Nashville Concert Calendar

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Dec
20
Sat
Hard Working Americans “The First Waltz” Screening @ Acme Feed and Seed
Dec 20 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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Join us at Acme Feed & Seed for the premiere screening of
Hard Working American’s The First Waltz.
This screening is sponsored by the Boe Foundation and will benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission to provide meals for the hungry this Holiday Season.
$18 Advance/$20 Day of Show
The film documents the Hard Working Americans’ (Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Duane Trucks, Chad Staehly, Jesse Aycock) beginnings… behind the scenes in the studio as the band collaborates on their self-titled debut album and on the road following the band close-up throughout their national tour. The film live concert highlights from their sold-out stops in Boulder (Dec 2013), Nashville (Feb 2014) San Francisco (Jan 2014) and features music from the HWA, Todd Snider and more.
Dec
21
Sun
Nashville Sunday Night Presents: Andy Davis and Friends @ 3rd and Lindsley
Dec 21 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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Andy Davis’s smart and seductive blue-eyed soul music weds indelible hooks to sly, incisive lyrics, creating songs that sound like newly minted pop-soul classics. A Louisiana native, Davis released his first album, “Thinks of Her,” in 2004. “Thinks of Her” struck a chord on college campuses, selling out its initial print run. The original pressing of the CD — with Davis’s hand-written lyrics and stenciled cover art — became a collector’s item within months of its release.

In 2005, the remastered rerelease of “Thinks of Her” gained Davis national exposure and brought him to the attention of legendary music producer Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello). The result of their collaboration was “Let the Woman,” a sophisticated, sonically adventurous album that ignited a bidding war. Barnes and Noble won the exclusive rights to distribute “Let the Woman” online and and in their stores all over the world. The album’s single, “Brown Eyes,” became a staple on AAA radio stations nationwide, and “Let the Woman” became a #4 bestseller.

Davis toured extensively in support of “Let the Woman”, both headlining and opening for Colbie Caliat, Jakob Dylan, Mat Kearney, Will Hoge, Howie Day, and NEEDTOBREATHE.

The following year, Davis became a prominent member of Ten Out of Tenn, a critically acclaimed collective of Nashville singer/songwriters who joined forces for a collaborative tour that was documented in the award-winning documentary film, “Any Day Now.”  In 2009, Davis returned to Nashville to record his latest EP, “New History,” which was featured in — and inspired — a recent episode of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”

In March of 2011 Davis broke back onto the scene launching a Kickstarter campaign, asking fans to help fund his next album. He ended up raising over $41,000 in 30 days, and went to LA to make another album with Mitchell Froom and David Boucher. Bringing in acclaimed studio musicians Matt Chamberlain and David LaBruyere, Davis captured an album’s worth of songs in an oldschool style, abandoning the click track and focusing on real, live musical moments between he and the musicians. The result was a new full-length album, called Heartbreak Yellow.

Heartbreak Yellow was released on iTunes Jan 3, 2012, and was immediately in the top rankings of the Singer/Songwriter genre.  A thoroughly contemporary artist raised on old-school rock and soul, Andy Davis’s infallible ear for hooks — for a well-turned phrase — and for the often irregular heartbeat of human relationships continues to engage longtime fans and win him new ones.

Dec
27
Sat
An Acoustic Evening with Jason Isbell with Amanda Shires @ City Winery Nashville
Dec 27 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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Alabama native Jason Isbell is both a product of his Northern Alabama roots and an example of how musical influences can help an artist evolve and mature. Born in Greenhill, Alabama, Isbell is undeniably inspired by the soul-tinged rock, country, and blues produced in neighboring Muscle Shoals. His sound continues to evolve but is equal parts loud and thoughtful, Southern and worldly. As a lyricist, Jason is willing to tell the difficult stories, whether raw, introspective, messy, or poetic. As an artist, he reveals his own vulnerabilities – his successes and failures – that listeners might find

kinship, or perspective. The Wall Street Journal writes, “A composer of splendidly crafted songs, he performs with an intensity that connects the listener to the deep and genuine emotions that inspire his work.”

His past albums include Sirens of the Ditch, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Here We Rest, and Live from Alabama. His most recent release, Southeastern, garnered significant critical acclaim. In 2014, Isbell earned three Americana Music Awards, including Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Cover Me Up”), and Album of the Year, for Southeastern.

SIMILAR ARTISTS: Ryan Adams, Rhett Miller, Jeff Tweedy

ABOUT AMANDA SHIRES:

Amanda Shires landed everywhere from NPR’s Tiny Desk to the Grand Ole Opry to the cover of Texas Music as their Artist Of The Year in 2011. Now she’s back with ‘Down Fell The Doves’ set for August 6 release via Lightning Rod Records. The album’s 11 original songs feature Amanda’s sharpest writing to date, brought to life by a voice that melts, a fiddle that sears, and guitars – played for the most part by her husband, Jason Isbell – that scrape and howl.

Shires has blossomed into a truly original voice with ‘Doves,’ which was produced by Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes, REM) and recorded at his Chase Park Transduction studio in Athens, GA. “Bulletproof” ponders invincibility with the help of a Siberian tiger claw. “Wasted and Rollin'” casts a deep, impressionistic fog. For “Deep Dark Below” Shires’ attention shifts to the underworld, where the devil plays fiddle with a bow made of bones. “Song for Leonard Cohen” has a softer touch, imagining a drunken evening stroll with the master songwriter.

Now based in Nashville, Shires began playing fiddle at age ten in Texas. By 15, she had joined the Texas Playboys, former backing band of western swing pioneer Bob Wills. More recently she has toured and recorded with Snider and Justin Townes Earle who says, “With a voice that whispers Dolly and lyrics that scream Faulkner, this girl shines like a diamond.”

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Dec
28
Sun
Nashville Sunday Night Presents: Nikki Lane with Charlie Mars
Dec 28 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Dec
30
Tue
Old Crow Medicine Show @ Ryman Auditorium
Dec 30 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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On September 17, 2013 Old Crow Medicine Show received the great honor of being inducted as the newest members of the historic Grand Ole Opry. Other highlights from the year included winning the Grammy Award for “Best Long Form Music Video” for the film Big Easy Express, and having their classic single, “Wagon Wheel”, receive the RIAA’s Platinum certification for selling over 1,000,000 copies.

The band got its start busking on street corners in New York state and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. He immediately invited the band to play at his MerleFest, helping to launch their career. Shortly thereafter the band relocated to Nashville for a residency at the Grand Ole Opry, where they entertained the crowd between shows.

It’s been nearly fifteen years since these humble beginnings, and the band has gone on to tour the world, sell over 800,000 albums, become frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion, and play renowned festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella, and the Newport Folk Festival.

In 2011 Old Crow found themselves embarking on the historic Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford and Sons, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. This tour had the bands riding a vintage train from California to New Orleans, playing shows along the way. The magic of this musical excursion across America’s vast landscape is captured in the Emmet Malloy directed documentary, Big Easy Express.

Old Crow Medicine Show now have five studio albums to their name, three of which were released by Nettwerk Records – O.C.M.S. and Big Iron World produced by David Rawlings, and Tennessee Pusher produced by Don Was. In 2012 Old Crow released Carry Me Back, on which they continued to craft classic American roots music while pushing themselves in new directions. The band’s newest album, Remedy, released by ATO Records and produced by Ted Hutt represents a new stretch of road in the timeless journey of a rambling string band.

Dec
31
Wed
New Year’s Eve at The National Underground @ National Underground
Dec 31 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Ring in 2015 on the best rooftop on Broadway.

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Lightning 100 Presents St. Paul & the Broken Bones @ Marathon Music Works
Dec 31 @ 8:00 PM – 11:45 PM

13-atlgGrit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling:
these are the promises of a great soul band. And St. Paul & The Broken Bones deliver
on those promises.

Half The City is the compelling full-length Single Lock/Thirty Tigers debut of the
Birmingham, Alabama-based sextet, who have already created a maelstrom of interest
with their roof-raising live shows and self-released four-song 2012 EP. Produced by Ben
Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in the storied R&B mecca of
Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the album harkens back to the region’s classic soul roots while
extending the form with electrifying potency.

Front man Paul Janeway’s handle “St. Paul” is a wry allusion to the vocalist’s grounding
in the church. Like many a legendary soul singer, Janeway, a native of the small town of
Chelsea, Alabama, was raised on the gospel side, in a non-denominational, Pentecostalleaning
local church. Virtually no non-religious music could be heard in his devout
household. Janeway says, “The only secular music that I heard at all was a ’70s group
called the Stylistics, and Sam Cooke. That was about it. The rest of it was all gospel
music. When I was about 10 years old, I was groomed to be a minister. My goal in life
until I was about 18 years old was to be a preacher.”

He adds, “My pastor was the reason that I learned to play guitar. They would let me play
guitar and sing in church. What was weird was that he would never let me sing lead – I’d
sing background vocals. I always thought, ‘Well, maybe I’m just a good background
vocalist.’ So I never thought I could really, really sing, at all. I never thought it would be a
living, ever.”

Though his time in the church exposed Janeway to key influences in gospel music – the
Mighty Clouds of Joy, Alex Bradford, Clay Evans – he began moving away from his
youthful path in his late teens. He began attending open mic nights in Birmingham’s
clubs and diversified his listening, excited by some decidedly left-of-center talents. “Tom
Waits and Nick Cave were the really big attractions,” he says. “They have that passion.
They’ve built this aura. They’re showmen to the teeth. And that’s what got me – it’s like
going to church, in a weird way. At about the same time, I began listening to the great
soul singers like Otis Redding, James Carr, and O.V. Wright. I was trying to find
something that made my earbuds tingle.”

Seeking his musical comfort zone, Janeway had an incongruous stint in a band that
played Led Zeppelin covers, but, he confesses today, “That’s not what I do.” However,
his early work in the rock vein brought him together with bassist Jesse Phillips. The pair
became close friends and were soon writing together; “Sugar Dyed,” “Broken Bones and
Pocket Change,” and “That Glow,” all heard on Half The City, were among the first fruits
of their collaboration.

The other members of the Broken Bones are all drawn from Alabama’s deep talent pool.
Guitarist Browan Lollar, from the Muscle Shoals area about 100 miles north of
Birmingham, previously played with Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit. “We never thought Browan
would ever be interested in this band – he was too big-time for us,” says Janeway.

“Jesse had met him while he was on tour with another band out of Birmingham. He
asked Browan to come to the studio, and he showed up. I think we caught him at the
right time. He wasn’t busy, and he said, ‘Man, I really want to be a part of this.'”
Jasper, Alabama, native Andrew Lee signed on via his acquaintance with Phillips. “We
just picked him up on the way to the studio,” Janeway recalls. “Jesse said, ‘I know this
guy, why don’t I just call him.’ And 30 minutes later, he’s sitting there playing drums on
‘Sugar Dyed.’ Andrew’s just a hell of a drummer.” Brass players Allen Branstetter and
Ben Griner are both graduates of the music program at Birmingham’s Samford
University. Janeway says his vision of the band always called for a two-man horn
section, a la the celebrated Memphis Horns, and he approached Griner, although the
latter’s main instrument was tuba. “I told Ben, ‘Man, I’ve got to have horns. Do you think
you can play trombone?’ He said, ‘I’ll give it a shot.’ And he brought Allen with him.”
All six members share writing credit on 10 of the songs on Half The City, with Janeway
contributing lyrics. “We firmly believe in a shared, communal writing process,” the singer
says. “These guys are extremely talented. The drummer wrote horn parts. Browan threw
something in. It’s very collective. We just get in a room. Sometimes we’ll have the scales
for a song, or sometimes we’ll have this little riff. That’s how we do it.”

In Tanner — who logged time at Muscle Shoals’ aptly named FAME Studios, where
scores of memorable soul records were cut — St. Paul and the Broken Bones found a
like-minded producer and label boss. Half The City is among the first releases on Single
Lock Records, the imprint co-founded by Tanner, John Paul White of the Civil Wars, and
Will Trapp.

“When we started getting cranked up and nobody really knew who the hell we were, we
got Ben to mix our original four-song EP,” says Janeway. “We just hit it off. He said,
‘Hey, guys, I’m in the process of starting this label. Obviously you can say no, but we’d
love for you to be a part of it.’ And we said, ‘Hell, yeah.'”

Reaching back nearly 50 years to methods employed the great epoch of deep Southern
soul, Tanner and the group eschewed studio trickery for an in-the-moment approach
during sessions at the Nutthouse in Muscle Shoals, AL. Fittingly, the album was mixed at
FAME. Janeway explains, “We said, ‘We’re doing this as old-school as we can.’ We did
it to tape. We did it live. What you hear is taken from about three takes, and we took the
best take. I love it. It’s raw. You hear all the scrapes.” Special guests include Al Gamble
on piano, organ and wurlitzer, Daniel Stoddard on pedal steel, Jamie Harper on baritone
sax and Tanner on piano, organ and background vocals.

Half The City – vital, direct, emotionally affecting – presents the same engaged, highvoltage,
in-the-pocket sound that St. Paul & The Broken Bones produce at their live
dates, where Janeway’s extroverted performing style enraptures his audiences.

“I’m going to be dancing, getting in the aisles, climbing on tables,” he says. “That’s just
the way we do it. It really takes me back to church. There’s not a lot of difference. When
I get on stage, it’s, ‘All right, it’s time to pour it on.'”

Moon Taxi with The Lonely Biscuits @ War Memorial Auditorium
Dec 31 @ 8:00 PM – 11:45 PM

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Moon Taxi: For the members of Moon Taxi, their third album, Mountains Beaches Cities, represents the idea of exploration – searching both the world and themselves for new experiences. The Nashville rock group, who had honed in on a notably compelling aesthetic with their previous album Cabaret, focused on extending the sonic landscape they’d created in earlier recordings, but this time around they amp up the speed and turn up the volume – creating an overall bigger sound.

The album was self-produced by Moon Taxi’s own guitarist Spencer Thomson with the help of keyboardist Wes Bailey and was mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, The Dead Weather) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Fleet Foxes).

“One thing we didn’t want to do was stray too far from what we did before,” Wes says. “We really knew that things for the band had shifted in a good direction and we were growing because of our last record. We wanted to continue the energy we created from that record.”

“Like Cabaret, this project started with rough demos that slowly evolved into a statement from not just the initial songwriter, but evolved into a representation of what each of us individually have experienced in this band and how we’ve grown over the years as players,” Tyler adds. The band, which was founded in 2006, toured extensively in support of Cabaret, appearing at Bonnaroo, Forecastle, and Lollapalooza. Additionally, they have opened for such artists as Matisyahu, Dr. John, and Dirty Heads, and ended 2012 selling out multiple theaters on their own. While on the road, the musicians began to stockpile song ideas and demos, inspired by the trials and tribulations of traveling around the country to play shows. In early 2013, the band went into the studio to begin recording Mountains Beaches Cities with these touring experiences in mind. Much of the recording was done in Spencer’s apartment with only a few days of drum and bass riffs laid down in Nashville’s Sony Tree studio. Although Mountains Beaches Cities feels like an extension of Cabaret’s aesthetic, the new album is explorative, and its lyrics recount a new narrative for the musicians.

Each song on the album, and even the album title, generates its own story and imagery, but all come back to that idea of exploration and searching. “Beaches,” a surging, borderline experimental track Spencer calls “risky and ambitious” transports the listener with its haunting, emotive melody while jangling acoustic song “Young Journey” encapsulates the eye-opening experience of travel. “Morocco,” a propulsive, hooky track about a place none of the musicians have ever been, seeks adventure in the idea of going abroad. The album as a whole is grandiose and invigorating, each track revealing a new chapter in the LP’s overall story. This record, in particular, is important for Moon Taxi, who has been known in the past for its boisterous live appearances, but with Mountains Beaches Cities, it highlights the nearly perfected balance between the recorded material and how it translates to a live stage.

“We made a conscious effort with the last record to write meaningful songs and produce them in an exciting way,” Trevor says. “That is still the ultimate goal. We strive to produce something that will outlast us as a band. I can see this record reaching an even broader range of people because the song themes are universal. ”

The sound of Moon Taxi pulls from the many different facets and interests of its members. Trevor, who got his start in music playing trumpet in school, is driven by his love for reading, cooking and yoga; while Tyler, who spent his younger years jamming on a drum kit with friends, is driven by an immense appreciation and knowledge of pop culture. Spencer, who used to record himself in his parents garage, has transformed his knowledge of film into producing videos for Moon Taxi’s music. Wes, meanwhile, developed his musical process from classical composers like Mozart and spends his time on tour searching for golf courses while Tommy spends his free time going to concerts and carefully following Nashville’s local music scene. “I think the exploration aspect of the album came from trying to understand and explore ourselves,” Tommy says. “Personally and musically. As we get older we tend to know ourselves better, but there is always more to understand. You try new things, but continue some of the good habits you’ve learned. As we explored our music, we learned more about ourselves and matured as a band. I think it’s a concept that won’t stop at this record, but will carry on to our live shows and other records down the road.”

Old Crow Medicine Show @ Ryman Auditorium
Dec 31 @ 9:00 PM – 11:59 PM

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On September 17, 2013 Old Crow Medicine Show received the great honor of being inducted as the newest members of the historic Grand Ole Opry. Other highlights from the year included winning the Grammy Award for “Best Long Form Music Video” for the film Big Easy Express, and having their classic single, “Wagon Wheel”, receive the RIAA’s Platinum certification for selling over 1,000,000 copies.

The band got its start busking on street corners in New York state and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. He immediately invited the band to play at his MerleFest, helping to launch their career. Shortly thereafter the band relocated to Nashville for a residency at the Grand Ole Opry, where they entertained the crowd between shows.

It’s been nearly fifteen years since these humble beginnings, and the band has gone on to tour the world, sell over 800,000 albums, become frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion, and play renowned festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella, and the Newport Folk Festival.

In 2011 Old Crow found themselves embarking on the historic Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford and Sons, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. This tour had the bands riding a vintage train from California to New Orleans, playing shows along the way. The magic of this musical excursion across America’s vast landscape is captured in the Emmet Malloy directed documentary, Big Easy Express.

Old Crow Medicine Show now have five studio albums to their name, three of which were released by Nettwerk Records – O.C.M.S. and Big Iron World produced by David Rawlings, and Tennessee Pusher produced by Don Was. In 2012 Old Crow released Carry Me Back, on which they continued to craft classic American roots music while pushing themselves in new directions. The band’s newest album, Remedy, released by ATO Records and produced by Ted Hutt represents a new stretch of road in the timeless journey of a rambling string band.

Jan
4
Sun
Nashville Sunday Night Presents: Steelism with Los Colognes @ 3rd and Lindsley
Jan 4 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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Steelism:
It’s a short drive from Nashville, TN, to Muscle Shoals, AL: 125 miles, or about two hours if your foot’s on the leaden side, and you’ve left one musical Mecca for another. Thanks to Nashville instrumental duo Steelism, though, that gap is bridged in the time it takes to listen to a track. Comprised of guitarist Jeremy Fetzer, pedal steel player Spencer Cullum and backed by some of Nashville’s finest young musicians, Steelism blends an eclectic array of vintage and modern influences to create instrumental music that truly sounds like nothing else.

Though Steelism is new to the music scene, Cullum and Fetzer are not, having backed artists like Wanda Jackson, Johnny Fritz, Rayland Baxter and Andrew Combs. The two met while touring the U.K. with Nashville songstress Caitlin Rose, quickly bonding over their shared love for classic movie soundtrack composers like Ennio Morricone and ‘60s instrumental acts like Booker T. and the M.G.s, The Ventures and Pete Drake. Writing together between sound checks, the duo realized it was time for the sidemen to become frontmen, and Steelism was born.

The duo’s full-length debut 615 to FAME releases via Single Lock Records (founded by Ben Tanner of the Alabama Shakes, John Paul White of The Civil Wars and Will Trapp), with marketing and distribution from Thirty Tigers, on September 16, 2014. Half recorded at Muscle Shoals’ historic FAME Studios, where Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding all tracked hits, 615 to FAME was produced by Fetzer and Cullum with co-production from Ben Tanner, and contributions from longtime Nashville-based collaborators Jon Radford (drums) and Michael Rinne (bass). Featuring 10 original instrumentals and one cover, 615 to FAME announces Steelism as one of Nashville’s most exciting new acts.


Los Colognes:

Aaron Mortenson and Jay Rutherford set out to make their debut Los Colognes album in the mold of the great JJ Cale records of the ‘70s. Working Together is parched desert country blues at its best—full of relationships gone south, one-liners that make you think twice, and slow-burning boogie woogie. After a name change and three years tightening their sound and soaking up the remaining strains of classic country music in Nashville, Los Colognes’ Working Together reflects the simple but straight-on lyricism of John Prine, the unhurried grooves of Cale, with a touch Mark Knopfler’s mid-‘80s Dire Straits polish. “Just stay on the train until you feel like you got enough,” explains Mort on the band’s recording studio philosophy. The duo would bring in different players on each session, then take the tapes home to work on them some more, blending in a “soupy, random quality,” says Jay. Though Working Together deals with the unraveling of one particular relationship, Los Colognes have distilled things here to their universal core. After a decades-long musical partnership—writing 500 shitty songs together, Mort jokes, and fully finding their sound—this is the good stuff.

Jan
9
Fri
JonesWorld: A Funk and Soul Party presented by The Nashville Rollergirls @ 3rd and Lindsley
Jan 9 @ 9:15 PM – 11:45 PM
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JonesWorld, Nashville's #1 Funk Band, will be performing a Benefit Concert
with proceeds going to support the Nashville Rollergirls. Last year was a
big year for the Music City All Stars as they climbed 10 spots in the
WFTDA rankings. Currently 29, we have big plans for the 2015 season which
includes a tournament in Eugene, Oregon. We need your help to get there!

Come out to see some great music, a 15 piece Funk Band and show your love
for the Nashville Rollergirls!

Dress up as a rollergirl and enter our costume contest!
Jan
10
Sat
Sam Smith @ Grand Ole Opry House
Jan 10 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Sam Smith (born 19 May 1992)[2] is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure’s breakthrough single “Latch”, which peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. His subsequent feature—on Naughty Boy’s “La La La”—earned him his first number 1 single in May 2013.

In December 2013, he was nominated for the 2014 BRIT Critics’ Choice Award and the BBC’s Sound of 2014 poll,[3][4] both of which he won.[5][6] He released his debut studio album, In the Lonely Hour, in May 2014 on Capitol Records.[7] The lead single, “Lay Me Down”, was released prior to “La La La”. The second single was “Money on My Mind”.[8] The album’s third single “Stay with Me” was an international success, peaking atop both the UK Singles chart and the U.S. Billboard Pop Songs chart (along with the Adult Contemporary, Adult Pop Songs and Radio Songs charts); it also reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Jan
13
Tue
Gregg Allman with special guest SIMO @ Ryman Auditorium
Jan 13 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Lightning 100 presale alert! Get your tickets before everyone else starting at 10am for Gregg Allman at Ryman Auditorium on January 13th and 14th! Presale password is BLUES

Jan
14
Wed
Gregg Allman with special guest Amanda Shires @ Ryman Auditorium
Jan 14 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Lightning 100 presale alert! Get your tickets before everyone else starting at 10am for Gregg Allman at Ryman Auditorium on January 13th and 14th! Presale password is BLUES

Jan
18
Sun
Nashville Sunday Night Presents: Strand of Oaks plus Fly Golden Eagle @ 3rd and Lindsley
Jan 18 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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From the first bars of HEAL, the exhilarating melodic stomp of “Goshen ’97” puts you right into Tim Showalter’s fervent teenage mindset. We find him in his family’s basement den in Goshen, Indiana, feeling alienated but even at 15 years old, believing in the alchemy and power of music to heal your troubles. “The record is called HEAL, but it’s not a soft, gentle healing, it’s like scream therapy, a command, because I ripped out my subconscious, looked through it, and saw the worst parts. And that’s how I got better.” HEAL embodies that feeling of catharsis and rebirth, desperation and euphoria, confusion and clarity. It is deeply personal and unwittingly anthemic.

Showalter was on tour, walking back to his hotel on a mild autumn night in Malmo, Sweden, when he first felt the weight of the personal crisis that would ignite him to write HEAL. “It was a culmination of pressure,” Showalter recalls. “My marriage was suffering, I’d released a record I was disappointed in, I didn’t like how I looked or acted…so I’d gone on tour, I was gone about two years! I didn’t take time to think about failure, but I knew I was going deeper and deeper…I was thinking, I have this life, but it’s not my life, I haven’t done it right…”

HEAL was scheduled for mixing on December 26, 2013. Driving on the freeway on Christmas Day, Showalter and his wife hit a patch of black ice and crashed their car head on into a semi-truck, and were very fortunate to walk away with their lives. Showalter suffered a, “pretty severe,” head trauma, “which affected me much more than I realized at the time.” Fearing delays, Showalter didn’t let Congelton know about it, so the mixing session went ahead. “Being on the verge of death, and my thoughts being so closely tied to that, changed the album’s direction,” Showalter claims. “Together, we pushed it toward a much more cathartic sound that forces the listener to where I was at that exact moment, somewhere between almost dying and being absolutely fearless.”

HEAL is not just a saviour for its creator, but for anyone who needs reminding of music’s ability to heal, or just thrill. Showalter is taking out a full band to play, and finally, the kid who wanted to be a rock star at 21 might get his chance. Finally, he and Strand Of Oaks have much to celebrate.

Jan
21
Wed
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Jan 21 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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Relive all the excitement and adventure of The Legend of Zelda in this brand-new multimedia experience featuring 28 years of music from Nintendo’s phenomenal video game series. Experience new videos and original favorites, projected in HD on giant screens, as your Nashville Symphony performs the music live at the Schermerhorn.

<pOn sale to subscribers and $500+ donors Tuesday, December 2, at 10 am.
You must first log in to take advantage of your presale benefit.
Groups of 12+ may also take advantage of this presale. Call 615.687.6422.
On sale to the public Friday, December 5, at 10 am.

Jan
22
Thu
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Jan 22 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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Relive all the excitement and adventure of The Legend of Zelda in this brand-new multimedia experience featuring 28 years of music from Nintendo’s phenomenal video game series. Experience new videos and original favorites, projected in HD on giant screens, as your Nashville Symphony performs the music live at the Schermerhorn.

<pOn sale to subscribers and $500+ donors Tuesday, December 2, at 10 am.
You must first log in to take advantage of your presale benefit.
Groups of 12+ may also take advantage of this presale. Call 615.687.6422.
On sale to the public Friday, December 5, at 10 am.

Ben Howard @ Ryman Auditorium
Jan 22 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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Ben Howard is touring in support of the release of I Forget Where We Were to be released on October 21st 2014 through Republic Records. It was produced by drummer Chris Bond at Deep Litter Studios in Devon. The album is available for pre-order now here.

Ahead of the album’s release, Ben Howard performed I Forget Where We Were in its entirety on Zane Lowe’s Radio One show last week as part of the BBC’s Even More Music Month. Ben and his five-piece band are the first artists to ever perform an entire album live on Radio One.

I Forget Where We Were follows the release of Ben’s hugely successful debut album, Every KingdomEvery Kingdom, released in October 2011 sold in excess of 1 million copies globally, received a Mercury Music Prize nomination, and was the catalyst for Ben picking up two Brit Awards in 2012 for British Breakthrough and British Solo Male Artist.

Jan
25
Sun
Nashville Sunday Night Presents: Angaleena Presley w/Kristin Diable @ 3rd and Lindsley
Jan 25 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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If there’s a pedigree for a modern country music star, then Angaleena Presley fits all of the criteria: a coal miner’s daughter; native of Beauty, Kentucky; a direct descendent of the original feuding McCoys; a one-time single mother; a graduate of both the school of hard knocks and college; a former cashier at both Wal-Mart and Winn-Dixie. Perhaps best of all the member of Platinum-selling Pistol Annies (with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe) says she “doesn’t know how to not tell the truth.”

That truth shines through on her much-anticipated debut album, American Middle Class, which she co-produced with Jordan Powell. Yet this is not only the kind of truth that country music has always been known for—American Middle Class takes it a step further by not only being a revealing memoir of Presley’s colorful experiences but also a powerful look at contemporary rural American life. “I have lived every minute on this record. My mama ain’t none too happy about me spreading my business around but I have to do it,” Presley says. “It’s the experience of my life from birth to now.”

Yet the specificity of the album’s twelve gems only makes it more universal. While zooming in on the details of her own life, Presley exposes themes to which everyone can relate. The album explores everything from a terrible economy to unexpected pregnancies to drug abuse in tightly written songs that transcend the specific and become tales of our shared experiences. “I think a good song is one where people listen to a very personal story and think ‘That’s my story, too,’” Presley says.

Mission accomplished.

Jan
28
Wed
Jack White @ Bridgestone Arena
Jan 28 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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Jack White performs his first hometown show of 2015 at Bridgestone Arena.  Lightning 100 has your hookup with an exclusive presale this Thursday at 10am.  Password is “lazaretto”.  Limited supply of tickets available.  General on sale starts on Friday at noon.

Jan
29
Thu
Roger Waters Presents Ça Ira @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Jan 29 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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U.S. Premiere—Narrated Live by Roger Waters, and featuring the Nashville Symphony.

Rogers Waters, the creative force of Pink Floyd, presents Ça Ira, his classical opera set during the French Revolution. Ça Ira evokes the passion, faith and madness of a time that forever changed the world.  Featuring Waters’ spoken narration, this epic piece of music is scored for full orchestra, four solo voices, chorus and children’s chorus.

Jan
30
Fri
Roger Waters Presents Ça Ira @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Jan 30 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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U.S. Premiere—Narrated Live by Roger Waters, and featuring the Nashville Symphony.

Rogers Waters, the creative force of Pink Floyd, presents Ça Ira, his classical opera set during the French Revolution. Ça Ira evokes the passion, faith and madness of a time that forever changed the world.  Featuring Waters’ spoken narration, this epic piece of music is scored for full orchestra, four solo voices, chorus and children’s chorus.

Feb
6
Fri
Lightning 100 Presents Cold War Kids with Elliot Moss @ Marathon Music Works
Feb 6 @ 8:00 PM – 11:30 PM
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Los Angeles four-piece Cold War Kids elevate their passionate take on indie rock with their emotionally-raw fourth album Dear Miss Lonelyhearts.Formed in 2004, the band’s breakthrough debut Robbers & Cowards was released to considerable acclaim in 2006. The darker Loyalty To Loyalty followed two years later, and 2011’s Mine Is Yours introduced deeper anthemic qualities to the eclectic group’s catalog.

Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, which features the rollicking, energetic single “Miracle Mile,” is Cold War Kids’ first release with former Modest Mouse and Murder City Devils guitarist Dann Gallucci, who also handled its production alongside Lars Stalfors.

“We were shaken up, ready to let certain songs go further than before by trying new styles and arrangements, while keeping others sparse and caring more about the finished product and less about how we got there,” explains frontman Nathan Willet about the ten-track album, which was recorded at the band’s private studio in San Pedro, CA.

Elliot Moss
Elliot Moss is a 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist songwriter, producer, and visual artist from New York. The third generation in a family of musicians and artists, Elliot released his debut album ‘Highspeeds’ – all played, recorded, and mixed himself with the exception of a few friends.
Umphrey’s McGee @ Ryman Auditorium
Feb 6 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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After 16 years of performing over 100 concerts annually, releasing seven studio albums and selling more than 3.3 million tracks online, Umphrey’s McGee might be forgiven if they chose to rest on their laurels and attend to their lives as husbands and fathers. But you’d be wrong. With their eighth studio album, Similar Skin, and first for their own indie label, Nothing Too Fancy (N2F) Music (distributed by RED), the group – which formed on the Notre Dame campus outside of South Bend, Indiana in 1997 – has something to prove. And that’s not just to their ever-loyal fan base, but to those who have never heard a note, or worse – dismiss them as “too sophisticated, too complex” or think they know what Umphrey’s McGee is all about.

More than an “improg” group, as some have dubbed them, Umphrey’s McGee have devoted their craft to making their devoted followers feel as if they are part of something larger, through fan-curated sets, which include the “Stew Art Series”.   Named after the Jimmy Stewart Ballroom, where they first recorded some of their improvisations, they offer fans a chance to text them during an exclusive private performance with not only song selections, but spontaneous ideas of how to perform them. The band has also developed the immersive home audio offering, “Headphones & Snowcones,” where the pristine sound of the live soundboard mix is piped wirelessly through high-end personal monitor systems and headphones, leading the Chicago Tribute to note: “I heard rock ‘n’ roll’s future, and its name is ‘Headphones & Snowcones.’” Umphrey’s McGee also makes all their live shows from 2006 available via their live music portal UMLive.net. And, every spring since 2010, the band has performed a special UMBowl show, announced on the day of the Super Bowl, which this year will take place outside Chicago for the first time this May at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, in May. The idea is to divide the concert into four quarters, stringing together “All-Request,” “Stew Art,” “Choose Your Own Adventure” and “Raw Stewage” sets in rotating order each year. The UMBowl has a pilgrimage-worthy annual event for fans, and the press has taken notice. Wired said, “[UMBowl] gives Umphrey’s McGee a chance to show off its improvisatory skills…it brings the type of large-scale, smartphone powered interactive experience usually deployed in massive stadiums down to the club level.”

Feb
7
Sat
Trampled by Turtles @ Ryman Auditorium
Feb 7 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Trampled By Turtles formed in 2003 in Duluth, Minnesota. From their beginnings on the Midwestern festival circuit, they have reached new heights with each album.  The release of 2012’s Stars And Satellites saw the band play to more fans than ever, sell close to 100,000 albums, make their first national television appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman, and have their first concert feature, Live at First Avenue, broadcast on Palladia. This year will see the band headline Red Rocks Ampitheatre for the first time and the kickoff of their own festival, Festival Palomino, which will take place September 20, 2014 outside Minneapolis.  

Lead songwriter Dave Simonett has been especially affected by change over the last few years.  He relocated from Duluth to the city of Minneapolis.  “When I lived in Duluth, I think I took connection with uncivilized nature for granted. There, I had to drive 20 minutes and I was in the middle of nowhere, and I did this almost daily,” says Simonett.  “This was a very important ritual for me. Solitary time in a nearly untouched landscape is my version of church, so I think there is a bit of loss of religion in a lot of my work these days. I’ve always been a little obsessed with our struggle to stay connected to our simple animal side, the part of our nature that lived off the earth, hunted live game, worshipped trees and mountains. I believe a lot of sadness is caused by feeling disconnected with the rest of nature.  A lot of what is instinctual for us is beaten down and frowned upon in modern society.  It has to be confusing for the subconscious.”

Feb
12
Thu
Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Ryman Auditorium
Feb 12 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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Tedeschi Trucks Band is an 11-member collective that thrills audiences worldwide with its transcendent live performances and award-winning albums.Formed in 2010 by husband-and-wife Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, and featuring two harmony singers, a three-piece horn section, keyboards, bass and a pair of drummers, TTB disproves the adage “less is more” while building a devoted following of fans and critics alike.

Just three years in, Tedeschi Trucks Band has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe, and Japan, headlining the venerable Newport Jazz Festival, co-headlining tours with B.B. King and The Black Crowes, and playing to packed houses in the world’s most celebrated venues from Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Beacon Theatre to the Hollywood Bowl and Royal Albert Hall. TTB’s debut release Revelator, produced at the couple’s Swamp Raga home studio, earned both a Grammy and Blues Music Award while 2011’s dynamic live follow-up, Everybody’s Talkin’, delivered a double-disc classic reminiscent of legendary concert recordings like Mad Dogs and Englishmen and The Allman Brothers Band’s At Fillmore East. Currently the band is touring in support of its second studio effort, Made Up Mind, which  entered the Billboard 200 at #11 and was hailed by Rolling Stone as “equal parts Stax and Muscle Shoals without dilution of either.”

Emerging as one of the most respected guitarists of his generation, Trucks led his own Derek Trucks Band for over 15 years prior to teaming with Tedeschi. Presently and for the past 13 years the Florida native also performs as a full member of The Allman Brothers Band and has toured with both Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana. Additionally as the youngest musician to make the list, the slide guitar wunderkind was voted #16 of the top 100 Guitarists of All Time (Rolling Stone – November 2011) by a panel of fellow musicians and industry experts.

No stranger to center stage herself, singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi started playing in bands in her hometown of Boston at age 13. Her knack for combining American roots music, particularly electric blues, Southern soul, and gospel, with passionate, awe-inspiring vocal prowess has resulted in a prolific solo career full of award-winning records, six Grammy nominations, and a devoted following. Blessed with a voice that ranges from powerful R&B belters to gentle ballads, Tedeschi is a talented guitarist as well, her style alternately recalling post-war electric blues and Hendrix-inspired rock.

Easily capable of shining as individuals, this ensemble of 11 is concerned more with the sound than the spotlight. Sharing a level of respect and camaraderie rarely found in rock and roll, Tedeschi Trucks Band has found a magical combination that delivers nightly an unforgettable, can’t-miss concert experience, one the Boston Herald says, “booms like a soul thunderclap.” For these musicians and their audiences, more is indeed more.

Feb
13
Fri
Adam Devine with special guest Adam Ray @ Marathon Music Works
Feb 13 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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FRI, FEBRUARY 13, 2015

DOORS: 8:00 PM / SHOW: 9:00 PM

MARATHON MUSIC WORKS

NASHVILLE, TN

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Adam Devine is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world. Devine is best known as a co-creator, writer, and star of the hit Comedy Central show Workaholics. In addition, he can be seen on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party, which recently wrapped its second season.
Devine recently wrapped production on Nancy Meyers’ The Intern opposite of Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro, where he plays the head of the interns in the Warner Bros’ comedy about a seventy-year-old widower (DeNiro) who enters an intern program. He also wrapped production on Sony’s Final Girls opposite of Nina Dobrev and Thomas Middleditch, as well as on Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2, where he will return as Bumper Allen, leader of the all-male campus singing champions.
Devine starred in the Universal comedy Pitch Perfect, which follows the competitive world of collegiate a cappella and also stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Rebel Wilson. He can also be seen in his scene-stealing reoccurring guest star role as a nanny in ABC’s Modern Family. He currently voices the character of Pizza Steve on Cartoon Network’s Uncle Grandpa, and Boone on Disney’s upcoming animated show Penn Zero.
His sketch-comedy group, Mail Order Comedy, has headlined sold-out comedy shows all over the nation. Devine acts, writes and produces all of Mail Order Comedy’s material, including Workaholics.
Devine also performed in the “New Faces” show at the Montreal Comedy Festival, shortly after which he was cast opposite Jon Heder and Diane Keaton in the Warner Bros’ movie Mamma’s Boy. He appeared on Comedy Centrals Live at Gotham and on TBS’ Frank TV and ABC’s Better Off Ted. Additionally, Devine was a recurring guest-star on ABC’s Samantha Who?
Adam Ray
Born and raised in the suburbs of Lake Forest Park, WA, Adam got into comedy at an early age, impersonating friends, teachers, and Ace Ventura.

In High School, Adam ran his high school’s morning television news program. When it began, it was your basic morning news program. Then Adam and a few friends took it over, and slowly turned it into a weekly sketch show that somehow included the news. Airing every Friday morning for 10 minutes, it was a hit amongst the entire school.

In 2001, Adam journeyed to Los Angeles, where he was accepted into the BFA acting conservatory at USC. His junior year he studied abroad in London at the British American Drama Academy.

Since 2007, Adam has spent time doing improv with the UCB theater in NYC and LA. Adam has also become a paid regular at the Hollywood Improv, Comedy Store, and Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, and spends time on the road opening for Bobby Lee and Harland Williams. Adam’s online following has taken off, with the popularity of his web videos that are frequently featured on Funnyordie.com and Youtube. His “Kermit the Frog reaction video to 2 girls 1 cup,” is at 5 million views and counting on Youtube, and all of Adam’s videos can be found on his homesite, www.adamraytv.com. His TV credits include TWO BROKE GIRLS, ABC’s “According to Jim,” MTV’s “Human Giant,” and MTV’S PUNK’D.

Feb
17
Tue
Dr. John & The Nite Trippers – A Very Special Mardi Gras Show @ War Memorial Auditorium
Feb 17 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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The legendary Dr. John is a six-time GRAMMY®Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture. His colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art& Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford.

Dr. John headed west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St. During that time he launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John the Night Tripper. A legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album Gris-Gris, which introduced to the world his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. Several of his many career highlights include the masterful album Sun, Moon and Herbs in 1971 which included cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger and 1973’s In the Right Place, which contained the chart hits “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such A Night.”

In addition to his six GRAMMY® wins (1989, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2013), he has received six other GRAMMY® nominations over the years. In 2006, he was nominated for Sippiana Hericane, his Hurricane Katrina benefit disc. After Hurricane Katrina, Dr. John immediately stepped up to the plate with generous relief fund-raising concerts and recordings. In 2007, he was also inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. In 2008, he released City That Care Forgot, winning a GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Blues Album. His 2012 release Locked Down, with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys also won a GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

In 2013, Dr. John was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tulane University alongside His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

On August 19, 2014, Dr. John released Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch on Concord Records, an album in tribute to another larger-than-life New Orleans legend: Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. He honors Armstrong’s musical genius as well as his effervescent personality with 13 classic numbers drawn from various phases of the seminal trumpeter and vocalist’s five-decade career, with Dr. John joined by a stellar supporting cast, including Bonnie Raitt, Ledisi, the McCrary Sisters, Anthony Hamilton, Shemekia Copeland, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and trumpeters Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, Arturo Sandoval, Wendell Brunious and James Andrews.

After a half century of creating music for others and himself, Dr. John continues to write, arrange, produce and interpret with a passion that has yet to wane.


Dr. John & The Nite Trippers will perform a very special Mardi Gras show on Fat Tuesday.

Feb
27
Fri
Kongos w/ Young Rising Sons @ Marathon Music Works
Feb 27 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Lightning 100 Presents Punch Brothers @ Ryman Auditorium
Feb 27 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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On Sale Friday, November 21 at 10 AM

 

Punch Brothers is a band consisting of Chris Thile (mandolin), Gabe Witcher (fiddle/violin), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Eldridge (guitar), and Paul Kowert (bass). Their style has been described as “bluegrass instrumentation and spontaneity in the structures of modern classical”[1] as well as “American country-classical chamber music.”[2]

Feb
28
Sat
Lightning 100 Presents Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors @ Ryman Auditorium
Feb 28 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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On Sale Friday, October 17 at 11 AM

 

Mar
1
Sun
Nashville Sunday Night Presents: Sturgill Simpson – SOLD OUT @ 3rd and Lindsley
Mar 1 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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This show sold out in no time! You can still hear the show, FREE at Lightning 100, 100.1fm or stream the live show at lightning100.com.

Sturgill Simpson isn’t one to rest on his laurels, which is why, less than a year after the release of his critically acclaimed debut, High Top Mountain, the singer-songwriter is coming out with his captivating and wholly unique sophomore album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, on May 13, 2014, through his own label, High Top Mountain Records.

The album title – an allusion to Ray Charles’ groundbreaking 1962 record, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music — hints at the psychedelic sounds found within, a departure from Simpson’s first album, which drew comparisons to the music of Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. “I think that there is a lot of room in country music for progression and sonic oscillation, which is what I wanted to explore.”

Where some artists find inspiration from other music, Simpson found his in books, devouring religious texts both ancient and modern, recent studies about discoveries in quantum physics and string theory, and publications by Carl Sagan and Terence McKenna. He also drew upon French filmmaker Gaspar Noe’s experimental drama Enter the Void as he created murky, multi-textured soundscapes that incorporate elements of classic country, bluegrass, rock, and even a bit of electronica, a genre that Simpson admits he has a “slight fetish” for.

Simpson reunited with High Top Mountain producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Lindi Ortega, Jamey Johnson) for Metamodern Sounds in Country Music; the pair has formed a strong friendship in addition to a solid in-studio partnership built on complete trust and the willingness to engage in creative musical experimentation. Working with a budget of only $4,000, Simpson and his road band – bassist Kevin Black, guitarist Laur Joamets, and drummer Miles Miller — cut the entire record live to tape in four rare consecutive days off in the middle of a relentless tour schedule; nearly all of the songs were completed in two takes or fewer during these spur of the moment sessions. The result is an album that crackles with the raw energy of a concert.

Even with its numerous musical and literary influences, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music is, in its soul, a love record. As Simpson states, “Myriad worldly offerings – religion, drugs, and more — all claim to be the omnipotent universal truth, but in my experience, love is the only certainty. That’s what this record is about.” With a new album and a child on the way, the 35-year old singer-songwriter, who describes himself as anxious to embrace change, is about to experience a lot of it. Critics may have dubbed Sturgill Simpson the savior of traditional country music, but that’s not a title he’s willing to embrace. Shrugging, he says, “I’m just trying to save myself.”

Mar
6
Fri
Lightning 100 Presents The Lone Bellow with Odessa @ Exit/In
Mar 6 @ 8:00 PM – 11:30 PM
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Odessa Rose was born and raised by the ocean, in Santa Rosa California.
She takes you with her inside her song, into a world all her own, and paints a picture you have never seen before. These days she lives in the city of Los Angeles. more >>>
The Lone Bellow | 10:00 PM
Then Came the Morning, the second album by the Southern-born, Brooklyn-based indie-folk trio the Lone Bellow, opens with a crest of churchly piano, a patter of drums, and a fanfare of voices harmonizing like a sunrise. It’s a powerful introduction, enormous and overwhelming, as Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Pipkin testify mightily to life’s great struggles and joys, heralding the morning that dispels the dark night: “Then came the morning! It was bright, like the light that you kept from your smile!” Working with producer Aaron Dessner of the National, the Lone Bellow has created a sound that mixes folk sincerity, gospel fervor, even heavy metal thunder, but the heart of the band is harmony: three voices united in a lone bellow.”The feeling I get singing with Zach and Brian is completely natural and wholly electrifying,” says Kanene. “Our voices feel like they were made to sing together.”

Long before they combined their voices, the three members of the Lone Bellow were singing on their own. Brian had been writing and recording as a solo artist for more than a decade, with three albums under his own name. Kanene and her husband Jason were living in Beijing, China, hosting open mic nights, playing at local clubs and teaching music lessons. Zach began writing songs in the wake of a family tragedy: After his wife was thrown from a horse, he spent days in the hospital at her bedside, bracing for the worst news. The journal he kept during this period would eventually become his first batch of songs as a solo artist. Happily, his wife made a full recovery.

When Kanene’s brother asked her and Zach to sing “O Happy Day” together at his wedding, they discovered their voices fit together beautifully, but starting a band together seemed impossible when they lived on opposite sides of the world. Brian soon relocated to New York and Kanene moved there to attend culinary school a couple years later. The three got together in their new hometown to work on a few songs of Zach’s, he’d been chipping away at the scene as a solo artist for awhile by then. After hitting those first harmonies did they decide to abandon all other pursuits. Soon the trio was playing all over the city, although they considered Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side to be their home. They opened for the Civil Wars, Dwight Yokam, Brandi Carlile and the Avett Brothers, and their self-titled debut, produced by Nashville’s Charlie Peacock (the Civil Wars, Holly Williams) and released in January 2013, established them as one of the boldest new acts in the Americana movement.

After two hard years of constant touring, the band was exhausted but excited. By 2014, they had written nearly 40 songs on the road and were eager to get them down on tape. After putting together a list of dream producers, they reached out to their first choice, the National guitarist Aaron Dessner, who has helmed albums by the L.A. indie-rock group Local Natives and New York singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

“It occurred to me that it would be fun to get together and make music with them,” says Aaron. “My main interest in producing records is community and friendship more than making money. I already do a lot of traveling and working with the National, so when I have to time to work with other artists, it should be fun and meaningful.”

“Aaron is just so kind,” Zach says. “And he has surrounded himself with all these incredibly talented people, like Jonathan Low, the engineer. His brother Bryce [Dessner, also a guitarist for the National] wrote these amazing brass and string arrangements, and he got some of his friends to play with us.”

Dessner and the Lone Bellow spent two weeks recording at Dreamland in upstate New York, a nineteenth-century church that had been converted into a homey studio. The singers found the space to inspire the emotional gravity necessary for the material and the acoustics they were looking for. (For Kanene, Dreamland had one other bonus: “I’m a big Muppets fan, and it looks exactly like the church where Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem lived.”)

Aaron set them up in a circle in what had once been the sanctuary, with microphones hanging in the rafters to capture the sound of their voices bleeding together. Most of the vocals were recorded in single takes, a tactic that adds urgency to songs like “Heaven Don’t Call Me Home” and “If You Don’t Love Me.” “There were a couple of times when somebody sang the wrong word or hit a bad note, and we just had to keep going,” says Zach, who says that recording “Marietta” in particular was daunting—especially the moment near the end when he hits an anguished high note, bends it even higher, and holds it for an impossibly long time. It’s a startling display of vocal range, but it’s also almost unbearably raw in its emotional honesty.

“‘Marietta’ is probably the darkest song on the whole record,” Zach explains, “and it’s based on something that happened between my wife and me. The band was getting ready to record that song when all of a sudden my wife showed up with our youngest baby. It was a great surprise, a beautiful moment. So I was able to go out and sing that song, knowing she was there to help me carry the moment.”

“These are true stories,” says Brian. “These aren’t things we made up. We tried to write some songs that had nothing to do with our personal stories, but we just didn’t respond to them. But we’re best buds, so we know each others’ personal stuff and trust each other to figure out what needs to be said and how to say it.” Case in point: Brian wrote “Call to War” about his own struggles during his twenties, but gave the song to Kanene to sing. “The content is painful and brutal,” she says, “but the imagery, the vocals, they build something delicate and ethereal. That kind of contrast illuminates the true beauty and power of a song.”

Says Brian, “We do this one thing together, and we carry each other. Hopefully that makes the listener want to be a part of it. It becomes a communal thing, which means that there’s never a sad song to sing. It’s more a celebration of the light and the dark.” more >>>

Mar
8
Sun
Nashville Sunday Night Presents: Houndmouth @ 3rd and Lindsley
Mar 8 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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That first November 2011 night, when it all fell together at the Green House, was nothing more complicated than four friends playing music, armed with something to drink and a curiosity about what might happen. They were the generation who has come of age in the new economy, already adept at shuffling jobs and get-bys, firmly acclimated to the diminished expectations that come with growing up somewhere the rest of the world assumes is nowhere. Which, in this case, is New Albany, Indiana.

Houndmouth, then, knew each other from…around. Matt Myers and Zak Appleby had played in cover bands together for years, schooled in blues and classic rock and Motown, toughened by indifferent audiences and the clatter of empty bottles. Matt and Katie Toupin had worked as an acoustic duo for three years, when she wasn’t on the road tending to a straight job. Katie and Shane Cody had gone to high school together, before Shane disappeared off to Chicago and New York to study audio engineering. In the beginning it was Shane and Matt who’d started knocking around at first, just drums and guitar, once Shane got home and free of a brief bluegrass flirtation.

The rest happened in a tumble, Zak and Katie switching from guitars to bass and keyboards, respectively. Four months later, their homemade EP in hand, Houndmouth made the pilgrimage to South By Southwest. Their booking agent convinced Rough Trade’s Geoff Travis to come have a listen. Of such things are dreams made. Months of conversation and a proper studio later, their debut album, From the Hills Below the City, will be released by Rough Trade.

“We lucked out,” Matt says. “We knew we were making good music. We knew we had something. But we didn’t know it would escalate so quickly. Always the element of luck.”

Before and after that bit of luck, Houndmouth have been on the road, building their audience. Working. Opening for the Drive-By Truckers, the Lumineers, the Alabama Shakes, Lucero, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Headlining on their own. Turning heads.

“You know good art when you see it,” says Newport Folk Festival booker Jay Sweet, an early adopter, “and you know good food when you taste it. Well, you also know good music when you hear it, and when I first heard Houndmouth it was like freshest tasting art I had heard in many moons. A true musical omnivore’s delight.”

“I’m going down where nobody knows me,” they sing during the jaunty chorus of “On the Road.” The opening track to From the Hills Below the City, which is more or less the relationship New Albany has to Louisville, across the river: “I had a job had to leave behind me…I had to move to another city.” A two and a half minute slightly bent pop confection, conscious of all kinds of music which went before. Self-conscious about nothing, not even the neo-rap cutting contest that snaps across one break. A blues for now, then.

Mar
14
Sat
Lightning 100 Welcomes Hozier @ Ryman Auditorium
Mar 14 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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It’s been a whirlwind year for the soulful Hozier since posting his heartrending video for “Take Me To Church” on YouTube, which has amassed over ten million views. The rousing song is among the most reactive at Top 40 radio and Adult Top 40 radio, rocketing to #1 at the Triple A radio format, and currently approaching Top 5 at Alternative Radio. Early (and continued) support for the single was garnered across multiple SIRIUSXM channels. “Take Me To Church” has scored a combined total of more than 500,000 tracks sold – all before the self-titled album’s official release on October 7th. Hozier recently nailed a string of electrifying performances on The Late Show With David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show – and being awarded a coveted performance slot as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on October 11th. Hozier is the first debut artist of 2014 to be booked on the show’s new season.
“Take Me To Church” has also become one of the most incredible Spotify success stories since the streaming service began six years ago. “The most viral artists Spotify has ever seen,” raved the Spotify News, with the song surpassing 20 million streams and Hozier landing six songs in the US Spotify Viral 50.
Calling his upcoming album a “mixed bag,” Hozier acknowledges influences of blues, folk, and soul – shredding this all-encompassing blend into a deftly woven signature sound that can be heard on his first two EPs, Take Me To Church and From Eden. Hozier co- produced the new album with Rob Kirwan (PJ Harvey and Depeche Mode), and fans who pre-order the self-titled debut receive a sizeable preview with five instant grat downloads made available: “Take Me To Church,” “From Eden,” “Work Song,” Cherry Wine” and “Jackie and Wilson.”

Mar
16
Mon
Lightning 100 Welcomes Hozier @ Ryman Auditorium
Mar 16 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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It’s been a whirlwind year for the soulful Hozier since posting his heartrending video for “Take Me To Church” on YouTube, which has amassed over ten million views. The rousing song is among the most reactive at Top 40 radio and Adult Top 40 radio, rocketing to #1 at the Triple A radio format, and currently approaching Top 5 at Alternative Radio. Early (and continued) support for the single was garnered across multiple SIRIUSXM channels. “Take Me To Church” has scored a combined total of more than 500,000 tracks sold – all before the self-titled album’s official release on October 7th. Hozier recently nailed a string of electrifying performances on The Late Show With David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show – and being awarded a coveted performance slot as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on October 11th. Hozier is the first debut artist of 2014 to be booked on the show’s new season.
“Take Me To Church” has also become one of the most incredible Spotify success stories since the streaming service began six years ago. “The most viral artists Spotify has ever seen,” raved the Spotify News, with the song surpassing 20 million streams and Hozier landing six songs in the US Spotify Viral 50.
Calling his upcoming album a “mixed bag,” Hozier acknowledges influences of blues, folk, and soul – shredding this all-encompassing blend into a deftly woven signature sound that can be heard on his first two EPs, Take Me To Church and From Eden. Hozier co- produced the new album with Rob Kirwan (PJ Harvey and Depeche Mode), and fans who pre-order the self-titled debut receive a sizeable preview with five instant grat downloads made available: “Take Me To Church,” “From Eden,” “Work Song,” Cherry Wine” and “Jackie and Wilson.”

Mar
17
Tue
Lightning 100 Welcomes Hozier @ Ryman Auditorium
Mar 17 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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It’s been a whirlwind year for the soulful Hozier since posting his heartrending video for “Take Me To Church” on YouTube, which has amassed over ten million views. The rousing song is among the most reactive at Top 40 radio and Adult Top 40 radio, rocketing to #1 at the Triple A radio format, and currently approaching Top 5 at Alternative Radio. Early (and continued) support for the single was garnered across multiple SIRIUSXM channels. “Take Me To Church” has scored a combined total of more than 500,000 tracks sold – all before the self-titled album’s official release on October 7th. Hozier recently nailed a string of electrifying performances on The Late Show With David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show – and being awarded a coveted performance slot as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on October 11th. Hozier is the first debut artist of 2014 to be booked on the show’s new season.
“Take Me To Church” has also become one of the most incredible Spotify success stories since the streaming service began six years ago. “The most viral artists Spotify has ever seen,” raved the Spotify News, with the song surpassing 20 million streams and Hozier landing six songs in the US Spotify Viral 50.
Calling his upcoming album a “mixed bag,” Hozier acknowledges influences of blues, folk, and soul – shredding this all-encompassing blend into a deftly woven signature sound that can be heard on his first two EPs, Take Me To Church and From Eden. Hozier co- produced the new album with Rob Kirwan (PJ Harvey and Depeche Mode), and fans who pre-order the self-titled debut receive a sizeable preview with five instant grat downloads made available: “Take Me To Church,” “From Eden,” “Work Song,” Cherry Wine” and “Jackie and Wilson.”

Mar
18
Wed
Fleetwood Mac: On With the Show @ Bridgestone Arena
Mar 18 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in 1967 in London. Due to numerous line-up changes, the only original member present in the band is its namesake, drummer Mick Fleetwood. Although band founder Peter Green named the group by combining the surnames of two of his former bandmates (Fleetwood, McVie) from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, bassist John McVie played neither on their first single nor at their first concerts, as he initially decided to stay with Mayall. The keyboardist, Christine McVie, who joined the band in 1970 while married to John McVie, appeared on all but the debut album, either as a member or as a session musician. She also supplied the artwork for the album Kiln House.

The two most successful periods for the band were during the late 1960s British blues boom, when they were led by guitarist Peter Green and achieved a UK number one with “Albatross”; and from 1975 to 1987, as a more pop-oriented act, featuring Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Fleetwood Mac’s second album after the incorporation of Buckingham and Nicks, 1977’s Rumours, produced four U.S. Top 10 singles (including Nicks’ song “Dreams”), and remained at No.1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks, as well as reaching the top spot in various countries around the world. To date the album has sold over 45 million copies worldwide, making it the sixth-highest-selling album of all time.

The band achieved more modest success in the intervening period between 1971 and 1974, when the line-up included Bob Welch, during the 1990s in between the departure and return of Nicks and Buckingham, and during the 2000s in between the departure and return of Christine McVie. In 1998, selected members of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The band has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.[1] In 2014, Christine McVie rejoined the band.[2]

Mar
27
Fri
Lightning 100 Presents Dr. Dog @ Ryman Auditorium
Mar 27 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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Dr. Dog is a rock band from West Grove, Pennsylvania.[1] Its lineup consists of Toby Leaman (bass guitar), Scott McMicken (lead guitar), Frank McElroy (rhythm guitar), Zach Miller (keyboard), Eric Slick (drums), and Dimitri Manos [Multi-instrument]. Lead vocal duties are shared between Leaman and McMicken, with all members contributing harmonies. In addition, each band member has a nickname beginning with the letter T, and they have explained that friends of the band also receive nicknames, which are drawn from aspects of their lives and personalities (Former member Andrew “Trial” Jones, for example, is a licensed attorney).[2]

The band’s unique version of indie rock is strongly influenced by bands of the 1960s, such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys, but they have also touched upon more unrelated genres since their inception. Their earlier recordings show influence of the lo-fi sound and pop sensibilities of indie rock bands of the 1990s, such as Guided by Voices and Pavement,[3] although recent albums have featured more polished production.

 

Apr
1
Wed
Lightning 100 Presents Sylvan Esso with Flock of Dimes @ Cannery Ballroom
Apr 1 @ 8:00 PM – 11:45 PM

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Sylvan Esso was not meant to be a band. Rather, Amelia Meath had written a song called “Play It Right” and sung it with her trio Mountain Man. She’d met Nick Sanborn, an electronic producer working under the name Made of Oak, in passing on a shared bill in a small club somewhere. She asked him to scramble it, to render her work his way. He did the obligatory remix, but he sensed that there was something more important here than a one-time handoff: Of all the songs Sanborn had ever recast, this was the first time he felt he’d added to the raw material without subtracting from it, as though, across the unseen wires of online file exchange, he’d found his new collaborator without even looking.
Meath felt it, too. Schedules aligned. Moves were made. And as 2012 slipped into 2013, Sanborn and Meath reconvened in the unlikely artistic hub of Durham, N.C., a former manufacturing town with cheap rent and good food. Sylvan Esso became a band. A year later, their self-titled debut—a collection of vivid addictions concerning suffering and love, darkness and deliverance—arrives as a necessary pop balm, an album stuffed with songs that don’t suffer the longstanding complications of that term.

Apr
6
Mon
Lightning 100 Welcomes Alt-J @ Grand Ole Opry House
Apr 6 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Tickets on Sales November 21 at 10(CST)

alt-J (also known as ) is an English indie rock band formed in 2007 in LeedsEngland, by Gwil Sainsbury (guitar/bass), Joe Newman (guitar/lead vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards/vocals) and Thom Green (drums).

The band’s debut album An Awesome Wave was released in May 2012 in Europe[2] and September 2012 in the United States, and won the 2012 British Mercury Prize. Gwil Sainsbury amicably departed the band in early 2014. Their second album, This Is All Yours, was released on 22 September 2014 and went straight to UK number 1. As a replacement for Sainsbury, Cameron Knight will be a support member for alt-J’s live shows, playing guitar, bass and sampler.

Apr
13
Mon
The Decemberists with Alvvays @ Ryman Auditorium
Apr 13 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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The Decemberists are an indie folk rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States, fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Colin Meloy. The other members of the band are Chris Funk (guitar, multi-instrumentalist), Jenny Conlee (Hammond organ, accordion, melodica, piano, keyboards, harmonica), Nate Query (bass guitar, string bass), and John Moen (drums, backing vocals, melodica, guitar).

The band’s debut EP, 5 Songs, was self-released in 2001. Their sixth full-length album, The King Is Dead, was released on 14 January 2011, by Capitol Records. It was the band’s third record with the label.

In addition to their lyrics, which often focus on historical incidents and/or folklore, The Decemberists are also well known for their eclectic live shows. Audience participation is often a part of each performance, typically during encores. The band stages whimsical reenactments of sea battles and other centuries-old events, typically of regional interest, or acts out songs with members of the crowd.

In 2011, the track “Down By the Water” from the album The King is Dead was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 54th Grammy Awards.

May
10
Sun
Lightning 100 Presents Father John Misty with Jessica Pratt @ Marathon Music Works
May 10 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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When discussing ‘Father John Misty’, Tillman paraphrases Philip Roth: ‘It’s all of me and none of me, if you can’t see that, you won’t get it’. What I call it is totally arbitrary, but I like the name. You’ve got to have a name. I never got to choose mine.”He goes on, “‘People who make records are afforded this assumption by the culture that their music is coming from an exclusively personal place, but more often than not what you hear are actually the affectations of an ‘alter-ego’ or a cartoon of an emotionally heightened persona,” says Josh Tillman, who has been recording/releasing solo albums since 2003 and who recently left Seattle’s Fleet Foxes after playing drums from 2008-2011. “That kind of emotional quotient isn’t sustainable if your concern is portraying a human-being made up of more than just chest-beating pathos. I see a lot of rampant, sexless, male-fantasy everywhere in the music around me. I didn’t want any alter-egos, any vagaries, fantasy, escapism, any over-wrought sentimentality. I like humor and sex and mischief. So when you think about it, it’s kind of mischievous to write about yourself in a plain-spoken, kind of explicitly obvious way and call it something like ‘Misty’. I mean, I may as well have called it ‘Steve'”.Musically, Fear Fun consists of such disparate elements as Waylon Jennings, Harry Nilsson, Arthur Russell, “All Things Must Pass,” and “Physical Graffiti,” often within the same song. Tillman’s voice has never been better and often sounds like Roy Orbison, “The Caruso of Rock”, at his most joyous, while the music maintains a dark, mysterious and yet conversely playful, almost Dionysian quality. Lyrically, his absurdist fever dreams of pain and pleasure elicit, in equal measures, the blunt descriptive power of Bukowski or Brautigan, the hedonist-philosophy of Oscar Wilde and the dried-out wit of Loudon Wainwright III.

The album began gestating during what Tillman describes as an “immobilizing period of depression”, in his former Seattle home. “Songwriting for me had always only been interesting and necessary because I saw it as this vehicle for truth, but I had this realization that all I had really done with it was lick my wounds for years and years, and become more and more isolated from people and experiences. I don’t even like wound-licking music, I want to listen to someone rip their arm off and beat themselves with it. I don’t believe that until now I’ve ever put anything at risk in my music. I was hell-bent on putting my preciousness at stake in order to find something worth singing about.”

He continues, “I lost all interest in writing music, or identifying as a ‘songwriter’. I got into my van with enough mushrooms to choke a horse and started driving down the coast with nowhere to go. After a few weeks, I was writing a novel, which is where I finally found my narrative voice. The voice that is actually useful.

“It was a while before that voice started manifesting in a musical way, but once I settled in the Laurel Canyon spider-shack where I’m living now, I spent months demoing all these weird-ass songs about weird-ass experiences almost in real-time, and kind of had this musical ‘Oh-there-I-am’ moment, identical to how I felt when I was writing the book. It was unbelievably liberating. I knew there was never any going back to the place I was writing from before, which was a huge relief. The monkey got banished off my back.”

Tillman brought the demos to LA producer/songwriter/pal Jonathan Wilson, and in February 2011 began recording at his home-studio in Echo Park. “Initially, the idea was to just kind of recreate the demos with me playing everything, since they were pretty fleshed out and sounded cool, but a place like LA affords you a different wealth of talent, potential, etc than just about anywhere else. I realized what was possible between Jonathan’s abilities, and the caliber of musicians that are just hanging around LA, pretty quickly. People were coming in and out of the studio all day sometimes, and other days, it would just be Jonathan and I holed up, getting stoned, and doing everything.

“I was honest with myself about what music actually excites my joy-glands when I was considering the arrangements and instrumentation,” says Tillman. “As opposed to what’s been enjoyable to me in the past – namely, alienating people or making choices based on what I think people won’t like or understand. Pretty narcissistic stuff.”

When asked about Laurel Canyon, where he eventually ended up living in the aforementioned tree-house with a family of spiders, Tillman says, “My attitude about it all is pretty explicit in the record. Given my fairly adversarial personal attitude about the music and aesthetic that comes from that place, it’s kind of a huge joke that I live in a former hippie-fantasy land. I have a really morbid sense of humor.”

Phil Ek (who everyone knows has worked with Built To Spill, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes) heard the rough versions of the album in May 2011 and offered his services to mix. “Phil and I have known each other for a while by virtue of Fleet Foxes, so he was familiar with my music, but we had never discussed working together. I think he immediately recognized the shift in my writing and singing from a producer and friend’s standpoint. His excitement is really evident in mixes, I think.”

Fear Fun is available May 1, 2012 from Sub Pop and Bella Union, in the US and UK/EU respectively.

Interviews by Richard Metzger and Casey Wescott
Written by Paula Zabrey, Jan. 2012

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“To say that Jessica Pratt is an old soul would be a vast understatement,” says Jenn Pelly of Pitchfork. “The young San Francisco singer/songwriter’s deeply intimate folk sounds so sincerely cast in from the 1960s that it’s hard to believe she didn’t release a proper LP during that period of time.” Pratt’s spooky and seductive self-titled debut is the inaugural release on Tim (White Fence) Presley’s new imprint, Birth Records. “I never wanted to start a label,” Presley says, “but there issomething about her voice I couldn’t let go of.”Pratt’s debut release includes recordings from over the last five years, and steady advances in sophistication of recording and melody are evident throughout. To the artist, the record is a time-lapse document of discovery, both musical and personal. But in strangers’ hands, Pratt’s debut is another kind of discovery altogether. A fully-formed emerald artifact dug up cobwebby and cold but no less green for its time spent buried. Sun-bleached and sounding a thousand years old, Pratt’s debut is arrestingly brand dazzling new, and watch how the lights in your living room go soft and yellow when you put it on.”
May
11
Mon
The Who @ Bridgestone Arena
May 11 @ 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM

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THE WHO, one of rock’s most legendary and defining bands, will celebrate their 50-year legacy when they bring their “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour to North America in 2015.

Set lists on these shows will take  their audience on an “Amazing Journey” through THE WHO’s entire career, from the band’s early days to classic albums including WHO’S NEXT, TOMMY, QUADROPHENIA, MY GENERATION and LIVE AT LEEDS, through the present day.

THE WHO have sold over 100 million records since forming in 1964; they brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane.  Each of them was a pioneer. Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the center with the melodic virtuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger. They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl. As they enter their 50th year, the band is still going strong, winning rave reviews for their performances of QUADROPHENIA in 2013.

Jun
29
Mon
Buddy Guy @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Jun 29 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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A pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to such legendary artists as Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy remains an electrifying performer. This member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has influenced everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton, and Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 25 of its 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Don’t miss his first-ever headlining appearance at the Schermerhorn.


On sale to subscribers and $500+ donors Tuesday, December 2, at 10 am.
You must first log in to take advantage of your presale benefit.
Groups of 12+ may also take advantage of this presale. Call 615.687.6422.
On sale to the public Friday, December 5, at 10 am.

Oct
5
Mon
Foo Fighters with Gary Clark Jr. @ Bridgestone Arena
Oct 5 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

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DATE

Oct 5 , 2015

TICKET PRICES

$75.00, $55.00, $35.00

AVAILABILITY

On Sale 12.05.14 10:00 am

 

In the wake of Sonic Highways’ climb into the top 3 of charts worldwide and the announcement of the band’s first ever U.S. stadium dates, Foo Fighters have now unveiled a full North American stadium/arena/amphitheater assault for summer/fall 2015. This most massive North American on the road undertaking in FF history will see Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear headline multiple historic U.S. venues for the first time.

Beat the Bots: Box Office Only Presale this Saturday, November 22nd at 10am.

Tickets for the Foo Fighters will first go on sale via the BEAT THE BOTS: BOX OFFICE ONLY PRE-SALE beginning this Saturday, November 22nd at 10am at the Bridgestone Arena box office and will end at 3pm (while supplies last).  Line up begins at 9am that morning on the Bridgestone Arena plaza at the corner of 5th Ave and Broadway.  Ticket limit for this presale: (2) Floor Tickets or (4) Seated Tickets per person.

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