the615 02/03/14

Episode83. the615 02/03/14

Local Artist of the week- Playing Soulshine 02/07/13 at 7:15)
KOA- Cool It Down- Cool It Down

Dj Picks
Hammel – Dan Tedesco – Favorite Of All Time – Death In The Valley (out 2/4/14)
Wells – Jonny P- Drive

This Just In
Carly Koehn- Who’s Sorry Now
Kynlie – You & Me – The In Between E.P.
Bear In The Campsite – Nothing At All – Hotel Infinity

Live in the Lightning 100 Studios
Roots Of A Rebellion live- Charleston

Bands Around Town
Ranch Ghost- Ragged Mile (Playin’ Live Thursday 2/6 at South on Demonbreun)
Farewell Flight- Scarecrow- I Was A Ghost-  (Playin’ Live CD release show Thurs, Feb. 6 at High Watt w/ Joy of Painting and Lorien)
Hotel War- Casino ( Playin’ Live at 12th & Porter Saturday 2/8/14)
Shy Guy- Off and On- (Road to bonnaroo 2/3/14 at Mercy Lounge w/ Blank Range, Elise Davis, The Get Togethers, Goodbye June, Majestico, Meth Dad, modoc, Then Vibes, The Wans)


CounterPoint Rules 2014

Rules for Counterpoint Beer, Bands & Bingo:

Each Tuesday between February 4, 2014 and March 25, 2014 (“contest period”) Lightning 100 & Tin Roof Nashville will play Beer Bands & Bingo for a chance to win a pair of weekend passes to Counterpoint Festival 2014!  Counterpoint Festival 2014 will feature performances by Outkast, Foster The People, STS9, Pretty Lights, Moon Taxi, Sleigh Bells, Thievery Corporation and many more in Kingston Downs, Georgia, April 25-27.  Complete lineup at

How it works:

Join us each Tuesday beginning February 4, 2014 and ask for your Beer Bands & Bingo punch card and hang out to play bingo for a chance at great weekly prizes.

During the Beer Bands & Bingo event each Tuesday during the contest period, each winning Bingo game card may be exchanged for an entry into the Grand Prize drawing.  Bring your punch card each week during the contest period and the Tin Roof staff will punch your card after you’ve played at least two games of bingo.

On March 25, 2014, at the end of the contest period, one entry blank will be given for entry in the Grand Prize for every punch on the punch card during the contest period.

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

Grand Prize drawing will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the conclusion of Beer Bands & Bingo (approximately 10pm) inside the Green Room at Tin Roof Nashville.  Eligible participants MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN ON MARCH 25, 2014 AT 10PM.  MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO ENTER.


Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes – Sun Goes Out

Daniel Ellsworth

The band was formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009, and currently consists of keyboardist/guitarist/singer Daniel Ellsworth from Minnesota, drummer Joel Wren from Kansas, guitarist Timon Lance and bassist Marshall Skinner both from Ohio. Former member(s) of the band include Ricky Perry who played guitar on their first album, Civilized Man.

In 2010, the band ran a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund their album, Civilized Man. The album was engineered and co-produced by Mark Nevers, who has also worked with Will OldhamAndrew BirdYo La Tengo and Lambchop. The album was recorded at Beech House Studios in Nashville, Tennessee in early 2011, and was released digitally and physically in May 2011.

In late 2011, Amazon MP3 named Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes’ album, Civilized Man, the number 76 album out of the top 100 albums of the year. At the same time, the online music retailer also named the band’s single, “Shoe Fits,” the number seven song of the year.[1][2] On February 2, 2012, Civilized Man was featured as Amazon MP3‘s Daily Deal and the following week, the album charted on Billboard’s Heatseeker’s chart at position 18.

“Shoe Fits” was released as a music video on August 8, 2011, and was Directed and Produced by Austin Gros, in Nashville, Tennessee. The single was also featured on the Australian Television series Offspring and was included on their Season 3 Soundtrack, released in Australia on June 8, 2012.[3]

The band released their second music video for the song “Bleeding Tongue” on June 6, 2012. It premiered on Paste Magazine.[4]

The single “Passenger” was featured in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy on November 8, 2012. The increased attention landed the song on Amazon MP3‘s Best Songs of 2012 at the number 33 spot.[5]

Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes was named by The Deli Magazine as Nashville’s Best Emerging Artist of 2012.[6] The title was given based on a combination of fan voting and staff opinions.

In May 2013, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes entered the studio to record their second full-length album at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, Tennessee. The album was co-produced by Grammy Award winner Vance Powell, who has worked withThe WhigsKings of LeonJack White, and The White Stripes. The album is expected to be released in early 2014 with an extensive tour in support of the album. While in studio, the band was featured in an article in Paste Magazine, including an interview and a write-up saying “There’s very little you can guarantee in life, but one of the surer bets is that Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes will make you dance.”[7]

In anticipation of the band’s new album, Esquire named Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes one of their 15 Bands to Watch in 2014.[8]

The band’s second album, named Kid Tiger, is set to be released on March 4, 2014. The songs were written while the band was touring and represented a collaborative effort of the band members. The first single from the new record, entitled “Sun Goes Out”, was released on January 21, 2014.


the615 01/27/14

Episode82. the615 01/27/14

Local Artist of the week- Playing Soulshine Friday 01/31/13
Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes- Sun Goes Out- Kid Tiger (CD Release show at Exit/In March 8th w/ Alanna Royale & Blank Range)

Dj Picks
Hammel – Fly Golden Eagle – Pstche’s Dagger – Swagger
Wells – Buffalo Clover – The Ruse -Test Your Love

This Just In
Lance & Lea – Seventeen Lives – Lance & Lea
Colony House- Keep On Moving On
Justin & the Cosmics- Cutter Blues

Live in the Lightning 100 Studios Feedback Revival – (CD release show Thursday 1/30/13 at High Watt w/ Kim Logan, EL EL, Bones Owens and Queens BLVD)

Feedback Revival live- Beautiful Life
FeedBack Revival- Carry On- Feedback Revival

Bands Around Town
Tesla Rosa- Wishes(Playin’ Live Thursday at 12 & Porter w/ Blank Range and Marc Scibilia- Team Green Resolution Social)
Moseley- Faith. Full- (Playin’ Live Saturday 2/1/14 at Marathon Music Works for Beer Bacon & Burlesque noon-6)
The Whigs – Waiting- (Playin’ live  Saturday 2/1/13 at Exit/In)


Goodbye June – Daisy

Goodbye June Promo

Life’s unpredictable purpose always seems to stem from life’s worst tragedies. That is just how Goodbye June was created. In June of 2005, guitarist Tyler Baker received the worst news of his life. His brother, PFC Shane Baker, was home on leave from the military and had been in a fatal car accident. His cousins Brandon Qualkenbush, Landon Milbourn and the rest of the family traveled to southern Indiana to comfort and ease the sting of unexpectedly losing a close loved one. For the next few weeks, the three cousins stayed together to comfort each other, reminisce about old times, laugh and cry over memories and, of course, play music together which essentially lead to the three of them writing songs to help pass the time.

In the months that followed, Landon, Brandon, and Tyler, all first cousins, began spending more time together in a makeshift rehearsal space in Tyler’s basement. “Music became a healthy emotional release,” says Landon, “which helped us to start the healing process and move forward with our lives.” When songs formed, they would take them to a local studio used to record jingles and radio commercials and started recording a demo. Once the demo was ready and they had a few shows under their belt, their family and friends began asking what their band name was. “We decided to name the band Goodbye June, to honor the memory of our brother passing and encapsulate what inspired the beginnings of this band,” explains Brandon, “if he wouldn’t have passed, I’d probably still be painting and never would have pursued music as a career.”

Brandon’s father, a Pentecostal preacher, and Landon’s father, a choir director, evangelized throughout the Bible belt during their childhood. Naturally, the cousins played and sang during these fiery Pentecostal church services. However, their musical influences are not confined to only the music they played in the sanctuary. “I would go and play at the Player’s Pub [a local blues bar in Bloomington, Indiana] and sit in on songs by anyone from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Booker T & The MG’s,” says Tyler. “It changed the way I thought about music. The music was built around moving people, much like the gospel music I was used to playing.” During their teens, Landon and Brandon found themselves listening to the secular music that was never allowed in their homes during childhood. “I remember sneaking in Bush’s Razorblade Suitcase record into my room and playing it with the volume turned down so low I had to have my ear right next to the speaker so my parents couldn’t hear it,” reminisces Brandon. You can hear these shadows of black gospel, blues, and old country hymns mixed into Goodbye June’s brand of rock.

Over the next three years after that long summer of 2005, the boys of Goodbye June began playing their material across the Midwest. They packed up their equipment in a borrowed trailer from a close family friend, and played to whoever would give them a stage. They returned home with stories about near death experiences, sleepless, rowdy nights and a flock of new fans throughout the Midwest. Goodbye June was on the map, and they have been pushing forward ever since. In 2009, taking the advice of close friends in the music industry, the cousins made the plunge and moved to Nashville TN, and became part of Music City’s emerging rock scene.

The members of Goodbye June have spent much of the past decade honing their skill as songwriters along with their proficiency as vocalists and musicians. Although Landon and Brandon are principally identified playing acoustic guitar and electric guitar, both cousins also play piano, drums, accordion and most anything else with strings or keys. Tyler always joked that he could “just play guitar” and that made him less of a man when compared to his multi-talented 1st cousins. Clearly, however, the sum of their collective efforts makes for a much greater musical experience. They typically write together and draw off of each other’s ideas. Being strong songwriters individually, and even stronger as a unit, there is never any shortage of material to build songs around. They have no set method to the songwriting process; the only constant is that everyone gets involved at some point. The fact is, the cousins of Goodbye June are constantly working on their music and perfecting their artistry, because they know that’s what it takes to make music that matters.

Their debut album “Nor The Wild Music Flow” released in June of 2012, alongside their highly anticipated debut music video “Microscope” featuring St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and country star Steve Holy. The band embarked on a debut European tour in Fall 2013 where they toured through Germany, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Belgium, France, and Spain during a 6-week stint across the Atlantic. Goodbye June also just announced a new album coming soon with Grammy-nominated producer Paul Moak. The band is fired up about the yet to be titled sophomore project, stating “we want this album to showcase our grit and soul by focusing on straight up rock ‘n roll.”


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.

#SupportLocal #the615


the615 01/20/14

Episode81. the615 01/20/14

Local Artist of the week-
Goodbye June- Daisy

Dj Picks
Hammel – Robert Ellis – The Tour Song – The Lights From The Chemical Plant
Wells – Photo Ops- It Makes Me Cry

This Just In
Gardening Not Architecture – Darling – Saboteur
The Lower Lakes – Come In Close – The Lower Lakes

Live in the Lightning 100 Studios- Alanna from Alanna Royale
Alanna Royale -Phantom Limb- (Single release show  Saturday 1/25/14 at Mercy Lounge w/ Buffalo Clover, The Future, & Milktooth)

Bands Around Town- On Tap Showcase at Tin Roof Nashville Thursday 1/23 at 8am- Haunted Device, TN Jett and Chalaxy
Haunted Device- Haunted Device- Haunted Device
TN JET- Only Money

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Oscar Nominations 2014

oscars 2014The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards were announced this morning, with Thor himself Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs dropping the news.  Want to watch the Oscars in style?  Click here to find out about Oscars at The Belcourt!

Here are the key nominations:

Best Picture:

  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street


  • American Hustle, David O. Russell
  • Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón
  • Nebraska, Alexander Payne
  • 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen
  • The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese

Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Christian Bale, American Hustle
  • Bruce Dern, Nebraska
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
  • Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Actress in a Leading Role:

  • Amy Adams, American Hustle
  • Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • Judi Dench, Philomena
  • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
  • Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
  • Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
  • Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Actress in a Supporting Role:

  • Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
  • Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  • Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
  • Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
  • June Squibb, Nebraska

Animated Feature Film:

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Ernest & Celestine
  • Frozen
  • The Wind Rises

Original Screenplay:

  • American Hustle, Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
  • Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen
  • Dallas Buyers Club, Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
  • Her, Spike Jonze
  • Nebraska, Bob Nelson

Adapted Screenplay:

  • Before Midnight, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
  • Captain Phillips, Billy Ray
  • Philomena, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
  • 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley
  • The Wolf of Wall Street, Terence Winter

Documentary Feature:

  • The Act of Killing
  • Cutie and the Boxer
  • Dirty Wars
  • The Square
  • 20 Feet from Stardom

Foreign Language Film:

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
  • The Great Beauty, Italy
  • The Hunt, Denmark
  • The Missing Picture, Cambodia
  • Omar, Palestine

Original Score:

  • The Book Thief, John Williams
  • Gravity, Steven Price
  • Her, William Butler and Owen Pallett
  • Philomena, Alexandre Desplat
  • Saving Mr. Banks, Thomas Newman

Original Song:

  • “Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not Alone, Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel
  • “Happy” from Despicable Me 2, Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
  • “Let it Go” from Frozen, Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • “The Moon Song” from Her, Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
  • “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson


  • The Grandmaster
  • Gravity
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska
  • Prisoners

Costume Design:

  • American Hustle
  • The Grandmaster
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Invisible Woman
  • 12 Years a Slave

Visual Effects:

  • Gravity
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Iron Man 3
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Star Trek Into Darkness

Makeup and Hairstyling:

  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  • The Lone Ranger

Production Design:

  • American Hustle
  • Gravity
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Her
  • 12 Years a Slave


Moon Taxi play Conan : return to Hangout Fest

Nashville’s Moon Taxi is returning to the Gulf Shore Beach of Alabama for Hangout Fest 2014!

The Nashville based act performed, The New Black, on Conan last night.

Moon Taxi features Belmont grads that have been building a fan base across the country since 2006. They were our first Music City Mayhem champions and have played every year of Lightning 100′s Live on the Green. We’ve seen them at Bonnaroo and they just brought in the new year at Marathon Music Works. It was their 5th year in a row having a sold out hometown New Years Eve show!

Check here for a tour date near you:


Hangout Music Fest Lineup 2014


Gulf Shores, AL (January 15, 2014) – Hangout Music Festival organizers announce and celebrate the lineup for the fifth annual Hangout Music Fest, featuring The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, Modest Mouse and The Flaming Lips on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, AL on May 16-18, 2014. Also included in the stellar over 75-band lineup are STS9, Wiz Khalifa, Zedd, Childish Gambino, Amos Lee, Conor Oberst, Tegan and Sara, Portugal The Man, Fitz and the Tantrums, Capital Cities, Boys Noize, Bloody Beetroots, Ingrid Michaelson, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The 1975 and Bastille. Bands will play on six stages, including the newly added Red Bull Sound Select stage.

Weekend tickets go on-sale this Thursday, January 16 at 10 a.m. EST at for $229.

The Black Keys, The Killers, OutKast, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, STS9Wiz Khalifa, Zedd, Childish Gambino, Amos Lee, Conor Oberst, Tegan and Sara, Portugal. The Man, Fitz and the Tantrums, Capital Cities, NEEDTOBREATHE, Boys Noize, Bloody Beetroots, Ingrid Michaelson, Blackberry Smoke, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Bastille, Chance The Rapper, Soja, Allen Stone, The 1975, ALO, Claude VonStroke, Los Lobos, Andrew W.K., Black Lips, Moon Taxi, Little Green Cars, Tom Odell, Balkan Beat Box, Valerie June, Brodinski, Wild Belle, RAC, Daedelus, Robert DeLong, heRobust, RDGLDGRN, Shakey Graves, Bronze Radio Return, Wild Cub, Le1f, Reignwolf, Gemini Club, The Wans, Diarrhea Planet, Bad Suns, Desert Noises, John and Jacob, Ethan Tucker, Mystery Skulls, Lonely Biscuits, Los Colognes, Bagheera, Dugas, and more!


the615 01/13/14

Episode80. the615 01/13/14

Local Artist of the week
Smooth Hound Smith- Get Low- Smooth Hound Smith

Dj Picks
Hammel – All Them Witches – Charles William – Lightning at The Door
Wells – Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes- Sun Goes Out- Kid Tiger(Single release 1/14/14)

This Just In
The Pedal Stills- Dreaming- (Playin 12th & Porter 1/25/14)
Codaphonic- Oh Radio!- Oh Radio! ( Playin’ 5 spot on 1/18/14 w/ Photo Ops & Harrison Hudson)

Live in the Lightning 100 Studios- Harrison Hudson
Harrison Hundson Live- Curious
Harrison Hudson- Love Will Leave Me- Curious

Bands Around Town
DeRobert & The Half-Truths – Beg Me – I’m Trying (CD release @ Music City Tippler Thursday Night)
Los Colognes- Long Time Comin’ – Working Together- (Playin’ Nashville Sunday Night 1/19/14 w/ John & Jacob)
Them Vibes- Loreai (Playin’ Live at Foobar on Friday 1/17/14 w/ Guthrie Brown, Justin Kalk Orchestra, The Cunning, P4 @Foobar in East Nashville 1/18)
Bill Eberle- If I had a Nickel (Playin’ Live at The Basement 1/15)

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Sara Jean Kelley in-studio

You’ve been hearing Sara Jean Kelley’s song “Train” on Lightning 100, now hear it live!


Coachella 2014 line-up

Coachella 2014

The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival takes place April 11-13 & April 18-20 at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA. Tickets for both weekends go on sale Friday, January 10th at 10am PST. More ticket info can be found below or at General admission festival passes for Weekend 1 must be purchased as a shuttle combination.  All pass types are available for Weekend 2. The price you see is the price you pay — prices reflect all fees included. Layaway is no longer an option for either weekend.

Alphabetical : AFI, Alesso, Aloe Blacc, Anthony Green, Anti-Flag, Arcade Fire, Bastille, Beady Eye, Beck, Big Gigantic, Blood Orange, Bombay Bicycle Club, Broken Bells, Cage The Elephant, Calvin Harris, Capital Cities,Carnage, Chance The Rapper, Chromeo, Chvrches, City And Colour, Coachella, Coachella 2014, Coachella 2014 Lineup, Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Crosses, dillon francis, Disclosure, Duck Sauce, Dum Dum Girls,Ellie Goulding, Empire of the Sun, Fatboy Slim, Fishbone, Flosstradamus, Flume, Foster The People, Frank Turner,Girl Talk, Grouplove, Haim, Holy Ghost!, J Roddy Walston & the Business, Kate Nash, Kid Cudi, Krewella, Lana Del Rey, lineup, Little Dragon, Lorde, MAKJ, MGMT, Mogwai, Motörhead, MS MR, Muse, Nas, Neko Case, Outkast, Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell Williams, Queens Of The Stone Age, RL Grime, Skrillex, Sleigh Bells, Surfer Blood, The 1975,The Afghan Whigs, The Cult, The Glitch Mob, The Head And The Heart, The Knife, the naked and famous, The Replacements, The Toy Dolls, title fight, Warpaint, White Lies, Zedd, ZZ Ward


That’s My Kid – When You Gonna Go

1015754_474182172678812_1770479117_oAside from the obvious, the band That’s My Kid, and a panda bear don’t share too many similarities with each other.  One is a cute, furry, and endangered mammal that mostly resides in the Orient where bamboo chutes are it’s main food source.  The other, however, is a rock and roll band whose diet is solely composed of distortion, crash hits, and all things that groove.

Now, entering their second year as a group, That’s My Kid, is making sure everyone knows they’re open for business.  From hitting the road touring, gigging around Nashville, or just playing super loud at band practice, odds are you’ll be hearing from them pretty soon.

Forrest Arnold, guitar/vocals, and Abraham Fongnaly, drums/enthusiasm, met in middle school many moons ago in Murfreesboo, TN.  It wasn’t until just a few years ago that they started putting some songs together.  Shortly after these impromptu sessions had begun, they found the last piece of their musical puzzle, bassist and overall cool dude, Jashaun Smith.

Ever since, TMK has been busy making a name for themselves.  That’s My Kid has made themselves regular guests at many different house show venues, and of course many regular licensed venues, as well, all across the southeast.  Last April they released their eight-song debut This One which is available for free download on their website, but their newest release was December’s EP The Dark Horse Sessions recorded in nearby Franklin, TN, also available for a free download on their facebook page.

That’s My Kid is knocking on the door.  Nashville’s door, the music door, and most likely your bedroom door because they just wanna hang out.  They’re gonna keep on keepin’ on, and pretty soon they’ll be rockin’ and rollin’ right to your front door.


the615 01/06/14 Best of 2013 Episode Part 2

Episode79. the615 01/06/14 Best of 2013 Episode Part 2

Local Artist of the week
That’s My Kid- When You Gonna Go- This One

Dj Picks
Hammel – Pang- Summer Daze
Wells – Alex Vucelich- Sunday Morning Music- Howe Gardens
Alanna Royal- Animal-Bless Her Heart
Judah & the Lion- Hesitate- Sweet Tennessee
Lulu Mae- Memphis Women
Photo Ops- It Makes Me Cry
Zeke Duhon- Open My Eyes
Modoc- Running
Repeat Repeat- 12345678
What Up English- Come Down Slow
Heavy Sole- Tear It Off


the615 12/30/13 NYE Best of Episode

Episode78. the615 12/30/13 NYE Best of Episode Part 1

Dj Picks
Hammel – Hot Pipes- For Cowboy
Wells – Blank Range- Last Crash Landing
Phin- Those Killers
The Weeks- Ain’t My Stop
Blackfoot Gypsies- Comin’ Through The Pines
Jacob Jones- Play It Loud Ray
The Rouge- Sinner
Shy Guy- Off And On
Commitment Bells- Double Secret Agent
Buffalo Clover- Truthfullness
Golden Youth- We Are Alive
Los Colognes- Long Time Comin’
Diarrhea Planet- Kids
Annalise Emmerick- This Love Wont Break Your Heart


Sara Jean Kelley – Trains

1011335_10151795582166635_539601471_nNASHVILLE, Tennessee (February 8, 2012) – Most artists hoping to make it big in country music move to Nashville instead of away from it, but not Sara Jean Kelley. She grew up right here (what if people not in Nashville read this?) in Music City, born into a family of musicians that encouraged artistic expression and never hesitated to jump in the car and head across the country for the opportunity to perform in front of an audience.

Sara Jean could hardly wait to set off on her own adventure, and just days after graduating high school, that’s exactly what she did, loading up her car for a long road trip that would inspire her next move in life. A gal has a lot of time to think while behind the wheel, hours upon hours of asphalt flying by underneath, and what started as a simple vacation turned into a two-year sabbatical spanning the west. She reveled in the vast Colorado wilderness that would become a temporary new home and soaked in the inspiration that surrounded her, never forsaking her Southern roots.

After 2 years in Durango, home called to Sara Jean and she hit the road back to Nashville. She was sharpened by the journey, having had plenty of time to discover what she was put into the world to do and hone her skills as a performer.

Since the age of 16, Sara Jean has been captivating audiences across the country with her classic beauty, sultry voice and haunting lyrical stories. She has both roughed it out on the road, singing for her dinner and a bed to sleep in for the night, and snagged her own private dressing rooms in some of the most notable US venues, sharing stages with her icons: Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and Rodney Crowell, just to name a few. Her slew of original songs offer the familiarity of traditional country and bluegrass while mixing in a healthy dose of modern Americana.

Like many great artists whose ambition is driven by their passion, Sara Jean is her toughest critic. In 2010, she performed for thousands of fans at Mobile, Alabama’s BayFest Music Festival. After a heart-wrenching performance received by thunderous applause, she kicked herself unforgivably for reversing the lyrics to a line of one of her songs during the encore. She was almost inconsolable until the next day when, despite the fact that the festival’s bill included a long list of major headlining acts, it was her picture that appeared on the 1A cover of the Mobile Press-Register, under the headline “Perfection.” It was no surprise that she was invited back to the same festival in 2011.

It is that tenacious spirit that drives Sara Jean to always improve, to always challenge herself. She is carrying the torch for a new generation of Americana artists. With her sights set on recording a new album this year (a follow up to 2006’s “Dollhouse”), Sara Jean has been writing relentlessly on her own and with several other Nashville songwriters including Jedd Hughes, Big Kenny and Will Kimbrough (guitarist for Emmylou Harris). Kimbrough is also slated to produce the project, along with Dave Coleman of The Coalmen, which will be released by the end of this year.

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Top 100.1 Songs of 2013


We’ve had a great year of new music on 100.1 FM. Thanks for your help and suggestions. Tune in all day for the Count Up, Count Down of our 100 favorite songs of 2013. What song do you think will be #1?

1. – Civil Wars – The One That Got Away
2. – Lord Huron – Time To Run
3. – Vampire Weekend – Unbelievers
4. – Wild Feathers – The Ceiling
5. – Lorde – Royals
6. – The Mowgli’s – San Francisco
7. – The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather
8. – Milo Green – 1957
9. – Mumford and Sons – Lover Of The Light
10. – Alt-J – Breeze Blocks
11. – Family of the Year – Hero
12. – Vance Joy – Riptide
13. – Frightened Rabbit – The Woodpile
14. – The Lumineers – Stubborn Love
15. – Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt
16. – Passenger – Let Her Go
17. – The Features – This Disorder
18. – The Head and The Heart – Shake
19. – Fitz and The Tantrums – Out Of My League
20. – Lord Huron – She Lit A Fire
21. – Bastille – Pompeii
22. – Lorde – Team
23. – ZZ Ward – Put The Gun Down
24. – Cage The Elephant – Come A Little Closer
25. – Kopecky Family Band – Are You Listening
26. – Imagine Dragons – Demons
27. – Frank Turner – Recovery
28. – ZZ Ward – 365 Days
29. – Maximo Park – The Undercurrents
30. – Tame Impala – Elephant
31. – The Lumineers – This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)
32. – Muse – Madness
33. – Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up
34. – The Unlikely Candidates – Follow My Feet
35. – Serena Ryder – Stompa
36. – Muse – Panic Station
37. – Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
38. – Leagues – Spotlight
39. – Fitz and The Tantrums – 6 am
40. – The Lone Bellow – Bleeding Out
41. – Man Man – Head On
42. – Kings of Leon – Temple
43. – Pearl Jam – Sirens
44. – Kings of Leon – Supersoaker
45. – Tom Odell – Another Love
46. – Matt Pond – Love To Get Used
47. – Civil Wars – I Had Me A Girl
48. – Avett Brothers – Another Is Waiting
49. – Dawes – Most People
50. – The Weeks – Brother In the Night
51. – Of Monsters and Men – King And Lionheart
52. – Walk The Moon – Tightrope
53. – Will Hoge – Never Give In
54. – Moon Taxi – The New Black
55. – Phoenix – Trying To be Cool
56. – Frank Turner – The Way I Tend To Be
57. – Matt Nathanson – Mission Bells
58. – Jack Johnson – I Got You
59. – Brett Dennen – Wild Child
60. – Portugal the Man – Modern Jesus
61. – Bronze Radio Return – Shake Shake Shake
62. – Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up
63. – Wallflowers – It’s A Dream
64. – The Kopecky Family Band – Heartbeat
65. – Rubens – My Gun
66. – J. Roddy Walston and The Business – Take It As It Comes
67. – Capital Cities – Safe And Sound
68. – Broken Bells – Holding On For Life
69. – Boy – Little Numbers
70. – Jason Isbell – Stockholm
71. – Phoenix – Entertainment
72. – Telekinesis – Power Lines
73. – Tired Pony – All Things At Once
74. – The Boxer Rebellion – Diamonds
75. – Kings of Leon – Wait For me
76. – Saints of Valory – Neon Eyes
77. – Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter
78. – Amos Lee – The Man Who Wants You
79. – Michael Franti – Life is better With You
80. – Junip – Your Life Your Call
81. – Langhorne Slim – The Way We Move
82. – Wild Feathers – Left My Woman
83. – David Wax Museum – Harder Before It Gets Easier
84. – Jake Bugg – What Doesn’t Kill You
85. – Ivan and Alyosha – Be Your Man
86. – First Aid Kit – Wolf
87. – Lulu Mae – The Fiction of Speed
88. – Night Beds – Ramona
89. – Arcade Fire – Reflektor
90. – Terraplane Sun – Get Me Golden
91. – Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
92. – Jagwar Ma – Let Her Go
93. – Wild Feathers – Got It Wrong
94. – Pearl Jam – Sleeping By Myself
95. – Jake Bugg – Taste It
96. – Little Green Cars – Harper Lee
97. – Brittany Howard and Ruby Amanfu – I Wonder
98. – Bad Books – Forest Whitaker
99. – Laura Marling – Where Can I Go
100. – The Fray – Love Don’t Die
100.1. – The 1975 – Chocolate


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!


the615 12/23/13 The Christmas Episode!

Episode77. the615 12/23/13 The Christmas Episode!

Dj Picks
Hammel – Kyle Andrews – Frostbite – Damn Baby, You’re Cold
Wells – Ben Folds – Bizarre Christmas Incident

Live in the Lightning 100 Studios
Gabe Dixon- I Don’t Want To Let Christmas Go Tonight

This Just In
John Prine – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa
Paper Route – City Trucks
Aron Wright – Christmas Aint Christmas This Year
Magnolia Sons- My Favorite Season
KS Rhoads – Why are Mom and Dad fighting on Christmas
Holley Maher- I’m Coming Home
Derek Hoke & Jen Duke- Winter Wonderland- An East Nashville Christmas
Jessica Campbell- Love & Snowmen
Civil Wars- I Heard The Bells On Christmas- Holidays Rule
Annalise Emerick-This Love Won’t Break Your Heart-  Starry-eyed
Earnest & Ethel- Merry Christmas, Nashville- Songs To Nog By


The Secret Shows

What was your favorite #secret show in 2013?

Fitz & The Tantrums

The Head and The Heart


Vance Joy

Jake Bugg




Breakfast of Champions “12 Beers Of Christmas”

Beer connoisseur Matt Leff joined Wells Adams in the Lightning 100 studios to talk beers that are brewed just right for the holidays.

1. Jackalope Brewing Thunder Ann Cans
2. Schlafly Beer Coffee Stout
3. The Brooklyn Brewery Winter Ale

4. Blackstone Brewpub & Brewery Oatmeal Stout
5. Highland Brewing Company Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
6. The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery Porter

7. SweetWater Brewing Company Whiplash
8. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Celebration
9. Lagunitas Brewing Company Brown Shugga

10. Abita Beer Grapefruit IPA
11. Yazoo Brewing Company 10 Year White IPA
12. Rivertown Brewing Company Winter Ale!

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Wonderful Christmas Time cover

Local bands Sol Cat and Kansas Bible Company collaborate to cover “Wonderful Christmas Time” by Paul McCartney.  It looks like a pretty fun Christmas party….that we were not invited to.


Enchiladas for Christmas?

Christmas has come early! Grandma shared her enchilada recipe!

Spice up your Christmas meal with some enchiladas!

Old-time enchiladas

Our grandmother was married in 1907 and she & her husband (and children) lived in an apartment in San Francisco.   She became friends with her neighbor, a Mexican lady, who taught her this recipe.  It is the way the women of our family have always made enchiladas.  When I was 21, Auntie Sissy instructed me on how to do it.



2-1/2 lbs hamburger

1-1/2 lbs cheddar cheese, cut into cubes

8-9 medium onions, chopped

2 cans black pitted olives, drained

1 dozen hardboiled eggs, chopped

5-6 dozen corn tortillas

4 cups oil

3 bottles Gebhardt Chili powder (to taste) (Gebhardt’s is all we use – I do not know how to advise for quantity for other chili powders.  If you use a different brand, you may need to add Cumin with the chili.  I cannot get this in the South, so must order over internet.)

5 cups flour

Sugar (about a small handful)

Salt (Just use your sense for this.)


Enchilada Filling:

Lightly brown hamburger in skillet – not too much;  cool.

Chop eggs.  Cube cheese.

Cook onions in small amount of water until clear; cool.

In large bowl “toss” together hamburger, onions, eggs, cheese, and olives with salt.



Put 4 cups of oil into a Giant Pot.  Add 5 cups of flour to make a paste.  Add water until pot is 3/4 full.  Add chili, salt, and sugar.  Cook over low to medium heat – stir like hell (like Hell ! I tell you!).  (flour and chili must cook.)  When gravy comes to boil (this will take A-while), allow to boil 5 minutes (keep stirring!).  Shut Off.  Put your arm in a sling.


Gravy must be hot when dipping tortillas, so re-heat as necessary.


Now the fun part:

Dip tortilla, place on large dinner plate, place handful of filling on tortilla, roll, place seam-side-down in baking pan.  As each pan fills, pour ladle of gravy over enchiladas to keep moist.  Once all enchiladas are made, divide remaining gravy between pans.  You can never have too much gravy.  :-)


Bake in pre-heated 350* oven until gravy bubbles, about 40 minutes.   Serve with sliced iceberg lettuce and sourdough french bread.


That Chili powder Grandma likes to use is hard to come by. Luckily she can get it on the internet at least! Here is more information about it and the history behind it.

About William Gebhardt and the history of Chili from

William Gebhardt:

1894 -San Antonio buffs swear that chili powder was invented by William Gebhardt, a German immigrant in New Braunfels, Texas (near the town of San Antonio). Gebhardt ran the Phoenix Cafe, attached to his buddy’s saloon, now called the Phoenix Saloon.

According to the The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung newspaper article (Phoenix Saloon Back in Business), February 19, 2010:

The Phoenix Saloon was reputedly the first bar in Texas to serve women, though not wanting to taint their reputation; female patrons would sit in the beer garden and ring a bell for service. . . There was a deer pen, an alligator pit and ring for fighting badgers at the original Phoenix Saloon. There was even a parrot sitting on a perch by the front door that was taught to say, “Have you paid your bill?” in German. . . A multitude of proprietors ran the saloon until Prohibition forced it to close on June 26, 1918.

During this era, chile peppers were only available after the summer harvest, as chili was only a seasonal food. Gebhardt solved the problem of availability by importing Mexican ancho chiles from farmers in far-off San Luis Potosi, a Mexican town more than 500 miles to the south, so that he could serve chili year-round. His orders for chile peppers were always large because he had to stock up on a full year’s supply and then figure out how to store thousands of chilie pods.

William Gebhardt spend years perfecting the spices for the chili he served in his cafe. At first, Gebhardt ran the chile peppers through a home meat grinder three times. Later, according to a description of the time, Gebhardt “concocted a chili powder in a crude mill by grinding chile peppers, cumin seed, oregano, and black pepper through an old hammer mill, feeding a little of this and a little of that to the mill.” What came out was put in little-necked bottles and then packed in a box for retail trade.”

At first he called his chili powder “Tampico Dust”. In 1896, he changed the name to Gebhardt’s Eagle Brand Chili Powder. In 1896, William Gebhardt opened a factory in San Antonio and was producing five cases of chili powder a week, which he sold from the back of his wagon as he drove through town. He was also an inventor, and eventually patented thirty-seven machines for his factory. By 1899, Gebhardt had trademarked his Eagle Chili Powder.

In 1923, Gebhardt produced a small 32-page cookery pamphlet on Mexican-American cookery called Mexican Cookery for American Homes. This pamphlet was so successful that new editions of it were regularly published through the 1950s. In addition to recipes, the booklet proposed sample menus that included Gebhardt products into otherwise mainstream meals.

In 1960, the company was acquired by Beatrice Foods (now owned by ConAgra Food, Inc.) and is now known as Gebhardt Mexican Foods Company. The blend today is unchanged and is still one of the most popular brands used.


Great Peacock – Tennessee

great peacockAfter half a decade spinning wheels on the Great American Highway, through the brutal heartbreaks and dire sacrifices that come with chasing the mythical rock & roll dragon, Great Peacock’s Andrew Nelson and Blount Floyd have finally eased up on the throttle. Like rock & roll as it transitioned from the erratic abandon of the late ’60s to the country-tinged storytelling of the early ’70s—donning cowboy boots and dipping its bucket in the well of American folk music—they’ve put their electric guitars back in the case, rolled their stacks back from 11, and let a serene hush wash over them. Their sound now? Beautiful, unadorned, moving—the bountiful harvest of a deep friendship and an unbreakable musical bond.

“The hangover is definitely starting to wear off,” Nelson says. “The amps had gotten a little too loud.”

“With our old band, we’d been playing all this angsty downer rock,” Floyd explains. “So with Great Peacock, we wanted the songs to be simple, poppy—infectious.”

For the first time, Nelson and Floyd weren’t writing songs for themselves, but rather songs they hoped would connect with fans. With Great Peacock they would embrace an unselfish, unpretentious aesthetic. “I don’t want to alienate people any more,” Nelson says, laughing a bit as he recalls the darker, more confessional songs he used to write. “I’m at a point where I want as many people to like our music as possible.”

Floyd and Nelson met in their early 20s in Nashville, the former having come to MusicCity to break into recording and the latter to play rock & roll. When they first ran into each other, neither had any close friends in town yet, and their connection was instant. “From the moment we said ‘hello,’ we realized we were gonna be best friends,” Nelson says. “It’s the only time it’s ever happened in my life. Blount’s brother introduced us, and I was like, ‘This guy is cool!’”

About an hour later, they were shotgunning beers together. “And it’s not like there was a party going on, either,” Nelson explains. “We were talking about music and I said, ‘Let’s get some beer.’ So we went to the gas station and bought a 12 pack of Busch. At every moment in the night, we became better friends—I was like, ‘Dude, we should get the camouflage cans,’ and Blount was like, ‘Hell yes, let’s do it!’”

“And there was this guy in front of us buying a single gas-station rose,” Floyd recalls, “and he says, ‘Yo, can I get some cigarillos and a box of magnums?’”

“We were both like, ‘That’s real love, man. Real love,’” Nelson says. “‘This guy has his life figured out—we need to figure out ours!’ I don’t think we drank a single beer normal that night—we shotgunned the whole 12-pack.”

The new friends soon found that their musical chemistry was just as intense, and that their strengths and weaknesses were the perfect complement. “The big thing about us,” Nelson says, “is that I can’t sing harmony—I’m terrible at it. And Blount doesn’t have a strong lead voice. When we’re riding around listening to music, he never sings the melody; he naturally sings the harmony. So we’re a perfect fit—I need him to sound good, and he needs me.”

Since the pair started playing together, they’ve seen two bands—and about a dozen bandmates—come and go. Through it all, their musical partnership has been a constant. “We always seemed to get what each other was doing more than anyone else,” Nelson says. “He keeps me artistic, and I keep him grounded.”

As far as Great Peacock has already come—recording a stunning debut EP of harmony-driven acoustic pop, performing as part of stylish, socially conscious eyewear company Warby-Parker’s Class Trip, and landing a coveted spot at one of Paste magazine’s 2013 SXSW showcases—the group began, almost literally, as a lark. “We kept noticing this hilarious trend of bands with names like Fleet Foxes, Deer Tick, Vulture Whale—they all had two names,” Nelson says, “one of which was always an animal.”

Kidding around one night, Nelson and Floyd decided to start a new band called Great Peacock. “I thought it was gonna be this cockamamie joke,” Nelson says. “We’ve talked a million times about starting random bands—including a Southern-rock band called Swamp Ass—and didn’t follow through. But even for a while there, when we didn’t really have anything going, I never stopped writing songs because I have to write to maintain my sanity. It’s my version of therapy. And Blount hadn’t stopped, either. Writing gave us an excuse to hang out.

“But I still didn’t think we were actually gonna do it,” Nelson confesses about the new band. “Really, the only reason it happened is because we wrote ‘Desert Lark.’”

Without giving it much thought, Nelson and Floyd posted an acoustic demo of the song on Bandcamp. Friends, family and fans went crazy over it, begging them to follow through on the new project. “We didn’t expect that,” Nelson says. “I wasn’t planning on being in a band again. I really wasn’t.” The chiming, triumphant acoustic anthem would become the centerpiece of the Nashville duo’s new self-titled EP.

Great Peacock’s harmony-driven sound appeals to fans of indie-folk, but the group is different from contemporaries like Fleet Foxes and The Head and the Heart in that their music is inextricalbly linked with the South. It’s who they are—Floyd hailing from a family of Alabama peanut farmers, and Nelson a long line of Mississippi preachers and sharecroppers. “If I had my way in life,” Nelson admits, “I’d be a country singer. My dream is to be George Jones.”

“But those country singers don’t exist any more,” Floyd says.

So instead of trying to live in a long-gone past, Great Peacock draws from the same inspirations that once fueled their now-extinct forebears (geography, aging, love/hate family relationships, blood, death, birds), channeling them into an unmistakably modern sound. For Nelson and Floyd, it’s natural, inutitive. “We know that even though there’s a history we’re connected to, we’re of our time,” Nelson says. “We know most records aren’t made on tape any more, but we’re also very much aware that—no matter the year or the production style—the right melody can be timeless.”


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