Lightning 100 love introducing you to new music in town! Join us this week for On Tap Showcase sponsored by Jackalope Brewing Company featuring One Arm Train, Lauren Strange, and Them Vibes. RSVP for the show on Facebook!
One Arm Train, like so many great artists, got their start in Memphis Tenn. Grant Vogelfanger and Witt McKay met at the early age of 10 years old. By the time they were 12 years old they were putting together bands and learning the early lessons of being a musician.After several starts and stops they realized they were a duo. Growing up in suburban Memphis they weren’t riding tractors and bailing hay but they were soaking up a lot of music from the roots of the cradle, that is Memphis. Because their melodies had range and their voices were still young most people around them suggested that they must be pop singers, so the boys took off to LA and quickly got involved with the young pop scene.
They wrote lots of songs and did various tours with other artists their age but something was missing for them.They found that what they listened to as music fans and consumers wasn’t what the other artists their age were listening to and talking about. They liked older music with a different way of speaking lyrically than most of their peers. One day it hit them that maybe they were following the wrong path.They studied the music they loved and compared it to all the music they could get their hands on that was current and came to the conclusion that they should probably be in Nashville.After about 9 months of writing from a different frame of heart and mind, in Nashville, they found a very down to earth language that simply speaks the truth they feel as people and as artists, that works perfectly with their more contemporary melodic sensibilities.
Piano & guitar-playing Memphis sweetheart Lauren Strange made her first splash in the music scene at 9 years of age when she wrote, recorded, and entered her first song in a school songwriting contest where she won first place. From early on in her career, Lauren has received numerous comparisons likening her voice to that of her musical idol, Alison Krauss. Now 23, Lauren is an alum of the University of Memphis, and has appeared on the News Channel 3 WREG-TV Memphis “Live at 9″ morning show both as a solo artist and with her band. Lauren also won first place in the American Songwriter Lyric Contest, and her lyrics appear in the March/April 2010 issue of the magazine. She also performed at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN as part of the USA Songwriting Competition Writers Showcase, and was named a Regional Round Finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Songwriting Competition. She also finished Fourth in the Intel Superstars Competition Country category and contributed a song to a compilation CD to benefit LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. In September 2010 she was named the Grand Prize Winner in the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest for the Country category for her song “Jump.”
Rock and roll isn’t supposed to be pretty. It sure as hell isn’t perfect. It’s just as crooked as the rest of us, and that’s the way it should be. The band, Them Vibes, live that. Them Vibes’ roots run deep through the veritable ground of music; influences ranging from the gritty rock of The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, the rhythmic sway of The Black Crowes and Tom Petty, and the intimate harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel and The Band. The songs themselves vary from the ballistic to the intimate, but throughout, runs a through-line of raw, unapologetic honesty.
In January 2013, the band began recording their debut record, Shine On, in their backyard of Nashville, TN. They sought out to make an album that was unchained from the grid-perfect, quick fix plug-in standards of today’s recording. Demanding vintage tones, feel, and performance, Them Vibes went to work creating a record that felt both new and familiar. Six months later, they left with an eleven song LP that achieved just that. From the cut-throat, adrenalin shot, single, Cryin Shame, to the down-home, back porch sound of Lorelei, the band takes you on a journey in sound, and feel, but through it all, the genuine grit and heart of Them Vibes rings on through to the last note. Currently residing in East Nashville, Them Vibes are doing what they love most; playing live and letting the music do the talking. You can probably find the songwriters, Alex Haddad and Larry Florman (Brother Love) by the bar somewhere. Have a drink with them, ease back, let yourself go, and take a ride with Them Vibes.