Live On the Green preview for 8/8

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Live On The Green preview is sponsored by Atkinson Remodeling.

Ladies and gentlemen, friends and family, Nashville natives and those who wish they were: the time is upon us. It is officially the 2013 Lightning 100’s Live on the Green season. You better have an escape route from your office to the parking lot planned, because you are going to want to dip out a little early for the next 6 Thursdays. Like everything else in Nashville, Live on the Green has only been getting bigger and better over the past 5 years. With that in mind, we are proud to bring you the most high profile line up we have ever had. Every single artist performing tomorrow could have been a headliner in years past, making the tomorrow night’s kickoff the perfect way to start your weekend. So before you head on down to Public Square Park to enjoy the great weather, local craft beers, delicious food trucks, and fantastic musical acts, lets take a look at tomorrow’s line up.

Matt and Kim

Ask anyone who has been to a Matt and Kim concert and they will tell you the same thing: This power couple’s synth pop brings the heat extremely hard but don’t let that fool you. Their signature brand of sugary-sweet anthems are a surefire way to get anyone with ears moving and grooving. Based out of Brooklyn, these lovebirds didn’t even know how to play their instruments when they met at Pratt Institute. They’re self-titled release was an underground phenomenon that everyone in east village had to have, and the rest is history. Matt and Kim have been touring the globe non-stop since 2008 and have seriously honed their craft.  This is certainly a show you do not want to miss.

ZZ Ward

This overnight sensation is a hard artist to peg into just one sound, which is exactly why Lightning 100 has loved her since day one. Drawing influence from old blues artists like Son House, having pipes that would rival Aretha Franklin’s, and an album collaboration with Kendrick Lamar indicate that she really knows her stuff. Her debut EP was shortly followed by the breakout album Til the Casket Drops, and her performance at SXSW garnered an almost unreal amount of buzz on internet blogs. Check out ZZ Ward performing Drive Like U Stole It before you see her tomorrow at Live on the Green.

Gin Wigmore 

            Gin Wigmore may claim to be a black sheep, but she has been earning the attention of professional songwriters and producers since she won the International Songwriting Competition at the age of 18. Her sound is aggressive and sultry, bluesy and distorted, and sexy as all get out. The success of her most recent album, Gravel and Wine, has landed her songs in several shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Teen Wolf. Chances are if you turned on a TV in the past year, you’ve heard a Gin Wigmore song. Check out Gin and her band of hell raisers here.

Written by Ford Garrard

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Gin Wigmore performing “Man Like That” and “Black Sheep”

Gin Wigmore stops by the studio for a quick interview and performance while she is in town.  Gin Wigmore is playing the first week of Live On The Green with ZZ Ward and Matt & Kim!  Click here to get your VIP tickets to the show!

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Live On the Green Schedule!

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Click here to get your VIP tickets to Live On the Green!

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Live On The Green lineup

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Gin Wigmore – Black Sheep

883452_10151313656510951_651772130_oThe southern states of America held my hand for the first few months of self-discovery. Taking me to church for the first time, with the sermon being casually led by The Reverend Al Green, I asked myself why I hadn’t tried this whole religious thing years ago. But after coming to my senses whilst eating pulled pork BBQ shortly after service, I quickly realized church would probably never live up to that kind of high ever again, so I put the lyrics about the devil back in my jeans pocket and naturally turned to the all forgiving hard liquor-pouring juke joints of Clarksdale, MS. After learning a thing or two about the “real” blues, and finding out from a chap named Eddie who had a penchant for moonshine, that I clearly ain’t got them blues if I could afford a plane ticket from New Zealand to Clarksdale, I decided I better keep on chewing through this whistle stop tour of mine to find the true blood and bones of this record. So, I got down to business and started writing furiously. I wore my fingers down to a callous state writing with every Tom, Dick & Harry around the world, including a chap named Charlie who plays for a man named Bob, to wrestle my emotions and bring out the raw grit hiding in my tightly guarded sub-conscious. Lucky for me, it all paid off in the way of 11 tip-top songs that have the love of a cowboy, bathe in a little lonesome blues, dance to a touch of rock ‘n’ roll and have the swagger of a woman past midnight.

After much persistence in the form of incessant nagging to my label to get Mr. Butch Walker to produce and Mr. Jake Sinclair to engineer, I found myself in the beachside haven of Santa Monica in the U.S. summer of 2011 with those two fine gentlemen by my side ready to record my second album. After a month of live and loose recording with the Black Widows and Stu Thompson, we managed to uncover my newest album Gravel & Wine…

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