OAR, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn drop by on a frenetic Friday


Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

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.

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Backstage Videos at Bonnaroo 2011

Nashville’s Independent Radio was inspired to be creative this year with up-and-coming artists showcased at Bonnaroo.  WRLT filmed backstage performances with 10 artists that fit the criteria.  A very special thanks to our Bonnaroo partners: Music Allies, Corsair Artisan Distillery and Funky Umbrella.

Ben Sollee www.bensollee.com

Ben Sollee, a Kentucky based artist was introduced to us by our friends at Music Allies. Think of the Black Keys with a Cello, and then mix in the vocal stylings of Andrew Bird or Paul Simon.  Did you see Ben Sollee perform with My Morning Jacket?  Maybe you witnessed one of his four other stage performances at Bonnaroo?  Here, Ben performs an impromptu set in Centeroo for some lucky fans. We set up under a tree in front of “Which Stage” amongst festival goers who were attempting to cool off in the shade.  Once these fellow Bonnaroovians began hearing Ben perform, they moved closer or at least woke up and started to listen.  It was a great to see a huge crowd by the end of the second song!  Check out his performance of the song “The Globe” and “Electrify.”  Share with your friends!

Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters

Band of Heathenswww.bandofheathens.com

After realizing there wasn’t much time to spend with Band of Heathens before their set, we walked over to the artist compound to find a a quiet area for the band to perform.  Sometimes one walks into inspiration; other times, one in a walks into a chain link fence and merely jokes about performing on a wooden Bonnaroo bus.  As Band of Heathens found out, everyone should be careful about that which is joked. Walk with us…at least until you see and hear the shout out to the guys on the back of the bus.  You may just be inspired. You may just enjoy Band of Heathens, too.

Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Jared Rauso

The Apache Relaywww.theapacherelay.com/

You might have caught this band as they joined Mumford & Sons and Old Crowe Medicine Show on stage for “Amazing Grace.”  Lightning 100 has been featuring The Apache Relay since we saw them outside of our office shooting photos for the cover of their self-titled E.P.  We approached the band about doing a golf cart performance,  Their response was “If you’re serious, hell yeah we’ll do it.”

Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Jared Rauso

Cheer Up Charlie Danielscheerupcharliedaniels.bandcamp.com/

Hailed as “Nashville’s Most Eclectic Rock Band”, Cheer Up Charlie Daniels won Mercy Lounge’s Road to Bonnaroo contest to secure a spot at Bonnaroo. We went back to their campsite as the band grabbed different instruments from people at campsites on the way.  The band has a very similar vibe to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, but a little bit more nerdy(not a band thing).  Check out this performance back at their campsite of the song “Bunsen Burner Baby Blues” and soon to bed edited “Polygamy.”

Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters

Chancellor Warhol – www.chancellorwarhol.com/

Chancellor Warhol was the first of 3 Road to Bonnaroo artist we did a backstage performance with.  Looking forward to some backstage freestyling, Chancellor Warhol performed a new song with Arron Miller at the Lightning 100 campsite.  Aaron Miller steals the spotlight with his vocals during the chorus, his voice is comparable to Sondre Lerche.

Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Jared Rauso

Lauren Sherawww.laurenshera.com/

You know it’s going to be a good performance when the first thing you ask the artists is “Are you afraid of heights?”  Lauren Shera was braver than most artist we approached to get on a very squeaky ferris wheel.  Lauren performed the song “Story Teller” on the Bonnaroo ferris wheel.  We try to do one ferris wheel performance per festival, check out our first video at Hangout Music Fest with Jon Black.

Matthew and the Atlas – www.matthewandtheatlas.com/

Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters

Abigail Washburn – www.abigailwashburn.com/

We approached Abigail about doing a video when she visited the Lightning 100 studio for a taping of Music Business Radio.  It’s nice having an interview booked 2 months in advance to find out you only have 10 minutes to get everything done at the festival!  Abigail was joined by Kia Welch to perform one of the first songs they wrote together entitled “Ballad of Truth.”

Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters

Kopecky Family Band –

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Photography by Brian Waters


Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup

Eminem – Arcade Fire – Widespread Panic – The Black Keys

Buffalo Springfield feat Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Rick Rosas, Joe Vitale

My Morning Jacket  –  Ray LaMontagne  –  String Cheese Incident

Robert Plant & Band of Joy  –  Mumford & Sons  –  The Strokes

The Decemberists  –  Lil Wayne  –  Bassnectar  –  Iron & Wine  –  Girl Talk  –  Primus
Dr. John and The Original Meters performing Desitively Bonnaroo  –  Alison Krauss & Union Station
Pretty Lights  –  Florence + the Machine  –  SuperJam with Dan Auerbach and Dr. John  –  Atomsphere
Explosions In The Sky  –  Gogol Bordello  –  Beirut  –  Big Boi  –  Scissor Sisters  –  Gregg Allman
Ratatat  –  Global Gypsy Punk Revue curated by Eugene Hütz  –  Robyn  –  Warren Haynes Band
Deerhunter  –  Opeth  –  STS9  –  Old Crow Medicine Show  –  Bootsy Collins & the Funk University
Wiz Khalifa  –  Matt & Kim  –  Grace Potter & The Nocturnals  –  Mavis Staples  –  Cold War Kids
The Del McCoury Band & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band  –  Wanda Jackson  –  The Walkmen
Justin Townes Earle  –  Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses  –  Béla Fleck and the Flecktones  –  !!!
Jovanotti  –  Bruce Hornsby  –  Loretta Lynn  –  Neon Trees  –  The Drums  –  Sleigh Bells  –  Amos Lee
Best Coast  –  Dãm-Funk & Master Blazter  –  The Sword  –  Portugal. The Man-  The Black Angels
School of Seven Bells  –  J. Cole  –  Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea  –  Wavves  –  Chiddy Bang  –  Junip
Freelance Whales  –  Deer Tick  –  Band of Skulls  –  Sharon Van Etten  –  Abigail Washburn
Omar Souleyman  –  Twin Shadow  –  Kylesa  –  Man Man  –  The Low Anthem  –  Alberta Cross
Railroad Earth  –  Jessica Lea Mayfield  –  Smith Westerns  –  The Head and the Heart  –  Karen Elson
Beats Antique  –  22-20s  –  Phosphorescent  –  Clare Maguire  –  Hayes Carll

The 2011 event marks the 10th year for the legendary festival, which began in 2002 as a remarkable idea to serve a passionate yet underappreciated and overlooked fanbase, and ended up becoming the premier multi-day concert destination of the summer whose dynamic and eclectic programming paved the way for the age of the great American music festival.


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