Praised by many for their “swirly pop beats, infectious guitar riffs, and loud, sing-a-long choruses”, Walk the Moon’s live performances won’t leave you disappointed. Based out of Cincinnati, Ohio and formed by lead singer Nicholas Petricca, Walk the Moon underwent several member changes until 2010 when Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman, and Eli Maiman joined Petricca to complete the group. That same year, in November of 2010, the group independently released their debut album i want! i want! and quickly began receiving airplay for the track “Anna Sun” on many radio stations, including Lightning 100. The success of “Anna Sun” put Walk the Moon on the Billboard charts, and in the following June of 2012, the group signed with RCA Records and released their first, official, self-titled album Walk the Moon. Since recording their debut album, Walk the Moon has performed at several music festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Sasquatch, and have played alongside acts such as the Local Natives, Grouplove, Young the Giant, and Fun. On September 10th, 2014 the band released their newest single “Shut Up and Dance” in order to promote their third studio album expected to drop later this year.
On Saturday October 18th, 2014, Walk the Moon will be performing at Lightning 100’s Marathon Village Blocktoberfest. The block party will begin at 2:00 pm and feature Walk the Moon, as well as Self, Boomforest, Vinyl Thief, Repeat Repeat, and Scars on 45. You don’t want to miss out on all of this great music, so click here to get your tickets today!
This week on The Tasting Bar, Dave from The Bottle Shop tells us about Kermit Lynch wines.
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.
Do You Evah want to meet Spoon? Now is your chance! Leave a caption on the photo posted above for a chance to see Spoon perform live in the LC Studio and meet the band! Comments must be approved by Lightning 100. Listeners must be available Friday this morning.
Winner: “…so boys, that’s when your mother and I decided to get out of the swingers’ scene” – Stephen
Episode118. the615 09/29/14
Local Artist of the week
Juhi – Tomorrow Night (Playin’ Live Friday at 12th and Porter at 7:15 FREE)
Hammel - Odon Piano – I Am Discovered – Hearts From The Songland
Wells - The Future – Eyes Wide
This Just In
Julia Cole – Sweetheart
Dara Sisterhen – Sets Me Free – Boom
Live from the LC Studio – Mikky Ekko
Mikky Ekko – Smile - Time
Mikky Ekko – Time – Time
Bands Around Town
Alanna Royale – 18 – Achillies (Playin’ Live Saturday at Exit/In CD release show w/ ELEL, Kansas Bible Company & Steve Lee)
Derek Hoke – Still Waiting ( Playin Live Friday at The Basement, Dylan to the DOGS: A benefit for East Can Dog Rescue w/ Rayland Baxter, Josh Farrow, Margo Price and more)
Pang – Summer Days – (Playin’ Live Thursday at 12th and Porter w/ Space Face & Street Social Club)
Since her debut on Season Five of NBC’s The Voice, the name Juhi has rung a bell in many households. Although the show was a major part of her life, the young singer-songwriter does not feel defined by it. Rather, it gave her a fan base to anxiously await the release of her EP. Juhi, born in Norfolk, VA calls Nashville home, and as of February 2014, at only age seventeen, has already released her first EP, Stress Case.
“It all came from a really raw place. All of it has a spur of the moment kind of feel. When people listen to it, I want them to feel that genuineness. The cool thing about music is that lyrics are kind of like poetry, meant to be interpreted however people want to. I want them to listen to the words with the music and translate their feelings into the music off the EP.” – Juhi
Now as a freshman at University of Texas-Austin, Juhi has found herself surrounded by great musicians, but still fits in time to come home to visit her family and practice with her band in Nashville. Around the age of thirteen, she discovered a love of music through camps every summer, Juhi admitted, “Nirvana is the reason I started playing guitar in the first place, but the music I make is really a combination of everything I’m listening to at the moment, such as The Gorillaz and Beck.” Growing up in Nashville also made Juhi an avid Lightning 100 fan, “I was so excited. I wanted to tell everyone here in Austin, but they just don’t get it! It’s so exciting, this has to be the highlight of my week.” Juhi’s EP, Stress Case will mesmerize you with the unique futuristic melodies heard throughout, accompanied by her stunning vocals piercing through, urging you to sing along with as much passion as she does.
Vinyl Thief drinking coffee
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.”
Episode117. the615 09/22/14
Local Artist of the week
Vinyl Thief – Middle Of The Night – Fathoms
Hammel - Yumi & The System – Beautiful Souls – Wonders of Origin (out Tomorrow) (Fri @ Mercy Lounge Release Show w/ The Future)
Wells - Laura Reed – Wake UP
This Just In
Danika Portz – Hurry Home – Set This World On Fire
The Wans – Black Pony
Anderson East – Only You
Bands Around Town
Colony House – 2nd Guessing Game (Playin’ Live Saturday 9/27/14 at Mercy Lounge w/ Knox Hamilton)
Ranch Ghost – Ragged Mile (Playin’ Live Tuesday 9/23/14 at Exit/In w/ The Growlers, The Garden and Plastic Visions)
Two Blushing Pilgrims – Divided Rivals (Playin’ Live Thursday 9/25/14 at The Basement proceeds to Center for refugees and immigrants of Tennessee)
Sol Cat – Bread On The Table (Playin’ Live Saturday 9/27/14 at The Basement w/ Future Unlimited & Octajohn)
Justin Kaulk Orchestra – Dirty Thing (Playin’ Live Sunday 9/28/14 at 3rd & Lindsley w/ Neulore)
Them Vibes – Loreli (Playin’ Live Friday 9/26/14 at Stone Fox w/ The Cunning and Heaven’s Jail Band
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.
Enter the Lightning 100’s Wizard World Comic Con William Shatner
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Dave from The Bottle Shop stopped up The Tasting Bar and showed us a great Australian wine called Mathilda and some seasonal brews from Southern Tier and Schlafly. Cheers!
Episode116. the615 09/15/14
Local Artist of the week
Future Thieves – Secret
Hammel - Steelism – Cat’s Eye Ring – 615 To Fame (out Tomorrow)
Wells - Moon Taxi – Morocco (Live from Austin EP)
This Just In
Boom Forest – Baby Teeth (Playin’ Live Saturday 10/18 At the Lightning 100 Block Party w/ Walk The Moon, Scars On 45, Self and Vinyl Thief)
Sean McConnell – Bottom Of The Sea – The B Side Session (Playin’ Live Sunday 9/21 at 3rd and Lindsley for Nashville Sunday Night)
Live in LC Studio – Alanna Royale
Alanna Royale – Cop Show – Achilles
Alanna Royale - Cop Show – Achilles
Bands Around Town
The Lower Caves – Anytime – Turquoise Blues(Playin’ Live Wednesday 9/17/14 at 12th & Porter w/ The Rival, , & Boys On The Radio)
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.
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.
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.
McCool and Goss both hail from southern Indiana, dating back to the sixth grade together and continuing on through college at Purdue University. They both grew up playing the guitar after stealing tablature books and bouncing ideas off of friends down the street. After graduating college the two moved to Nashville to pursue music.
For Gianni, growing up in Los Angeles offered the perfect blend of culture and music for Gibson to focus on his skills as a percussionist. Having both parents in the music industry, he realized his passion for music at a very young age.
The band’s instrumentation is written collectively, while Collet spreads his melodies and storytelling across the tracks. Future Thieves brings a big indie rock/americana sound with a powerful rhythm section, fresh guitar melodies, and singer/songwriter style vocals. All tracks are impressively played, engineered and produced by Future Thieves in their home studio Nashville Music House in Nashville, TN.
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.
It’s time once again for crazy savings on The Tasting Bar! This week Dave from The Bottle Shop hooks it up with another 4 for $40 wine deal!. They guys try out wines from Alverdi, Las Gavias, For A Song and Four Sisters.
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.
Photo by The Lady & Rock
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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Episode115. the615 09/8/14
Local Artist of the week
Stacey Randol – Fables
Hammel - Shoot The Mountain – Invitation (Playin Live w/ The Grey A, & Joey & Kelly of Glossary – Friday 9/12/14 at The Stone Fox)
Wells - Silver Trees – Away From You – Fighting The Rust
This Just In
Judah & The Lion – Kickin’ Da Leaves – Kids These Days
Brave Town – Jubilee
Tom Young – Photograph
Paul McDonald – Slow Rising
Bands Around Town
Roots OF A Rebellion – Checked Out – Heartifact(Playin Live Saturday 9/13/14 Jammin’ On Ellisont Island Exit/In)
How I Became The Bomb – Killing Machine (Playin’ Live w/ Kink Ador, &Schill Kill on Friday 9/12/14 at Mercy Lounge)
Simo – What’s On Your Mind ( Playin’ Livew/ Mike Leslie Band – Wednesday 9/10/14 at Mercy Lounge)
Jacob Thomas Jr. - Bored With You(Playin’ Live at theNew Faces Night at The Basement Tuesday 9/9/14)
The Daily Howl – Make Your Colors Run -(Playin Live w/The Vegabonds, & The Dead Towns on Thursday 9/11/14 at Exit/In)