Brian Waters

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New Media Content Coordinator

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

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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The Civil Wars – Official Breakup Statement

Photo by Tec Petaja.

Photo by Tec Petaja.

The Civil Wars’ Joy Williams and John Paul White have been on an indefinite hiatus since 2012. However, today, the Nashville folk duo formally announced that they’d be parting ways permanently.

Formed in 2009, the two-piece went on to earn widespread praise and even a Grammy nomination for their debut album, 2011’s Barton HallowDespite their growing success, they went on hiatus in late 2012, citing “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition” as reasons for why they were “unable to continue as a touring entity.”

Even with “irreconcilable differences,” the duo continued to release new music, including their self-titled sophomore album last summer and a covers EP last November for Record Store Day.

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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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Guthrie Brown live in the LC Studio

Live in the LC Studio

Live in the LC Studio

Nashville’s own Guthrie Brown stopped by the LC studio to perform a new track.  Check out the live HD video of “Lakeside” posted below.  Want to see Guthrie Brown live in person?  Guthrie’s next show will be at The Tippler on August 22nd.

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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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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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