John Butler Trio performs “Spring to Come”, “Better Then”, and “Livin’ in the City” live in the studio. Click here to get tickets to their show at Ryman Auditorium on November 13th.
Episode124. the615 11/10/14
Local Artist of the week
Bearheart - God Only Know – Glass Half Full
Music City Breakthrough Winner –
Kirsten Arian – Figured Me Out -
Hammel - Tesla Rossa – Ralston – Tesla Rossa
Wells - Crackerboots – Little Hipster – Crackerboots
This Just In
Dedsa – Anathematizer – Thrash Plastik
Alexa – Red
Ryan Horne – Good Thing Going – Vanilla Lightning
Oak Creek – Soul & The Stars – Glorietta (Fri exit)
Bands Around Town
Screaming Eagle – Big Black Dog – The Echo Zulu – (Playin’ Live Thursday 11/14/14 at Foobar Too)
Dinner And A Suit – Can’t Get Enough – Stay (Playin’ Live 11/10/14 at Mercy Lounge w/ Brace Town)
A few weeks ago, Lightning 100 was lucky enough to have Asgeir stop by for a visit on his way to play a Not-So-Secret Secret Show at 12th and Porter. The 22-year-old phonem from Iceland chatted with our own Lt. Dan and played two songs, “Going Home” and “Leyndarmal”—the original Icelandic version of his hit “King and Cross.”
Asgeir hails from a hamlet called Laugarbakki, about as remote a location as you can imagine producing a prodigious artist. “My town is about 40, 50 people,” he told Lt. Dan. “I grew up with Internet, but we didn’t have CD stores, or music stores, or venues. Even guitar strings, we had to drive three hours to get that.” Even so, he was able to develop prodigious songwriting skills, and his first album, Dýrð í dauðaþögn, broke several Icelandic sales records—it is estimated that ten percent of the country’s population purchased the LP. Working with American expatriate John Grant, he translated the original lyrics (written by his father) into English and released the album online as In the Silence in October 2013. For the most part, Asgeir feels as though the team was able to ensure that no meaning was lost in the translation. “[Grant] helped us a lot with it,” he said, “and kind of to get the same poetic lyrics into English it was kind of a difficult job, but he did a good job on that.” In the Silence has done well over the past year and spawned the single “King and Cross,” which has received regular airplay on Lightning 100 since its release.
It’s always a treat to have musical guests at the station, and today we had two of them! First, all five members of OAR managed to squeeze into the LC Studios to chat with Lt. Dan in advance of their show tonight at Marathon Music Works. You can check out the full interview below to hear the band talk about their hometown of Rockville, Maryland and discuss the writing process behind their June release The Rockville LP, much of which was written and recorded in Nashville. They also performed a trio of songs from the album live on the air: “Favorite Song,” “Peace,” and “Caroline The Wrecking Ball.” All three take a nostalgic turn, mixing the best storytelling elements of Nashville-written lyrics with overt nods to OAR’s roots.
Then, after a busy Facebook Friday on Lunch Request Hour, Lt. Dan was visited by hometown heroes Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck, who will play tomorrow night at the Country Music Hall of Fame. They talked about their decision to tour together as a banjo duo–motivated by the married couple’s desire to maximize their time with their infant son–and their experiences as the first American musicians to perform in Tibet. You can listen to the full interview below, which features the two musicians playing a version of “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad” and a murder ballad written from the female perspective. Washburn and Fleck utilize a variety of banjoes during the performance, ranging from the tiny ukulele banjo to the massive cello banjo.