Lightning 100 Presents
Miller Made Music Showcase feat. Guthrie Brown, Gavin Shea, The FUTURE, Bear Cub, Levi Weaver, AJ & the Jiggawatts, The Gills, Blackfoot Gypsies, and more!R&B/Soul
Nashville TN | Alternative
Guthrie Brown is an 18 year-old singer/songwriter with undeniable talent. Raised by a former Broadway actress in a small Montana town, Guthrie has always been living in a musical environment. He has been writing and recording music since the age of ten, and has been performing on a stage for as long as he can remember.
Guthrie has played with artists such as The Lumineers, Buddy Guy, The Thermals, The Spill Canvas, David Dondero, Tumbledown, Hansen, and North Mississippi Allstars. Guthrie recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he currently records in a professional home studio with his French Bulldog, Nala.
Nashville TN | Singer-Songwriter
Growing up in sunny Sarasota, FL, Gavin Shea got into music for the same reason so many young kids do these days.. "I wanted to be cool! My friend had a drum set which made him awesome and I wanted to be awesome too", says Gavin, beaming from the fond memories. Not coming from a musical family, learning to play drums in his early teens provided Gavin with a sense of direction and purpose that has remained with him his entire career. Now 27, it seems like we've only begun to see how far he's planning to take it.
As he continued to develop his drumming, Gavin began noodling with other instruments and listening to more punk and rock-oriented music. While attempting to fall in with this high school crowd (and with assistance from "the late, great AOL buddyfinder*"), Gavin made some close friends who quickly became the members of Awestruck. Forming in Sarasota in 1999 (with Shea playing drums and providing one voice of the group), Awestruck amassed a nice following and garnered quite a bit of buzz throughout the Southeast. After their transition to Orlando for college, a music business classmate of Gavin’s heard a demo and immediately introduced the band to ROA Records. They soon released 'Beyond the Merely Mechanical' under ROA but, amicably, decided to part ways for their next release. That decision subsequently hooked them up with a local Orlando producer who rushed them into the legendary Allaire Studios in upstate New York to record a live album. “Capturing the essence” of the music, was the plan. The Black Crowes had just finished recording there a few weeks earlier and it seemed like the perfect opportunity. The mountain getaway was an ideal environment for work however time was limited and, as these things often go, the recording experience was more complicated then they could have imagined. Eventually, they abandoned the live recording route and finished what they could in the time they had left before going home.
Awestruck's 'Telemision' was released almost a year after that trip, in November of 2008, and was well received throughout their fan base. They continued to plug away as one of the tightest and loudest rock bands in Florida, until their separation in June of 2010. After a decade together, life had come between them and Gavin found himself in desperate need of a re-start. Six months in Montana with his dad and brother sounded like a great idea.
Upon returning to Florida in January of this year, Gavin has emerged with a renewed sense of energy and drive. “I'm healthy. I didn't play a lick of music for months but as soon as i got back, I started writing like a maniac,” he says. “Days and days of wandering around the front yard, playing. I had never enjoyed the guitar so much.. and the dog's just staring at me like, ’yo, put that down for a sec, you need to eat or something.’ I didn’t care.” Non-stop songwriting alone at his grandparents remote house south of Orlando, gave Gavin the space he needed to put together a collage of variously catchy acoustic songs that very quickly garnered him a showcase spot at the 2012 Florida Music Festival.
As the SoundFire Entertainment Showcase Grand Prize winner at the 2012 Florida Music Festival (in association with Tortoise and the Hare Records/Nashville) Gavin Shea was provided the opportunity to record his debut solo project at Handmade Studios in Nashville, TN with Gold record producer and songwriter Chris Gill (Shinedown/Atlantic, Big 10-4/Universal Republic, There For Tomorrow/Hopeless and Sullivan/Tooth and Nail). His first single “The Brains” (released 10/2/2012 via Tortoise and the Hare Records/SoundFire Entertainment), expresses the essence of Gavin’s retro, 70’s club-style take on rock n' roll. With the subsequent release of his debut EP “Alive and Well” (released 10/23/2012), Gavin Shea brings a fresh and unique sound to the indie rock scene, reminiscent of the Paul McCartney days. The simplicity and depth of his lyrics paint a vibrant picture of the dichotomous nature of a young man’s journey.
Everyone is curious to what the Future will bring. Is it honest? Is it urgent? Is it enduring? The Future brings all this and more with their sophomore album, "Grow Young," a snappy collection of 10 tightly layered tracks that will force even the most inept soul to cut a rug.
If you fused the dynamic vocal style of Prince with Spoon's tight minimalist pop hooks and a bit of Arcade Fire's heights of grandeur, you'd kindle a spark that is the Future.
The indie-pop quartet is made up of brothers, Adam and Jordan Culver, and childhood friend Eric Sadowsky, who left their native North Dakota to pursue their music careers. Picking up Bryan Feece in Bloomington, Indiana, the foursome then settled into the intimate, yet competitive Nashville music scene.
Adam Culver - Vocals, Synth
Eric Sadowsky - Guitar, BGV
Jordan Culver - Bass, BGV
Bryan Feece - Drums
Nashville TN | Folk
In terms of a relationship, Texas "was a disaster from the word go." After a few months, Jesse packed up and left Austin, stopping on the way to visit friends in Nashville to write down some of the songs and get his wits about him. "It was not meant to be as autobiographical as it is," he says of the album. "I don't preconceive anything when I write a song. I just grab a guitar and it's whatever comes out. Songwriting is one of the most honest forms of self-discovery. You figure out where your head is right at that moment. " Jesse’s style of writing is in a league of its own, with a copious flow of raw emotion, beautifully crafted phrasing, and incredible imagery. Digging through the dirt and grit, he discovers these true gems. He fought through the depression to get the songs down on tape in Pittsburgh with the help of his dad, who plays a variety of instruments.
Through friends of friends around PA, the band members found each other, and an ’aggressive folk’ formula that works masterfully. Each member has widely different musical influences and backgrounds, which makes for a wonderfully unique, yet unified, fresh sound. They were soon playing shows and building buzz around Pittsburgh. With loads of inspiration still dangling on his sleeve, Jesse immediately started penning the follow up 7-track EP, “Always Be Down” a week after the self-titled debut was completed. Jesse co-wrote “Pulling Me Apart,” a standout track on the EP, with Nashville favorite Jeremy Lister, who encouraged him to make the move down to Tennessee. Jesse took heed of the advice, and the band followed suit in September 2010.
The Bear Cub boys have dug their heels in Nashville and are making their voices heard loud and clear around town. They are always working on new material and working hard to win fans over the old fashioned way – letting the music speak for itself and putting on a phenomenal live show. Bear Cub has been touted as “a hardcore indie rock band from Tennessee”, by Black Vinyl Magazine, “because the energy that comes from these bears - between the gut-spillin' lyrics to the full force instrument handling, pretty much gives folk a new identity."
Nashville TN | Singer-Songwriter
Levi Weaver is a songwriter/storyteller/one-man-band who currently resides in Nashville, TN. He has not yet come up with a good answer for "What Kind of Music Do You Play"; though "Soundtracks for Existential Crises" seems to him to be a perfectly valid, it seems only to elicit wrinkly eyebrows from others.
He does not particularly enjoy writing about himself in the third person.
AJ and The Jiggawatts
Nashville TN | R&B/Soul
If you're a child of the 80's you might get the name check from the newest edition to the G.E.D. Soul cavalcade of artists. That's "Jigga-watts" as in "1.21 Jiggawatts" as Doc Emmett Brown said to Marty McFly in those classic movies about time travel to and from the future. A.J. Eason has been dropping soul bombs on stages throughout the south east for over a decade in a number of different groups (including our very own Coolin' System). We've always admired Mr. Eason's style and straight up bombastic personality, I mean, honestly, the man knows how to rock the mic and get people moving. His latest project pairs him with heavy hitting musicians from Nashville disco-funk stalwarts Deep Fried Five as well as folks from the Coolin' System and Sky Hi. This eclectic combination of players capture a sound that lives comfortably in the space between funk and soul, but shares a bathroom with rock n roll. Thus, we present the Rock n Soul of A.J. & The Jiggawatts.
"A great old school slice of funk – with these call-response vocals between AJ and the band – all very much in a James Brown People Records mode! The groove here has a very People-styled sound, too – razor sharp drums that seem to snap all the other instruments into place, too – urged on strongly by the calls in the lead! "Pimp Decisions" is looser, but in a really groovy way – with wangly guitar over skittish drums, and this cool production on the vocals that make them sound kind of muddy and noisy!"
-Dusty Groove (Chicago, IL)
The Gills are 4 siblings on a mission to build a dream of creating and sharing music they love, spreading hope and strength through Jesse's story, and raising money and awareness towards helping other people who are going through the absolute hell of cancer.
The main motto on stage is to pour every ounce of sweat and emotion out, and spill it into every human soul that's present.
Jesse Wheeler - Guitar, Vocals
Chris Wheeler - Guitar, Vocals
Andy Prince - Bass, Vocals
Matt Prince - Drums, Vocals
Matthew Paige and Zack Murphy ARE the Blackfoot Gypsies. They are the amplifier for your heart and soul, your love and hate, your on and off, your push and pull. With caution being checked at the door, there is no room for thinking... only feeling. Breaking the lines between hipsters, punks, posers, dads, normies, cowboys, rockers, and burnouts; everyone gets stripped to the core on the floor. And no one leaves the same as they came before.
Scouting the future of the American music that has been progressing since the dawn of time. There's no stunting the Blackfoot and there's no stopping the Gypsies.
The torch has been lit and will be carried with pride, speaking up for a generation unlike any other. It's all happening here, and it's all happening now.