Caption Contest: Half Christmas Beer Fest

Leave a caption on the photo above for a chance to win two tickets to Lightning 100’s Half Christmas Beer Fest presented by Edley BBQ at Riverwood Mansion on July 31st.

Is the summer heat drain your holiday cheer?  Refill your spirit(or at least half of it) with Lightning 100 at the 2nd Annual Half-Christmas Beer Fest at Riverwood Mansion on July 31st!  Make sure to bring your Santa hat, elf ears, tacky sweater(or cut it into summer sweater), moose mug, miss Clause outfit and half holiday cheer!  Lightning 100 will have some special holiday DJs, karaoke, and dance floor to help you cut a rug.



Dr. Dog performs “Turning the Century,” “Too Weak To Ramble,” and “I Hope There’s Love”

Dr. Dog stopped by the Lightning 100 studio to perform “Turning the Century” from 2012 album Be the Void, “I Hope There’s Love” from 2007 album We All Belong, and “Too Weak To Ramble” from the 2013 album B-Room.  Click here to listen to the full audio.

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Omega Swan debuts “Hate Love”

Omega Swan Beats the System

Nashville locals Marcus Garceau, Will Burgess, and Aaron Westine live a life of alternative-blues and metal, better known as Omega Swan. Influenced by different genres, styles, and decades on a song-by-song basis, front-man Marcus Garceau sites AC//DC, Jack White, and Led Zeppelin as personal favorites.

“I love Jimmy Page because he’s extremely talented with musical arrangements, like in ‘Kashmir’ and stuff,” said Garceau. “I’m definitely a music first person. It’s more difficult for me to tap into the part of my brain needed to write lyrics; I’m visual and attach to sonics. The only way I can write lyrics is if I sit down with an arrangement.”

The band formed about a year and a half ago after its original members attended and graduated from Belmont University, playing house shows as they went. They are currently working towards an album that will encompass their classic rock influences while incorporating the sounds of Nile Rodgers, the disco era, and the 1980s.

“Our new stuff is about the fundamental root of rock and roll, which is being against the system. It’s about passion and fire and missed opportunities to follow dreams,” said Garceau. “The new stuff comes from the idea of knowing your worth and knowing what you want and then working really fucking hard to make it happen.”

Omega Swan produces their own music out of a home studio, lived in by Garceau and Burgess, and are currently working towards perfecting their upcoming EP. The band will play this Friday, July 10th at Soulshine Pizza Factory, and their new song “Hate Love” is out now.

“We do want to say something,” said Garceau. “We make music, and some of it is for fun, but some of it has a message.”





Moon Taxi debuts “All Day All Night”

Musicians Trevor Terndrup, Tommy Putnam, and Spencer Thomas founded Moon Taxi in 2006 while attending Belmont University. The Nashville band added drummer Tyler Ritter and keyboardist Wes Bailey a short time afterwards.


In an interview with Billboard, Putnam tells the account of how the band received its name. While attempting to hail hurrying taxis in downtown Nashville, Terndrup (vocalist) began to moon the cabs as they passed in order to get the driver’s attention. Although his effort to get a ride failed, the band has accomplished releasing multiple albums in the past few years with their most recent album Mountains Beaches Cities. The band recently finished playing at Bonnaroo 2015. Moon Taxi tells EARMILK that their newest song is an anthem for those who “are out there living crazy round-the-clock lives” and tells of the “one thing that keeps you going all day and all night.”



Moon Taxi debut their newest song “All Day All Night” on June 2015.


DMA’s debuts “Laced”

It all started in a bedroom-studio with three friends and “nostalgic garage pop.” Johnny Took and Tommy O’Dell were playing in a rock band, Underlights. After a jam session with guitarist Matt Mason, Australian-based band the DMA’s was founded in 2012. DMA’s bedroom demos received much recognition and they went on to cut a deal with indie label I Oh You. The band released their debut self-titled EP in 2014.

In an interview with The Brag, producer/guitarist Johnny Took explained that the band concentrates their energy on the song because “if there aren’t good songs coming out, then there’s nothing really.” They receive their musical influences from artists like Primal Scream, Oasis, and Happy Mondays. Although the band’s initial intent was to be a solely studio-based band, with the EP’s huge success they have expanded to performing live on stage and touring.

DMA’s debut EP is now available in the US and released their newest single “Laced.”


Lilly Hiatt performing “Royal Blue” [audio]

screen-capture-3Local artist of the week, Lilly Hiatt stopped by the LC studio to play the title track off her new album ‘Royal Blue’.  She promotes her live performance at Soulshine Pizza and also talks about life in Austin and moving back to Nashville, recording the new album, and growing up with a musician dad.

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Josh Farrow performs “Ain’t No Need To Say Goodbye” for Allan Thompson [audio]

Josh Farrow NashvilleJosh Farrow live in the Lightning 100 studio to promote the benefit concert for Allan Thompson.  Go to Basement East to help them reach the goal of $4,000 at the show.  Josh Farrow plays “Ain’t No Need To Say Goodbye”.  He also talks about working on his new album, “Trouble Walks With Me”. 
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Ivan and Alyosha performing “All This Wandering Around” and “Bury Me Deep” [audio]

Ivan and Alyosha stop by the Lightning 100 studio with Lt. Dan to perform “All This Wandering Around” and “Bury Me Deep”.  Both songs are off their new album “It’s All Just Pretend”.  They also talk about Bonnaroo, recording the album, and their night out in downtown Nashville.

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Pokey LaFarge performing “Goodbye Barcelona” and “Wanna Be Your Man” [audio]

Pokey LaFarge plays live in the LC Studio to promote his album “Something In The Water” and his show at the Mercy Lounge.  He plays 2 songs off of his new album “Goodbye Barcelona” and “Wanna Be Your Man”.  He also talks about his family, being a Cubs fan, and Bonnaroo. 

“To me it’s just a matter of playing music I want to play and not worrying about genre classification.”

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Elle King performing “Ex’s and Oh’s” and “Ain’t Gonna Drown” [audio]

Elle King plays live in the LC Studio on April 28th, 2015 to promote her debut LP, “Love Stuff”. She plays 2 songs from the LP: “Ex’s and Oh’s”, and “Ain’t Gonna Drown”, and also talks about life in Nashville, VH1’s Save the Music Nashville dinner, and Hangout Fest.

She will be performing at Nashville’s Live On The Green free concert series this year.  For VIP tickets visit the Live On The Green website.


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Live On The Green 2015 Lineup


Lightning 100 is proud to announce the highly anticipated artist lineup for the 2015 Live On The Green Music Festival! Scheduled to run Thursday August 20, 27, September 3 and Thursday thru Saturday, September 10, 11 & 12; the festival will feature headlining artists Ben Folds, Passion Pit, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Cold War Kids, and Lord Huron with more to be announced.

VIP Tickets and Packages are On Sale Now!

Don’t forget to use #LOTG2015 to share the news with your friends online! Stay tuned for more updates and thanks for supporting Live On The Green seven years running!

One of the most exciting changes for 2015 is the addition of a second stage to the three day weekend finale on September 10, 11 & 12.

The second stage, located at the corner of James Robertson Parkway and 3rd Avenue North, will feature a mixture of rising local talent and national acts.

The festival site footprint will be similar to the 2014 event, encompassing all of 3rd Avenue North between Union Street and James Robertson Parkway, and will extend up Deaderick Street to 4th Avenue.

Blue Chair Bay Rum, Blue Moon Brewing Company, Erie Insurance, Regions Bank, Red Bull, Carl Black Chevrolet, Doubletree by Hilton-Nashville, Coca-Cola, Thorntons Inc., Griffin Technology, Piedmont Natural Gas, eScore from TVA, Bacon & Caviar Gourmet Catering, Edley’s BBQ, UBS Financial, Mellow Mushroom, Team Green Adventures, Pioneer Coach, Acme Feed & Seed, Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Friendly Arctic Printing & Design, Green Village Recycling, Walk/Bike Nashville.


Reno Bo debuts “Lessons from a Shooting Star”

Singer, songwriter, and bass enthusiast, Reno Bo, got his start in Poughkeepsie, New York with a love of music spear-headed by his father’s love of Motown and Doo Wop records.

“I’ve been a touring guy forever and played in a bunch of bands out there [New York], then I moved to Nashville and started songwriting,” Bo said. “I’d heard about this oasis of Nashville musicians and songwriters, and thought, ‘that’s the place to be’.”
Bo’s sound is retro-rock and pop influenced, as his personal favorited bands include The Beach Boys, Big Star, Tom Petty, and The Beatles. Each of these can be heard in songs such as “I See Stars”, “There’s a Light”, and “Shake Me Up”.

“I think about Jerry Seinfeld. How he probably watches ‘Seinfeld’ and thinks ‘where’d that come from?’ But, he must not sit down and write jokes. I imagine he is inspired by the funny things that happen in his life,” Bo said about his writing process. “I’m trying to do that in music. Just write my music as life goes on. So, I don’t sit down necessarily and just write.”

Inspired by his friendships with non-musical people, and the Marx Brother’s movies, Reno Bo maintains a life in Nashville, TN. He will be playing a gig this Friday, June 26th at Soulshine Pizza Factory with Lightning 100 at 7pm in support of his new album, “Lessons From a Shooting Star”.



SLOSS Fest Rules

OFFICIAL RULES FOR: SLOSS Fest – Lightning 100 – Soulshine contest:


During Lightning 100’s Friday Afternoon Live event 5-7pm CST each Friday between June 19, 2015 and July 10, 2015 (“contest period”), at Soulshine Pizza Factory, 1907 Division St., Nashville 37212, register to win weekly prize of one (1) pair of weekend passes; or the Grand Prize package one (1) pair of weekend passes and hotel accommodations for SLOSS Fest in Birmingham, AL., July 18 & 19, 2015. Complete lineup at


How it works:

Join us each Friday from 5-7pm CST between June 19 and July 10 and register for a chance to win a pair of SLOSS Fest weekend passes.

Each Friday during the contest period, one pair of weekend passes will be awarded. Weekly winners will be announced at approximately 7pm each week at Soulshine Pizza Factory, 1907 Division St., Nashville 37212. ENTRANTS MUST BE PRESENT AT 7PM TO CLAIM WEEKLY PRIZE.





(8) Weekend Passes to SLOSS Fest 2015; two per week during contest period. Approximate retail value per weekly prize: $270


(1) Grand Prize Package. Grand Prize Package consists of: (2) weekend passes to SLOSS Fest 2015 and two nights hotel accommodations in Birmingham, AL. Approximate retail value of Grand Prize Package: $600


Odds of winning Grand Prize depend upon number of eligible entries received.


Grand Prize drawing will be held Friday, July 10, 2015 at the conclusion of Friday Afternoon Live broadcast (approximately 7pm) at Soulshine Pizza Factory, 1907 Division St., Nashville 37212. Eligible participants MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN ON JULY 10, 2015 AT 7PM.




Leon Bridges performing Coming Home and Rivers

Leon Bridges stopped by the studio after his sold out show with Lord Huron at Ryman Auditorium and solo show at 3rd and Lindsley.  It’s obvious that Nashville has fallen in love with Leon Bridges.  Hope you enjoy this live performance of “Coming Home” and River” live from the LC studio.  Click here to listen to the full audio interview.

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Grand Opening of The Goat

Lightning 100 had a blast helping LC kick off the grand opening of The Goat!  Check out some photos from the event.  For handcrafted food, assorted brews, and year-round entertainment, look no further than your own backyard. The Goat bar and restaurant from LC specializes in good times with great friends, and offers an array of options for you to get together. From events and live music to competitive leagues including volleyball, cornhole, and euchre, there’s always a good reason to get out to The Goat. We’re located in LC’s premier communities in Columbus, Louisville, and Nashville and open to the public year-round. Come hang out with us and see what’s on tap.


Lilly Hiatt debuts “Get This Right”

On a warm Nashville summer evening at Soulshine Pizza Factory, an artist named Lilly Hiatt stormed the stage with boho-punk style and a black Stratford in hand. Hiatt and her ragtag band of musicians rocked for a solid hour in promotion of her new album, “Royal Blue”. The performer played music that is Americana-folk rock in nature with beachy undertones and much energy to burn.

“I grew up in Nashville!” Hiatt beamed. “My dad’s a musician and my older brother was a big fan of grunge, so music was all around me.”

Hiatt sites her father as being one of her biggest influences, as well as Neil Young, Liz Phair, and Pearl Jam.

Songs like “Jesus Wouldn’t Let Me Pick the Restaurant”, “Get This Right”, and “Far Away” display Hiatt’s clever and punching songwriting abilities. Audiences are left with no doubt of Hiatt’s conviction and complete belief in what she sings.

“I write alone in my room. I wish there was something more exciting to say, but for years, I’ve done it alone in my bedroom,” Hiatt said. “Lately I’ve started branching out and writing at my kitchen table.”

As far as inspiration goes, Hiatt looks to her strong and kind-hearted family, Mother Nature, her boyfriend, Jenny Lewis, and her cat, Poppy. Hiatt is sure that her cat understands her words when she talks to her, and claims that Poppy is a splendid listener.

Lilly Hiatt will be a performer at AmericanaFest in Franklin, TN this September, and is currently continuing her journey on the road.

“From my music, I want to be able to tour and keep afloat, but also anything that gets me to the next town,” said Hiatt. “I don’t need a lot of cash. I just need a small but loyal audience that’ll grow with me and help me keep traveling.”

Written by Aziza Cunningham


Local Spotlight: MODOC

If you’re wondering what the sound of “New Nashville” is, listen to the rockin’ tunes of local band, MODOC. Formed at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, the band moved to Nashville post-college where they’ve cultivated a fresh sound with melodic rock rhythms. ” Since their debut, self-titled album release in August 2013, MODOC has been hard at work in the studio on their second album with Brendan Benson of the Raconteurs. Vance Powell who has previously worked with other Nashville-based rock groups such as Kings of Leon and The White Stripes is mixing their upcoming single set to come out soon. Be sure to check MODOC out at Tennessee Brew Works this Saturday, June 6, for their second annual Block Party, where there will be live music, food and beer!

Thanks to Megan Little from @lightning100 for stopping by for an interview this morning!

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Why did you decide to move to Nashville after college?

We’re Midwest kids so New York City and L.A. seemed a little far I guess.

We moved here when band pages were becoming really popular, so finally people started to come on the Internet and find bands that they really loved. Every other band that we found that we started getting into and we really loved, they were all in Nashville.

And a lot of them weren’t big bands at the time. We were really into early Kings of Leon stuff, but then they weren’t anything really. They were here before people knew they were here.

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The Tallest Man On Earth performing “Sagres” and “Like the Wheel”

Lightning 100’s Lt. Dan has The Tallest Man on Earth live in-studio as they perform their songs “Sagres” and “Like the Wheel”. The Tallest Man on Earth performed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on May 27, 2015 promoting their newest album, Dark Bird is Home.  Click here to download the new album.

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Lake Street Dive performing “You Go Down Smooth” live at Hangout Music Festival

Lake Street Dive performs a secret show for a few lucky fans at Hangout Music Festival. Check out this performance of “You Go Down Smooth” live at Hangout Music Fest.  Click here to check out some of the photos from Hangout 2015.


Vinyl Night with Langhorne Slim

Lightning 10 host Vinyl Night at Bongo Java in the Omni Hotel.

Posted by Lightning 100 on Monday, June 1, 2015

Photography by Julia Ordog


Kelly Clarkson feat. Ava Davis duet “Love Shack”

Ava Davis was celebrating Memorial Day at Sam’s Sports Grill in Black Jack Cove with us singing Karaoke. When she spotted Kelly Clarkson and asked if she would sing a duet. Kelly was more happy and they sang Love Shack by the b-52’s.


Hangout Music Fest 2015 Photos

Photography by Morgan Yingling

Posted by Lightning 100 on Saturday, May 30, 2015

Photography by Morgan Yingling


The Tallest Man On Earth performs “Sagres” and “Like the Wheel” [audio]

Lightning 100’s Lt. Dan has The Tallest Man on Earth live in-studio as they perform their songs “Sagres” and “Like the Wheel”. The Tallest Man on Earth performed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on May 27, 2015 promoting their newest album, Dark Bird is Home.  Click here to download the new album.


Howard Shares debuts “Money Can’t Buy”


In Japanese culture there is a type of nostalgia known as mono no aware, or a wistful appreciation for the impermanence of life and the passing of things. This feeling is channeled by the folk-electronica group from Brooklyn known as Howard on their new song entitled, “Money Can’t Buy,” the second single from their debut album “Religion,” out now on Falling People Records.

“Money Can’t Buy” is a meditation on the angst inflicted by a departed lover, composed of impressionistic snapshots of unfulfilled longing, backed by the uncertain skitter of drums and a looping finger-picked pattern on acoustic guitar, pushing the dream towards it’s all too certain conclusion, “We’re all gonna die.”


Tony Lucca debuts “Delilah”


Tony Lucca debuts “Delilah” off his recent self title release on 100.1 FM.  Tony Lucca finished third on The Voice in 2012, won a record deal in the process, and received more press coverage than any contestant on the show that season… or any season, for that matter.  He made a record with Adam Levine, then toured with Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson.  He was cast on the hit show “Parenthood” playing himself as a rock singer, and performed an original song.  He even starred in an Aaron Spelling prime-time drama and dated Keri Russell for years, winding up in countless gossip mags.

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“We went in with the intention of making a record that was as live-sounding as possible. I wanted to close my eyes and be able to visualize the players in the room or up on the stage, actually playing the songs together. One guitar over here, the other guy over there, bass, drums, some keys? I mean, that’s the rock-n-roll I fell in love with when I was a kid.” Lucca pulls inspiration from the heroes he heard on the radio growing up, from Tom Petty, Billy Squier to AC/DC’s Angus Young, tapping into a sense of timelessness he places somewhere between The Black Crowes and the Black Keys.

Each of the 12 songs on “Tony Lucca” are deeply personal. The record kicks off with “Old Girl”, Lucca’s rebuff to the music business treadmill. On the upbeat “Imagination”, Lucca recalls the evening where he met his wife… to the best of his ability. Lucca’s fans will enjoy the diverse sonic quality of four of his trademark ballads – the epic and sweeping piano-driven “North Star”, the optimistic “Smoke ‘Em”, the push and pull of love lost and found in “Right On Time”, and the sweet album closer that bares his daughter’s name, “Sparrow”.

Funded by a very successful Kickstarter campaign (one that hit its $25K funding goal just inside of 30 hours), Lucca feels strongly that his fans stepped up so that he could make the best record he possibly could – one he could finally feel comfortable releasing with his own name as the title. To that point, Lucca says “this record is pure. And honest. And hopefully completely refreshing to its listeners.”



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