Lt. Dan

On the air:

10am - 3pm


Production Director and Request Hour DJ

Currently Listening To:

  • Night Beds - Country Sleep

  • The Apache Relay - American Nomad

  • Moon Taxi - Cabaret

  • Ravello - Nostalgia

  • Alt-j - An Awesome Wave


Lt. Dan has been on the airwaves in Nashville, TN since 1997. Starting off part time on air working the midnight shift on weekends. Dan was the on air backup quarterback until 2001 when he was hired as the full time Production Director. Dan then went from hosting the Lightning 100 request lunch, to being on air from noon to 3pm, to finally taking over mid day duties. Now you can hear him weekdays from 10am-3pm on 100.1 FM & Dan hosts many of the on air interviews, while also maintaining his Production Director status for Tuned In Broadcasting Inc. He helps create the weekly Music Business Radio program and hosts the public affairs show, Tuned In. He also has his own DJ and Production company, DJing weddings and parties and also freelancing for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and the Tennessee Titans.

Recent Posts

Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden

Nashville’s own Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden kick off their 28 city US tour with a hometown show at Mercy Lounge tonight. Featuring Tetherball and Earl Burrows. Recently the Nashville based band debuted their new video for Blue Hotel which you’ve been hearing on Lightning 100 on Esquire Mag Check out the video here and tune in at noon today for a live performance on Lightning 100.


Music Business Radio : Rolling Stone

In celebration of the launch of Rolling Stone Country, we sat down with Director Gus Wenner, son of Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner, and the newly announced Sr. editors for the magazine; The Boot founder Beville Darden-Dunkerly and Joseph Hudak , former managing editor of Country Weekly. Wenner explained how many untold stories there are in Nashville, especially regarding the politics of the area, the strong creative community, and all the musical artists who call it home. Wenner himself is no stranger to creating music, having his own band, Gus + Scout, and is looking forward to see what Nashville has to offer.


Old Crow Medicine Show

Nashville’s own Old Crow Medicine Show just released a new album Remedy and stopped by the Lightning 100 studio to perform a few tracks live from it. Check out the videos and listen to the whole interview and performance below. Then pick up a copy of their new record and be sure to see them this summer at the  Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel!

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Live on the Green 2014!





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Lt Dan’s Bonnaroo

I’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 years 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’s Father’s Day edition of Music Business Radio.

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Backstage at Bonnaroo!!!

Since 2004 Lightning 100 has been setting up an interview and recording studio Backstage at Bonnaroo! We do it with a little help from our friends and today one of them, Lij Shaw, will be joining us live on Lightning 100. Lij owns a recording studio in East Nashville, The Toy Box Studio, and runs the backstage Hay Bale recording sessions. He sent us this list of his recordings this morning. Browse through them, then make a request for us to play during the noon hour on the Lightning 100 Facebook page. If we play your song, you could win tickets to Leftover Salmon at the Ryman Sept 15th. Featuring John Bell of WSP, Sam Bush, Jeff Coffin of DMB, Taj Mahal, Bill Payne of Little Feat, Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd, Randy Scruggs and many more!

Here is a link to the full playlist of songs: Bonnaroo Playlist


John Oates Live

Recently John Oates headlined Nashville Sunday Night live from 3rd & Lindsley.

He spent an hour before the show on air with Lt Dan talking about his new album and performing tracks from it.

Here is the full Nashville Sunday Night performance!


Justin Kalk Orchestra

Nashville’s own Justin Kalk Orchestra play Mercy Lounge tonight!

We debuted their new song, “Dirty Thing” this week on our local show the615.

Now you can see the video that is a claymation masterpiece!


Holly Williams Live

Nashville’s own Holly Williams performing live in the Lightning 100 studio

Holly Williams came by the perform live and help us unveil the 2014 Musicians Corner lineup


the615 03/31/14

Episode91. the615 03/31/14

Local Artist of the week- “Brought to you by Rent the book own the knowledge”- Playing Soulshine 03/28/13
Forlorn Strangers – While The Grass Grows – While The Grass Grows

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Wild Cub In Studio

Catch Wild Cub live tonight for a hometown show at Exit/In.


Korby Lenker In-Studio

Korby Lenker stopped by the Lightning 100 studio before his album release party at The Rutledge.


Ben Folds Interview

Ben Folds stopped by the Lightning 100 studio to chat with Lt Dan about the debut of his piano concerto with the Nashville Symphony this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Fold’s concerto consists of 3 movements and took 9 months to create. This concerto was originally written with the thought of being performed through Ballet. This May the Nashville Ballet and Ben Folds will perform the concerto together.

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The Wood Brothers – Live

The Wood Brothers stopped by the Lightning 100 studio for an interview and performance before their 2 night run at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN.

All 3 members of the band are officially calling Music City home now!

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LT DAN & JARED underground podcast

Lightning 100’s Lt. Dan Buckley and Nashville’s own Jared Corder from *REPEAT REPEAT go way underground into Nashville’s indie scene. Join them for over an hour as they listen to deep tracks and unreleased material from Nashville’s best.

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Kristin Larkin

Kristin Larkin

Nashville’s own Kristin Larkin stopped by the Lightning 100 studio to chat with her old friend Lt Dan about her new ep Regardless. She brought along her producer Julia Sinclair and they talked about and listened to a few tracks from the album.


St. Paul & The Broken Bones

St Paul & The Broken bones blew us away last year at Lightning 100’s Live on the Green. You’ve been hearing Call Me from their debut album Half The City on Lightning 100 for a few weeks now. You can catch them tonight at Mercy Lounge and if you were lucky scored tickets to their “Not So” Secret show this afternoon around 2pm at Soulshine Pizza. Admission is also allowed with a Belmont or Vanderbilt student ID


G. Love – Live performance

G. Love stopped by the Lightning 100 studio today to chat with Lt. Dan & perform 3 songs live that will be on his new album Sugar April 22nd, 2014.


Lord Huron #secretshow

Did you hear about the secret Lord Huron show? Check it out!


Todd Snider Music Business Radio

East Nashville’s own, Todd Snider, has a new band with Dave Schools of Widespread Panic called, Hard Working Americans.

Catch them this Friday with another great Nashville act, Turbo Fruits, at Marathon Music Works.


Cory Branan

Nashville based singer songwriter, Cory Branan, stopped by the Lightning 100 studio to share some new songs last week.

Cory talked about his new album, becoming a father, and showed off his guitar playing skills.


Craig Jackson Band

Nashville’s own Craig Jackson Band will have a song featured tonight on ABC’s Nashville!

You can watch the show online here tonight at 9pm cst :

Here I Go Again is from the Craig Jackson Band ep Sweeter Songs. It was Craig’s first time working with fellow Nashvillian and former Uncle Tupelo drummer, Ken Coomer.

Here is a live version they did with Adam Ollendorff (who co-wrote the song) for a Wounded Warriors benefit.

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Nashville Sunday Night

Since 1996 Lightning 100 has been broadcasting live from 3rd & Lindsley every Sunday Night starting at 8pm. We’ve had some amazing shows over the years and some of them will never be heard again. Jeff Buckley played the show once and the recording is no where to be found. Luckily many of the shows were archived and you can enjoy many of them right here. If you have a request for a favorite show you would like me to try and track down please send me an email with NASHVILLE SUNDAY NIGHT as the subject to Enjoy!


Enchiladas for Christmas?

Christmas has come early! Grandma shared her enchilada recipe!

Spice up your Christmas meal with some enchiladas!

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Trent Dabbs & Sam Palladio – Gunnar from ABC’s Nashville

Last week I had some great in studio guests for an even better cause. Nashville resident Trent Dabbs and Nashville cast member Sam Palladio, along with musician Colin Linden, came into the Lightning 100 studio. They chatted about writing together, ABC’s Nashville, and helped raise awareness for the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan. Haiyan was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone that devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Phillipines, in early November 2013. It is the deadliest Phillipine Typhoon on record,killing over 6,000 people in that country alone.


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