the615 12/09/13

Episode75. the615 12/09/13

Local Artist of the week-
Thom Donovan feat. Ruby Amanfu- Shipwreck

Dj Picks
Hammel – Judson McKinney- People Grow Up So Fast- Drink The Wine
Wells – Deer Tick- Big House- Negativity

This Just In
Coyote Talk- Glory Bones- Sister
Emily Earle- News From Colorado- News From Colorado
Brendan Benson- It’s Your Choice- You Were Right
Down Home Band – Son Of Mine – Monrovia
Jake Etheridge – Change

Bands Around Town
The Features – Fats Domino- Wilderness
Wild Cub- Jonti- Youth
The Future- Slow Fast


Matt Wertz’s Snow Globe


This week at Nashville Sunday Night, we have a holiday themed show featuring Matt Wertz, KS Rhoads, and Emile West!  Matt Wertz will be perform songs from his album “Snow Globe” and might just bring a few friends along.  Who knows, it’s Nashville.  Click here to get your tickets!



Modoc – Runnin

MODOC runnin

As you unfold the corners of Nashville, you can peer into a world flooding with diversity, where streams run together and mountains jet high above the clouds. These summits of success are just as high as they are unstable. The terrifying fear of plummeting is almost equal to the electrifying thrill of potential, yet many artists make the move to Nashville for this reason – it is a hotbed for aspirations and inspirations alike. For MODOC*, when Clint Culberson, Kyle Addison, Caleb Crockett and John Carlson met at Ball State University in Indiana, they knew making the move was something they had to do.

“It’s Music City! We love it here. We saw some of the guys we looked up to move down here and start their careers in music, and we wanted in on it. We’ve been able to reach more cities and more fans using Nashville as a touring base. We have grown exponentially as people as well as musicians. I think our fanbase has been on a continual rise since.”

With so many dreamers trying to scale these mountains at once, two things are for sure… it takes someone different to make it to the top, and making it to the top makes you different. Either way, if you’re going to start climbing, you better mean it. MODOC means it, and they’re climbing.

“I’ve always believed in having your cake and eating it too. That doesn’t mean it’s easy, but when things you’ve worked hard for start becoming a reality, it is sometimes very crazy. Wow, is this really happening? Are people I don’t know really fans of our work? We’ve had some really good placements as of recently. Fox Sports just made us their Band of the Month for December. Pearl Jam was their artist for November- which is one of my favorite bands ever- that’s kind of crazy to think about!”

What at first may have looked like grappling for a new crevice to take hold as they ascended has progressed to a steady incline of popularity for the band.

“We recently signed a deal with Zavitson Music Group and since this was more of a rebirth for MODOC, we felt since we were being introduced to a whole new set of fans, the album didn’t really need a title. This album is MODOC – nice to meet you!”


This album that went live in August has an expected Vinyl counterpart that will be released next month.

It’s not their style to get lost in the muck and mire of the musical jungle that often turns out burned up genres. They’re a great rock band, a one-of-a-kind sound without sacrificing that Nashville flair that has become part of their identity.

“We travelled quite a bit this year. We have a lot of favorites. Lately, Baton Rouge has been noticeably diggin’ it. It’s been great to see the growth there.  Nashville is home, we love our hometown crowd, but chances are there is always someone in the crowd that can outplay you, so it forces you to improve and put every bit of energy into the show that people came to see.”

A little bit more about MODOC

“We chose the name out of desperation and now it has just kind of stuck. We had a show before we had a name. Fans have a lot of meanings for MODOC. My personal favorite is Missouri Department of Corrections… MODOC, IN. That small town is very significant now- realizing how much that community molded me, it definitely holds a place in my rebellious heart. They’re underdogs, much like MODOC.”

*MODOC (Clint Culberson on vocals/guitars, Kyle Addison on lead guitars/vocals, Caleb Crockett on bass/vocals and John Carlson on drums/vocals)


Kaitlyn Crocker,
CEO | Writer | Website Manager of


The Colourist – Little Games

Little GamesThe Colourist first stumbled upon one another in an underused warehouse in Orange County, CA, where Adam and Maya discovered the harmonic chemistry that has come to define the band’s bright and anthemic signature sound.

Having spent much of 2012 honing their live show with the likes of Grouplove, Electric Guest and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Colourist begin 2013 holed up in a small studio in Southern California. It’s there that Adam Castilla (vocals, guitar), Maya Tuttle (drums, vocals), Kollin Johannsen (guitar, bass), and Justin Wagner (bass, keys) committed their pop-fueled, indie-bred rock to tape before embarking on their first tour which included appearances at Coachella along with support shows with Metric and Youngblood Hawke and Atlas Genius.

On August 20th The Colourist will release their first recorded music into the world with an EP called Lido. The 4 songs represent a sampling of this band’s ability to write smart, engaging songs laced with hooks that leave you wanting more.


the615 12/02/13

Episode74. the615 12/02/13

Local Artist of the week
Modoc- Runing

Dj Picks
Hammel – Golden Youth- We Are Alive- Quite Frame, Wild Light
Wells – Adam Burrows- The Worlds Largest Pumpkins

This Just In
Army Of Me- White Flag Flies- Searching For You
Silver Trees- Paper Hearts- Paper Hearts EP

Live in the Lightning 100 Studios- Korby Lenker- Playin’ Live Tuesday Dec 3rd at Stone Fox 8pm W/ Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden, THe Whistle and the Bells, Jillian Edwards, Emily West, Shannon Labrie

Korby Lenker Live- My Little Life- Korby Lenker
Korby Lenker’s pick- Kate Tucker- Revolution

Bands Around Town
Zeke Duhon – Open Up Your Eyes-(Playin’ Live tonight 12/2 at Mercy Lounge for 8 off 8th w/ Justin Kalk, Gavin Shea, Them Vibes and others)
Los Colognes- Working Together- Working Together (Playin’ Live Saturday 12/7 at the Basement w/ Steelism and Belle Adair)
Matt Wertz- Carolina- (Playin’ Live Sunday 12/8/13 at 3rd & Lindsley for Nashville Sunday Night w/ Emily West and KS Rhodes)


Fitz and The Tantrums Secret Show


Fitz and the Tantrums has always been a Lightning 100 favorite on 100.1 FM.  The band was in town for a show at Marathon Music Works and decided to do a quick preview on air at William Colliers.  We just finished the videos for “Out of My League” and “The Walker”, but have two more coming your way.  You can also listen to the full performance via SoundCloud posted below!


Second Harvest Holiday Drive

1236529_10151815781309174_553809166_nListen in to Lightning 100 all day on December 3rd to support Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest will be taking over the station, and you will have opportunities to donate to this worthy cause all day! Support hungry Middle Tennesseeans this holiday season, and you’ll have a shot to win one of several great giveaways, including first-row tickets to see John Mayer at Bridgestone Arena!

When: Tuesday, December 3rd from 6:00am to 7:00pm
Where: On Your Radio – Listen in to get involved!
Cost: As much as you’d like to donate!


Lightning 100 will be broadcasting all day on December 3rd in support of Second Harvest Food Bank. We will be raising money for this incredible cause, working to feed local families who would otherwise go hungry this holiday season. Listen in all day for opportunities to donate. Making a donation to Second Harvest will enter you into drawings for three different pairs of concert tickets throughout the day, including first-row tickets to see John Mayer at the Bridgestone Arena! Not only are the prizes awesome, but the cause is even better, as you’ll help to bring holiday cheer to local families, a gift that is truly priceless.


Click here to visit the Second Harvest website to donate.   Under “What motivated your gift?”, please select radio!

Call Second Harvest at 615-627-1579


Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee opened its doors in 1978 with commitment from several community leaders. The purpose of the organization was to provide a central distribution center for companies, groups and individuals who wished to help provide food for hungry people in Middle Tennessee. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Modeled after the first food bank established in Phoenix in the mid-1970s, Second Harvest was designed to collect food that would otherwise be wasted, inspect and sort this food, and distribute it to soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters serving the hungry. During the first year, this process resulted in a total distribution of 160,000 pounds of food to 75 member agencies.

Today, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is one of the largest and most comprehensive of over 200 food banks and food distribution centers nationwide. During the 2012/2013 fiscal year, Second Harvest distributed 23,955,957 pounds of food to over 400 Partner Agencies providing close to 20 million meals of food to hungry children, families and seniors throughout our 46-county service area. Second Harvest’s vision of ending hunger is more important than ever. Hunger is a big problem, and we need everyone’s help to solve this issue. According to the USDA, an estimated 50.1 million Americans are at risk of hunger, and 16.7 million U.S. children under 18 are food insecure. One in four children in the state of Tennessee are food insecure, and in Middle Tennessee alone, 31 percent of the people Second Harvest serves are children.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Wells Adams & Gabe Dixon

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the615 11/25/13

Episode73. the615 11/25/13

Dj Picks
Hammel – Pug Johnson – The Pug Song (Here & Now) – The Throwed Off & Glad E.P.
Wells – Jacob Thomas Jr. -Bored with You- Original Sin

Live in the Lightning 100 Studios- The Wild Feathers- Got It Wrong

This Just In
Hard Working Americans- Down To The Well- (Playin’ Live 2/22 at Marathon Music Works)
Carolina Story- Your Children’s Children-Chapter One
James+The Wild Spirit – Silver Tongue- The Fires
Blue Of Colors- They Always Come Back- Small Little Pieces
Marquee Mayfield- Breakdown- Dust Off Your Moonshoes

Bands Around Town
Will Hoge- Ms. Williams -Live Nashville Sunday Night (Playin’ Live Saturday 11/30 at Marathon Music Works w/ Red Wanting Blue)
Promised Land Sound-Empty Vase-  Map of Nashville Tennessee (Playin’ Live Saturday 11/30 at Mercy Lounge w/ D. Watsui and JP1)

Phin- Those Killers


Lightning 100′s Team Green Survey

Each year we send out a Team Green Adventures Year End Survey to get feedback from YOU: Lightning 100 listeners, Team Green’s supporters and fans, first-time adventure seekers, volunteers, and community members… so YOU can help us plan events and activities for 2014.
We take your advice seriously, and we REWARD you for sharing it with us! Take the 2013 Year End Survey, and you could win one of 5 GREAT prizes:

At the end of the survey, select the prizes YOU WANT to win! Winners will be announced January 2nd, 2014. The deadline to take this survey is December 24th at 11:59pm.
Past survey results have helped us redesign our website, reduce our membership pricing, choose our member t-shirt color, add new events to our calendar, discover new Non-Profits to partner with, change our event policies, offer more online giveaways, and promote more of Lightning 100′s events on the Team Green calendar!

EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED in becoming a part of Team Green Adventures, we still hope  you’ll take our survey. Responses from listeners and community members who are not interested in the Team Green program also help us to make improvements for the future… plus you can still win the prizes!

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Lightning 100′s Festivus Charity Show

angel-tree-ad-300-x-250Lightning 100′s “Festivus” with The Features and Wild Cub benefiting The Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angels at Marathon Music Works; December 13th at 8pm

Happy Festivus everyone!! Come gather around the Festivus Pole as Lightning 100 celebrates the “holidays” with The Features and Wild Cub all to benefit The Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angels program! Tickets are only $10 with a donation or $20 without.

Lightning 100′s Festivus Charity Show will have all the elements of a Festivus celebration including,The Festivus Pole Photo Booth, The Airing of Grievances Twitter Wall, and The Feats of Strength with Pong Rock Nashville; and you know Festivus Miracles will be happening all night long! There will also be a Seinfeld dress up contest where the best dressed will win a grand prize pack filled with all kinds of Seinfeld swag provided by our friends from My Tv 30!

For more information about the The Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angels Program and how you can get involved:


Franz Ferdinand live acoustic performance


Scotland indie rockers, Franz Ferdinand, stopped by the Lightning 100 studio for an interview and performance with Lt. Dan!  Wonder how Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar), Bob Hardy (bass guitar) sound acoustic?   We were pretty excited to find out.  Click here to watch a performance of “Right Action” and “Love Illumination”.  Listen to the full interview posted below via Soundcloud.


Episode72. the615 11/18/13

Local Artist of the week-
Fabrizio & the Fever- Lately I’ve Been Waiting

Dj Picks
Hammel – DeRobert & The Half Truths- My Mamma Told Me
Wells – Bearheart- Before I Die

Live in the Lightning 100 Studios- Humming House -Single Release Show Thursday 11/21 at Mercy Lounge w/ The Farewell Drifters

Humming House- Fly On- New Single
Humming House Live- Great Divide

This Just In
Dead Martinis- Whispering -Gypsy
Madeleine Slate – Different Too – Fine Lines

Live in the Lightning 100 studios
The Weeks pick- Turbo Fruits- Sweet Thang
The Weeks- Ain’t My Stop- Dear Bo Jackson (Playin’ Live Friday 11/22 Saturday 11/23 at Mercy Lounge)

Bands Around Town
Rebecca Roubion- Here Lies My Pulse -Fields (Playin’ Live Thursday 11/21 at Music City Pie Co.)


Little Green Cars – Lee Harper

858889_10151924597683928_26274029_o Little Green Cars can trace their roots back to a former band, The Revolts, founded in the mid 2000s in Dublin, Ireland. O’Regan and Seaver-O’Leary (as well as former Little Green Cars member Utsav Lal) played with this band which subsequently grew on to become Little Green Cars upon its dissolution. Since signing professional terms, the band has toured America and the UK extensively, released three singles and supported Jake Bugg on his UK tour. The US portion of the 2013 tour included a live performance of their single Harper Lee on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The band has played at the 2013 SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, the Coachella music festival in California, Lollapalooza 2013 in Chicago, IL and the 2013 Osheaga festival in Montréal.



Fabrizio and the Fever – Lately I’ve Been Waiting

69261_489943867728640_1506769855_nFnF is FUN. highly energetic, infinitely passionate and making a serious impact on the Nashville indie rock scene. With an electric grouping of songs written by singer/songwriter Michael Fabrizio FnF leaves a mark on all of their audiences. More than music, FnF is striving to promote peace and unity in a movement and it’s catching on.

With Nathanial Lee on standup bass and Steve Wolfe on drums/percussion, the groove of FnF is strong and full of force. Alex Conerly and Brian Wooden add to the mix with wicked guitar melodies. Fabrizio provides a solid musical contribution with vocals acoustic guitar, piano and harmonica.

“We come from a good place, we want to see the good in people and promote the idea of understanding, Musically, we really love what we do, you can see that passion in our performances” -Fabrizio


Laura Marling performs “Master Hunter” on Letterman

Laura Marling performed “Master Hunter” on my show on Monday, November 11 before her show at Marathon Music Works that night. I didn’t get video of it, but thought you might want to check her out performing it live on Letterman earlier this year. You can hear my chat with her and her Lightning 100 in studio performance in our Audio Archive.


Ed Kowalcyk from Live

Ed Kowalcyk of the band Live stopped by the Lightning 100 studio before his concert at Franklin Theatre to chat with Lightning 100′s Lt. Dan.



wells smells photo11/13/13  The Colorist -”Little Games” -Lido EP

11/6/13 King Khan and The Shrines - “Born To Die” – Bite My Tongue

10/31/13 Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – “Stranger To My Happiness” – Give The People What They Want

10/23/13 The Head And The Heart- “Another Story”- Let’s Be Still


Roots of a Rebellion – Fixman


After winning Lightning 100’s Music City Mayhem contest in 2012, Roots of a Rebellion took the stage at Live on the Green. In the last year and a half, the reggae rock band has continued to make progressive steps in their careers and in building up their community.

In addition to their “Inner Light” EP they’ve released a Summer Sampler 2013, including 17 songs that radiate with their continual sunshine. Austin Smith’s passion for creating messages and not just lyrics, movements and not just albums shines through as he said, “We wanted them [audiences] to pay us whatever… because at this stage in the game it is more important that our music and message is getting across.”

“What I’ve come to discover is that I get lost in all kinds of music all year round…but reggae is the one and only type of music that no matter what, every time, makes me feel at ease and allows me to quiet my mind, slow down, and enjoy the moment for what it is.”

“The song ‘Fixman’ means a lot to us as a band and it is one that I personally think exemplifies the message of Roots of a Rebellion which is—only you can fix you, only you can make you happy. Think for yourself. We are all going through something, and it’s up to each of us to “walk through our pain on our own” –Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers.”

With the growth of the band has also come much change. “Dear friend and founding bass player” Alec Newnam parted ways with the band to pursue graduate school. Adam Quellhorst, another long time friend, was then introduced to ROAR as bassist. Amidst the tumult, things kept falling into place as the group prepped for their next big move as their lead guitarist returned home from spending the Spring in California.

“The summer of 2013 found a brand new band of brothers united for the sole purpose of making music… When the band started, I [Austin] was the main singer and songwriter, but now everyone in the band has songs they’ve written and a voice to bring to the table, which makes for some serious experimentation and self-discovery as a band!”

“Before LOTG, we were very fortunate to have a super strong group of friends and followers from Belmont, but since LOTG we have seen such a wide variety of folks receive our music very well! All ages, colors, sizes, and types of people have expressed their appreciation for what we are doing and it is an enormous blessing!”

The Roots Crew

ROAR is not just a band, it’s the start of a movement. Each member has played volunteer shows for Hands on Nashville with still-dirty hands from planting trees and cleaning up local Nashville schools. While they could easily pull the artist-card and focus only on their music, they have given of themselves individually and as a family to bless others in any way that they can.

They’re not stopping there, however. They’re recruiting fans and friends to get in on the action, too. Stay up to date with their latest efforts and get involved at the Root’s Crew house.

“This past fall we started hosting ‘Medicine Wednesdays,’ a time every week where we’d come together and play our music in the hopes of spreading the healing power of music. This idea was inspired by one of our favorite bands named THUNDERBODY from Rochester, NY. This lead to meeting some truly inspiring individuals, who received our music and message of love and growth with open arms, minds, and hearts.”

“We are now, more than ever, a serious tribe of brothers and sisters, working to promote the healing power of music and it’s ability to unite like-minded individuals striving for strong, local communities thriving by staying positive and making the best music we can, all thanks to the Grace of God.”


Kaitlyn Crocker,
CEO | Writer | Website Manager of



the615 11/11/13

Episode71. the615 11/11/13

Local Artist of the week-
Roots of a Rebellion- Fixman (Playin’ Live Friday 11/16/13 at Soulshine Pizza at 7:15)

Dj Picks
Hammel – Pang-Summer Daze-  Follow Your Dreams
Wells – The Wans- Satisfied

This Just In
That’s My Kid- When You Gonna Go- New EP
Kim Logan – Black Magic Boy – Kim Logan

Live in the Lightning 100 Studios
Tristen- Island Dream(Live Acoustic)- Caves
Moon Taxi – Morocco – Mountains, Beaches, Cities (On David Letterman Tonight 11/11/13)

Bands Around Town
Alanna Royale- Animal-Bless Her Heart- (Playin’ Live Wednesday 11/13 at Mercy Lounge w/ Lee Fields & the Expressions)
Vitek- Sun Bird- (Playin’ Live Thursday 11/14 at Mercy Lounge Communion Show w/ Tennis & 4 on the floor)


The Head and The Heart Secret Show


Click here to watch the live views!

After performing at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Music Festival, The Head and The Heart stuck around an extra day to perform a secret show for a few lucky Lightning 100 listeners at William Colliers.  Our friends at were kind enough to film the performance!  Click here to see The Head and The Heart perform “Down In The Valley”, “Shake”, “Let’s Be Still” and “Lost In My Mind”.


NSN preview: Ivan & Alyosha

Once again Yuengling presents Nashville Sunday Night at 3RD and Lindsley this week featuring Ivan & Alyosha, Matrimony, and The Falls. Our very own Ana Lee will be hosting and Lightning 100 will be broadcasting both Matrimony, and Ivan & Alyosha’s sets on air so if you cannot make it out to the show be sure to listen to Lightning 100 this Sunday night from 8-10 PM!

Ivan & Alyosha

Another powerhouse band coming out of the Seattle area, Ivan & Alyosha deliver intriguing lyrics through infectious harmonies supported by powerful melodies. Their latest effort, All the Times We Had, is the bands first full-length album to come after their two EP releases. Known for their high-energy live performances the band combines elements of folk, Americana, and rock in an impressive way that is sure to capture your attention. Take a listen to “Be Your Man”


Montibello Drive is this Charolette. North Carolina based bands highly anticipated debut album, and it was worth the wait. Matrimony has opened for a variety of acts such as Langhorne Slim, and Passion Pit. This energetic band has been performing and touring relentlessly and their connection as not only a band but a collective group of pairs of brothers and pairs of lovers alike. Take a listen to “Obey your Guns.”

The Falls

Make sure you show up early to catch The Falls! This pair of songwriters have had romantic ups and downs in their lives that they are not afraid to write about and share with their fans. The twist is that the songs are about the romantic ups and downs of their own relationship, with each other. Truly an interesting pair this band will not disappoint. Take a listen to “Home”

Written by Jesse Nordstrom


Laura Mvula

Here’s the video for the song “Green Garden” you’ve been hearing recently on Lightning 100.  It’s from her record “Sing To The Moon”


Young The Giant

Here’s the official video for “It’s About Time” from the new record “Mind Over Matter” due out on Jan. 21st, 2014…


Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

You’ve been hearing “Stranger To My Happiness” from their new record “Give The People What They Want” due out on Jan. 14th, 2014… Here’s another track that’s got Sharon animated!!!  It’s called “Retreat”


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