Neyla Pekarek performing “Western Woman” and “Train” live on Lightning 100 [video]


Neyla Pekarek, formerly of The Lumineers, has kicked off 2019 in a big way. In January, Pekarek released her debut solo LP, “Rattlesnake” — an ambitious and hauntingly beautiful concept album that recalls the legend of Rattlesnake Kate, who fended off 140 rattlesnakes to protect her four-year-old son. In February, Pekarek stopped by the Lightning 100 studio to chat with Casey and perform two songs — “Western Woman” and “Train” — from her mythical, Western-themed record. Check out both performances and listen to the full interview below.

Casey is that rarest of creatures…a Native Tennesseean. His love of music can be traced to the day his dad sat him down and played him Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?” Everything pretty much changed after that. He began his broadcasting career at the age of 14 at an AM station in Northern Middle Tennessee. It was there he learned how to cue vinyl records, splice tape with razor blades, and other skills that no longer serve any purpose. In the late nineties, he was the host of our evening show until management decided that probably wasn’t a good idea anymore. Casey returned to Nashville airwaves in 2016. When he isn’t on the air, he spends his time with his wife and son. He would also appreciate it if you’d get offa his lawn.