Spoon stops by the LC studio just to say “hello” to their friends at Lightning 100. A few lucky listeners got to watch this in-studio performance of “Do You” and “Rainy Taxi” off their recent release They Want My Soul. Have you listened to the full album? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post if you want to hear another track on 100.1 FM! Click here to watch the HD performance or listen to the full audio interview.
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.
Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, comprised of sisters Johanna and Kiara Söderberg, stopped by the LC Studio the day after their packed out show at the Ryman. It was their first time ever performing at the Ryman and the sisters said it was “a dream come true to play there”. They performed the songs Silver Lining, the track you’ve been hearing on Lightning 100, and the title track to their new album Stay Gold in the studio.
Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, who has been a big inspiration to the girls at an early age, produced their third album, Stay Gold, which was released back in June. “Hearing their music was like opening a door to all this folk and country music”, the girls said about Bright Eyes. They have also had the opportunity to work with Jack White, who they did a cover of his song Love Interruption during their show at the Ryman, and got to tour with him in Europe back in 2012.
Here are the videos of their live in studio performances of Silver Lining and Stay Gold.
Lightning 100 was able to hook up a few lucky listeners for a private performance with Hozier over at William Colliers. Hozier sold out two night stand at Exit/In and then Ryman Auditorium within the first year of his debut album. Guess who played his single first? To thank Lightning 100, Hozier performed “To Be Alone” and his hit single “Take Me To Church“. Click here to watch the HD video performance!
Scars on 45 return to studio to talk about the release of their sophomore album Safety in Numbers. They first visited the WRLT studio in 2011, click here to check out their performance of “Give Me Something”. We recorded two new in-studio videos including single “Crazy For You” and “Golden” off Safety in Numbers live in LC Studio on 100.1 FM. Lt. Dan also posted the full audio interview via SoundCloud. Hurry up and get your tickets to see them live this Saturday at Lightning 100’s #BlocktoberFest featuring Walk the Moon, sElf, Boom Forest, repeat repeat, Vinyl Thief, Tristen, and Scars on 45!
Erin McCarley and Boom Forest debut “Let Me Love You” in the LC studio on 100.1 FM. Boom Forest will be performing at Lightning 100’s Blocktober Fest on October 18th with Walk the Moon, Self, repeat repeat, Tristen and Vinyl Thief. Hurry up and get your discount tickets to the show.
Nashville’s own Guthrie Brown stopped by the LC studio to perform a new track. Check out the live HD video of “Lakeside” posted below. Want to see Guthrie Brown live in person? Guthrie’s next show will be at The Tippler on August 22nd.
Fitz and the Tantrums has always been a Lightning 100 favorite on 100.1 FM. The band was in town for a show at Marathon Music Works and decided to do a quick preview on air at William Colliers. We just finished the videos for “Out of My League” and “The Walker”, but have two more coming your way. You can also listen to the full performance via SoundCloud posted below!
Matt Costa visited the studio…..a month ago. Sometimes we get busy here at the station, but late is better than never! Check out “Early November” and “Ophelia” from Matt’s fourth studio album Mobile Chateau. When Matt Costa first started writing for his fourth full-length album, he envisioned the end result as a stripped-down selection of rootsy folk songs. But once he plunged into the songwriting process something much more grandiose and sonically adventurous began to emerge. Soon Costa found himself in the midst of a highly unanticipated yet deeply expansive evolution of artistry as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Read more
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!
The Wild Feathers perform “The Ceiling” and ” Left My Woman” live in the WRLT studio. Support your favorite locals by sharing this post!
Wake Owl stopped by the studio a few weeks ago in support of their new album Wild Country EP. The band is returning to Nashville this weekend for Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and Nashville Sunday Night. You’ve got two opportunities to see the band this week, just matters if you prefer a field or AC venue. Click here to listen to the full interview.
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Justin Townes Earle stopped by the studio to record an episode of Music Business Radio. He showed up a little early so we got him to play a few songs on air and talk about his new record “Nothing’s Ever Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now.” Check out these performances of “Memphis in the Rain” and “Am I That Lonely Tonight?”
What do you think of the new album? We are playing “Look the Other Way”, any other tracks we should add? We’ve been a big fan of Justin Townes Earle since the beginning of his career. Check out some of our earlier in-studio performances with over 40,000 views.
And one of the most depressing. I will never give up on this band.
Modest Mouse – Little Motel
Local artist Andrew Belle played our Nashville Sunday Night broadcast at 3rd & Lindsley on 1/16/11. Check out this performance of the title track from his CD “The Ladder” with a little explanation from Andrew Belle. Listen to the full live performance from Andrew Belle below posted with SoundCloud.