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.
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.
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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
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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 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 Nashville, Nashville Vapor, Budlight, American Born Moonshine and Blue Chair Bay Rum.
“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!
Frontmen 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”.
At 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.
|___||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!|
|____||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.|
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?”
After 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.
Learn more about Justin Klump at http://justinklump.com/
Catfish & The Bottlemen
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
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.
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.”
With Chris Swartwood, Lead Singer
Oliver & The Spectacles bring back a distinctive look and excitement reminiscent of the time when mono was king and the 7 inch 45 ruled the airwaves. They have the lyrics and grooves that make a strong case for the next chapter of the soul-sound revival. The Spectacles bring a live show that never fails to get the crowd up out their seat and puts a groove in their feet. From the first break beat that opens the show, The Spectacles sound grabs the audience by the collar and doesn’t let go until they’re doing “The Spectacle Shake”. They respectfully nod their heads to the time of America’s love affair with the turntable and the artists it delivered. Good music is alive and well in the world…let the music and showmanship of Oliver & The Spectacles help show you where it has been living.
Cory: Are you currently working on new music?
Chris: “We are slowly, things are being written as time is available and as inspiration strikes. We’ve got some stuff, an EP’s worth of tracks that have been recorded and are in various stages of production and mixing. We don’t have any official plans of launching an album or anything, but we will have a seven inch that will be coming out here pretty soon called hit the ground running and another tune take a step.”
Cory: Are you excited about playing the Hootenanny on the 28th?
Chris: “Yeah, absolutely we’ve been looking forward to that. Robert Hamm has been super nice to the band and has gotten us a lot of cool shows, so were excited to see what type of relationship we forge between you guys, Robert Ham and other influential guys here in town.”
Cory: It’s been a little over a year exactly since the Basement Bootleg was released. Do you see a progression within your unique style continuing throughout the new projects?
Chris: “What has been most prevalent with me has been the cohesion of different versions of the band and because of that I don’t get to have a band photo, the line up is different for every show. So I’ve got like five versions of the band and each one has presented its own energy and style. So depending on whatever show you go to really dictates the kind of show your going to get, which used to be very scary to me but now I’ve learned to become excited to play with different sets of guys and girls.”
Cory: Who writes the songs typically?
Chris: “I generally come to the band with song ideas, lyrically and melodically. I generally do vocal demos for each part, just because I’m not a multi instrumentalist. So ill do vocal recordings on how I think the parts should sound. That will then get the juices flowing for everyone else. It is true that depending on who is playing that particular show, the song may change. Because we have so many people coming in or out, we only get about one dress rehearsal before a show, sometimes not even that. Literally when we play a show you are seeing the rawest form of the band, but because the level of musicianship is such great quality you don’t really feel that when you see it.”
Cory: Where do you get your inspiration?
Chris: “We listen to a lot of Stacks recordings, 60’s Stacks which we all have an affection for, and definitely comes through in the sound. But in the contrary to that we love pop, 70s funk, 80’s pop and 90’s R&B, so a lot of that comes into how it sounds. It used to feel like we were a 60’s soul band, but there’s only so many styles of songs that you can right until your completely pigeon holed with the sound. Trying to do that would just put you in the corner. We’ve tried to reach out and take more influence from what we currently listen to rather than what we are expected to listen to and sound like.”
Cory: Are you guys currently looking to do a tour?
Chris: “It really depends on whether there is a need for it. This band formed out of a musicians therapy group in a sense. A Lot of the players are with other groups and those groups are what pay their bills, so there is no money to speak of in this band. It became a way for them to play in a group where they could breath and have fun while playing and not have to worry about anything that’s going on other than enjoying the music. So touring would be possible if there was a need for it. When your talking about six plus players there really needs to be a need for that. You really don’t want it to cost you to leave town. Nashville is such a big town that if we feel that we’ve satisfied the needs of Nashville, we may consider it. Nashville is a hard cookie to crack. It’s a feel good band for feel good people. This needs to be as low stress as possible, but if it gets bigger than that, then so be it, were just trying to have a good time.”
Cory: Do you think Oliver & The Spectacles is taking a step in making Nashville a more diverse town musically?
Chris: “If we were than it would be unintentionally, because I feel like everyone that lives here is aware that there is something more than country music here. The most rewarding thing is playing for people who don’t necessarily know who you are but came to the event for someone else and enjoyed what you did. That is a really fundamental part of local music in Nashville as a whole. You are sharing a musical experience with somebody else and a lot of bands in town we know and play with and were friends with. You’re sharing an audience and your sharing a stage, and that’s what makes Nashville so cool. Everyone is happy for each other’s accomplishments, and its cool to be in the mix, and your not really asking for anything more than that.”
The good ole boys from Tennessee, The Black Cadillacs, decided to surprise some fans with an acoustic performance after their set. The band setup in the giant Hangout chair that has been at the festival every year! Check out this world premiere of “Methodrone” live at Hangout Music Fest. Lightning 100 first found out about the band after winning Red Bull Sound Select‘s battle of the bands for the chance to go to Austin during SXSW. Click here to see photos from the show in 2013.
Nashville-based ALL THEM WITCHES impress in both their cohesiveness of sound and their obvious drive toward an individual approach. Their blend of blues rocking grooves and heavy psych-derived jamming comes through clearly, and has wasted no time in getting to the public’s ears thanks to two stunning albums.
Their debut LP, Our Mother Electricity was released in early 2012, making them the first American band to release an album through Germany’s Elektrohasch, heavy psyche innovator Stefan Koglek’s personal imprint. They soon became known for their engaging live shows. They quickly followed this up in July of 2013 with the Extra Pleasant EP, recorded direct to a four-track cassette tape with two microphones with their DIY aesthetic firmly established.
When their sophomore effort, Lightning At The Door, was informally released as a surprise to hungry fans in November of 2013, they quickly sold through their physical stock of discs, receiving more praise for their ability to balance dense, chugging tracks like “Swallowed by the Sea” with soulful, bluesy ones like “The Marriage of Coyote Woman.”
Not ones for taking a break, ATW recorded a live album in early March of 2014 to fully reflect the raw and unyielding nature of their stage show. ATM is not slowing down, and that’s just the way they like it. They’re hitting the road hard in the coming months, we’ll see if the road can take it.
Lightning 100 partnered with Hangout Music Festival and Red Bull Sound Select for the chance to get out of Nashville and to go film some bands on the beach! John & Jacob kicked off the festival to a pretty large crowd at the Red Bull Sound Select Stage. The guys decided to surprise a lovely group of ladies with a beachside performance of the song “Ride With Me”. The ladies repaid them with hugs and sandwiches. Click here to watch the video! John & Jacob recently played Nashville Sunday Night for Lightning 100. Make It Pop Creations also filmed their performance live performance from 3rd & Lindsley! Read more