Brian Waters

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Currently Listening To:

  • Harlem - Hippies

  • The Temper Trap - Conditions

  • The White Stripes - Under Great White Northern Lights

  • Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record

  • Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Biography

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

Music Business Radio: Summer NAMM

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This week Music Business Radio takes you behind the scenes of the recent Summer NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants). We visited the convention floor for three days and talked to  reps from Casio, Martin Guitars, Pearl Drums,  Griffin Technologies, and more.   We will hear what’s new in the coming year from these music giants.   We’ll also hear live music from Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes and Marie Hines.

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Sexx – Surf City

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No one knows much about Sexx (band) at Lightning 100….because they forgot to send us a bio.  Tune in to hear “Surf City” all this week on 100.1 FM and come check them out at Pour House this Friday.

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Bacon Brothers’ Not So Secret Free Show

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 Lightning 100 Presents a “not so secret free show” with The Bacon Brothers, Friday at 2pm at Wild Wing Café in Cool Springs! The first 100.1 people at Wild Wing Café by 1:45 get to watch an acoustic set from Kevin and Michael Bacon for free.  How many degrees of Kevin Bacon are you?  Now you can tell your friends you are 1st degree of Bacon!

They sold out 2 shows at Franklin Theater, but you still have a chance to see The Bacon Brothers… at the “not so secret free show” 2pm Friday at Wild Wing Café, 545 Cool Springs Vlvd…presented by Lightning 100.

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ASGEIR “KING and CROSS” – FREE DOWNLOAD

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Lightning 100 debuted “King and Cross” by Ásgeir on 100.1 FM.  To return the favor, Ásgeir is offering a free download to Lightning 100 fans for this week only!  Click here to get the exclusive Lightning 100 download!

Ásgeir is a singer-songwriter from Iceland. With the release last September of ‘Dyrd i daudathogn’, at just 20 years of age Icelandic singer- songwriter Ásgeir has become something of an overnight sensation in his country’s music scene – breaking all records to become Iceland’s fastest selling debut album by a domestic artist.

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Music Business Radio – Listening Room / Jim Peterik

You’re a singer/songwriter and you come to Nashville to find your way…you end up not only being successful at those endeavors but you find yourself owning and operating one of Nashville’s premiere venues that showcases Music City’s hit songwriters as well as new and emerging talents—The Listening Room. This is Chris Blair’s story. He shares his story along with his friend, co-writer, and artist, Jim Peterik, of the legendary band, Survivor. They discuss changes in the industry, Nashville’s new music model, and their creative friendship.  Visit MusicBusinessRadio.com for more episodes.

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Michael Franti Caption Contest

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Do you love music? Do you love yoga? Celebrate both on August 2nd, 2014 at The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel as Michael Franti headlines the Soulshine Music and Yoga Tour. Win VIP tickets from Lightning 100 by entering our Soulshine Music and Yoga Michael Franti Caption Contest. We want to send one lucky yoga fanatic and five friends to the Soulshine Music and Yoga Tour with VIP Box Seats!

Leave a brief caption in response to the photo posted by Lightning 100, and caption, “Can Michael Franti Fly? Or is it just the good vibes?” Captions will be considered for cleverness, relevance, and humor. The winning caption will be selected by Lightning 100 staff. The winner will receive six VIP Tickets to an exclusive VIP Box at The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel to see the Soulshine Music and Yoga Tour featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead.

“One love, one blood, one heart, one soul, one drum and only one rhythm, one tribe and all of us singing’!” – Michael Franti

Click here for official rules.

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Daniel Ellsworth and Marie Hines at NAMM

Lightning 100 partnered with Casio Music Gear to cover the 2014 Summer NAMM conference!  We had some locals try out the Casio Privia Pro PX-5s keyboard and perform live in the Music City Center during NAMM.  Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes, local artist of the week performs “Phantoms” and “Sun Goes Out”.  Marie Hines switches it up a little by performing “Hammer” and a Beyoncé cover “XO” live on 100.1 FM.  Want to win your own Casio Privia Pro PX-5s?  Enter into Lightning 100′s Casio Sweepstakes by July 28th for a chance to win.

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Lightning 100 debuts “Spitfire” by INTL

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Lightning 100 debuts “Spitfire” by INTL on 100.1 FM.  It’s been nearly one year since fans have heard from the ground-breaking alternative rock outfit INTL, the band has emerged. Teaming up with young hungry producer, Joshua Niles, INTL is proud to announce the release of their single, “Spitfire.”
After releasing their self-titled EP in 2011, INTL went on to release several singles, new material, score multiple spots on several national television shows, and successfully preserver through a name change. This past year the band teamed up with Grammy Award-winning producer, Vance Powell, to promote Universal Audio’s interface, Apollo 16. The band hid away in an effort to master a new and authentic sound. “Our goal and our hope as musicians is to speak truth and enter conversation with anyone who listens,” lead singer Kaleb Jones confesses.
Individually, INTL’s four members are incredibly talented, but collectively, their musicianship and influence is undeniable. Their ingenuity comes through in the distinct brand of rock they have carefully developed over the past few years. INTL has cultivated a sound all their own, a sound that allows them to stand out in a city full of fellow creatives.  Tune in all this week to hear “Spitfire” by INTL on Lightning 100.
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Trade us an email and get a free download! (https://intlofficial.bandcamp.com/track/spitfire)

You can also preorder the album now and receive the record before anyone else

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Independence Rocks 2014

Lightning 100 turned 23 this year and decided to throw another huge party.  Lightning 100′s Independence Rocks concert featured some of our favorite locals, The Delta Saints and Goodbye June with some up and coming artists  Jamestown Revival and The Wind and The Wave. Indie Rocks is sponsored by Tin Roof NashvilleNashville Vapor, Budlight, American Born Moonshine and Blue Chair Bay Rum.

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Casio Privia Pro PX-5S Sweepstakes

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Lauren Farrah

971675_553039468079873_846341767_n“Lauren Farrah is a singer-songwriter currently living in Nashville, Tennessee. Let us first put special emphasis on the “singer” half of that title, as Farrah was gifted with a truly lovely voice, a warm velvety alto, as rich as chocolate, as smokey as bourbon. The skill she’s acquired in wielding such a voice is no less striking. Farrah’s singing is passionate with an expressiveness ranging from vulnerable, to commanding, to haunting, permiated by a sweet, nameless sadness.Her tone is that of intense sincerity and earnestness. Certainly she can be playful, but even at play there is a gravity, a certain seriousness, underscoring each line.

The songs and their treatments are kind of a nouveau-Americana fare, with certain overtures toward pop. The arrangements evoke the sense of raw space, the crossing of vast tracts of eart. Across these distances, each instrument calls out, a cry as catchy and melodious as it is mournful.

Farrah has described herself as “just a girl who’s trying to figure out the ‘why’s’ of life.” But, in truth, her writing shows her to be at least equally preoccupied with life’s “how’s” and “ought’s”. Farrah’s songs portray a deep concern with morality, dignity, and integrity. Thesse are brought to the fore by various situations and crises of the soul which challenge and threaten to annul them. Indeed, the many vicissitudes of life- interpersonal struggles, the steady receding of youth and innocence, dissapointment, betrayal despair- make their villainous cameos, while waylaying our heroine in her quest for the ideal. But even in her puzzlement, even when she is lost, Farrah retains the faith of a seeker, if only by the earnestness of her search, the continual grasping for meaning. Like a true pilgrim, she is unswervingly devoted to her
destination, to her ideal. Each doubt, each dissapointment, each dark night of the soul turns out not to be a roadblock, but a signpost, a mileage marker on the road to glory.”

“Great Expectations” is Lauren’s debut EP on River Jones Music label, and is now available on iTunes, and Amazon worldwide!

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Independence Rocks

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Capital Cities – One Minute More

MUS_CapitalCities2_2370Frontmen Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian met on Craigslist and began writing jingles together. Three years later they formed Capital Cities and released their self-titled EP. Their single “Safe and Sound” shot to the top of Billboard’s Alt Songs and Modern Rock radio. Capital Cities is currently on the US portion of the Prismatic World Tour with Katy Perry. Tune in to Lightning 100 to hear their new single “One Minute More”.

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Ásgeir – “King and Cross”

asgeir-trausti einarssonAt just 20 years old, Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir made his mark in his country’s music scene. Now, just 2 years later, his melodic folk sound has won him awards like Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Best Newcomer in his genre. The single “King and Cross” is now playing on Lightning 100.

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Fishing for Bonnarooians

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___Ever wanted to go fishing with a $10 bill?  Lightning 100 put used a different type of bait at Bonnaroo 2014, while on the search for hippies!  Check out Wells Adams and Brian the web guy go fishing for Bonnarooians!

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Ingrid Michaelson in-studio

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 ____Ingrid Michaelson returns to the LC studio for a live performance before she plays the historic Ryman Auditorium!  Ingrid will be back in Nashville for Live On the Green on Septembers 6th with Jake Bugg, LP, Phin, Sugar and the Hi-Lows, The Lone Below, and more!  Get your VIP tickets before they sell out!  Click the tab below to check out live in-studio videos.  She performs her hit “Girls Chase Boys” plus two other songs live in the LC studio.

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Afterlife Parade

Afterlife Parade is a Nashville based indie rock collective of songwriters and musicians joining together to create one big sound.

Along with touring all over the U.S., Afterlife Parade has spent the last three years building an impressive resume for such a young act including being named a local lightning artist by Lightning 100, Nashville’s local independent radio station, headlining The University of Southern Mississippi’s inaugural tailgate series, gaining prominent placements for “Black Woods, White Beach” on the series premiere of MTV’s Underemployed and a St. Baldrick’s Foundation PSA announcement on Hulu, and most recently, being named a new and notable artist by Noisetrade.

Most recently, Afterlife Parade has been hard at work in the studio putting the finishing touches on AP’s newest project, a three song E.P. titled A Million Miles Away. June 24, 2014 will mark the release of this engaging and exciting new E.P. A Million Miles Away will include two previously released songs, the rock anthem “Break Away” and the soulful rock and roll heavy “Conquer It All,” and will be rounded out by the larger than life and atmospheric title track, “A Million Miles Away.”

AMMA is a follow up E.P. to the previously released concept album Death and Rebirth. AP is hoping that their newest E.P. will show fans their range as well give a glimpse into the future of the direction of AP’s future projects. AP is aiming high and longing for much larger stages as they continue to “conquer” new territory and A Million Miles Away is a taste of the future for the kind of sound that belongs in those larger arenas.

But as always, AP’s most important message is that of community. Lead singer Quinn Erwin states, “We believe in community… and the kind of music that we make fosters connectedness…what better way to grow a following than to start off in small spaces really getting to know our fans, them getting to know us, and then our ‘family’ gets so big overtime that we fill arenas?”

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Justin Klump

justin klumpAfter growing up in a musical family, it was only natural that Justin Klump would follow the family tradition. After his initial release of Sticks and Stones (2012) he gathered more fans while he perfecting his craft, this year releasing The Night is Young. He has played all across the country , even Nashville’s own Bluebird Cafe, and been featured in many publications including Entertainment World and IndieMusic.com

In order to pursue his music career as a singer/songwriter, the newly married Justin Klump moved from Vancouver, Washington, to Nashville back in 2012.  He established himself in the Nashville community, working on perfecting his music and teaching himself everything he needed to know about the business. Klump ensures that his music is authentic, everything he sings about being drawn from his own life and experiences.

Klump’s childhood was drenched in music and songs, his own family being members in the local orchestra. After hearing Dave Matthews Band, Klump taught himself how to play guitar. That, along with his training in piano and voice, led him down the road that eventually led to Nashville.

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Learn more about Justin Klump at http://justinklump.com/

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Bonnaroo 2014

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Lt. Dan at Bonnaroo 2014

10464040_10152496646489176_3509924042674316545_nI’ll be working backstage again at Bonnaroo. It’s my 11th year in a row running the backstage interview studio. I’ve had some great memories over the year and met some amazing musicians. In 2004 we met Marc Broussard, 2005 Brett Dennen, was Brandi Carlile in 2005 as well? That’s kind of a problem. The years and sometimes the bands are hard to tell apart. If I don’t label photos, sometimes I forget which band it was. I may be a genius editing a pro tools session but the ole memory…well not so much. Looking ahead at this year and my own private backstage bonnaroo is pretty exciting! First of all, it’s the first year that back at Lightning 100 I have an assistant, which means it’s the first year I’m not editing until midnight to get all my production done for the week. I’ve left a lot in the capable hands of Guy Fell, including my interview with John and Lilly Hiatt for this Sunday’sFather’s Day edition of Music Business Radio.
So what am I excited about on the schedule? Just about everything! We have around 40 bands booked. Some big names you’ve heard of like Cage The Elephant, James Blake, Damon Albarn (Blur and The Gorillaz) or Avett Brothers and other bands under the radar like Lake Street Drive, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and Roadkill Ghost Choir. There are personal favorites like Sarah Jarosz, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Umphrey’s McGee, and Ben Howard. We have some of my favorite Nashville based bands as well like Fly Golden Eagle, Wild Feathers, and The Wood Brothers. There are some names I don’t recognize and every year at least one of them ends up getting added to the radio station. You don’t get booked backstage at bonnaroo if someone doesn’t believe you are worth believing in. Who will it be this year?
I don’t get outside of the trailer much during the day, so I always eye the after dark performances and headliners. I’ll be clear that I was disappointed to see Kanye West make the bill again. He should be banned for all I care. My guess is it’s politics. The bosses are trying to spin it like their behind it but it doesn’t make any sense to me. Any other hip hop act on the planet would have been better. My opinion is out there so let’s move on. Breaking it into days on Thursday it’s starts early with Nashville’s own The Wild Feathers. It’s their Bonnaroo debut and the word is out about these guys. They put on an amazing live show and folks will be talking about it all weekend. Another Nashville act Cherub has been blowing up on the west coast and I’m excited to see them continue their march towards success. White Denim will take the stage at Midnight Thursday and I’m going to try and be there. I really like their music and am excited to see the live show. I should also mention another Nashville band called Bully that will be playing early at 2pm and I’ve heard great things about them. Definitely an under the radar act to check out.

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Analee’s Bonnaroo list

analee-top-10Top Ten:

Jack White
Amos Lee

The Wild Feathers

Neutral Milk Hotel

Ben Howard

J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Phoenix
The Weeks
Drive By Truckers
Tedeschi Trucks Band

Under The Radar:
First Aid Kit
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Real Estate
Lucero

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The TonTons at Hangout Fest

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Red Bull Sound Select artist The Tontons perform an acoustic version of “Kidd Cemetery” live on the lazy river at Hangout Music Fest 2014.  Filmed and edited by Make It Pop Creations

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Local Spotlight: Elise Davis

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Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Elise Davis is making waves in the Nashville music scene with her honest, relatable, and slightly sassy lyrics. Although Davis never planned on being a singer when she first began guitar lessons at age 11, she quickly discovered her voice and talent for song writing and was instantly hooked. Davis made the move to Nashville in late 2011 and has been calling Music City home ever since. During her interview, Elise stated that the things she writes “are all just very true, literal stories about my life.” Indeed, Elise captivates her listeners with raw and inspiring storytelling and leaves her audience reflecting on their own similar stories.

Q: When did you start making music?

A: “I always was interested in music. When I was 11 I started taking guitar lessons. I never really thought I was a singer and I thought that I was just learning to play guitar but when I was 12 years old I wanted to go to a Bush concert in downtown Little Rock with my friends and my parents didn’t want me to go and I got really upset about it and ran away from home for a little bit. Nobody came looking for me and I walked back home and I was really upset that my parents didn’t come looking for me so went up in my room and I knew a few chords well enough and I didn’t think about it or plan to do it but I picked up the guitar and wrote a song about being lonely in a big house and it felt so good and every single day since then I have written songs.”

Q: What genre would you place your music under?

A: “That’s hard for me because I don’t write straight up country music but some of the songs fall into the country genre. But I have recently found that my songs are very Americana; kinda gritty Americana sounding singer songwriter.”

Q: What artists inspire your music?

A:“I’m a super freakish fan of Lucinda Williams. I started listening to her in college and I am such a fan of the way that she writes lyrics and melody and everything. So John Prine and Lucinda Williams are probably the two biggest influences of my music.”

Q: As an Americana artist with a tinge of country, was moving to Nashville always a dream or a plan?

A: “It actually wasn’t. My first record was out when I was a senior in high school and then every year that I was in college; I was lucky to have band mates that worked in a little studio so that I could affordably record. And then I graduated college and went out on the road with my band; The way that I wanted to do it was just to be on the road all the time; then I realized that if I

stayed in Arkansas I was never going to get to the level I want to be at because there is no music industry in Arkansas. So when I thought about it Nashville was the closest and most affordable choice versus somewhere like LA, and so I packed up and came.”

Q: And are you loving Nashville?

A: “Moving was literally the best decision I have ever made in my entire life. I’ve learned an incredible amount of things since moving here and the industry here has been incredibly kind to me. I got a publishing deal last year and it has just been a really good choice to come here.”

Q: Do you think that living here and living in Nashville has influenced your music at all?

A: “Yeah definitely. I think that I always try to really stay true to the style that I have always loved since I started writing songs, but before I moved here all of my old band mates were indie rocker guys, so some of my older albums have touches of indie rock around my singer songwriter songs. So since I’ve been here there have been country elements that have come out in me, and I’ve always loved country music so I have no problem with my music leaning that way; it just feels right for me.”

Q: What do you hope to bring to Nashville through your music?

A: “Lyrics are my favorite part of what I do; I try not to hold a damn thing back. It would be cool to use my lyrics to push the boundaries of music more than anything.”

Q: What are your plans for the immediate future?

A: “The plan right now is to tour my ass off all Summer. I want to get this new EP to as many people as I can.”

Davis’s EP “Life” debuted May 27th and was her 7th release. A free download of Davis’s song “Honest Woman” is available on Noisetrade. Free and easy listening of all of Davis’s music can also be heard on Spotify and Soundcloud.

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The War On Drugs – Red Eyes

 

 

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Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs reside at the blurred edges of American music: overexposing studio limitations, piling tape upon tape to maximum density, and then — with each song — they pull off the scaffolding to reveal what sticks, keeping only what’s absolutely necessary and dig into what sounds like the best kind of messed up. As on their 2008 debut, Wagonwheel Blues, central member Adam Granduciel takes small moments occurring over multiple tapes and multiple song versions, and puts every last drop of trust in his own keen instinct of momentum.That’s not to overshadow the sharp, personal songwriting at play here. There are certainly cues taken from our very best American bards (Dylan, Petty, Springsteen). Yet, The War on Drugs are wise enough to also implode those cues or send themselves into outer space when the moment calls for it. The driving organ riff that pushes “Baby Missiles,” from the band’s 2010 epic EP Future Weather, may well be inspired by a fever dream of Springsteen rather than any particular song in his catalogue.

And the endless layers of guitar melody and atmospherics of “Comin’ Through,” also from Future Weather, rather than add weight to the vessel, only work to fill its sails with warmer and warmer winds. The War on Drugs new album, “Lost In A Dream,” came out on March 18th, 2014 and Lightning 100 debuts their single “Red Eyes.”

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