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 : http://abc.go.com/shows/nashville

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.

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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

Directing:

  • 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

Cinematography:

  • 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

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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: http://ridethemoontaxi.com/tour/

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Hangout Music Fest Lineup 2014

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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 www.hangoutmusicfest.com 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!

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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!

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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 Coachella.com. 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

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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 www.thatsmykidmusic.com, 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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Buckley@Lightning100.com Enjoy!

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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

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The Secret Shows

What was your favorite #secret show in 2013?

Fitz & The Tantrums

The Head and The Heart

 

Vance Joy

Jake Bugg

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

Ingredients:

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.

 

Gravy:

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 http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/Chili/ChiliHistory.htm

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.

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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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Trent Dabbs & Sam Palladio – Gunnar from ABC’s Nashville

Last week I had some great in studio guests for an even better cause. Nashville resident Trent Dabbs and Nashville cast member Sam Palladio, along with musician Colin Linden, came into the Lightning 100 studio. They chatted about writing together, ABC’s Nashville, and helped raise awareness for the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan. Haiyan was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone that devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Phillipines, in early November 2013. It is the deadliest Phillipine Typhoon on record,killing over 6,000 people in that country alone.

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the615 12/16/13

Episode76. the615 12/16/13

Local Artist of the week
Great Peacock- Tennessee (Playin’ Live Friday 12/20/13 at Soulshine Pizza at 7:15)

Dj Picks
Hammel – Eef Barzelay- Well – Bitter Honey
Wells – Forlorn Strangers- Cleveland- While The Grass Grows

This Just In
Koa- Cool It Down- Cool It Down
Andrea Corzine- Love To Last
Matt Brown- Chace in Barcelona- Barcelona
Kyler.Rini.Morrison-Pride- Circle Crusher
Elise Davis- Make The Kill- Big ‘Ol Dreams

Bands Around Town
Josh Noren – On Parade (Playin’ Live Thursday 12/19/13 On Tap at Tin Roof Nashville at 8pm)
The Cunning - Girlie Got A Gun (Playin’ Live Thursday 12/19/13 On Tap at Tin Roof Nashville at 8pm)
Diamond Carter – Cali Christmas (Playin’ Live Thursday 12/19/13 On Tap at Tin Roof Nashville at 8pm)

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Festivus Airing of Grievances

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Thom Donovan – Shipwreck (feat. Ruby Amanfu)

thom donovan 2Thom Donovan is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music melds experimental sounds within modern pop arrangements through the eyes of a classically trained musician. While many artists spend their time looking back, reliving the sounds of a previous generation, Donovan’s music is forward-looking, taking classic sounds and pushing them into the future. An example of experimentation in his music is the juxtaposition of the cold, sterile feel of a LinnDrum against a shredding, squalling electric guitar. His sound can be described as a synthesis of Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound”, Brit-pop and indie folk.

Donovan began his career as a session musician, recording and touring worldwide with a variety of artists including Robert Plant, One Republic and Hot Hot Heat. Unfulfilled by his work performing other artist’s compositions, he formed a band of his own called Lapush. The band’s debut album, Someplace Closer To Here (456/Fontana), was released in 2005. The band’s second album, Modern Blues, was released in 2007 through it’s own imprint, and songs from both releases have been featured frequently on MTV, VH-1, and CBS.

While Lapush garnered great success, Donovan decided to embark on his solo career, releasing his debut album Cast A Light in 2010 and his second solo album, Mercury Maybe, in 2012.

Donovan’s exploratory approach upholds the philosophy of forward musical thinking and experimenting musically without disregarding the song. Listeners can testify to this with Donovan’s new single “Shipwreck,” a collaboration with Wyclef Jean and featuring Ruby Amanfu on vocals, inspired by Arthur Brooke’s poem, The Tragicall History of Romeus and Juliet (1562). “Shipwreck” can be found on Donovan’s third solo album, Canon, due for release in February 2014 through AWAL.

Donovan currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, and writes for JMHB Music and Kobalt Music. Donovan’s international performance career has included concerts across the United States as well as cities around the world, including London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Belfast, Brussels, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Ennepetal. His music frequently appears in popular television shows, including The Good Wife on CBS and Body of Proof on ABC, and he currently has a recurring role in the ABC musical drama series, Nashville, as a musician.

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An East Nashville Christmas this Sunday

East Nashville Christmas

You better watch out… you better not cry…
We are back for another year of Christmas Music from the East Side.
This year’s concert will be held Sunday December 15th, 2013 at 8pm at 3rd & Lindsley and will also be broadcast live on WRLT, Lightning 100. 

Our lineup features Tim O’Brien, The David Mayfield Parade, Nora Jane Struthers, The Danberrys, Julie Lee, Derek Hoke & Jen Duke, The Nashville Horns, Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys, Antonia Cove, Off The Wagon, Christian Sedelmyer & Friends, Grace Adele, Jeff & Vida, Ethan Ballinger, Billy & Amanda Contreras, Jamey Wood & Randy Russell, and many other special guests.

$15 and you can purchase your seats online here. 

The 2nd annual concert performance of “An East Nashville Christmas” features an all-star lineup of Nashville’s finest artists and musicians, re-imagining the acclaimed holiday album from the east side in a new and unique way. Dozens of local artists have donated their time and talents for this event and 100% of the proceeds benefit the homeless, via The National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Based in East Nashville, the NHCHC has been instrumental in positively changing people’s live on a national stage since the 1980’s and their work with Comic Relief. We hope you will join with all of us this holiday season to help spread a little Christmas cheer with those that need it the most.

The music and production on the album is very much in keeping with a classic Nashville vibe and sentimentality. It’s all there, everything you would expect to find on a great Nashville Christmas record like the great songs and songwriters, smooth as silk vocal harmonies, soaring pedal steel guitars, vintage tones, sleigh bells, half a dozen fiddlers, and a million tasty guitar licks from all the best Nashville Cats. What you won’t find is glitz, botox, shoe-polish, or auto-tune. We left all of that out in hopes of creating something real that will stand the test of time. The 18 new performances and 4 original songs written and recorded for this album accurately portray the tremendous wealth of diversity within the East Nashville community today. There are but a few natives among us, but everyone was thrilled to share their unique gift with their fellow neighbors, and the rest of the world too. Nashville is so fortunate to have this amazing pool of talented, thoughtful, and caring artists and musicians flocking to be a part of our great city and it’s rich musical heritage.

Everyone involved in this making this album and putting on this concert series, have already generously donated their time and talents to the project to get to this point. Now we really need your support to make this a reality. Please tell your friends and family about what we are doing here and share this page with your social networks. Call your favorite radio station, write your local newspaper, blog your facebook, tweet it into the cloud, please get involved, spread the love, and share the joy.

Together, we can make a real difference in the world in which we live.
Thank You and Merry Christmas

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