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

Vinyl Thief debuts “Middle Of The Night” on WRLT

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 Since their 2010 release of the Control EP – followed by singles White Light (2011), Rebel Hill (2012) and latest Smooth (2013) – they have garnered much attention from Nashville and fans beyond. Grayson hasn’t found his favorite track on the album yet but he said he knows it will happen once they begin playing it live.
“I am really proud of the entire record though, front to back. There’s a lot of heart and soul laid out pretty clearly. It goes through loss, avoidance, and acceptance, in a lot of different forms. We’re trying to get it out as soon as possible.” – Grayson
So, with much anticipation we wait to bath in the pool where Vinyl Thief’s distinct sounds and creativity have collected. In the meantime, Lightning 100 has helped us to revel in older tracks, especially as they gave the featured artist of the week extra air time and made plenty of “Smooth” picks for local audiences.
“Lightning 100 is no doubt one of the biggest influences on Nashville’s music culture. If you look at how big the crowds were at Live on the Green this year, there’s no doubt about that. High five on that one Lightning!” – Grayson
There’s also no doubt that Nashville is loving these guys for what they’ve made together, but each member of the band brings a unique something that makes the whole thing work. To say the least, Vinyl Thief is one energetic, diverse compilation of kindred spirits.
Grayson – Singin’, dancin’, and synthesizin – “I grew up in Texas. I wasn’t country enough for Texas, so I moved to Nashvillle… smart thinking. My mom and I shared a love for anyone with a serious voice and a serious attitude: Steven Tyler, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, and the like. She had Toys In The Attic by Aerosmith on vinyl, but we didn’t have a record player because it was the 90′s and that wasn’t cool anymore/yet. But I had it in my room and would listen to the tape while looking at the record.”
Logan – guitars – “I grew up going to see KISS with my dad one month, and then seeing U2 the next. If that doesn’t make you want to be a musician, who knows what will. I would listen to records on repeat, while reading a book about the record I was listening to.”

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Bahamas live in-studio

Bahamas came by the LC studio before his show in Nashville to perform a couple songs live from his new album, Bahamas is Afie. Including the new single, “Stronger Than That” and “Bitter Memories”.  Check out the last time Bahamas came into the Lightning 100 studio.

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Over the Rhine in-studio

Over The Rhine stopped by the LC studio in Nashville, TN before performing at Musicians Corner. Over The Rhine performs their title track from their latest album “Meet Me at the Edge of the World” and “Sacred Ground” live on 100.1 FM.

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Win a William Shatner Meet and Greet

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Enter the Lightning 100’s Wizard World Comic Con William Shatner VIP Contest! One (1) lucky winner will receive one (1) William Shatner VIP Pass and one (1) general 3-day pass for their guest to Wizard World Nashville Comic Con September 26-28!!  Leave a comment on why you should win below and you might just hear it on air!

 

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New music from sElf / Matt Mahaffey

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Matt Mahaffey, also known as sElf, debuts a new tune “Runeaway” on 100.1 FM!  See Self perform live on October 18th at outside of Marathon Music Works for Blocktoberfest!  Lightning 100 is also fortunate to have Walk the Moon, Repeat Repeat, Boom Forrest, Vinyl Thief, and Scars on 45.  Click here to get your tickets.

Bio:

Matt grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee and was involved with music from a young age. He started writing songs and playing the drums at age 4 and would often perform with his brother, Mike Mahaffey, when they were growing up. By age eleven, he was playing drums at Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s theme park in Pigeon Forge. In the mid-nineties he moved to Murfreesboro, TN and attended MTSU where he would live and work for 10 years and co-founded Spongebath Records. He also formed the band Self in 1994.  In the early 2000s, Matt relocated from Murfreesboro to Los Angeles, in order to be closer to his record label and to produce.

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Artist of the Week: Future Thieves

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Future Thieves

One of Nashville’s most exciting emerging acts, Future Thieves, comprised of Elliot Collet (vocals and rhythm guitar), Gianni Gibson (drums), Nick Goss (bass), Stan Nickell (lead guitar) and Austin McCool (lead guitar) formed in the fall of 2013. The American rock band can trace their beginnings to previous endeavors between Collet and Nickell, who played an Americana/blues style focused around Collet’s singer/songwriter mentality. After moving to Nashville, the two teamed up with McCool and Goss to form a sound influenced by classic rock and big indie rock. Gibson then joined on and meshed immediately as the group began rehearsing and writing.

Collet, a coal miner’s son from Kentucky, teamed up with the heavily blues influenced Nickell after running live sound for numerous artists and traveling to play shows in and around Nashville. Before moving to Tennessee with Nickell, Collet graduated with an audio engineering degree in Lexington, KY. Nickell’s blues background comes from a similar small town upbringing where his father’s taste in music led Stan to create his own style of guitar phrasing while developing a love of guitar repair and technical work.

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Music Business Radio: Jim Lauderdale

Jim Lauderdale is a multiple Grammy and Americana Music Association Award-winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Americana, Bluegrass and Country music communities today. He’s collaborated with artists like Ralph Stanley, Buddy Miller, and Donna the Buffalo. George Strait, Elvis Costello, Blake Shelton, The Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, and Solomon Burke are just a few of the artists who have recorded his material.

I’m A Song is Lauderdale’s latest country endeavor, his 26th album to date, and his first double album featuring 20 tracks all on one CD. We talked about I’m A Song, Jim’s early days in the music business, working in the mail room at Rolling Stone magazine, his work ethic, collaboration, songwriting, recording, record deals, publishing deals, talent, and why Nashville is so hot right now.

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Live On The Green Weekend Video

Lightning 100’s Live On The Green 2014 on September 5th and 6th in 2014 with Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, Augustana, G. Love & Special Sauce, The Wild Feathers, Phin, Sugar & The Hi Lows, Ingrid Michaelson, LP, The Lone Bellow and Jake Bugg.

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Stacey Randol – Fables

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Photo by The Lady & Rock

Biography

After studying music at Millikin University, the pieces began to fall in place and Stacey’s musical career took her on travels to Italy, China, and throughout the USA, only to find herself settling down in Music City.
In the summer of 2011, Stacey recorded her debut album Steady Rhythm. Indie Music Reviewer writes, “Every song on the album is memorable and catchy. After one listen you will be left feeling enchanted and re-energized. Her vocals are warm and inviting, gentle yet hearty. Steady Rhythm is an eleven- song remedy guaranteed to bring some sunshine in your life.”

American Songwriter writes, “Stacey Randol is a pop artist that sprinkles in some folk for good measure. Her influences span the past and present, a list including Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Harry Nilsson, Vampire Weekend, Beach House, and Brandi Carlile. All great American songwriters, we see “Fragile Forest” channeling Carlile in the best of ways, both lyrically and musically.”

Stacey’s second album Fables was released February 2014. Fables was recorded in a home studio and takes a different approach than the first album. After listening to Fables, Randol hopes the album takes the listener on a relatable journey, where they are not bored with one particular sound or subject. Chuck Dauphin with Music News Nashville compares her style of song to the melancholy sadness of Orbison and writes, “At the end of the day, I don’t really know how to categorize this music – other than simply say it’s good. It’s a little bit of everything stylistically, and will keep you guessing what is coming next from track to track, but Randol is definitely onto something, and that is very evident!”

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Live On The Green Presents Jake Bugg and Ingrid Michaelson

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Live On The Green Presents The Wild Feathers and G. Love & Special Sauce

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Shovels and Rope at ACME Feed and Seed

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Caption Contest: Jake Bugg

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It’s your last chance to win VIP tickets to Live On the Green!  Lightning 100 is bringing our fans a pack full day of music this Saturday featuring Jake Bugg, Ingrid Michaelson, The Lone Below, LP, Sugar and the Hi-Lows and Lightning 100’s Music City Mayhem Champ, Phin!  Leave a comment on the photo in this post and you could win 2 VIP tickets for Lightning 100′s Live On The Green.  Winner selected on Saturday, September 6th at noon!  Comments must be approved by admin!  Don’t worry, we will get to them.

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Live On The Green: Capital Cities

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Caption Contest: The Wild Feathers

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Have you been a VIP yet for Live On the Green?  Check out one of your last ways to win tickets to the Sold Out show this Friday featuring The Wild Feathers, G. Love and the Special Sauce, Augustana, and Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes.  Leave a comment on the photo in this post and you could win 2 VIP tickets for Lightning 100′s Live On The Green.  Winner selected Thursday, September 5th at noon!  Comments must be approved by admin!  Don’t worry, we will get to them.

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Mr. Steve teaches kids about sharing

Mr. Steve is joined by his friend Daniel Ellsworth in the LC Studio for a quick lesson about sharing.  Hope you can join Mr. Steve at Live On The Green on September 6th for our first ever kids stage.

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The Whistles and the Bells live

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Caption Contest: Capital Cities

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Lightning 100 is excited to bring back Live On the Green Music Festival for another season of free music in downtown Nashville.   Join us on August 28th for Capital Cities with local artists, The Features and All Them Witches!  What’s better than free music downtown?  Going as a #SeriouslyGood VIP.  Leave a comment on the photo in this post and you could win 2 VIP tickets for Lightning 100′s Live On The Green.  Winner selected Thursday, August 28th at noon!

Winner

CAPITAL CITIES (channeling Men in Black’s Agent J): “You know what the difference is between you and me? [puts on ridiculously over-sized sunglasses] I make this look #SeriouslyGood.” (Cue “Safe and Sound”) – Jordan Rosenhaus

Honorable Mentions

Do these make my eyeballs look fat? – Sarah Hornsburger

Haven’t seen hipster shades that big since my last bender in East Nashville – Stephen Hannaway

Honey, I blew up the glasses. #seriouslygoodVIP – Rachel York

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Live On The Green: The Head and The Heart

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Caption Contest – The Head and The Heart

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Lightning 100 is excited to bring back Live On the Green Music Festival for another season of free music in downtown Nashville.   Join us on August 21st for The Head and The Heart, Wild Cub and Goodbye June!  What’s better than free music downtown?  Going as a #SeriouslyGood VIP.  Leave a comment on the photo in this post and you could win 2 VIP tickets for Lightning 100’s Live On The Green.  Winner selected Thursday, August 21st at noon!

Winner

The Head and the Heart arrive at the Lightning 100 studio for an early 6 AM interview and discover what Wells Adams REALLY looks like first thing in the morning. – Leslie S.

Honorable mentions

Beam me up Scotty….To the VIP section. – Jennifer

“I nominate the Head and the Heart for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. You have 24 hours.” – Jenny

Its our latest release! We’re covering House of Pain’s “Jump Around”! JUMP UP, JUMP UP AND GET DOWN! – Sabrina

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Music Business Radio – Dave Steunebrink

Dave Steunebrink shares his story about coming to Nashville from New Zealand, working in the music business, discovering Paramore, current projects like The Vespers, and much more.

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Live On The Green – City and Colour, The Weeks, and Spanish Gold

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Colony House performs “Silhouettes”

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The three piece formed in Franklin, Colony House make their Lightning 100 debut in the LC Studio.  Check out this live performance of “Silhouettes” from the LC Studio.  Colony House was recently on Lightning 100’s Nashville Sunday Night.   Make sure to get your tickets in advance for their next Nashville show at Mercy Lounge on September 27th.

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Caption Contest: City and Colour

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Lightning 100 is excited to bring back Live On the Green Music Festival for another season of free music in downtown Nashville.   Join us this August 14th for City and Colour, The Weeks and Spanish Gold!  What’s better than free music downtown?  Going as a Lightning 100 VIP.  Leave a comment on the photo in this post and you could win 2 Lightning 100 VIP tickets for Live On The Green.  Winner selected Thursday, August 14 at noon!

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Juliana – Red Hot Blues

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Juliana is a coffee-drinking, cat-loving, toe-tapping, bird-chirping wordsmith who is handy with the guitar and tickling the ivories…..and now she is on Lightning 100!  Tune in all this week to hear “Red Hot Blues” by Juliana. Originally hailing from Upstate New York, she now calls Nashville, TN home. She is on the musical adventure of a lifetime and is glad to have you and your ears on board for one hell of a ride.

 

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