Music Business Radio: Summer NAMM


Photo by Jesse Nordstrom

This week Music Business Radio takes you behind the scenes of the recent Summer NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants). We visited the convention floor for three days and talked to  reps from Casio, Martin Guitars, Pearl Drums,  Griffin Technologies, and more.   We will hear what’s new in the coming year from these music giants.   We’ll also hear live music from Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes and Marie Hines.


Sexx – Surf City


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No one knows much about Sexx (band) at Lightning 100….because they forgot to send us a bio.  Tune in to hear “Surf City” all this week on 100.1 FM and come check them out at Pour House this Friday.


Bacon Brothers’ Not So Secret Free Show


Photo by Timothy White

 Lightning 100 Presents a “not so secret free show” with The Bacon Brothers, Friday at 2pm at Wild Wing Café in Cool Springs! The first 100.1 people at Wild Wing Café by 1:45 get to watch an acoustic set from Kevin and Michael Bacon for free.  How many degrees of Kevin Bacon are you?  Now you can tell your friends you are 1st degree of Bacon!

They sold out 2 shows at Franklin Theater, but you still have a chance to see The Bacon Brothers… at the “not so secret free show” 2pm Friday at Wild Wing Café, 545 Cool Springs Vlvd…presented by Lightning 100.


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Local Artist of the week
SEXX- Surf City

Dj Picks
Hammel - Hotpipes - Future Bolt
Wells - Paul McDonald & Nikki Reed - All I’m Asking – I’m Not Falling

This Just In
The Wans – I Can’t Fix You
Hannah Fairlight – Restless Heart – Creatures Of Habit
Laura Reed – Wake Up- The Awakening
Daphne Willis – People That Matter – Live To Try

Live in the Lightning 100 Blackfoot Gypsies – On The Loose (Playing The Exit/In on Monday July 28 w/ Bob Log III and Pork Torta)
Blackfoot Gypsies (Live)- Pork Rinds
Blackfoot Gypsies – I Don’t Know About You – On The Loose

Bands Around Town
Great Peacock – Take Me To the Mountain(Playin’ Live w/ Belle Adair & Erin Rae on Saturday 8/2/14 at Stone Fox)
Switchmen – I Don’t Know(Playin’ Live Thursday 7/31 at Exit/In w/ Hotel War, Gorilla Baby
Hotel War- Casino(Playin’ Live Thursday 7/31 at Exit/In w/ Switchmen, Gorilla Baby
All Them Witches – The Urn (Playin’ Live Saturday at Grimes New & Preloved Records)


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Music Business Radio – Listening Room / Jim Peterik

You’re a singer/songwriter and you come to Nashville to find your way…you end up not only being successful at those endeavors but you find yourself owning and operating one of Nashville’s premiere venues that showcases Music City’s hit songwriters as well as new and emerging talents—The Listening Room. This is Chris Blair’s story. He shares his story along with his friend, co-writer, and artist, Jim Peterik, of the legendary band, Survivor. They discuss changes in the industry, Nashville’s new music model, and their creative friendship.  Visit for more episodes.


The Tasting Bar — Eli Mason Cocktail Mixers & Syrups 7/25/14

This week on The Tasting Bar, Dave from The Bottle Shop brings his good friend Luke to the Lightning 100 studio.  Luke is the owner of Eli Mason, a company that specializes cocktail mixers and syrups.  Today Luke shows the guys how to make the “Idiot Proof” Ole Fashioned and a refreshing Seaside Smash.

Eli Old FashionEli Seaside Smash



Michael Franti Caption Contest

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Do you love music? Do you love yoga? Celebrate both on August 2nd, 2014 at The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel as Michael Franti headlines the Soulshine Music and Yoga Tour. Win VIP tickets from Lightning 100 by entering our Soulshine Music and Yoga Michael Franti Caption Contest. We want to send one lucky yoga fanatic and five friends to the Soulshine Music and Yoga Tour with VIP Box Seats!

Leave a brief caption in response to the photo posted by Lightning 100, and caption, “Can Michael Franti Fly? Or is it just the good vibes?” Captions will be considered for cleverness, relevance, and humor. The winning caption will be selected by Lightning 100 staff. The winner will receive six VIP Tickets to an exclusive VIP Box at The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel to see the Soulshine Music and Yoga Tour featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead.

“One love, one blood, one heart, one soul, one drum and only one rhythm, one tribe and all of us singing’!” – Michael Franti

Click here for official rules.


Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden

Nashville’s own Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden kick off their 28 city US tour with a hometown show at Mercy Lounge tonight. Featuring Tetherball and Earl Burrows. Recently the Nashville based band debuted their new video for Blue Hotel which you’ve been hearing on Lightning 100 on Esquire Mag Check out the video here and tune in at noon today for a live performance on Lightning 100.


Daniel Ellsworth and Marie Hines at NAMM

Lightning 100 partnered with Casio Music Gear to cover the 2014 Summer NAMM conference!  We had some locals try out the Casio Privia Pro PX-5s keyboard and perform live in the Music City Center during NAMM.  Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes, local artist of the week performs “Phantoms” and “Sun Goes Out”.  Marie Hines switches it up a little by performing “Hammer” and a Beyoncé cover “XO” live on 100.1 FM.  Want to win your own Casio Privia Pro PX-5s?  Enter into Lightning 100’s Casio Sweepstakes by July 28th for a chance to win.


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Local Artist of the week-
INTL – Spitfire (Playin’ a FREE show 6:30pm Friday 7/25/14 at Pour House Nashville. Download Spitfire for FREE at

Dj Picks
Hammel - Daniella Mason – Technicolor
Wells - Jason Isbell – Live Oak - Southeastern

This Just In
Wes Speight - Skin Glue – Transmigration
The Colored Parade – An Unlikely Affair – And The Walls Of The City Will Shake
Waterfall Wash – Foreign Chords – Foreign Chords

Live in the Lightning 100 studio Colony House
Colony House (live)- Silhouettes
Colony HouseSecond Guessing GamesWhen I Was Younger

Bands Around Town
Earl Burrows- Set The Sail(Playin’ Live w/ Kate Tucker & The Sons of Sweden and Tetherball at Playin’ Mercy Lounge Wednesday 7/23/14)
Diarrhea Planet – Kids - (Playin’ Red Bull Sound Select at Exit/In on Friday 7/25 w/ Blank Range & Music Band)
The Vespers – Not So Nice –  (Playin’ The Basement Monday 7/21 w/ Anderson East)


Lightning 100 debuts “Spitfire” by INTL

Lightning 100 debuts “Spitfire” by INTL on 100.1 FM.  It’s been nearly one year since fans have heard from the ground-breaking alternative rock outfit INTL, the band has emerged. Teaming up with young hungry producer, Joshua Niles, INTL is proud to announce the release of their single, “Spitfire.”
After releasing their self-titled EP in 2011, INTL went on to release several singles, new material, score multiple spots on several national television shows, and successfully preserver through a name change. This past year the band teamed up with Grammy Award-winning producer, Vance Powell, to promote Universal Audio’s interface, Apollo 16. The band hid away in an effort to master a new and authentic sound. “Our goal and our hope as musicians is to speak truth and enter conversation with anyone who listens,” lead singer Kaleb Jones confesses.
Individually, INTL’s four members are incredibly talented, but collectively, their musicianship and influence is undeniable. Their ingenuity comes through in the distinct brand of rock they have carefully developed over the past few years. INTL has cultivated a sound all their own, a sound that allows them to stand out in a city full of fellow creatives.  Tune in all this week to hear “Spitfire” by INTL on Lightning 100.
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You can also preorder the album now and receive the record before anyone else


Music Business Radio : Rolling Stone

In celebration of the launch of Rolling Stone Country, we sat down with Director Gus Wenner, son of Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner, and the newly announced Sr. editors for the magazine; The Boot founder Beville Darden-Dunkerly and Joseph Hudak , former managing editor of Country Weekly. Wenner explained how many untold stories there are in Nashville, especially regarding the politics of the area, the strong creative community, and all the musical artists who call it home. Wenner himself is no stranger to creating music, having his own band, Gus + Scout, and is looking forward to see what Nashville has to offer.


Lightning 100 Unplugged, July 20, 2014

ArtistSong TitleSourceSun 7/20/14
St. Paul and the Broken BonesHalf The CityBackstage Bonnaroo, 2014
Vance JoyPlay With FireLightning 100 Secret Show, 2013
Amos LeeEl CaminoKFOG, Live From The Archives, Vol. 19
The RubensMy GunBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
Ted HawkinsBiloxiThe Final Tour Live
Justin Townes EarleWanderin’Backstage Bonnaroo, 2011
AsgeirGoing HomeBackstage Bonnaroo, 2014
Real EstateHorizonBackstage Bonnaroo, 2014
Old Crow Medicine ShowSweet AmarilloLightning 100 In Studio, June 30, 2014
Birds of TokyoLanternsLightning 100 In Studio, March 10, 2014
Father John MistyI’m Writing A NovelBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
Black CrowesJealous AgainCroweology
WilcoOutta Mind (Outta Site)KFOG Live From The Archives
Kiernan McMullanCan’t Sit StillLightning 100 In Studio, May 2014
Avett BrothersAnother Is WaitingBackstage Bonnaroo, 2014
Pete YornLife On A ChainOn The Mountain 7
Regina SpektorFidelityBackstage Bonnaroo, 2007
Black KeysTen Cent PistolBackstage Bonnaroo, 2010
GusterAmsterdamLive From The Mountain Music Lounge
Desert NoisesWild DreamsBackstage Bonnaroo, 0214
Portugal The ManPurple, Yellow, Red and BlueBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
Jackie GreeneI’m So GoneBackstage Bonnaroo, 2006
The NationalThis Is The Last TimeBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
Lindsey BuckinghamNever Going Back AgainRare On Air, Volume 1
David GrayBabylonKBCO Studio C



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the615 6.30.14 “Exploring Nashville’s Indie Scene” Episode 105

Local Artist of The Week
Lauren Farrah- Whittle You Down

DJ Picks
Hammel- Hotpipes- For Cowboy
Lt. Dan- Self- Runaway- Super Fake Nice

This Just In
Liz Ciopper & The Stampede – Monsters – Monsters
Future Thieves – Secret – Future Thieves EP
Kristen Wright – High Wire – In The Year Of Letting Go

Live In the Lightning 100 Studios
AJ & The Jiggawatts – Get Wild- It Is What It Is

Bands Around Town
Coat Tales – Who Needs Beauty
Majestico – I Just Want To
The Allen Thompson Band – Dirt To Dust


The Tasting Bar — Craft Sodas 7.18.14

Dave from The Bottle Shop brings some awesome new craft sodas by the Lightning 100 studios. We sampled Fentimans Mandarin and Orange Jigger, Pure Soda Works’ Honey Lime, and Fever Tree’s Ginger Beer. We also mixed up a Rumosa, a rum mimosa, and The Bottle Shops’ version of a Dark and Stormy Night.

BSAM darknstormy Rum-osa


Independence Rocks 2014

Lightning 100 turned 23 this year and decided to throw another huge party.  Lightning 100’s Independence Rocks concert featured some of our favorite locals, The Delta Saints and Goodbye June with some up and coming artists  Jamestown Revival and The Wind and The Wave. Indie Rocks is sponsored by Tin Roof NashvilleNashville Vapor, Budlight, American Born Moonshine and Blue Chair Bay Rum.


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Local Artist of the week
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes –
Phantoms - Kid Tiger ( Playin’ Live Friday 7/18/14 at Pourhouse Nashville at 6:30pm)

Dj Picks
Hammel - Golden Youth – Where’s Your Heart Gone? – (New Single)
Wells - That’s My Kid – Sugar – New demos

This Just In
Emerson Hart- Another Life- Beauty in Disrepair
Griffin Peterson- Living A Lie – Maybe Someday -(bluesy song, rest of the record is a bit more mellow)
Aliza Carter Band – Foxtrails – Clearer
David Curtis – Numbered Days

Bands Around Town (On Tap Thursday 7/17/14 at Tin Roof Nashville FREE)
Future Thieves – Secrets – Future Thieves E.P.
Kirsten Arian – Figured Me Out
James + The Wild Spirit -
Silver Tounge

Boy Named Banjo- State Lines – Long Story Short (Played live 7/14/14 at The Basement)

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Lightning 100 Unplugged, July 13, 2014

ArtistSong TitleSourceSun 7/13/14
City and ColourGrand OptimistBackstage Bonnaroo, 2012
CHVRCHESThe Mother We ShareBackstage Bonnaroo, 2014
Civil WarsI Had Me A GirlBare Bones EP, 2013
Ben HarperFight Outta YouBackstage Bonnaroo, 2007
J. Roddy Walston and The BusinessSame DaysBackstage Bonnaroo, 2014
Roots of A RebellionCalifornia Waiting (Kings of Leon cover)Acoustic
David MeadeNashvilleLive From Ivy League Studios
FuturebirdsAmerican CowboyBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
Of Monsters and MenLittle TalksKFOG Live From the Archives, Vol. 19
Ivan and AlyoshaDon’t Wanna Die AnymoreLightning 100 In Studio, 2013
Jeffrey GainesIn Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel cover)On The Mountain 6
John DoeThe Golden StateKFOG Live From the Archives, Vol. 14
Neil YoungI Am A ChildLive At The Cellar Door, 2013
AsgeirSummer GuestBackstage Bonnaroo, 2014
Sarah JarsozBuild Me Up From BonesBackstage Bonnaroo, 2014
Sea WolfPriscillaBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
DawesA Little Bit of EverythingBackstage Bonnaroo, 2012
Cory BrananPrettiest Waitress in MemphisNashville Sunday Night, October 2013
Frank TurnerRecoveryBackstage Bonnaroo, 2013
John MayerQueen of CaliforniaAcoustic
Lord HuronUntil The Night TunrsLightning 100 Secret Show, February 2014
Greg LaswellTake EverythingAcoustic
Shovels and RopePinnedBackstage Bonnaroo, 2014
BeckIt’s All In Your MindBridge School Concerts, Vol. 1
Cloud NothingsPsychic TraumaBackstage Bonnaroo, 2014
Real EstateCrimeBackstage Bonnaroo, 2014
CalexicoQuattroKFOG Live From the Archives, Vol. 14
Drive By TruckersFirst Air of AutumnBackstage Bonnaroo, 2014



Casio Privia Pro PX-5S Sweepstakes


The Tasting Bar — Liquor Store Oddities 7/11/14

We’ve all done it…walked into a liquor store and said “what the heck is that!”  Today Dave from The Bottle Shop tells us about some Liquor store oddities like Bakon, Ole Smokey Moonshine Cherries and Viniq.


Lauren Farrah

971675_553039468079873_846341767_n“Lauren Farrah is a singer-songwriter currently living in Nashville, Tennessee. Let us first put special emphasis on the “singer” half of that title, as Farrah was gifted with a truly lovely voice, a warm velvety alto, as rich as chocolate, as smokey as bourbon. The skill she’s acquired in wielding such a voice is no less striking. Farrah’s singing is passionate with an expressiveness ranging from vulnerable, to commanding, to haunting, permiated by a sweet, nameless sadness.Her tone is that of intense sincerity and earnestness. Certainly she can be playful, but even at play there is a gravity, a certain seriousness, underscoring each line.

The songs and their treatments are kind of a nouveau-Americana fare, with certain overtures toward pop. The arrangements evoke the sense of raw space, the crossing of vast tracts of eart. Across these distances, each instrument calls out, a cry as catchy and melodious as it is mournful.

Farrah has described herself as “just a girl who’s trying to figure out the ‘why’s’ of life.” But, in truth, her writing shows her to be at least equally preoccupied with life’s “how’s” and “ought’s”. Farrah’s songs portray a deep concern with morality, dignity, and integrity. Thesse are brought to the fore by various situations and crises of the soul which challenge and threaten to annul them. Indeed, the many vicissitudes of life- interpersonal struggles, the steady receding of youth and innocence, dissapointment, betrayal despair- make their villainous cameos, while waylaying our heroine in her quest for the ideal. But even in her puzzlement, even when she is lost, Farrah retains the faith of a seeker, if only by the earnestness of her search, the continual grasping for meaning. Like a true pilgrim, she is unswervingly devoted to her
destination, to her ideal. Each doubt, each dissapointment, each dark night of the soul turns out not to be a roadblock, but a signpost, a mileage marker on the road to glory.”

“Great Expectations” is Lauren’s debut EP on River Jones Music label, and is now available on iTunes, and Amazon worldwide!


Independence Rocks


Old Crow Medicine Show

Nashville’s own Old Crow Medicine Show just released a new album Remedy and stopped by the Lightning 100 studio to perform a few tracks live from it. Check out the videos and listen to the whole interview and performance below. Then pick up a copy of their new record and be sure to see them this summer at the  Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel!


Capital Cities – One Minute More

MUS_CapitalCities2_2370Frontmen Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian met on Craigslist and began writing jingles together. Three years later they formed Capital Cities and released their self-titled EP. Their single “Safe and Sound” shot to the top of Billboard’s Alt Songs and Modern Rock radio. Capital Cities is currently on the US portion of the Prismatic World Tour with Katy Perry. Tune in to Lightning 100 to hear their new single “One Minute More”.


Ásgeir – “King and Cross”

asgeir-trausti einarssonAt just 20 years old, Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir made his mark in his country’s music scene. Now, just 2 years later, his melodic folk sound has won him awards like Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Best Newcomer in his genre. The single “King and Cross” is now playing on Lightning 100.


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