsor’s designated computer is the official time keeping device for this Sweepstakes.  No other forms of entry are valid.  Limit one (1) entry per person, per day.

Bonus Entries:


a.     After you register or log-in you will be invited to “share” the Slice of Summer Photo Sweepstakes on your Facebook wall, Follow the links and instructions to log-in to Facebook and “share” the Lightning Loves Nashville Sweepstakes. You will earn one (1) bonus entry into the Sweepstakes for every “friend” that uses your link to enter the Slice of Summer Photo Sweepstakes during the Promotion Period.


a.     After you register or log-in you will be invited to “share” the Slice of Summer Photo Sweepstakes on your Twitter account Follow the links and instructions to log-in to Twitter and “share” the Slice of Summer Photo Sweepstakes. You will earn one (1) bonus entry into the Sweepstakes for every “follower” that uses your link to enter the  Slice of Summer Photo Sweepstakes during the Promotion Period.


Every vote/like you receive will be counted as one (1) bonus entry in the Slice of Summer Photo Sweepstakes. Votes will be counted through the end of the Sweepstakes period, the picture with the most votes does not necessary win the Sweepstakes .



4. Winning.
Potential Winners will be notified by phone, email, or mail on or around June 4th. Tuned In Broadcasting and Boston Beer Company is not responsible for incomplete, incomprehensible, or out-of-service contact information. If Tuned In Broadcasting and Boston Beer Company   is unable, after making a reasonable effort, to contact a selected Potential Winner, that Potential Winner will be disqualified and a new Potential Winner will be selected from remaining entries. Prizes must be claimed within 5 days of being notified. Prizes not claimed within 5 days of winning will be forfeited. 5. Prizes and Odds of Winning.
The Grand Prize is 2 General Admission tickets to Bonnaroo 2015, no lodging or camping is provided. Prize value is approximately: $649. All upgrade fees or taxes not specifically included in the applicable prize descriptions are the responsibility of the respective Prize Winner. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

6. Terms and Conditions; Limitation of Liability.
Participants are responsible for complying with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and with these Sweepstakes  Rules, and by entering, participants agree to be bound to these Sweepstakes  Rules. Any security breach or other attempt by an entrant or other party to tamper with the proper administration of the Sweepstakes will disqualify the entrant and may result in civil or criminal action against the entrant or other party and may result in the discontinuation, suspension, or cancellation of the Sweepstakes. Winners and entrants agree, except where prohibited by law, to release and discharge, hold harmless and indemnify the Sweepstakes  Entities, their employees, agents and representatives, officers and directors and their immediate families, successors and assigns, and all others associated with the development and execution of this Sweepstakes , from any and all tax liability that may be imposed or associated with receipt or use of the prizes, and from and against any and all claims, actions, proceedings, and liability for any damages, expenses, fees, injury or losses (INCLUDING PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH) sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, or use of the prize or while traveling to, preparing for, or participating in any Sweepstakes -related or prize-related activity. Winners must execute an affidavit of eligibility and liability and publicity release. Boston Beer Company and Tuned In Broadcasting retain the discretion to make all decisions regarding the interpretation and application of these rules. All decisions of Boston Beer Company and Tuned In Broadcasting are final and discretionary. In the event the selected winner(s) of the prize are/is ineligible or refuse(s) the prize or in the event the prize is forfeited for any other reason, the prize will be forfeited and Boston Beer Company, in their sole discretion, may select an alternate winner from remaining entries. All participants and winners agree, by their participation in the Sweepstakes, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Tennessee. Prizes may be considered income, and any and all taxes associated with prizes are responsibility of winner.

7. Disclaimer and Force Majeure. Sweepstakes  Sponsors, their affiliated, parent, and subsidiary companies, their employees, agents and officers, advertising and promotion agencies, and all others associated with the development and execution of this Sweepstakes  are not responsible for: (1) problems associated with television transmission, radio transmission, cable transmission, satellite transmission, phone lines, facsimile, or cable lines and/or phone or IP numbers that are beyond their control—this includes, but is not limited to: a busy signal, operator interference, cellular interference, Internet congestion, technical or atmospheric conditions that disrupt the completion of a phone call, facsimile transmission, email transmission, or cable modem service, or other Internet interruptions or malfunctions or for technical difficulties which may prohibit, prevent, or interfere with the transmission of television or radio signals to all or limited geographic areas during the playing of the Sweepstakes  or that may prohibit, prevent, or interfere with the submission of an entry form; failures of or other problems relating to computer hardware, software, the Internet, or similar systems, including but not limited to difficulties relating to Sweepstakes  ISP, DSL, or cable modem access, “worms,” or viruses; (2) typographical errors in any materials relating to the Sweepstakes ; (3) lost, misdirected, illegible, incomplete, or delayed entry forms; (4) cancellations, postponements, or delays; (5) Acts of God, war, terrorism, government regulation, disaster, fire, strikes, civil disorder, or other similar causes beyond the control of the Sweepstakes  Sponsors, their affiliated, parent, and subsidiary companies, advertising and promotional agencies and their immediate assigns, making it inadvisable, illegal, impossible, or impractical to continue the Sweepstakes  or to perform under these Rules. Sweepstakes Sponsors make no warranty, guarantee, or representation of any kind concerning any prize, and Sweepstakes Sponsors specifically DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, WARRANTY OF FITNESS, AND ANY OTHER IMPLIED WARRANTY.

8. These Official rules supersede all other published editions. Boston Beer Company  and Tuned In Broadcasting reserves the right to amend these Sweepstakes  rules as necessary, in their sole discretion, to ensure the fair administration of the Sweepstakes  or to comply with applicable law. Due to protection of entrants privacy, a list of winners’ names is NOT available from Boston Beer Company and Tuned In Broadcasting.



The Milk Carton Kids performing “City of Our Lady”


Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale

Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids stopped by the LC Studio to debut a few tunes on 100.1.  The Milk Carton Kids perform “City of Our Lady” live off their upcoming release Monterey available May 19th.  Click here to watch the video and listen to the full interview!

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Lightning 100’s Road to Bonnaroo

Congratulations to Future Theives for winning Road to Bonnaroo

Posted by Lightning 100 on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Congratulations to Future Thieves for winning the Nashville rounds in Road to Bonnaroo!


Anna Haas debuts “Woman of the Wild”


With red-hot moxie to match her crimson tresses, Anna Haas is the exemplar triple threat whose dramatic appeal scintillates on her records and especially through her live performances. Her upcoming EP, PASSION/POISON was recorded in Shreveport, Louisiana at Blade Studios with world renowned producer and drummer, Brady Blade (Dave Matthews, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Jewel, Buddy Miller) and Grammy nominated engineer Chris Bell (Erykah Badu, Destiny’s Child , U2, The Eagles). Haas moves into new territory, melding organic and electronic sounds with her signature powerhouse voice. Her sound is dynamic, with intelligent lyrics that resonate through expressive vocals and complex arrangements. Haas has reached a level of vocal and musical maturity with this sophomore release that is hard pressed to find among the up-and-coming. From orchestral to pop to blues and heart wrenching ballads, Haas’ influences span decades and genres, creating threads that tie together to make her an artist you won’t be able to forget.

When not in the studio, Haas has been taking the world by storm, touring regularly and obtaining a loyal following across the country; Her roots in both Nashville and New York are apparent in her eclectic style, “A Thousand Lifetimes” and “Eyes Open” with a Nashville influence, and tracks like “Woman of the Wild” and “Game Over” resounding of New York. Anna’s full band live show, complete with horns and fiddle, is nothing short of mesmerizing, drenched with intensity and soul. She leads her band with grace and authority, commanding the stage like Janis Joplin or Freddie Mercury, using her voice, her eyes and her body to tell her stories. Simply put, she puts on a show. No Country for New Nashville says, “Anna’s powerful onstage presence and vocal prowess is undeniable, her energy is contagious.”

Haas was winner of the Deli Magazine’s 2012 Best Emerging Artist of Nashville Year End Reader’s Poll; she sizzled with the release of her debut album, Crazy Is, which critics called “remarkable,” and “timeless and fascinating;” and is gearing up for the release of PASSION/POISON in Spring 2015, along with two accompanying music videos.

This flaming redhead has left the ground running, turning heads and melting hearts, and doesn’t seem to have any intention of slowing down.


Father John Misty performing “I’m Writing a Novel”, “Holy Shit”, and “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”


Father John Misty performing at William Colliers

A few lucky fans got to see Father John Misty before his sold out show at Marathon Music Work.  J. Tillman was in a really good mood that day and ended up performing six songs at William Colliers.  Check out part 2 of his performance featuring “I’m Writing a Novel”, “Holy Shit”, and “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”.  Want to see what songs are from the first set?  Click here to watch the previous performance.

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L100 DJ Picks – Week 11


Leon Bridges performing “Coming Home” and “River” [audio]

Leon Bridges live in LC studio

Leon Bridges live in LC studio

Leon Bridges stopped by the studio after his sold out show with Lord Huron at Ryman Auditorium and solo show at 3rd and Lindsley.  It’s obvious that Nashville has fallen in love with Leon Bridges.  Hope you enjoy this live performance of “Coming Home” and River” live from the LC studio.

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MYYRA debut “All About You”

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee— Nashville isn’t just country music’s town anymore. And as its burgeoning synthpop scene continues to expand with breakout acts the likes of Cherub and Wild Cub, Music City isn’t necessarily the indie rock homestead of Jack White and The Black Keys that it once was either. Enter in MYYRA (otherwise known as Paul Davidson), whose marriage of electropop, boutique synths coupled with alt/indie authenticity aims to take advantage of the musical melting pot that New Nashville has become. With his debut EP, Erase. Rewind. Restart., set to release on June 9th via Clowder Media, Davidson pays clear homage to Music City’s growing pains while cultivating a sound that is brooding, versatile, and uniquely his own.

A transplant by way of New York, Davidson set his sights on moving to Nashville as a way to hone in on his artistry. “There’s a great sense of iron sharpening iron when you’re surrounded by the high level of talent in this city,” he muses. “You’re forced to examine your art constantly and see if you’re pushing yourself in the way that you could be. Nashville has expanded my musical palette tremendously.” Partnering with producer Joshua D. Niles(LeaguesThe Apache Relay), Davidson achieved his artistic whetting in a 6-song EP that is rich in mood and steeped in cinematic flair, drawing comparisons to both The National and James Blake for the album’s layered, seductive qualities.

All of the tracks, written solely by Davidson, are a collective reflection of their creator’s resonant, melancholy timbre and lyrical poignancy, yet each song seems to individually showcase a unique set of musical skills. Tracks like the driving album opener, “All About You,” bathe in Washed Out-esque synth vibes and accusatory surrender, while the slow-burning “Torches” aches in reverb-drenched melancholy and reluctant hope. Other tunes, like the seductive standout “Control,” flex Davidson’s vocal range by channeling Lana Del Rey in a James Bond dream sequence.

“All of the songs on this EP were written during a period of time where I was experiencing a lot of personal growth… sorting through self-doubt and struggling relationships,” Davidson admits. “There were a lot of scenarios or thoughts that I found myself continuously replaying over and over in my mind, and although that may sound like a good thing for the sake of processing, it really just became an unhealthy behavior for me. I got to a place where it was necessary to completely remove certain thoughts, activities, and people from my life in order to experience the renewal that I needed, and these songs were all an instrumental part of that process. That’s why we decided to give the album the title that we did.”

Although Erase. Rewind. Restart. may be across the board in musical inspiration, the album’s universal and almost elemental theme of creation, destruction, and rebirth became a process of self-discovery for Davidson in its compilation. And with his transparency on display for the world to see, the effort seems to have paid off.


L100 DJ Picks Week 10


Do You Have The Stones – Contest Rules

Do You Have the Stone (to sing for tickets)? – Contest Rules
Sponsored by Sam’s Sports Grill
Contest Period- 5/4 and 6/8

  1. Entry Procedure:
    Only the first 20 people to sign up at Sam’s Sports Grill in Hillsboro village will be guaranteed a chance to perform.  Sign up starts at7:15 PM on the Mondays during the contest period at the specified Sam’s Sports Grill locations.
  2. Specified Locations- 5/4- 300 Indian Lake Blvd. Suite E100 Hendersonville, TN
    5/11- 1720 Old Fort Parkway Murfreesboro, TN
    5/18 1803 21st Avenue South (Hillsboro Village)- Nashville, TN
    5/25- 2001 Lakeshore Drive (Black Jack Cove) Old Hickory, TN 37138
    6/1- 300 Indian Lake Blvd. Suite E100 Hendersonville, TN
    6/8- 1803 21st Avenue South (Hillsboro Village)- Nashville, TN
  3. Where to Register:
    Contestants can register at the specified Sam’s Sports Grill each Monday Night during the contest period starting at 7:15pm CT.
  4. Contestant Age:
    Contestants must be 18 years or olderfor the “Do You Have the Stone (to sing for tickets)?”. Grand prize winner must be 18 years or older. There is no cost to contestants to participate. And there is no purchase necessary.Must be present to win.

Contestants will be allowed one (1) free entry for attending the contest during the contesting period and one (1) additional entry for performing. Only the first twenty (20) people who sign up will be guaranteed a chance to perform, sign ups are on a first come first served basis, starting at 7:45 PM CT.

  1. Performance: The following applies to any and all “Do You Have the Stone (to sing for tickets)?”
  • Contest open to individuals, duets or trios, no bands or live instruments. Only one (1) entry will be granted for each song sang. (Examples: If an individual sings a song, that participant will be one entry. If a trio or duo sings a song, only one person in that performance will get an entry.)
  • Entrants can sign up to perform one song each day of the contest, and will be allowed to perform additional songs as time allows, as determined by Lightning 100.
  • No live instruments will be accepted
  • Performers will choose from a list of songs provided by Lightning 100. Song selection will be on a first come first served basis. Once a song is selected, it will be removed from the list for that day. Each song can be performed up to one (1) time per contest day. Lightning 100 will allow write-in song requests solely at the hosts discretion.
  • No special lighting, props or special effects may be used.
  • This contest is a family friendly event. All performances must be age appropriate, and no content which Lighting 100 or affiliated sponsors deem inappropriate or offensive may be performed. Lighting 100 reserves the right to disqualify any contestant or Entrant for any reason at the sole discretion of Lightning 100 and it’s on-site staff.
  1. Local Contest Prize, Value, and Odds of winning:

Winning entry(s) will be randomly selected from all valid entries received. If entry is illegible or does not supply all information deemed necessary to declare a winner, entry will be deemed invalid and another entry will be selected.

A grand prize of 2 tickets to The Rolling Stone’s Zip Code Tour at LP Field, June 17 2015, will be given to the winner of the event each Monday.

A ticket to The Rolling Stone’s Zip Code Tour at LP Field is valued at $65 not including tax. The grand prize value is around $130 + tax. The grand prize does not include travel, lodging or any other accommodations. Odds of winning depend on number of Entrants added and participants on a given contest day.

  1. Assumption of Risk:
    By entering the contest, and Entrant and/or participant assumes all risks of property damage, act of got, or bodily injury (including death) that might occur during the event. Entrants, and/or participants agree not to bring against any national sponsor or Lightning 100 (Tuned In Broadcasting Inc.) any claim for property damage or bodily injury (including death) that might occur during local events.
  2. Good Character:
    Entrant understands that he/she may be disqualified immediately from any level of competition if they commit any act or become involved in any situation that negatively affects Lightning 100, Sams Sports Grill, or any sponsors. Lightning 100 reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant at any time for any reason. All decisions made by Lightning 100 will be final and binding.
  3. Eligibility:

By entering and/or participating in this contest, Entrant confirms that he/she:
Is at least 18 years old and eligible for the Grand Prize.
Is not an owner, controlling stockholder or employee of any of the contest sponsors.
Has not won anything from WRLT in the past 30 Days.

Does not live in the same household as any of the radio station sponsoring the contest, or any employee, controlling stockholder, owner, officer or agent of any of the contest sponsors.



Rules for Forecastle Beer, Bands & Bingo

Rules for Forecastle Beer, Bands & Bingo:
Each Tuesday between May 5, 2015 and June 23, 2015 (“contest period”) Lightning 100 & Tin Roof Nashville will play Beer Bands & Bingo for a chance to win a pair of weekend passes and hotel accomodations to Forecastle Festival 2015 in Louisville, KY., July 17-19, 2015. Complete lineup at


How it works:

Join us each Tuesday beginning May 5, 2015 and ask for your Beer Bands & Bingo punch card and hang out to play bingo for a chance at great weekly prizes.

During the Beer Bands & Bingo event each Tuesday during the contest period, each winning Bingo game card may be exchanged for an entry into the Grand Prize drawing. Bring your punch card each week during the contest period and the Tin Roof staff will punch your card after you’ve played at least two games of bingo.


On June 23, 2015 at the end of the contest period, one entry blank will be given for entry in the Grand Prize for every punch on the punch card during the contest period.


Odds of winning Grand Prize depends upon number of eligible entries received.


Grand Prize drawing will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at the conclusion of Beer Bands & Bingo (approximately 10pm) inside the Green Room at Tin Roof Nashville. Eligible participants MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN ON JUNE 23, 2015 AT 10PM. MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO ENTER.


The Features performing “Two Hearts” and “Keepsake”


Live from the LC studio

The Features perform “Two Hearts” and “Keepsake” live in the LC studio. We look forward to hearing “Keepsake” off their upcoming new album.  The Features are currently recording the album, so stay tuned for new music from the band!  Click here to watch the HD videos or listen to the full interview and performance.

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Zella Day performing “Jameson”, “Sweet Ophelia” and “Hypnotic” [audio]


Zella Day in LC studio

Lightning 100 invited a few lucky listeners to Zella Day’s in-studio performance.  Zella was nice enough to perform three songs which included the hit single “Hypnotic” heard on 100.1 FM.  Check out the audio performance and interview which includes the unreleased song “Jameson” appearing on her upcoming album Kicker dropping on June 2nd, 2015.

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Natalie Prass performing “Bird of Prey” and “My Baby Don’t Understand Me” [audio]


Natalie Prass with Marvin and Lt. Dan

Natalie Prass performing live in the Lightning 100 LC Studio before her sold out show with Ryan Adams at Ryman Auditorium. Natalie talked about touring with Ryan, her new record, and where she’s been living these days.  Enjoy this audio performance of Natalie Prass performing “Bird of Prey” and “My Baby Don’t Understand Me”.

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The Apache Relay performing “Good As Gold” and “Katie Queen of Tennessee”


The Apache Relay in LC Studio

Our friends in The Apache Relay stopped by the LC Studio to play a few tunes.  Hope you enjoy the video performance of “Good As Gold” and “Katie Queen of Tennessee”.  Tune in to hear these songs on 100.1 FM.

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Tame Impala debut “Let It Happen”


Tame Impala’s follow-up to 2012’s Grammy-nominated masterpiece “Lonerism” is on the way and we now have a taste of what the band’s third album, “Currents,” might sound like.

“Let It Happen” is a psychedelic, multi-part, progressive rock epic, a song that fulfills band leader Kevin Parker’s intimation that their upcoming release would feature a heavier emphasis on synthesizers and electronically manipulated sounds, which appears to be the zeitgeist of contemporary alternative music—from Alabama Shakes to Mumford & Sons. Recorded in the group’s native Freemantle, Australia, Parker said that “Let It Happen” is about “finding yourself always in this world of chaos and all this stuff going on around you and always shutting it out because you don’t want to be part of it. But at some point, you realize it takes more energy to shut it out than it does to let it happen and be a part of it.” The first official single from Tame Impala’s new album, the syrupy funk ballad “Cause I’m a Man” is also available now.

Tame Impala recently rocked a captivated audience at Coachella, and they are coming to Nashville and performing at Ryman Auditorium with Mini Mansions on May 11.

Written by Grant Gilbard



L100 DJ Picks Week 9


The Features performing “Two Hearts” and “Keepsake” [audio]


The Features in LC studio

The Features performing “Two Hearts” and “Keepsake” live in the LC studio. We look forward to hearing Keepsake off their upcoming album.

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Matt Haeck debuts “Lucky Cigarettes”

Playing up the whole Saturday Night/Sunday morning spiritual schism is as much part of Nashville music as Lower Broadway, The Ryman, and Music Row. It’s a conceit especially prevalent in roots music circles, where audiences naturally consist of churchgoers and curse-spewers alike.

Matt Haeck comes by his layers honestly; that is, his is a life and a music that feed off of each other — indeed, without the other, you get the sense that either would cease to exist.

With “Late Bloomer” (which may or not prove to be true; kid’s had the goods for years), Haeck’s put his backstory up front: the songs here were written both before and in the midst of an almost four-year struggle with addiction. There’s a song or two post-surfacing too, addressing that pink-elephant-question in the room: just who the hell are we, when we’re who we really are?

Born in Barbados to missionary parents — his dad’s “real job” was selling insurance of the more tangible, home-and-hearth variety — Haeck says his first introduction to the magic of music came while watching his mother sing alto harmony in the church choir. (His first introduction to the magic of secular music came at the ripe old age of 21, when he dove headlong into the oeuvre of Mssrs. Dylan, Cash, and Lennon.)

His introduction to the traveling life  came much earlier. Haeck spent time in Kansas, Southern Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri and Michigan as a child, and has since called Austin, Texas — where he once paid the rent by “working” as a nude model — San Diego, Indianapolis, Pennsylvania, and (finally) Nashville, Tennessee home.

Fast-forward (or is that swipe right?) to today. On the strength of Haeck’s well-received stage turns in Studio Tenn’s “The Hank Legacy” and “The Cash Legacy” and the Crackerfarm-filmed video of he and Avett Brother Paul DeFiglia doing a new number of their own composition, 2014’s “Couldn’t Say Yes (Till I Learned To Say No)”, Haeck has finally begun his flowering. One highly successful Kickstarter campaign later, and “Late Bloomer” (produced by David Mayfield, and featuring the likes of DeFiglia, Critter Fuqua of Old Crow Medicine Show, and Caitlin Rose) is seeded, watered, and ready to go.

Or grow, perhaps better put.


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