John Butler Trio performs “Spring to Come”, “Better Then”, and “Livin’ in the City” live in the studio. Click here to get tickets to their show at Ryman Auditorium on November 13th.
It’s always a treat to have musical guests at the station, and today we had two of them! First, all five members of OAR managed to squeeze into the LC Studios to chat with Lt. Dan in advance of their show tonight at Marathon Music Works. You can check out the full interview below to hear the band talk about their hometown of Rockville, Maryland and discuss the writing process behind their June release The Rockville LP, much of which was written and recorded in Nashville. They also performed a trio of songs from the album live on the air: “Favorite Song,” “Peace,” and “Caroline The Wrecking Ball.” All three take a nostalgic turn, mixing the best storytelling elements of Nashville-written lyrics with overt nods to OAR’s roots.
Then, after a busy Facebook Friday on Lunch Request Hour, Lt. Dan was visited by hometown heroes Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck, who will play tomorrow night at the Country Music Hall of Fame. They talked about their decision to tour together as a banjo duo–motivated by the married couple’s desire to maximize their time with their infant son–and their experiences as the first American musicians to perform in Tibet. You can listen to the full interview below, which features the two musicians playing a version of “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad” and a murder ballad written from the female perspective. Washburn and Fleck utilize a variety of banjoes during the performance, ranging from the tiny ukulele banjo to the massive cello banjo.
You can explore our massive archive of in-studio interviews and performances on our Soundcloud page. Tune into Lightning 100 every day to hear more amazing musical guests chat with our amazing DJs!
Dave Grohl rockin’ The Ryman on Halloween, 2014! He called in earlier that day and spoke with Ana Lee all about Sonic Highways and his love for Nashville. Click here to listen to the interview.
Lightning 100’s Tich McWilliams was up close and got this great shot of Dave. The entire band came out in Halloween make up, including Zac Brown when he joined the band at the end of the night for a cover of Black Sabbath’s War Pigs.
Listen to Lightning 100 to hear the Foo Fighters new song, “Congregation” written and recorded here in Nashville at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Studio.
“The first album was me wanting to burn down my life, cut my hair off, and run screaming into the woods,” says Alejandro Rose-Garcia. “This album is the trials and tribulations of becoming domesticated, letting people into your world and letting go of selfishness-the story of becoming a pair, losing that, and reconciling with the loss and gain of love.”
Rose-Garcia is professionally known as Shakey Graves, and with his new record, And the War Came, he extends the ground-emotionally and sonically-broken by his 2011 self-released debut album, Roll the Bones, which brought him national acclaim and, three years later, still ranks near the top of Bandcamp’s digital best-seller charts.
Roll the Bones established the powerful, mesmerizing Shakey Graves sound of Rose-Garcia accompanying himself on guitar and a handmade kick drum built out of an old suitcase. NPR Music named him one of 10 artists music fans “should’ve known in 2012,” describing him as “astonishing…unclassifiably original. And frighteningly good.” Paste included him in a “Best of What’s Next” feature, praising his “gnarly composite of blues and folk,” while The New York Times observed that Shakey Graves “makes the one-man band approach look effortless.”
But while this distinctive arrangement continued to earn him an ever-expanding fan base on the road, Rose-Garcia knew that he wanted the follow-up to achieve something different. “With the first album, I didn’t have any expectations except my own,” he says. “This time, I was making something people were going to listen to out of the gate. I tried to maintain everything I enjoy about recording, the weird homemade aspect, but I was seeking a new, shining sound quality. The concepts for the songs are a little bigger. This is not the ‘Mr, Folk, Hobo Mountain’ album-it’s more of the Cyborg Shakey Graves. It’s definitely the next step in the staircase.”
An experienced actor who had a recurring role on Friday Night Lights and appeared in several of Robert Rodriguez films, Rose-Garcia started making music as part of New York City’s “anti-folk” scene. While knocking around the underground music community in Los Angeles, he saw a performance by one-man band Bob Log III that pointed his work in a new direction. Since returning to Austin, Rose-Garcia has become so closely associated with his hometown that for the last three years, Austin has celebrated “Shakey Graves Day” by mayoral proclamation.
To record And the War Came, co-producer/collaborator Chris Boosahda brought all of his gear to Rose-Garcia’s house and converted the space into a big, open studio. Though the signature Shakey Graves set-up remained the starting point, other instrumentalists came in and multiple, wildly different arrangements of the songs were attempted for what was initially planned as a double album.
Most notably, Rose-Garcia wrote and sings three of the album’s songs with Esme Patterson, a solo artist and member of the Denver-based band Paper Bird. “We started out just having fun and writing, and then that turned into some of my favorite songs on the album,” he says. “We actually wrote ‘Dearly Departed’ on Halloween as a tongue-in-cheek, haunted house sex joke, and then we played it that night and people went bonkers. Esme and I write so similarly it kinda freaked us out, and I really learned the power of writing music with someone you get along with.”
Soon enough, Rose-Garcia found that the experience of making the record was being mirrored in the songs themselves. “I was letting go of that one-man everything,” he says. “I did need people’s help, and my control freak nature had to subside a bit. It meant learning collaboration, but also knowing when to stick to my guns-all of that was the experience of this year, and the songs were some of the more genuine experiences; some of them even became sort of prophetic.”
“Only Son,” a meditation on solitude (“I used to be an only son/My heart was like a stranger”), became the opening track and “thesis statement” for And the War Came. “Hard Wired” is not, as it may first appear, about a relationship falling apart, but “about having friends with problems-watching a friend struggling and not doing anything about it.”
The themes of these ten songs, explains Rose-Garcia, return over and over to the idea of the “other.” “It’s not about any single person, it’s about being that second, other person. Even the title-I never thought about whether I was able to handle that aspect of things, of having these relationships. And the War Came is a little bit of, be careful what you wish for.”
Songs like “The Perfect Parts” and “Family and Genus,” meanwhile, represent a very different sound for Shakey Graves. “Those have a lot more aggression, they’re heavy and big,” he says. “I’m a little worried because it is a new step out, and people have gotten really precious about the stuff I’ve done-which is a huge compliment, and a dream come true-but I’m interested in what a Shakey Graves song is to people.”
Another crucial influence on the direction of And the War Came has been Rose-Garcia’s lengthy and far-flung touring schedule (which has recently included stops at the Winnipeg and Newport Folk Festivals, prior to a headlining run this fall). “I’m constantly flying places and moving at a fast rate,” he says. “Imagining what it was like a year ago is almost incomprehensible to me now. I feel like I’ve almost seen too much this year-bands, music, places. And if that doesn’t affect you in certain ways, then you’re doing it wrong.”
While his remarkable success story continues to unfold, Alejandro Rose-Garcia sees And the War Came as a pivotal step in the evolution of Shakey Graves. “This is a doorframe album, as we’re going into a new building,” he says. “It’s taste of everything-what might come in future, which might include just guitar or the one-man band thing, but not pigeonholed to any one sound. I wanted to open some stuff up and get people ready for wherever it’s going.”
Alanna Royale stops by the Lightning 100 studio to promote their sophomore release Achilles. Check out their performance which includes “Cop Car”, “18”, and Alanna’s shoe size. Click here to listen to the entire album by Alanna Royale.
Some lucky Lightning 100 listeners got a chance to sit in on a James Bay secret show that took place before his two sold out shows with Hozier in Nashville, TN. Bay played four songs including “If You Ever Wanna Be In Love”, “Let it Go” off of his new EP, “Move Together” and “When We Were On Fire”. Here is an audio clip of the performance.
Lt. Dan Buckley interviews James Mercer and Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse of Broken Bells backstage before their debut at Ryman Auditorium.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
St. Paul and the Broken Bones playing a secret show at Soulshine Pizza Factory for lucky Lightning 100 listeners. This band from Birmingham, AL really brought some soul to music city.
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
Catch Wild Cub live tonight for a hometown show at Exit/In.
Matrimony interview and live performance of Last Love, Southern Skies, See The Light in the Lightning 100 studio.
Korby Lenker stopped by the Lightning 100 studio before his album release party at The Rutledge.
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!
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 performing a secret show for some Lightning 100 listeners before their sold out show at Cannery Ballroom last week.
Did you hear about the secret Lord Huron show? Check it out!
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.
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.