Dave Barnes in-studio

Local comedian/musician Dave Barnes stopped by the Lightning 100 studio to debut some new tunes.  Check out “Mine To Love” and “White Flag” off the new album Stories to Tell.  Want to hear either of the songs on 100.1 FM?


Ed Sheeran in-studio performance

Ed Sheeran makes his Music City debut on Lightning 100.  Ed stopped by the studio before performing at the historic Ryman Auditorium.  What do you think of this UK artists on the rise?  Which in-studio performance is your favorite?  Leave us a comment if you would like to hear him on 100.1 FM.

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Andrew Bird in-studio videos

Before Andrew Bird headlined at Ryman Auditorium, he stopped by the studio to do a few tunes.  He was having equipment issues with his pedals, so he had to do everything with out loops.  Unique exclusive performance from Andrew Bird, yes please!  Check out this performance of “Give It Away” and “Eyeoneye”.

Do you want to hear some new Andrew Bird tunes on Lightning 100?  Leave us a comment below and let us know!

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Justin Townes Earle in-studio videos

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.


The Shins on SNL


Jessie Baylin live in-studio and Grimey’s

Local artist Jessie Baylin stopped by the Lightning 100 studio after performing at Nashville Sunday Night.  Jessie Baylin just released her debut album, “Little Spark” on Verve Forcast.  Jessie was able to perform the song “Hurry Hurry” in the studio before the tornado siren/EAS warning which interrupted her during “I Feel That Too.”  Kind of ironic songs to be playing during a tornado warning?  We found a version of the song filmed at Grimey’s New and Preloved Music.  Special thanks to NashvilleLance for filming at Grimey’s!


Delta Spirit performs Trashcan, People, Turn Around, and Strange Vine

Delta Spirit performs Trashcan, People, Turn Around, and Strange Vine.  Check out the guys during their first album in 2008!


Lt. Dan’s Top Videos of 2011!

2011 was a great year for music!

I went through all the videos from bands and artists that performed on my show this year and was blown away by all the great memories!

One I will remember for the rest of my life was THE DOOBIE BROTHERS asking me to sing BLACK WATER. In the middle of the performance! Unreal. Thank god I was basically in key…or this would not be the first video in my Best of 2011! ;-)

This Nashville based band put out one of my favorite albums in 2011. I had the pleasure of having them perform this track LOST BOY on my show. Pick up a copy of THE APACHE RELAY album AMERICAN NOMAD today at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music.

How about getting THE CIVIL WARS on my show! Such a pleasure getting this intimate performance of BARTON HOLLOW from Joy Williams and John Paul White. Life is good!

When NICKEL CREEK said, farewell for now, we all knew we would get some superb music from the gang, as they explored solo projects and new groups. Chris Thile seems to really be enjoying himself here with his new band, THE PUNCH BROTHERS. This recording is coming from two room mics. Simply amazing.

MOON TAXI – I love this Nashville band. It’s been so much fun watching them grow into the stars they have yet to become. Their new album CABARET drops in the beginning of February. 2012 will be the year of MOON TAXI!

I guess for now, this will be a top 5 but there are dozens more. This link will take you to the beginning of the year on our youtube page.



Thanks for listening and cheers to an awesome 2011!


Merry Christmas from Mindy Smith!

We hope your having a safe and happy holiday!  Enjoy this new holiday delight by Mindy Smith entitled “Santa Will Find You.”


Fitz and The Tantrums cover The Raconteurs

We recently had Fitz and The Tantrums perform a secret show at Marathon Recorders for some Lightning 100 fans.  Fitz asked if the audience would mind if he did they did a cover of a local Nashville band, The Raconteurs.  Check out this video produced by The Funky Umbrella and recorded by Marathon Recorders!



Warren Haynes in studio performance

Warren Haynes visits the Lightning 100 studio before he performs at the grand opening(first show) at Marathon Music Works.  We would like to see your pictures from the show, leave us a comment with the link!  We’ve posted two stripped down versions of “River’s Gonna Rise” and “Sick of My Shadow” at Lightning 100.  What do you think of Warren Haynes solo?

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Elenowen in studio performance

Nashville based duo, Elenowen, visited the Lightning 100 studio before their debut headlining performance at Nashville Sunday Night.  Do you recognize this duo?  You might have seen the couple on NBC’s The Voice last season.  Click here to check out their in studio performance of the song “Head to my Heart” and “Blood and Bones”.  These are two unreleased songs that will be on their upcoming new album in 2012!  We look forward to hearing the finished new tunes!

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Dawes in studio videos

We were pretty excited to get Dawes into the Lightning 100 studio after seeing their performance at Mercy Lounge and Soundland(Next Big Nashville).  You’ve been hearing “Time Spent In Los Angeles” on Lightning 100, now you can listen to an exclusive in studio performance!  Dawes also performed “If I Wanted Someone” in the studio.  Could this be their next single?  Want to start hearing it on Lightning 100?  Let us know and share these videos with your friends!

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Justin Townes Earle in studio

Justin Townes Earle visits the studio before performing at Sound Land.  Justin performs an original one entitled “Ain’t Waitin’” off this new album Harlem River Blues.  Justin also covers the song “My Starter Won’t Start This Morning” by Lightnin´Hopkins.


Live On the Green live performances by The Funky Umbrella

Brett Dennen

Edwin McCain

Moon Taxi

Will Hoge

Los Lonely Boys


The Dirty Guv’nahs


Joe Robinson shreds the WRLT studio

Smokin’ Joe Robinson returns to the Lightning 100 studio before playing Nashville Sunday Night!  Joe performs two new songs entitled “Emily” and “One Heart at a Time” from his upcoming album.  Joe expands his fast-paced fingerpicking instrumental performance to now include vocals.  We believe that it is completely unfair for Joe to have such an amazing voice being one of the best guitarist in Nashville.  He already has the title of “Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World.”   Not sure what type of deal Joe made with the devil, but it was worth it.  Thanks for making such great music.


Los Lonely Boys in studio performance

Los Lonely Boys return to the Lightning 100 studio before they headline Live On the Green!  Check out two new songs from their recent release Rockpango.  Have you picked up the new album?  What do you think?


Zee Avi – NSN 10-2-11 (video & audio)

Sensational Maylasian songbird Zee Avi brought her exotic sound to our Nashville Sunday Night broadcast at 3rd and Lindsley on 10-2-11.  The video highlight here is the performance of her song “The Book Of Morris Johnson” from her new album Ghostbird.  Listen how she incorporates some of Foster The People’s smash hit “Pumped Up Kicks” into her song near the end.  The audio highlight reel below also includes “Book” and what she calls her masterpiece, “Honey Bee.”



New video – Katie Herzig – Free My Mind

We just added Katie’s new song “Free My Mind” from her latest release The Walking Sleep.  What do you think of her new stop motion video?


Your favorite version of “My Favorite”

Gabe Dixon recently visited the Lightning 100 studio before he sold out Nashville Sunday Night at 3rd and Lindsley.  He also performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live in support of his new album One Spark.  Which version do you like better?  Do you like solo Gabe Dixon or with the full band?


KS Rhoads in studio

Did you see KS Rhoads perform with Nashville Symphony at Live On the Green?  Before the show, KS Rhoads came into the studio and blew us away with his new song “Invisible Fortress.”

KS Rhoads later visited the studio to debut another new song “When Your Prays are Received” live int he studio!


Foster the People live at Grimey’s

Foster the People perform an acoustic set at Grimey’s New and Preloved Music!  Check out this performance of “Pumped Up Kicks”  What do you think of the acoustic version?  Are you going to see them at Soundland?


Andy Davis “Capital Letters” (NSN video)

Andy Davis recently treated us to two live performances of the brand-new as-yet-unreleased song “Capital Letters” on Lightning 100.  Webmaster Brian Waters shot video of the in-studio performance on 8-12-11 and David Hall shot video of the same song during Nashville Sunday Night on 8-14-11.  Brian then combined the two performances into this cool video of a song that will be on Andy’s forthcoming album…hopefully this fall.  Do you think this song would make a good next single for Andy?


Amy Stroup performs “Just You”

Amy Stroup finishes up her The Other Side of Love Tour in support of most recent album release.  Amy stops by the WRLT studio before her peformance at Nashville Sunday Night and Grimey’s New and Preloved Music.  Joined with the ghost of  Trent Dabbs, Amy performs “Just You” in this video with footage from our studio and 3rd and Lindsley!  Great editing job by Wells Adams!



“Comeback Kid” by Brett Dennen premires on ESPN

"Comeback Kid (That's My Dog)" Official Music Video from Brett Dennen on Vimeo.

You’ve been hearing “Comeback Kid(That’s My Dog) on 100.1 FM.  Brett just premiered his new video for this single on ESPN.  It was filmed in the Oakland A’s stadium.  Are you excited about Brett Dennen’s free concert at Live On the Green?


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