Benjy Davis — Here I Go

This week our Local Artist of the Week is Benjy Davis.

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Lightning 100 Unplugged, May 4, 2014

ArtistSong TitleSourceSun 5/4/14
The DecemberistsDown By The WaterBackstage Bonnaroo, 2011
Black KeysTighten UpBackstage Bonnaroo, 2010
Uncle TupeloLooking For A Way Out89/93 An Anthology
Glen PhillipsAll I WantAcoustic Café
The DanberrysShady Grove
John DoeThe Golden StateKFOG Live From The Archives, Vol. 14
Frank TurnerThe Way I Tend To BeBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
Michael FrantiNobody Right, Nobody WrongBackstage Bonnaroo, 2007
JohnnySwimDiamondsLightning 100 In Studio, 4/29/14
Fitz and The TantrumsThe WalkerLightning 100 Secret Show, 2013
Elvis CostelloAlisonBridge School Concerts, Vol.1
Portugal. The ManSea of AirBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
Sister HazelAll For YouBefore The Amplifiers
The ShinsPhantom LibmKFOG Live From The Archives, Vol. 14
Wake OwlWild CountryBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
WlcoI Must Be HighLive From Mountatin Stage
Walk The MoonLife During WartimeBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
Snow PatrolTake Back The CityLightning 100 Broadcast from Grimey’s 6/6/09
Wild FeathersLeft My WomanLightning 100 In Studio
Mindy SmithCome To JesusLive From The Mountain Music Lounge
HoundmouthKrampusBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
Ivan and AlyoshaDon’t Wanna Die AnymoreLightning 100 In Studio, 2013
U2Stuck In A Moment
AdeleRight As RainBackstage Bonnaroo, 2008
David MeadNashvilleLive From Ivy League Studios
DawesTime Spent in Los AngelesLightning 100 In Studio, 10/20/11
Peter Bradley AdamsYou DanceNashville Sunday Night Live, 6/11/06
Rodrigo Y GabriellaDiablo RojoBackstage Bonnaroo, 2007

For the month of May, we welcome our generous sponsor, Americana’s Cross County Lines featuring John Hiatt, Patty Griffin, Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark, Luther Dickinson, Joe Pug and Parker Milsap. Saturday, May 31st at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin. Gates at 3:30, music at 4:30. Tickets only $35.00 in advance and on sale now at ticketmaster.com, at the Franklin Theatre box office or on Lightning 100′s Concert Calendar. Children 12 and under get in free!

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The Causal Encounters – Ep. 3

The Lightning 100 intern band known as “The Casual Encounters” perform yet another Craigslist Missed Connection song on the morning show. This week it’s “Red Hot Fireman.”

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The Tasting Bar — St. George Gin

 

Dave and Lisa from The Bottle Shop once again showed us some secrets of mixology.  This week on The Tasting Bar we try a few different Gins from the St. George distillery and make a drink that would be perfect for Steeplechase called the Raspberry Bramble.

Raspberry Bramble

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World Premiere: The Black Keys – Fever

Check out the “world premiere” of The Black Key’s video “Fever”.  Ok, this is not the official premiere, but there is only 300 views so we are going to call it that.  The Black Keys’ new album Turn Blue will be released May 13th. Pre-order the album at http://theblackkeys.com or iTunes and receive the single “Fever” and “Turn Blue” instantly.

Directed by Theo Wenner

Preorder on iTunes: http://www.smarturl.it/turnblue
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St. Paul and the Broken Bones Live

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.

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Shane Piasecki – Feels Alright

shane piaseckiShane Piasecki (pi-a-SEK-ee) grew up just outside of Toledo, Ohio in a small town called Liberty Center. Country roads were the norm and cornfields grew for miles. Those same roads are where he found his love for music while cruising with his father, listening to the sounds of CCR and Eric Clapton. His father realized how much he liked music and surprised Shane with a guitar when he was five years old.

Growing up in a small town, there weren’t many places available for him to play music. Shane took up some other hobbies such as football, boxing, and working at his dad’s company. However, these weren’t just hobbies to Shane; they were lessons, lessons about working hard and achieving goals. He had witnessed a lot of people in his life become successful and realized after a year of college that he wanted something greater. He needed to chase that feeling he got when he first held that guitar in his hands.

He released his first independent album in 2004, All For Coffee. This earned him a spot as an opener on the Hanson tour at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio. Critics took notice after hearing he had sold more albums in a single night than any other band that had ever opened up for the platinum pop trio. This success caused Shane to head west to San Diego with nothing but a suitcase full of books, clothes, and his guitar. His second independent album, You’re Here and I’m A Mess, followed soon after.

By that time, YouTube was beginning to become popular, propelling Shane’s exposure to new heights, and creating a fan base as far away as Australia. His singles “My Two Cents” and “Sweetest Thing” hit views and downloads of over one million. His album, All For Coffee, would later move 10,000 units, reaching number one on the Detroit Music Retail Collective Chart and peaking at number 19 on the National Alliance of Independent Media Stores sales chart.

After a visit back home to Ohio, he decided not to return to California, but instead write and record his third album, Monday Creek, in Nashville. This album was special to Shane because he recorded it with some of his favorite musicians that he grew up listening to. Headed by producer Doug Lancio (John Hiatt and Patty Griffin), the album featured an All-Star lineup including Dave Roe (Johnny Cash), Jerry Roe (Greg Laswell), Patrick Keeler (The Raconteurs), Sam Huff, and Mike Schrimpf. The album would showcase Piasecki’s traditional folk and Americana sound. During the recording process, he became good friends with another writer, Chris Gantry. Gantry would introduce him to Everett Lowe, who owned a publishing company on Music Row. After listening to Monday Creek, Everett signed Shane to his first publishing deal at Faverett Entertainment.

Now, three years later, Shane has signed a record deal with LandStar Entertainment and is set to release his label debut, Set You Free, in 2014. Produced by Nathan Meckel, Set You Free finds Shane exploring an undeniable blend of R&B, pop, rock, folk and blues. Recorded at The Sound Emporium Studio B and The Lab, Shane was once again joined by Dave and Jerry Roe, along with some of Nashville’s best instrumental talent: John Deaderick (Dixie Chicks), Layne Ihde, and Maurice “Bow Tie” Farmer.

Key tracks off the album include “Jackie O,” “Feels Alright,” and the title cut. Listen for Set You Free at Triple A and Americana radio later this year. In the meantime, Shane Piasecki is fired up to work with his backup band, The Cuts, preparing for a tour that will take them across the US and Australia, once his most anticipated album to date is released!

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the615 04/28/14

Episode95. the615 04/28/14

Local Artist of the week- Playing Soulshine 05/02/13
Shane Piasecki – Feels Alright- Set You Free (Out tomorow 4/29/14)

Dj Picks
Hammel – Easton Stagger Phillips – Lucillia – Resolution Road (Tim Easton Playin’ Live  Thursday 5/1/14  6PM at the 5 Spot)
Wells – Sexx- Surf City

This Just In
Arc & Stones – Control – As You Were
Guthrie Brown & The Family Tree – Holy Water – Spirit of the Elk E.P.
Elle King- Playing For Keeps- The Elle King EP
The Whigs- Hit Me- Modern Creation

Bands Around Town
Aliza Carter Band-Midnight- Clearer (Playin’ Live Wednesday 4/30/14 at Stone Fox EP release show)
Bobby Bare Jr. – Sad Smile  (“Undefeated” Album Release w/ Cory Branan, Bobby Bare Sr, & Birdcloud – Sat 5/ 3/14 at Mercy
Mercy Bell – Icarus- (Playin’ Live Wednesday 4/30/14 at The 5 Spot 6PM)
Kiernan McMullan – What If- (Playin’ Live Wednesday 4/30/14 at The End)

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Lightning 100 Unplugged, April 27, 2014

ArtistSong TitleSourceSun 4/27/14
George HarrisonMy Sweet LordLiving in the Material World DVD Bonus disc/demo version
Jason Isbell and Amanda ShiresCover Me UpNashville Sunday Night Live from 3rd and Lindsley, 10/6/13
The Head and The HeartLost In My MindBackstage Bonnaroo, 2011
John OatesSave MeBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
Neil YoungCinnamon GirlLive At The Cellar Door, recorded in 1970
Lord HuronUntil The Night TurnsLightning 100 Secret Show, 2/13/14
Band of HorsesNeighborAcoustic At The Ryman
The NationalDon’t Swallow The CapBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
Broken BellsThe High RoadKBCO Studio C, Vol. 22
Iron and WineTree By The RiverAcoustic Café
Lovemongers (Ann and Nancy WilsonBattle of Evermore (Led Zeppelin cover)Bridge School Concerts, Vol.1
Damien RiceCannonballBackstage Bonnaroo, 2007
Graffiti 6Free
BeckIt’s All In Your MindBridge School Concerts, Vol.1
Matt NathansonCome On Get HigherAcoustic Café
ColdplayGod Put A Smile Upon Your FaceKFOG Live From The Archives, Vol. 15
Tom PettyShadow Of A Doubt (Complex Kid)Bridge School Concerts, Vol.1
PhoenixLisztomaniaLightning 100 In Studio, 4/23/10
Ryan AdamsLucky NowiTunes Session

 

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Spring Block Party “Party” video

Who knows how to party, Lightning 100 know how to party.  Lightning 100 presented Spring Block Party at Marathon Music Works.  The Spring Block Party is a celebration of the new season featuring music, performance, food, and art that will be curated & brought to you by some of the people who give our great city the flavor & feel you’ll experience at our event.

The Spring Block Party will host an outdoor stage featuring performances by some of Nashville’s favorite local bands: The Wild Feathers, The Apache Relay, Sol Cat, Roots of a Rebellion, & Matt Walberg & The Living Situation.  The Spring Block Party also featured From Nashville With Love marketplace, an indoor market of local, handmade, and vintage goods!  Check out photos from the show!

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“Handstand Pushup Yoga Man” – Casual Encounters

Back by popular demand our intern band The Casual Encounter’s sing a new Craigslist MissedConnection song. This week it’s “The Handstand Pushup Yoga Man.”

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The Tasting Bar — 4/25/14 — 4 for $40 Wine & Ron Burgundy Scotch

Dave and Lisa from The Bottle Shop open up The Tasting Bar once again this week on the morning show!  Back by popular demand, another 4 for $40 deal!  This time with all international wines!  We also get to channel are inner Channel 4 News Team with the new Ron Burgundy  “Great Odins Raven Scotch.”  “I love Scotch, scotchy, scotch, scotch.  Her it goes down, down into my belly…”

 

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Live On The Green 2014 Teaser

LIGHTNING 100’S LIVE ON THE GREEN MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 DATES

AUGUST 14, 21, 28

THREE-DAY FESTIVAL TO SERVE AS FINALE EVENT

SEPTEMBER 4, 5, 6

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ALL DATES REMAIN FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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2014 FEATURES EXPANDED ARTIST LINE-UP AND FESTIVAL SITE 

OFFICIAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT JUNE 26, 2014

VIP TICKETS ON SALE JUNE 26, 2014

Nashville, TN (April 23, 2014) – Live On The Green Music Festival organizers and representatives from Lightning 100, along with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, announced a number of exciting changes to Live On The Green Music Festival today. In its sixth year, Nashville’s premiere free music series, which takes place at Public Square Park in downtown Nashville, will kick off the 2014 season with three consecutive Thursdays - August 14, 21, 28 and wrap up with a weekend finale planned for September 4, 5 and 6.

“As we approached our sixth year, we knew we wanted to grow the event in a way that would offer our guests an even bigger, better experience,” said Lester Turner, Executive Producer of Live On The Green and President of Tuned In Broadcasting, Inc. “We decided that adjusting our schedule was the best way to accomplish that goal. In 2014, Live On The Green will graduate from a weekly concert series to a full-fledged music festival featuring an expanded artist line-up and festival site, longer hours, and a new schedule. Of course, as always, all events will remain free and open to the public.”

 

In addition to more free music, fans will also enjoy an expanded festival site. As with previous years, the site footprint will encompass all of 3rd Avenue between Union Street and James Robertson Parkway, and for the first time will extend up Deaderick Street to 4th Avenue. This additional city block of space will allow the festival to provide a greater number of food, retail and entertainment offerings.

 

“Live On The Green continues to grow its fan base while also continuing to bring local and national artists to perform on Nashville’s front lawn – our Public Square,” Mayor Dean said. “I want to congratulate Lester Turner and his team for making this free music festival one of the top events in the country. I am pleased to see the addition of a free weekend festival that will showcase live music and all that Nashville has to offer to local residents and visitors alike.”

 

 

LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT:

The 2014 Live On The Green artist lineup will be announced on Thursday, June 26, 2014, the same day that VIP ticket packages will go on sale. Lightning 100’s Music City Mayhem winner, Phin, has already been announced as the first artist to perform at the 2014 festival. Phin survived 28 rounds to beat 32 other bands to earn the winning slot on the 2014 Live On The Green artist lineup.

 

LIVE ON THE GREEN 2014 SPONSORS INCLUDE:

Lightning 100, Erie Insurance, Regions Bank, MillerCoors, Tenth & Blake Brewing Co., Coca Cola, Piedmont Natural Gas, Carl Black Chevrolet, TVA Green Power Switch, Doubletree by Hilton-Nashville, Team Green Adventures, Pareto Realty, Friendly Arctic Printing & Design, Bacon & Caviar Gourmet Catering, Green Village Recycling, Mountain Creative Agency, Sitemason, Inc. and Pioneer Coach.

 

VISIT LIVE ON THE GREEN ONLINE AT:

Website: liveonthegreen.net

Twitter: @liveonthegreen (hashtag: #LOTG2014)

Facebook: facebook.com/liveonthegreen

Instagram: instagram.com/liveonthegreen

YouTube: youtube.com/liveonthegreen

Pinterest: pinterest.com/liveonthegreen

 

Comprehensive media and event information is available at (PDF): www.liveonthegreen.net/2014

Additional, downloadable high resolution photos can be found on the Live On The Green Facebook page.

 

VIP TICKETS & PACKAGES:

While the festival is free and open to the public, Live On The Green offers an exclusive VIP area for those guests interested in a premium experience. VIP ticket-holders will enjoy access to the VIP Lightning Lounge with benefits including exclusive stage access, private restrooms, comfortable shaded areas with open seating, complimentary catering provided by some of Nashville’s favorite restaurants, as well as complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. VIP tickets and packages go on sale June 26, 2014 at www.liveonthegreen.net.

 

ABOUT LIVE ON THE GREEN MUSIC FESTIVAL:

Produced and presented by Lightning 100.1 FM, Live On The Green is Nashville’s premiere free outdoor music festival. Since its inception in 2009, more than 200,000 fans from 29 states and 10 countries have attended Live On The Green. The festival has hosted more than 70 artists, including Alabama Shakes, Local Natives, Band of Horses, Matt & Kim, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Matt Nathanson, The Wallflowers, Citizen Cope, Dr. John, The Wailers and more.

 

ABOUT LIGHTNING 100: 

WRLT Lightning 100.1FM is Nashville’s Independent Radio Station and the proud founder of the Live On The Green Music Festival.

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AJ and the Jiggawatts

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If you are familiar with the soul scene of Nashville, then you have heard about AJ & The Jiggawatts. Born and raised in the south, AJ Eason has played in a number of bands ranging from The Spades to Space Capone since 1998 and his latest work helps spread the group’s groovy funk-rock from East Nashville to Murfreesboro and beyond. The Jiggawatts all play with other bands in the funk-soul genre, and use that musical experience to bring a deeper element to AJ & The Jiggawatt’s sound. A few days after releasing their first full-length album, which is self-titled, I had the chance to catch up with AJ of AJ & The Jiggawatts.

Q: What path did you take to get in to music?

A: I was born in Atlanta and raised in Memphis since the age of 5. I started singing around campfires and had a little bit of church in there. I went to University of Tennessee to study business and started playing drums. I released an album with a three piece band, Hitch, around 2005. Around that time I got tied in with the G.E.D. Soul Records crowd and was able to tour with the band Sky Hi in Atlanta. I then moved to Clarksville for a job, and later traveled with other bands. I moved to Nashville around 2008 and started playing with Space Capone after begging them to play percussion. I toured with them from 2009-2011and got to play a lot of festivals, including Bonnaroo. AJ & The Jiggawatts formed soon after with G.E.D. Soul Records founder Nick DeVan. DeVan plays drums, Andrew Muller, who plays with Deep Fried 5 is on guitar, and Tim Hawkins is on bass, while I made the move to the front of the stage. We pick up players along the way and for certain performances. Austin Little joins us on trombone, and Andrew Hagen joins us on saxophone. We have had the chance to tour the St. Louis and Chicago circuits, as well as the southern circuit, opening for acts such as Nappy Roots and Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Q: How would you describe your style from your past work to your most current work?

A: My experiences in the last two years have shaped the songs on our latest album. We actually have a full second album ready which has a different vibe because it is more focused on horn, and we’re possibly recording it this summer. Two songs from our EP are bonus tracks on the full length and may sound different production-wise. This CD is really raw and recorded straight to tape. We added violin and cello for the song “Once in a Lifetime.” We made it to tell a story and to be able to listen straight through.

Q: How has Nashville influenced your style?

A: After moving here, I really immersed myself in the scene. I’m out and about so much that people have started to call me a “soul-cialite.” I keep my head in what is going on at the forefront which helps me know people in different walks of life.

Q: Who is your favorite collaborator?

A: Paul Gibson, out of Knoxville, Tennessee. He was my co-writer from 1998-2007 and is the most natural songwriter. He could always hear what I meant and build on top of small elements.

Q: Who are your influences?

A: James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Mayer Hawthorne, Aloe Blacc, Trombone Shorty, Lee Fields, Black Crowes, Black Joe Lewis, Dap-Kings, and Grateful Dead, among others.

Click here for the full interview at CollegeBookRenter.com

Q: What are your long-term goals as a musician?

A: I want to focus on being a lyricist, getting published, and getting four songs licensed. I want to keep writing horn lines for our songs, which I often do with a handheld recorder. I’d also love to collaborate outside of our genre.

Q: What is a highlight of your career so far?

A: I was touring with The Spades, an all-star group out of Knoxville, and we had the chance to open for Al Green. I had been drumming, but was able to step out of the back and sing lead with this band. Other highlights include sharing the stage with North Mississippi All-Stars and Black Crowes.

Q: What is your advice to others in and outside of the music realm?

A: Listen to yourself and get to know yourself. Trust your gut. You are your destiny and life is now.

Written by: Lexie Deeb

 

 

 

 

 

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the615 04/21/14

Episode94. the615 04/21/14

Local Artist of the week- Playing Soulshine 04/25/13
Aj & the Jiggawatts – Get Wild – Aj & The Jiggawatts

Dj Picks
Hammel – Matthew Perryman Jones – Waking Up The Dead – (Wed. Benefit: Love for the Cowarts w/ Brady Toops & Remedy Drive)
Wells – Dean Fields- Maps- Yeah Yeah Yeah’s cover

This Just In
Cory Bishop- Carolina- Cory Bishop
Boom Forest- Wooden Heart

Live in the Lightning 100 studios KOA – Single Release show tonight at Mercy Lounge 4/21/14 w/ Abby and the Guise, and The Case Study
KOA Live- Lover
KOA- False Calls- Single

Jack White- Lazaretto- Lazaretto

Bands Around Town – On Tap Showcase Thursday 4/24 at Tin Roof, FREE 8pm- Jonny P, Heavy Heavy Hearts & Bearheart
Heavy Heavy Hearts- Find Your Way
Bearheart- Before I Die

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Jack White Makes And Breaks A Record

In my 14+ years in radio I have seen and heard a lot of cool stuff.  I’ve played soccer with Michael Franti, I’ve made a music video on a golf cart at Bonnaroo, I’ve seen Band of Horses play on the Nashville Symphony stage with 50 other people, I’ve enjoyed a hazy Red Hot Chili Peppers set from the pit with McLovin and the guys from Workaholics with countless other moments etched into my memory that continue to remind me that I have the best job on the planet.  If you asked me last week to quantify or rank my favorite music moment thus far, I would not be able to give you a straight answer…that is until #RSD2014. On April 19th 2014 (Record Store Day 2014) Jack decided to break the record for the fasted record ever made.   I was a witness and this is what happened. –Wells Adams

Here is the setlist from #RSD2014:

  1. High Ball Stepper
  2. Lazaretto
  3. Power of My Love
  4. Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
  5. Freedom at 21
  6. Three Women
  7. Weep Themselves to Sleep
  8. Love Interruption
  9. Hello Operator
  10. Just One Drink
  11. Hotel Yorba
  12. Would You Fight for My Love

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Lightning 100 Unplugged, April 20, 2014

ArtistSong TitleSourceSun 4/20/14
Citizen CopeSon’s Gonna RiseBackstage Bonnaroo 2005
EchosmithCool KidsLightning 100 Secret Show, 2014
Them VibesShine OnLightning 100 In Studio, 4/18/14
Black CrowesJealous AgainCroweology
Portugal. The ManPurple, Yellow, Red and BlueBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
Blind MelonNo RainChange EP
Sarah Jarosz w/Alison Krauss and Jerry DouglasRun AwayTransatlantic Sessions, Scotland Spring 2011
Bruce SpringsteenBorn to RunTougher Than The Rest, cd single
Lord HuronTime To RunLightning 100 Secret Show, 2/13/14
Ben HarperFight Outta YouBackstage Bonnaroo, 2007
Black PrairieNowhere, MassachusettsBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
Civil WarsBarton HollowLightning 100 In Studio, 5/17/11
Paul McCartneyI’ve Just Seen A FaceMTV Unplugged – The Official Bootleg
Roots of a RebellionCalifornia Waiting (Kings of Leon cover)
Ray LaMontagneForever My FriendBackstage Bonnaroo, 2010
GomezHow We OperateBackstage Bonnaroo, 2006
LuciusGo HomeBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
G. LoveSugarLightning 100 In Studio, 2/24/14
Death Cab For CutieCrooked TeethAcoustic Café
JohnnySwimHeart BeatsBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013

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The Tasting Bar — Easter Special

This week on The Tasting Bar, Dave and Lisa from The Bottle Shop bring in drinks that will pair perfectly with your Easter celebration.

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Missed Connections on the Morning Show

The Lightning 100 intern band (Casual Encounters) turned a Craigslist “Missed Connection” into an amazing song!

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Spring Block Party Photos

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Dean Fields

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Over 1000 shows, 10 years, and 200,000 miles have passed since Dean Fields went on the road to pursue a career in music. During that time his address changed from Richmond VA to Miami to Boston until most recently settling in Nashville TN. Now, he hits the road again to promote his most recent release “Any Minute Now.”

His recent homecoming has found Fields selling out shows in Richmond VA, as well as nearby Washington DC. “Dean Fields writes lyrics like Leonard Cohen and sings like Jeff Buckley. It’s no surprise that there’s a serious buzz on this Virginia singer-songwriter.” (Free Times) While continuing to feed his passion for music, Dean is fueled by a single-minded love to perform, sharing the stage with KT TunstallBlues TravelerRosanne CashEric HutchinsonColin HayBob Schneider,AuqualungHootie and the BlowfishJohn HiattCakeBruce HornsbyRusted RootMadeleine PeyrouxCarbon Leaf, among others. In addition, Fields’ maturity as a writer and performer is brought to the fore by some of the region’s finest musicians. The band features members of Mandy Moore, Sparklehorse, Agents of Good Roots, KD Lang, Carbonleaf and Modern Groove Syndicate.

Q:  Where were you born?

A:  I was born and raised in Virginia, right outside of Richmond.

Q:  How and when did you start playing music?

A:  I started playing piano when I was four or five years old, and grew up playing classical music.  My dad got a guitar for a Christmas present when I was fourteen years old.  I stole his guitar and played it all the time.

Q:  When did you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in music?

A:  I grew up wanting to be a runner.  I ran competitively at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, but I got injured.  So then I decided to go to grad school at the University of Miami to study music.  I didn’t want to go but its what everyone was doing.  However, as soon as I found my voice as a songwriter I was out of there.

Q: What was your major in Grad School?

A:  I studied MBEI.  Which is Music Business Entertainment Industry.  Not many schools were offering solely Music Business back then.  I also studied Audio Engineering.

Q:  What are the steps of your songwriting process?

A:  It used to just be messing around until I found something cool, but now its much more simplified.  Musically, my classical background helps me construct a melody, and lyrically it’s my love for reading.  If I’m co-writing I usually come with a hook ready, and if I’m not I’ve just developed the discipline to knock out a song in four hours or so.

Q:  Do you currently have a publishing deal?

A:  Nope, I don’t have anything.  I pitch all my own songs and book all my own shows.  I appreciate anyone’s help, but I’ve realized that no one will work as hard as I will because it is my music.  I know me and know what I want to do and think about it all day and night, I can’t expect that from someone else.

Q: What has been your favorite recording experience?

A:  The first record I made, I was in the studio with Alan Weatherhead who used to be in a band called Sparklehorse.  He’s a great engineer, who kind of fly’s under the radar.  He is like the secret weapon of Richmond, Virginia.  The studio is called Sound of Music.  I knew nothing about what I was doing.  I was just winging it.  Alan was awesome; he had this idea to just have everyone in the room be a part of the record. We made it sound like the recording was in a bar, with all this background noise, and people telling jokes in the background.  It was really cool; we were all singing around the same mic, it was very spontaneous.  It was fun, it sounded like garbage, but it was great for that song.

Q:  What has been your favorite live performance experience?

A:  I like it when there is a super loud crowd that I can shut up with my music.  I think that’s amazing, now when it is the other way around it sucks.  I just played this show with Levi Lowrey in Atlanta and that happened there.  None of the crowd was ready for my sound, but it worked.  It was weird when I used to play college gigs because I had to make them feel like they were having an awesome time, while satisfying my need to be heard.

Q:  Do you have any summer touring plans coming up?

A:  I actually have a big tour coming up.  My home market in Virginia is solid; I can sell out venues there.  I have other friends who can do the same in other markets.  I reached out to them and said I’ve worked twelve years to get to this point, I’ll trade you my twelve years for your twelve years.  So we put together a twelve-gig tour, and we expect to sell out at least four venues.  That tour starts in June and spans from Georgia to New Hampshire, we’re playing Atlanta, Charlotte, Richmond, Washington DC, Philly, New York, Boston, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Click here for the full interview at CollegeBookRenter.com

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the615 04/14/14

Episode93. the615 04/14/14

Local Artist of the week- “Brought to you by CollegeBookRenter.com Rent the book own the knowledge”- Playing Soulshine 04/18/13
Dean Fields – More Than I Deserve

Dj Picks
Hammel – Aj & the Jiggawatts – Get Wild – Aj & The Jiggawatts
Wells – Charlie- Love’s Like A Whiskey- (Playin Live Saturday a the The Basement CD release show 4/20 w/ Work Drugs, Teen Men, and Bern Kelly)

Live in the Lightning 100 Studios – Lulu Mae
Lulu Mae Live- Memphis Woman
Lulu Mae- Mean River- Mean River

Bands Around Town- Music City Mayhem fantastic 5 Showdown Saturday 4/19/14 at Pavillion East gates open at 4pm
Phin – Those Killers
Farwell Flight – Scarecrow
What Up Einglish – Things You Say To Me
Cooper And The Jam – I Wanna Love You
Safe In Blue(Wild Card) – Song I Believe In

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Lightning 100 Unplugged – 4/13/14

ArtistSong TitleSourceSun 4/13/14
Blind MelonChange (Changed – Alternate Version)Change EP
Brandi CarlileDreamsKINK Live 13
Ben TaylorNothing I Can DoAnother Run Around The Sun
Sam PalladioDriftwoodUnreleased, Lightning 100 exclusive
Jason IsbellDifferent DaysBackstage Bonnaroo
Aimee MannFreewayBackstage Bonnaroo
Band of HorsesInfinite ArmsLive at the Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge
Rhett MillerCome AroundNashville Sunday Night Live from 3rd and Lindsley
Ani DiFrancoGravelBackstage Bonnaroo
ColdplayLovers in Japan
Fitz and the TantrumsOut of My LeagueLightning 100 Secret Show, 2013
Wild CubThunder ClatterLightning 100 In Studio, 4/2/14
GusterAmsterdamLive From the Mountatin Stage Music Lounge
Rilo KileySilver LiningBackstage Bonnaroo
FuturebirdsAmerican CowboyBackstage Bonnaroo
Gary Clark, Jr.Bright LightsBackstage Bonnaroo
Dave Matthews and Tim ReynoldsSatelliteLive at Luther College
Alex ClareToo Close
Alt JBreeze BlocksBackstage Bonnaroo
Jack JohnsonI Got YouBackstage Bonnaroo

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Phantogram – Fall In Love

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Phantogram (formerly Charlie Everywhere) is an American electronic rock duo from Greenwich, New York, formed in 2007 and consisting of Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards). They write and record in a remote barn in upstate New York called Harmony Lodge. The band name was partially inspired by an optical illusion called a phantogram, in which two-dimensional images appear to be three-dimensional. They described their sound as “street beat, psych pop”. According to Josh Carter, their music has “lots of rhythms, swirling guitars, spacey keyboards, echoes, airy vocals.”

The band has released two studio albums (Eyelid Movies in 2009, Voices in 2014), four EPs (Phantogram and Running From the Cops in 2009, Nightlife in 2011, Phantogram in 2013) and eight singles.

Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel have been friends since junior high school. In the summer of 2007, Barthel returned home dissatisfied with pursuing a visual arts degree and Carter returned home after a brief stint in New York City with Grand Habit, an experimental band formed with his older brother, John. The two friends reunited and worked on finishing some songwriting ideas Carter made earlier and then finally formed the band. Carter and Barthel were inspired by artists like J Dilla, Madlib, Cocteau Twins, The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, Yes, The Beatles, David Bowie, John Frusciante, Serge Gainsbourg, Kevin Shields and Prince.

The duo collaborated with Big Boi from OutKast on three songs (“Objectum Sexuality”, “CPU” and “Lines”) from his second studio album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Phantogram are also credited as producers for the song “Objectum Sexuality”. Phantogram are also featured on the song “You Lust” by The Flaming Lips from their 2013 album The Terror. Barthel revealed in an interview with Variance Magazine in February 2014 that Phantogram plans to release an EP with Big Boi of OutKast.

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The Tasting Bar — Cumberland Cask — 4/11/14

Dave and Lisa from The Bottle Shop once again wow us with some amazing and LOCAL spirits.  Today we try Tennessee’s own Cumberland Cask Whiskey and Dave makes Wells a delicious drink called The Appalachian.

The Appalachian

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