After the stellar Sounds Like Summer concert at The Cannery Ballroom last weekend, Lightning 100 and Miller Lite are heading down to Cannery Row yet again to bring you the 5th annual Miller Made Music Showcase, featuring a plethora of great local talent this Saturday night. Just like you, we here at Lightning 100 like to have a good time, which is why the event is totally free for everyone over 21 years of age. All of the bands are completely independent, so bring your friends and come show your support for some of the most exciting acts Nashville has to offer.
Despite the fact that they met on craigslist, there is nothing shady or uncomfortable about their music. Out of all the two-piece rock bands that call music city home, The Blackfoot Gypsies are certainly the most upbeat bluesmen this town has to offer. This band has been picking up steam in the past year due to their exhilarating live shows and off-the-wall, throwback appearance. Their debut album On the Loose dropped in 2012, and you can see what these guys are all about right here.
Had the Beatles stuck around long enough to sport flannel shirts and combat boots, they might have sounded something like The Gills. Moving from Pensacola to their new home base here in Nashville was a good move for this dynamic group of musicians. Having a knack for songwriting that ebbs and flows without sacrificing instrumental chops makes this band an act you do not want to miss. If for whatever reason you find yourself thinking “I really like the Gills, but I wish they would dress in drag more often”, have no fear. You can check out them out sporting sundresses and unshaved legs in their newest music video.
Fresh off the release of their newest single “Haunts”, these dance-rock connoisseurs have been getting crowds moving in venues all over the east coast. From their website and their videos, to their live shows and their recordings every aspect of this band is polished and professional, but don’t think that they don’t like to have a good time. Watch The Future stick it to the man in their music video for the song “Don’t You Dare”, filmed right outside of our Lightning 100 offices.
As painful as a bad breakup can be, history has shown that they have lead to some pretty great albums. Luckily for us, we don’t have to endure the broken hearts and sleepless nights to enjoy the fruits of Jesse Hall’s labor. Bear Cub’s 15-track debut album, Good Morning Every Morning, is a raw, emotional folk epic that will certainly strike a chord with listeners. Wearing their beards on their faces and their hearts on their sleeves, Bear Cub are a force to be reckoned with.
Having toured extensively with the likes of Imogen Heap and Kid Beyond, calling Levi Weaver a singer/songwriter doesn’t exactly do his innovative performances justice. Working extensively with loop pedals and avant-garde guitar techniques set him in a league of his own. With haunting vocals that weave between a sultry tenor and an angelic falsetto, Levi Weaver is a true pioneer of a genre that can easily stagnate. Check out his cover of Radiohead’s “Idioteque” here.
AJ and the Jiggawatts
Taking their name from a Back to the Future reference, this bands sound is a delorean ride back to an era where Motown ruled the airwaves. Being the most recent artist signed to the local buzz label, GED Soul, these guys know how to bring down the house with their trademarked vintage soul rhythm section and howling horn section. Check out their lo-fi video for the track “Don’t Mess With Me” on Music City Shakedown.
If you saw Gavin Shea’s interview on Critter’s Galaxy, you would know that this former Lightning 100 artist of the week is not only a fantastic Michael Caine impersonator, but a promising up-and-comer as well. His Alive and Well EP generated quite a lot of buzz upon its release, and for good reason. If Gavin continues on his current trajectory, we should see him become one of Nashville’s heavy hitters in the not so distance future.
Being only 19 years old, Guthrie Brown is technically not even old enough to attend the Miller Made Music Showcase. But don’t let his age fool you; this fresh face on the scene is the real deal. He has already opened up for huge national artists like The Lumineers and The North Mississippi Allstars. After moving from Montana to Nashville, Guthrie has been on an even faster track to success.
We know there are some Jimmy Eat World super fans out there. Leave a caption for the photo and you might just win tickets to see a private show with the band for Griffin Technology‘s Pre-Show Live at Marathon Music Works on August 16th.
Lightning 100 celebrates our independence at Tin Roof Nashville with our 2nd Annual Independence Rocks show! Check out our highlight reel featuring Brett Dennen, Kyle Andrews, Alanna Royale, Jacob Jones, and John and Jacob. Music: Kyle Andrews – The Way To Wonder Filmed and edited by Ben Wright
As Nashville enters the dog days of summer, it seems as if the only escape from the sweltering heat is an unexpected torrential downpour. While both of these unpleasant weather sensations occurred outside of the Cannery Complex on Friday and Saturday, patrons of Nashville Cream’s Sounds Like Summer 7th birthday bash were protected from the elements and serenaded by 27 local bands and DJs at all three venues. While the Cannery Ballroom provided a stage for veteran local bands like The Features and the Whigs, the High Watt offered performances from promising up and coming acts like What Up English and Majestico. While it was impossible to catch all of the bands playing this weekend, spontaneous venue hopping made for a frantic and exciting concert experience that could only happen in a city with a music scene as vibrant and exciting as Nashville.
Although they were added to the line-up a mere four hours before the doors opened, What Up, English were the perfect band to kick off night one of Sounds Like Summer. These dudes are constantly referred to as the youngsters of the Nashville music scene, which does them an incredible disservice. Their relentlessly upbeat and infectious dance rock is the result of honing their craft for years. Preston and Noah’s guitar work intertwined with each other seamlessly and effortlessly while Rob and Jamie laid it down on the bass and drums with machine like precision. Southern drawl and old school country influences may be the new “it factor” for Nashville bands, but What Up English have been kicking out dance grooves for longer than Nashville has been the “it city”.
After a quick sprint from the High Watt to the Mercy Lounge, Turbo Fruits were the first of 5 bands from the Serpents & Snakes label to play at Sounds Like Summer. These uncharacteristically well-dressed punks traded in their converse hi tops for oxford wing tips. Despite newly acquired formal attire, as soon as Jonas Stein struck the first chord of “Want Some Mo’” on his wonderfully gaudy red, white, and blue Gibson, it was clear that the Turbo Fruits hadn’t gone soft on us. The Turbo Fruits are undoubtedly the most upbeat and energetic band on the S&S label, and their live show is filled to the brim with country-fried blues punk served with three sides: stage dives, guitar solos, and unabashed patriotism. “I don’t know what the fork happened there” [Jonas Stein] perfectly described the finale to their set. The tentatively titled organ dirge turned paranoia anthem “In My Head” had Jonas trading in his axe for a keyboard. This new track took a darker direction than any of their previous material, which can only mean that the new album will rock twice as hard as the already hard hitting Echo Kid and Butter.
The main attraction of the night was a performance from one of the hardest working bands with one of the longest careers in Nashville to match. The Features took the stage at 11:30 and although it was difficult to see through the thick cloud of smoke in the room, it was easy to tell that their stage presence was as electrifying as ever. Their set drew songs from their extensive catalog that satisfied both long-term fans and those who recently discovered this gem of the underground scene. When The Features broke into their new single, “This Disorder”, the crowd went absolutely nuts. Their tremendous enthusiasm showed just how loyal Nashville fans are to their favorite local bands, regardless of how many times they have been around the block. Their two-hour set did seem a little daunting to some audience members; the room had cleared significantly by the time Matt Pelham and the gang passed the 1 am mark. But the die-hards were rewarded for their perseverance with deep cuts from Some Kind of Salvation such as “GMF” and “Concrete”. These dudes have paid their dues on the local and national circuit and it certainly shows.
After a long and eventful first night of Sounds Like Summer, no thunderstorm or hangover could keep the masses of people from showing up for round two of the rock powers that be. The night kicked off with a bang when the Kingston Springs plugged in and turned up on the Cannery Ballroom stage. Coming fresh off the release of their self-titled debut album, these relative newcomers to the scene have all the energy of a band that was raised on Nirvana with all the southern song writing finesse of John Fogerty. The highlight of their set was undoubtedly the up tempo, fuzzed out track “Sweet Suzie” which featured call and return style vocals between Ian and Alex and an infectious surf rock guitar hook. Like any good opener should, The Kingston Springs came out swinging and got the crowd all riled up and ready for a night of rocking and rolling.
Photo by Emily Quirk
By the time everyone’s clothes had dried and the second or third round of Heinekens had passed through their hands, the room was shaken like a vibration by none other than The Whigs. Dressed from head to toe in denim with a gnarly beard to match, Parker Gispert’s trademarked back-and-forth sway was timed perfectly to Julian Dorio’s notoriously aggressive drumbeats. Captivating is not a strong enough word to describe the control they had over the crowd. Flowing seamlessly from songs like “Waiting” into “Hot Bed” and “Staying Alive”, these honorary locals were reminiscent of a rejuvenated Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The Whigs don’t need cheap gimmicks or flashy guitar solos to command an audience. Nashville knows a good band when they see one, and with good reason they have embraced these Athens boys as their own.
For those who couldn’t handle the ruckus of the Whigs, Tristen serenaded the audience at the Mercy Lounge with her haunting vocals set to the backdrop of pounding drums and ever so slightly over driven guitars drenched in chorus and reverb. If there has ever been a human incarnation of the saying “good things come in small packages”, Tristen is that person. Although it has been a while since the release of 2011’s critically acclaimed Charlatans at the Garden Gate, she is by no means resting on her laurels. Many of the songs she performed were from the upcoming release Caves, which showcased Tristen’s welcomed transition from guitar to synthesizer.
If you ask anyone with their finger on the pulse of the music scene who the next big thing is going to be, they are dead wrong if their reply is anything other than “The Weeks”. These longhaired Mississippi heartthrobs owned the night. After the release of Dear Bo Jackson and a trip overseas supporting Kings of Leon, their set was more exhilarating than ever. Their heavy-hitting, soul influenced jams amplified the adrenaline level of the room to an all time high without sacrificing the skillful songwriting that earned them the success they deserve. Sam Williams is single handedly making the guitar solo cool again with his mastery of the fret board. On songs like “Brother in the Night” and “The House We Grew Up In” Cyle Barnes’ delivered his signature powering vocals with his eyes rolled up in the back of head, like a snake-handling preacher of the church of rock and roll.
Photo by Emily Quirk
Nashville Scene’s Sounds Like Summer celebration only further cemented the fact that there has never been a cooler time to live in Nashville. There is a reason that this town is becoming a musical mecca for acts all over the country: our bands kick ass. From the fresh faces to the hardened veterans, every band this weekend brought something fresh and different to the table. With so many bands showing such promise, it really can’t get much better than a stormy night at the Cannery Ballroom.
Local Artist of the week Los Colognes – Working Together-Working Together
Dj Picks Hammel – Mercy Bell – Dirty Keds – All Good Cowboys Wells – Them Vibes- Lorelei -Shine On
This Just In Thom Donovan- Shipwreck- (Feat. Ruby Amanfu) Roots Of A Rebellion- California Waiting (KOL cover) – Summer Sampler
The Featured Guest Jesse Lafser- Playing (Tomorrow)Tuesday 7/22 at Station Inn 9pm w/ Will Kimbrough Jesse Lafser Live – Anywhere I Go – (Live) Jesse Lafser Live – Untitled (Live) Jesse’s pick – Andrew Combs – Too Stoned To Cry
Bands Around Town Bear Cub- Hey Let’s Get Out Of Here- Playin’ live Saturday 7/27 at Mercy Lounge 9pm FREE! AJ & The Jiggawatts- Throw A Fit- Playin’ live Saturday 7/27 at Mercy Lounge 9pm FREE!
Inspired by great cologne, JJ Cale and the daily challenge as Nashville musicians to grow and work harder, Los Colognes decided to root themselves in Music City “to be apart of it in any way possible.”
This brotherhood of Jay Rutherford (guitar player, vocals, waiter, english major), Aaron Mortenson (drummer, bgvs, waiter, gluten free),Gordon Persha (bassist, lover of p90x, audio/visual specialist), Micah Hulscher (keys, seattle bred, mayor of greasy-town), Chuck Foster (keys, nashville bred, laid back delivery man), Zach Setchfield (slide guitar, 5 spot bartender, member of lonely h), and Wojtek Krupka (guitar, artsy and craftsy, teller of jokes) has a passion for more than just Cloning their favorites, but are each bringing unique flavor to a table laid for a great feast.
Jay divulged my curiosity by sharing a bit about the passionate hearts behind Los Colognes and where their sights are set.
From “The Clones” to “Los Colognes”…
“GoDaddy.com shut our old website down because someone else had copywrited “The Clones.” We spent a few months farting around with ideas, but it was difficult because everyone on the east side knew us as “The Clones.” We toyed with “The Colognes” because it sounded similar and because Gordo wears some super sweet cologne when he rocks the Monday Night Keep On Movin! party, but it wasn’t different enough to catch. One day someone took to pronouncing it with a Spanish accent – Los Cuh-Lone-Aze – and it stuck.”
Despite challenges, these guys are still having fun and re-associating audiences with their sound and talent that can never be altered by a title.
The birth of the band – high hopes and no boundaries…
“Mort and I came down to Nashville a little over 3 years ago in the hopes of finding some like-minded musicians who liked to play laid back music in the vein of JJ Cale. Nothing too fancy.”
Have you felt well embraced by Nashville and its wide scope of audiences?
“Nashville music culture has been incredibly supportive. We have been blown away by the encouragement and positive vibes thrown our way. The players in this town are legendary. We are constantly challenged to engage with our own playing on a daily basis. Not to develop heavy ‘chops,’ but to become better musicians who know the value of restraint and musicality.”
Have you found Nashville’s strong country roots to pull the classic-countrified sounds out of your more Americana-style tunes?
“’Real’ country music is celebrated by all of the players within our collective. Many of us play or have played down on Broadway (Roberts, Laylas, Wheel). We can only hope that some of the older (pre-Garth) country influences spills over into what we do as Los Colognes.”
You’ve done a LOT at 5 Spot, how did you initially get connected with this venue?
“Initially we were curious because it was so close to our house. It seemed like a friendly neighborhood bar that would be affordable and relaxed. We found it to be those things and much more. The staff are the coolest people in town and we are fortunate to call them all friends… Eventually Derek Hoke asked us to be a late night house band for Tues nights. We are grateful to him for the opportunity and for the exposure.”
Has the band spent much time touring? Do you more enjoy being on the road or playing local shows?
“We’ve done plenty of regional weekend runs, but… in September we’ll be in Seattle and Portland. We have plenty of touring in the works. The Nashville response has been great, but we’re also itching to spread our wings.”
How are the unique styles of each band member bringing something flavorful to what we collectively know as Los Colognes?
“You have to see a show… The best thing about a Los Colognes show is that everyone that plays with us can bring his or her identity to the table. We don’t really rehearse or map out arrangements the way that many other bands with ‘static’ sets do. This allows for freedom and expression within the songs, which are basic enough to expand upon with exciting results.”
“Working Together” – this song about how “working together is easy but living together is hard,” – sounds like a domestic issue, but does it also translate to time spent in close quarters with the band on the road or other living situations?
“The basic level of the song lyrics is definitely a domestic thing, but the deeper notions of relationships apply to all kinds of contexts. Within the band there’s been a kind of ‘economy’ for years, i.e., I’ll pack the van if you buy me a beer, you owe me Chick-Fil-A if I beat you in FIFA, I’ll play for free if you mix a song, etc. True success in any relationship, we reckon, is based on balance and communication.
Lightning 100 is a staff comprised of music geeks….and also Wells Adams. NAMM convention is a musician/tech heaven all laid out in the new Music City Convention Center. Lightning 100 was able to broadcast from Casio Keyboard booth all day and chat with some of our favorite local keyboard players. Gabe Vitek, from VITEK stopped by the booth before his set at Soulshine Pizza! Vitek performs “Legs” live at the 2013 NAMM Convention from the Casio Booth! Click here to win a Casio Privia Pro PX-5S keyboard! Listen below for the full interview and performance!
On August 2nd, GoodBAMMSho, No Country For New Nashville, Do615, East Nashville Underground & Mercy Lounge presents After The Fire – A Benefit Concert for Luella and the Sun.The event will help the Nashville quartet recover from the tragic fire that destroyed the studio and half the home of guitarist Joe McMahan. The home was also the place where he and Luella lived, where the band developed their sound and where they recorded their two-song 10″ vinyl debut. The benefit, held at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge, features performances by Justin Townes Earle, Altered Statesman, Los Colognes, Webb Wilder, DUGAS, James Wallace and the Naked Light and Luella and the Sun. All proceeds from After The Fire will go to Luella and the Sun. Show starts at 8pm. Additional sponsors for the event include Thirty Tigers, Silly Goose, Cage Free Visuals, All Eyes Media, Five Points Pizza, Pepperfire, Do615, Grimeys, Native, OurVinyl, Revival Vinyards, Midtown Printing, The East Nashvillian, Blue Moon, Leinenkugel’s and Lightning 100. Raffle prizes will also be given out throughout the evening.
A limited edition poster has been created for After The Fire – A Benefit Concert for Luella and the Sun. The poster, designed by Cage Free Visual, features a poignant remnant from the fire that destroyed the studio and half the home of the bands guitaristJoe McMahan. It was also the place where he and Luella lived, where the band developed their sound and where they recorded their two-song 10″ vinyl debut. . Only 125 posters (20 x 26), numbered and autographed by the band, are being made. Posters are available with the purchase of a $30 General Admission ticket to the August 2nd benefit concert. More info here: (Mercy site link: http://mercylounge.com/calendar/venue/mercy/2013/08/02/after-the-fire-a-benefit-for-luella-and-the-sun/ ). A limited number will also be available for sale via their web-site ($30 + shipping) at www.luellaandthesun.com
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Local Artist of the week Jeffrey James – I’m Wide Awake
Dj Picks Hammel – Lions For Real – The Movement – Heathens
Wells – Jason Isbell- Super 8- Southeastern
Exclusive Lightning100 content! The Wild Feathers- Left My Woman- Live in the Lightning100 studio(Playin’ Live Sunday 7/21 at 3rd & Lindsley w/ The Unlikely Candidates) Street Corner Symphony- Donnie Deuces Party Juices(Jingle)- Live in the Lightning 100 studio
This Just In Holly Maher- Gimme Your Love- Euphorics Pilot Rouge- So Much More- Hellen Of Troy Street Corner Symphony- Voodoo -Southern Autumn Nostalgia (Out Tomorrow) (Playin’ Live Wednesday 7/17 at The Basement)
Bands Around Town ( All playing Sounds Like Summer 7/19,7/20 at the Cannery complext) The Features- Another One- Wilderness Turbo Fruits- Gamble Tamble- Butter How I Became The Bomb- Secret Identity- Lets Go!
Who would’ve thought small town boredom, adrenaline, and a lust for recklessness mixed together on the suburban streets of Forth Worth, TX would end up producing raw, real, and infectious rock anthems? Although they didn’t know each-other yet, Cole Male and Kyle Morris were booked on separate accounts of grand theft auto and ended up in a Ft .Worth Juvenile dentition center together. The two became fast friends, and as their brush with the law came to an end, they decided to focus their energies elsewhere…music. Influenced by Bob Dylan, The Strokes, and The Beatles, these best friends quickly found a style all their own, a local crowd in the hundreds, and some local radio love from Dallas Alt. station 102.1 the Edge…their sound…bohemians with a drunken Texan drawl. While backpacking and street performing through Prague and Amsterdam at eighteen, Kyle began to feel a transcendence of identity. He conceived an album that reflected his new found romance with the land of his ancestors, while sharpening his affection and affliction to his roots in the States. Back home in Texas, uniting with classmates Kevin Goddard (Drums), Josiah Maughn (Lead Guitar), and Brenton Carney (Bass), The Unlikely Candidates were born. With an authentic sound and an ability to paint vivid pictures with their lyrics, The Unlikely Candidates transcend trends with a focus on the art of the song.
“For a guy whose dad’s-uncle wrote the book on How to Play the Guitar, I should be a better guitar player…” but no matter how well tuned or strummed his instrument may be, Jeffrey’s voice alone could carry him alongside his band.
Baritone and brassy, his melodies roll like thunder across audiences, unintentionally bridging regional stereotypes as his Indiana-bred body belts out sounds of the deep south.
“Being such a low-key signer, there’s only so many guys you can idolize. I was into my parents’ music growing up, naturally, so I was filled from an early age with a love for groups like The Temptations and The Doobie Brothers.” As of late, he accounts Jonny Lang and Marc Broussard for inspiration.
“It’s been a long search trying to find something that was really me… having a different voice has kept me from choosing anything easy.”
Somewhere along this journey, he found himself performing at a German theme park for three months over a summer break at Belmont. With another male student and two female students, they dished out endless American music reviews of classic rock and pop hits.
“I’ll go wherever I have to go – chasing opportunity. I Love touring – I play guitar only because I have to. Love having the band because I want to be able to focus on putting on a show!” With a background in show choir throughout high school, he’s received plenty of training on how to perform and entertain. He pursued this “nerdy” extra-curricular through college until he began exploring the songwriter’s sphere of performance with three to four writer’s rounds a week Senior year.
But as much as Jeffrey loves to entertain, he loves more the feeling after writing a good song and playing on stage with his band when the song is clicking together perfectly between them all. “Whether the crowd is feeling it or not, I think they’re feeling it and I know I am doing my very best.” And whether his crowd is saturated with fans or new audiences, Jeffrey noted additionally, ”Nothing pushes you more than a crowd thinking ‘who the hell is this kid?’”
While his frequent touring has accrued within him a love for big cities – especially New York – his stay in Nashville is for now indefinite. And, while his pause seemed lengthy after asking him how long he felt he would remain here, he did concede, “I can’t see a future right now that would pull me somewhere else.”
The Wide Awake Project |
“The idea behind the Wide Awake project is to not wait around for an EP. Things went really well in the recording process with my producer Mark Snyder, and after finding someone who really got it I was all set to just keep pushing out songs.
We have put out as much content as possible… we live in a “singles world” where people usually want to just buy one track on an album anyways.”
Beginning with six-or-so songs each month, Jeffrey and Konrad work their way down to the best track for recording. This process of living wide awake has not only reflected benefits for audiences but for Jeffrey as well: ”I am constantly writing and being creative so I’ve been growing.”
“We’ve been doing this since February. For a year we will continue the project, learning and growing as we go. After that point, we will re-assess.”
Jeffrey offers you his whole world as he follows up each song with videos and vlogs for days. “I want to connect with people like that, to be open. They can learn anything and everything about me.”
“I’m Wide Awake” was their 4th single, and his “Bad Woman” will show her face august 6th for audiences all a-broad.
“With releasing these songs in such proximity to one another, they are coming out with potentially the same album-like sound. The last two releases and this upcoming one could possible end up in a set together.”
Catch Jeffrey with house-show-circuit Cause a Scene on August 14th at The Basement – catch the details HERE
Gin Wigmore stops by the studio for a quick interview and performance while she is in town. Gin Wigmore is playing the first week of Live On The Green with ZZ Ward and Matt & Kim! Click here to get your VIP tickets to the show!
Odell is signed to In the Name Of, an imprint of Columbia Records. He was discovered by the label head Lily Allen, who remarked that “his energy onstage reminded me of David Bowie“. He was given an album advance: “I went out and bought an old Mini Cooper for cash. Then three weeks later I got back from a show in Scotland and the car was gone. So if you see a racing-green classic Mini Cooper, it’s mine”. He released his debut extended play, Songs from Another Love, in October 2012. He made his television debut in November 2012 as a performer on Later… with Jools Holland; the show’s producer Alison Howe later described it as “a classic Later debut”. Odell was announced as one of fifteen nominees for the BBCSound of 2013 poll in January 2013. Also that month, his single “Another Love” was used by the BBC to advertise their 2013 schedule. Odell’s music has been used in numerous Burberry fashion runway shows. Odell was named the BRITs‘ Critics’ Choice Award winner, previously won by artists including Adele and Florence and the Machine, and was interviewed alongside previous winner Emeli Sandé during the television ceremony in February 2013.
Brooke Waggoner isn’t just “another chick on a piano.” A classical soloist with relevant flair, her tiptoeing through Nashville with soft, haunting melodies resonates with stampede-like fury as she drags us all along for the irresistible ride.
Many of her songs tell the stories of those nearest to her in an unsuspecting manner. “Songwriting is very relational for me. The last record is about a lot of our close friends; there were a lot of divorces and but also other life-things happening.”
Beyond pulling from personal experiences though, Brooke hides, tucked away in her inspirational arsenal, a one-of-a-kind perspective on music that very few musicians get the chance at experiencing. Fresh out of college in Baton Rouge, her home state of Louisiana, Brooke pursued an opportunity to live and research music in Indonesia about 7 ½ years ago. As one of the first white visitors to step onto the small island where she would soon dive full force into ethnomusicology, Brooke was just as much shocked as she was shocking.
The goal of her research was to gather information on the indigenous music culture of the island, which consisted of large rings of gongs that relied almost entirely on the Pentatonic scale, a typically eastern style of composing music.
“This was the first time I viewed playing music for a different reason. For us [Americans] it’s about us as individuals and how we’re effected – a heavy focus on entertainment. Over there it was about keeping balance and peace. Music is their contribution to and of something greater and not self-fulfilling.”
Months later and safely back home, Brooke moved to Nashville to pursue her own music career, where the perspective-shift that had begun to rear its head in Indonesia was now becoming fully known. Her songs may not ooze with third-world chants or melodies, but her understanding of why she writes and the part of her soul that gives her up to music every day has been indefinably altered.
She spends much of her time now touring, but Nashville has been undoubtedly marked with her fierce independence. This same independence challenged her to never leave a venue without booking another show, sheltered her from endless co-writes – a practice she has never been overly fond of – and landed her on Jack White’s 2012-13 tour.
Opportunities such as the latter don’t come knocking every day, and comically enough Brooke’s simple acquiescence to a phone call and speedy attendance to an impromptu studio session landed her smack-dab in the middle of White’s new album and worldwide tour.
Many countries, performances and worn down piano keys later, Brooke has found herself anchored to Nashville by her inevitable love for the city and her husband of four years. She still writes by “fusing a lot of my world into the culture here. I couldn’t be just another chick on a piano – I’ve got to make it interesting.”
“I always try to make each show like it’s the first.”
With so much talent and drive, this beautiful, wandering soul has gratefully and hopefully settled down to call Music City home, even if she is often away. You can find her on the west coast in September, and after releasing her fourth album in the spring there is no telling where you might find her as she sets off for a heavy season of touring.
“The touring coming up includes a lot of theatres.” Audiences like this pose a challenge for Brooke as she explains: “The super respectful listener is highly unnerving for what I do. I want to earn your respect instead of me coming in and you already being complacent – like the traditional audiences of classical performers.”
Hubby Brad, drummer and now full-time therapist, has been hailed by Brooke as genuinely supportive and understanding of every moment in her career. The beginning of their journey together was very off and on, she told me, with both of them working on music full-time, but even while she was often away he just wouldn’t let her go.
“He is never trying to get in there (my music) or influence it; we treat it delicately and he has so much respect.”
The couple had been travelling on the same path for some time before their crossing. Both recently moved to Nashville, Brooke opened for his band at the basement. A friendship grew into the sweetest thing possible, and after a wedding and consequent honeymoon in Italy, they both decided that their love of this city trumped, at least for now, the potential for career growth on the west coast.
So what could be next for them?
“I remember childhood like it was yesterday, but I feel very maternal about a future child.”
For now, as a testament to the talent of her great-great-Grandfather who was a professional classical pianist in Germany before the world war, hope springs for Brooke as she continues to record, perform and drench her audiences in consistently on-key euphony.
An unforgettable snippit of the melodically enticing Brooke Waggoner
Local Artist of the week Brooke Waggoner- Rumble- Originator
Dj Picks- Hammel – Clem Snide – Roadkill – Birthing Pains Clem Snide – The Ballad Of Saint Paull – We Leave Only Ashes Wells – Willie 3rd Street – One Disaster At a Time – The Slabckus
Exclusive Lightning100 content! Ruby Amanfu- Unbreakable- Live in the Lightning 100 Studio
This Just In- Casey Black – Dig Together – Lay You In The Loam Bobbie Rowe – Carolina – Move On Jeffrey James – I’m Wide Awake That’s My Kid – Let Go – This One
Bands Around Town Paper Route-Sugar- (Playin’ Live Friday July 12th at Ext/In) Ben Folds Five- Do It Anyway- Ben Folds Five Live- (Playin’ live Saturday July 13th at The Woods w/ Guster and Barenaked Ladies)
SUMMERDAZE: Party for the People ft. Turbo Fruits, The Kingston Springs, Promised Land, & Birdcloud
On Saturday, July 6th, Exit/In and The End will host a conjoined summer party in Nashville’s historic Elliston Place called SUMMERDAZE: Party for the People. SUMMERDAZE will feature live music by some of Nashville’s hottest up and coming acts including:Turbo Fruits The Kingston Springs Fly Golden Eagle Birdcloud Sol Cat Promised Land What Up, English Majestico Limited Dual Passes go on sale Friday, May 31st, at 10am CST via www.exitin.com. Dual passes will grant patrons entry to both venues all night long. Tickets per show will also be available once the Limited Dual Passes have sold out. During the month of June, local webseries Critters Galaxy (http://www.youtube.com/user/crittersgalaxy) will feature artists performing at SUMMERDAZE. Episodes will air every monday starting June 3rd via Critters Galaxy’s Youtube Channel. SUMMERDAZE: Party for the People is proudly produced by Pabst Blue Ribbon, Exit/In, The End, Mr. Gatti, and Mr. Baker. $15 ticket gets you in both Exit/In and The End.
International Anglophone band comprising American Nathan Nicholson, Australian Todd Howe and Englishmen Adam Harrison and Piers Hewitt; together they deliver a mixture of raucous bass-heavy grooves, alternately fragile and explosive vocals, and melodic indie/alternative sounds. So far the band have released “The Boxer Rebellion” EP (in 2003), “Code Red” and “In Pursuit” (in 2004), and the “Exits” LP (in 2005). A limited edition vinyl of “Evacuate” preceded by a year their new and second LP “Union” , released on January 11th, 2009 exclusively through iTunes, along with a worldwide re-release of “Exits”.
In 2000, Nathan Nicholson left Tennessee, America after the death of his mother, and came to London. The band formed in 2001 through a chance meeting at London’s 12 Bar Club between vocalist Nathan and guitarist Todd. This quickly cemented into a firm friendship which resulted in them living and writing together. College friends Adam and Piers, were soon intrigued, and completed the line-up. All shared common influences, and a passion for epic, escapist music – The Boxer Rebellion was born.
In June 2003, after funding and releasing their own limited edition self-titled EP (The Boxer Rebellion, they bolstered their way onto glastonbury’s New Bands tent, and were soon snapped up by alan mcgee’s Poptones label, who put out first single Watermelon in the same year. Before the enormity of what they were doing had even registered, the Boxers spent months in the studio rehearsing and writing, before disaster struck for Nicholson, and riders and roadies were swapped for a hospital bed and saline drips. A twelve hour operation to remove a life-threatening growth from his stomach was successful. He was lucky. The result was the cancellation of tours with Razorlight and The Killers, among others.
2004 saw the release of singles In Pursuit and Code Red. The band continued pushed forward to release their debut album Exits in 2005 with significant press acclaim from the likes of Kerrang!, the Fly, NME and MusicOMH. Further interest from abroad saw the band playing shows in the latter half of 2005 in France, Italy and Japan with the likes of The Walkmen, before heading back to the UK to consolidate ideas for a second full-length release. The band was signed by major label Universal Music following Exits, who promised worldwide distribution and a free hand in continuing to create records of longevity and substance, that the Boxer Rebellion have in droves.
Instead, the deal proved more of a curse than a blessing, as Universal became reluctant to continue to finance the lengthy gestation of the next record. Financial difficulties led Poptones to drop the Boxer Rebellion in early 2007, with Universal following suit soon after; however, both continued to hold rights to the band’s catalogue and digital distribution. With the record nearly complete and invitations to tour from Editors and others still open, the band began a lengthy fight to get control back over them, which they eventually won in 2008. In January, an unmixed version of future single Evacuate was released on limited vinyl, but it would be a full year before anything approaching a full release was possible, and some of the band moved to Berlin in the same year.
With the money nearly running out and so a physical self-release impossible, the band entered an exclusive worldwide deal with iTunes to put their new record Union out as well as a re-release of Exits. The album charted highly, reaching #2 on the Alternative chart and #4 on the iTunes UK Top 100, but is currently ineligible for the official UK Top 40 due to the lack of any physical release. The Boxers plan a physical and vinyl release later in the year.
The band subscribe to the perfectionist approach in making records; for TBR it has always been about creating albums that can be listened to from start to finish, that take you on a journey and let you escape the day-to-day mundanity. In the current climate of immediacy, and style over substance, The Boxer Rebellion prove that bands can still make albums that can be listened to long after those hogging the current spotlight have disappeared. The Boxer Rebellion have re-grouped and re-discovered what makes them tick. Recent, packed live performances in London show that TBR have amassed a solid fanbase, and one forgiving of the long waits between releases.
What does it mean to be free? Do you have enough money to “live free?” These are some of the questions Kink Ador is searching for in their new album that is set to drop some time late fall. As a pre-release, the “Sunshine” single explodes with endless summer fun and, true to the lyrics, with lead singer Sharon Kiltock the sunshine’s almost never over.
Even as she walked in the door of Ugly Mugs coffeeshop, she was alight with as much glow as any sunshine-farer could be – despite the bleak and rainy weather we had to run through from our cars to get safely inside.
Bringing trumpet, guitar and songwriting talents to the mix, Sharon, along with electric guitarist Nick Hamilton and new drummer Josh Lockridge, they’re spicing up Nashville’s songwriter rounds with some Indiana-bred classic rock’n'roll. After all, Indiana born-and-raised Sharon and Nick know so well the “folk music of their people… rock is all they play on the radio, it’s all we know.”
Sharon grew up playing instruments with her family, but admitted, “I was an awkward kid, and it was always easier for me to make friends through music rather than having to talk to them to get to know them.”
When college rolled around, Purdue and the life of a poem seemed a viable first choice until looking at future job prospects and the suicide rate for poets… “Maybe this life was for some, but nooooooo! Not for me.”
It was a fairly simple decision from there that Nashville was the place to be for music. “What stood out most about this city is its support for songwriting. And I grew up in the midwest anyways, gotta stick with your people!” She laughed brightly.
Don’t be fooled though. This sweet, bleached blonde songwriter hardly hides the hardcore soul dancing close by. When she moved to Nashville she didn’t waste a moment trying to figure out who she was or where she wanted to be. She knew setting off from home that music was her ultimate expression and enjoyment, so she made a straight dash for Craigslist and stumbled upon her current guitarist and long-term band partner Nick. After seeing him perform only once she knew that no one else could do the job like he would.
“He’s almost spiritual when he plays, he gets lost in it.” Finding a drummer, however, wasn’t such an easy task. “There’s such a need for drummers in Nashville, I feel like, that it’s really hard to keep one for a long period of time.”
What could have been a turn for the worst though, Kink Ador has taken in strides and retained everthing that made them stronger through these struggles while letting the rest fall away.
“We’ve had to filter through several drummers in the past couple of years, but this has forced us to strengthen our vision because we have to translate it through so many people. We’ve kept a consistent sound and vibe through all of these changes. Now our current drummer of two months, Josh, is our ‘dream drummer.’”
The band has tethered themselves tightly to the songwriting process, and this has anchored their lively sound to a happy middle ground – loud without being obnoxious, crazy without total madness, and unquenchable energy known as Kink Ador.
A hopeless logophile, Sharon even crafted the band’s name so that it carries plenty of their energetic rhythm.
“Kink is like rhythmic and has a hard edge. And Ador is soft to the mouth. We’re a groove based rhythmic band – we’re trying to soulfully capture these two sides of love.
Calling her mom for opinion and feedback on the name idea didn’t go so well, but throwing a respectful yet unaffected laugh my way she added, “ if it offends my mom it’s rock’n'roll.” With this first expectation already set of weird things to come, it seems only natural that Kink Ador follows suit, and while they have set themselves securely in the rock genre, they have love for all different types of music.
“People here can execute their ideas well, so if you don’t like someone you are critizing their idea not their execution.We like stuff that’s weird. Big fans of Prince – he can just get down to it. But his music also hits you on deeper levels. We also tune into some Jeff Buckley and others genre artists who can do that.”
“I take pieces of inspiration from everything in life… it can hit you at any time, so I just always keep my antennas up.”
With birthing pains setting in, they are kicking it into high gear in the studio while looking forward to the big moment where their previous Sunshine single, 3 Sided Single EP, The Shape of Life EP and I Am Animal EP come together to welcome their first full album into the world.
It’s a strange process of simplifying – Being as simple and true as possible. It’s all about the songs that unlock the door to connecting with people; you look at songs like that and they’re so simple. Stay pure.”
While staying pure in their music they’re also ”living lean” in hopes of saving up for optional touring as they make they big release. The east coast will see the most of them, but you never know what could happen for these guys.
Working as an intern at Lightning 100 is an incredible experience that comes with many, many perks. However, the coveted Bonnaroo VIP wristband is not one of them. So like many of you, I too had to survive off of nothing but hot dogs and walk a mile and a half just to get to the back of the Centeroo line. Despite the discomfort, I wore the thin film of sweat and dirt that covered me from head to toe as a badge of honor and embraced the inevitable sunburn with open arms. As a seasoned Bonnaroo veteran these things came as no surprise, but that doesn’t mean that the festival has become routine.
We all knew that Paul McCartney and Tom Petty were going to be fantastic, but in my opinion the headliners do not make ‘Roo the unforgettable experience that it is. Everyone leaves the campground on Monday morning with a memory of an unanticipated, yet mind-blowing show permanently burned into brains from an artist they may have never even heard of. So with that in mind, I bring you the three completely unexpected things that made my bonnaroo fantastic.
1. The Hot Dog Explosion at Jeff the Brotherhood
Having seen this band in venues as small as The Other Basement and The Miller Lite On-Tap Lounge, it was pretty cool experience to see one of my favorite local bands climb the ranks and land a spot on a major stage. The crowd was evenly split between fans who were excited to see “this new band called Jeff the Brotherhood” and local die-hards who knew every word to Castle Storm before it was re-released on Infinity Cat last year. Even though I have seen JTB more times than I can count, I knew that it was going to be hands down the most fun show at Bonnaroo. Just as I expected, they did not let me down as the best live band on the planet.
Photo by Emily Quirk
What I did not expect, was the criminally undocumented eruption of hot dogs when Jake and Jamin kicked into “Shredder”, a crowd favorite, I looked behind me to see a guy about my age with a backpack filled to the brim with uncooked hot dogs, with every intent to throw as many of them as he could into the mass of people at the front of the stage. I doubt I will ever know how he got them past Centeroo security, but I am sure glad he did. The perfect synchronization of the drums barreling in after the fuzzed out guitar intro, the first-ever circle pit at a Jeff show, and the seemingly endless supply of processed pork flying through the air made for the best possible snapshot of the Nashville punk scene. Its aggressive and sweaty, but still doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is fun and supportive of everyone who wants to get involved, including the guy with a backpack full of hotdogs.
2. The Unadvertised Katey Red Show
While the Saturday late-night line up was mostly filled with throwback artists, comedy acts, and electronic music, one artist steered my evening away from a night of dad rock into a Cajun Sissy Bounce dance party. On my way from Billy Idol to Bustle in Your Hedgerow, I stumbled upon an intimidating 6’2 drag queen shouting into a microphone on top of the loudest drum loop I heard all weekend, performing on a wooden platform right next to the mushroom fountain. It wasn’t until 3 days later after a lot of sleuthing that I discovered that this artist was Katey Red, a pioneer of the New Orleans hip-hop music scene and long time friend of Big Freedia. I saw my fair share of rappers this year at Bonnaroo, but neither Kendrick Lamar nor Macklemore could get a crowd moving like Katey could. It was almost impossible to differentiate her back-up dancers from fans due to the fact that the crowd surrounded the makeshift stage on all sides. While NOLA was well represented this year at Bonnaroo, this show certainly captured the underground essence of the big easy in a way that the What Stage couldn’t.
3. The Soft-spoken William Tyler
Photo by Emily Quirk
Having spent nearly all of my 20 years on this planet as a Nashville native, I am ashamed to say that Bonnaroo was my first time seeing William Tyler. His sophomore release Impossible Truth on Merge Records was one of my favorite releases of the year, so I went into the show with high expectations. Tyler’s virtuosic guitar playing focuses more on depth and building layers that blur the line between harmony and melody. His reserved demeanor on stage did not appear to be an indication of sheepishness, but instead a sign of wisdom and experience, leaving the audience curious and enthralled for the entire 40 minute set.
Not once did the lack of vocals make the show seem boring. The masterfully crafted balance of guitar, pedal steel, and drums complemented each other without encroaching into their respective territories, making for one collaborative musical idea. The intimacy of a small stage and Tyler’s sparse playing made for a show that was equal parts captivating and relaxing, allowing listeners to enter a meditative state and reflect on how remarkable Bonnaroo can be. While I was expecting William Tyler to be good, nothing could have prepared me for how great it was.
Dj Picks- Hammel – Megan McCormick – Trouble Comes To Town (Playin’ live 7/2 at High) Wells – The Kicks – Live Fast Die Young – Tonight Changes Everything(Download for Free at noisetrade.com/thekicks/tonight-changes-everything)
the615 guest: Kyle Andrews- Playin’ Independence Rocks Wednesday w/: John & Jacob, Alanna Royale, Brett Dennen, &DJ set by Jacob Jones Kyle Andrews – Brighter Than The Sun Kyle Andrews – ‘Crystal Ball Kyle’s picks-Pale Houses – Wayward Sire
This Just In Ringer T – Blind Eyes – Nothing But Time Ode & Ide – Rita – pas tout la
Bands Around Town- Independence Rocks July 3rd at Tin Roof- starts at 6pm. John & Jacob – Be My Girl Alanna Royale – Animal Brett Dennen – San Francisco
The Black Cadillacs perform “Find My Own Way Home” and “Since I Won’t Let Go” live in the WRLT studio. Click here fore more information on The Black Cadillacs! Filmed by Brian Waters and Ben Wright Edited by Ben Wright
Young and alive, Guthrie Brown decided at age 18 what was most important to him: music. Ready to go all in or all out, he flew out of Montana and landed in Nashville with nothing more than talent and a desperate hope for success.
“I’m glad I’m doing it here [music] over anywhere else.”
Not many people would advise you to drop out of high school to pursue your dream, and I would be surprised at finding more than a couple people encouraging such a thing, but Guthrie’s got guts, and here he is a year and a half later living that dream he left everything else for. He didn’t rule out all schooling, though. He had quite the attendance record at the “college of YouTube” he assured me.
Back in Montana, Guthrie and his first band played with other acts like North Mississippi Allstars, The Spill Canvas, The Lumineers, Hanson and many others. But he is running full steam ahead here in Nashville now and has his sights set on touring in the fall after releasing a new album which will possibly include some special tracks he recorded back home. After a spell of playing 4-hour sets three times a week at The Listening Room, his new-found second home and family have cushioned him with a nice bed of contacts and new fans.
19 now and still fairly fresh to Music City, Guthrie “conned” 3 close friends from home into leaving school behind to move to Nashville and join him in the music-making adventure he had himself so eagerly set out on. More to reality, Guitarist John McNally, the solo East Nashvillian, and the other 2 live-in bandmates drummer Kenny Hardy and bassist Jake Batts decided that after a summer visit they simply wanted more. Nashville must have worn an extra cute dress that summer because these guys made the move almost as instantly and ruthlessly as Guthrie did a year before.
“Our place is blow-up beds galore. Tons of fun though… took them to Motown Monday at the 5 Spot and everything just goes out the window from there.”
Not everything was fun and games for Guthrie at first, however.
“I didn’t leave my house for the 1st year.”
“Well, I mean, you live in North Nashville,” I naturally had to retort back, trying to make a bad slap at the dodgy parts of town.
“Ha, yes! It was probably safest to stay inside,” he laughed back.
As the self proclaimed “chubby kid that was always singing,” he grew up emulating all of the cool things his older brother did. Once his 11-year old senior picked up an acoustic, it was on!
“It sucked moving here just because I used to have romantic ideas about songwriting, and being in charge now of really running my career I have so much more of the business side to worry about. Learning about the business side causes you to lose some of your innocence you had at the beginning of your songwriting life. Your first years you listen to the records that change your life, you know?”
“Now my job is trying to keep the innocence of my love for music. I mean, I don’t want to sound selfish, but it’s the most important thing to me. Music is my life. I will never do anything else!”
Thank goodness he has the passion to ride along the skirts of his talent, and it is in this that we can be able to believe in bigger and better things to always be lurking in his future. He will refuse anything less.
“When I learned about lightning 100 and the music scene in east Nashville, I realized that’s why I moved down here. The community is more supportive of any music scene than I’ve ever seen. Not cut throat – people genuinely want their friends to succeed here.” And with a three second assessment of his last statement he quickly added, “Well… at least all the people I’ve met!”
So on he treks in the furious battle to retain his pure love for the music and to produce the best communal enjoyment he can for his audiences.”You have to be shameless but have a little bit of pride… a little bit.”