Win tickets to The Mowglis

tumblr_msx9jd69DX1rjfn86o1_500Want to see The Mowglis headline with Kopecky Family Band? Show your kindness by doing something kind for someone! Let us know what you did in a comment below and for the chance to win tickets with 3 of your friends will be chosen to have a VIP experience (parking, separate viewing area, mercy items, and concessions) at the show! Contest ends Tuesday, November 6th… go make someone’s day!


Lightning 100’s Top 25 videos of 2012

Lightning 100 had a great 2012….for in-studio performances!  We made a list of our some of our favorite performances from the year, click here to see the full list.

  1. Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
    We gave 20 lucky fans the chance to see a private performance with Imagine Dragons before their sold out show at Cannery Ballroom.  One of our listeners included lead singer, Dan Reynolds, younger brother who won tickets during the lunch request hour.  Watch Imagine Dragons performs “Radioactive” live at Lightning 100.  Click here to see the band perform their big single “It’s Time” live in our studio.
  2. Alabama Shakes – Hold On
    Band of Horses used to wear the crown for biggest crowd at Live On the Green until Alabama Shakes performed in 2012.  Check out Alabama Shakes performance “Hold On” at Live On the Green.
    Filmed and edited by Make It Pop

  3. Passion Pit – Take A Walk
    Passion Pit
    performs in front of a few fans in Griffin Technology’s Pre-Show Live event at Marathon Music Works.  The band was running late, so we had to cut out the interview.  Michael Angelakos, lead singer of Passion Pit was a little offended by this.  Check out this live version of “Take A Walk”.  We’ve also recorded “Constant Conversations” and “Sleepyheads” at the show.
  4. The Lumineers – Classy Girl
    If you heard The Lumineers first on Lightning 100, you’ve got Wells Adams to thank for that.  After a few weeks of playing “Ho Hey” during our music meetings, the song made it to the airwaves.  Lightning 100 was one of the first stations in the country to play The Lumineers…..and now you hear them everywhere.
  5. Walk The Moon – Anna Sun
    The young up-and-coming band Walk the Moon stopped by the studio without their face paint.  Check out their performance  “Anna Sun” live at Lightning 100.  We’ve also got a recording of “Tightrope” on our HD On-demand Page.
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Indie Underground Playlist on 11-05-12

Mondays from 9-10pm CST on WRLT/Lightning 100, Nashville’s Independent Radio

Indie Underground Hour 11-05-12
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Windshield Smasher (Cobra Juicy, Rad Cult)
Tame Impala – Mind Mischief (Lonerism, Modular Recordings)
Titus Andronicus – In A Big City (Local Business, XL Recordings)
Joe Strummer – Arms Aloft (Streetcore, Hellcat Records)
Kopecky Family Band – Heartbeat (Kids Raising Kids, self-released)
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Some Time Alone, Alone (Melody’s Echo Chamber, Fat Possum)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Born In Ontario (Psychedelic Pill, Reprise)
Lee Hazlewood – A House Safe For Tigers (A House Safe For Tigers, LITA)
Madi Diaz – Talk To Me (We Threw Our Hearts In The Fire, Small Horse Records)
Lavender Diamond – I Don’t Recall (Incorruptible Heart, Paracadute Records)
Dum Dum Girls – Season In Hell (End Of Daze, Sub Pop)
Neil Halstead – Tied To You (Palindrome Hunches, Brushfire Records)
Menahan Street Band – Everyday A Dream (The Crossing, Daptone Records)


Kopecky Family Band performing “The Glow” – 615 session

Kopecky Family Band performing “The Glow” during Lightning 100’s 615 session.

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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

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

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

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

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 –

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


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 –

Filmed by Brian Waters & Jared Rauso
Edited by Brian Waters

Abigail Washburn –

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 –

Coming Soon

Photography by Brian Waters


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