The local alt-rock group is joined by Twin Limb and Vinyl Thief to celebrate the beloved local radio station’s 25th birthday.
I walked into a packed 3rd and Lindsley to the sweet, dreamy tones of Twin Limb, a trio from Kentucky composed of Lacie Guthrie (accordion, vocals), Maryliz Bender (drums, vocals) and Kevin Ratterman (guitar, percussion). A perfect mix of folk music and psychedelic sounds, Twin Limb’s music had this whimsical vibe that easily entranced the audience. Their songs are effortless, entwined with pensive messages and strong vocals. The use of the accordion, played by Guthrie, was a pleasant surprise to me, but it very much worked. This was my first introduction to the band, and they quickly won me over.
Next up was local favorites Vinyl Thief, one of the hottest acts in Nashville’s ever-growing synth-pop scene. They seamlessly combine electronics with enticing vocals and harmonies that are out of this world. Self-described as Cold War Kids meets Neon Indian, Vinyl Thief pumped up the energy in the room and got the crowd on their feet. The band (Grayson Proctor, Logan Purdom, Sam English and Andrew Broadway) has an undeniable chemistry during their live performance, much of which can be credited to the fact that they grew up playing music together. They set the stage perfectly for the next act.
Finally, the night’s headlining band, Elliot Root, hit the stage, and opened with a brilliant and eerily enchanting cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” Front man, Scott Krueger, has an intriguingly raspy voice, giving the band a unique sound unlike anything you’ve ever heard before (think Kings of Leon mixed with Ray LaMontagne). They immediately went into crowd favorites, such as “Soul Is Fire,” “Chemical Sweat” and “June After Dark,” as well as giving us a sneak peek of some of the new stuff they’ve been working on. The group, made up of Scott Krueger (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Todd Bond (guitar), Melissa Mattey (keyboard, sampling, vocals), Justin Smith (bass, vocals, keyboards) and Sean Truskowski (drums, vocals), has such an electrifying energy and captivating stage presence that the audience can’t take their eyes off of them. Several members of the band, including Krueger, are multi-instrumentalists, taking their musicality to the next level. The show was full of several mid-song jam sessions, with Krueger taking his talents, and guitar, in the middle of the crowd (one of the night’s peak moments, for sure) during “Forgot You Were The Sun.” They ended the set with an extended version of “Punks and Poets,” the song that started it all for them.
If there’s one band that’s just “got it,” it’s these guys. Full of passion, originality and raw talent, they take their music and live performance to the next level. Elliot Root is easily one of the most buzzed about bands in Nashville, but they are definitely on their way to becoming one of the most buzzed about bands, period. They’ve toured the country with some of the hottest music acts, such as Zac Brown Band, Michael Franti and the Spearhead and X Ambassadors, and are currently in the studio working on a new project. Keep your eyes (and ears) out for this band, guys. They are the real deal.
Lightning 100 is known for celebrating great music, and they did just that with Twin Limb, Vinyl Thief and Elliot Root.
Elliot Root Set List:
Soul Is Fire
June After Dark
Forgot You Were The Sun
(New Song – currently unnamed)
Punks and Poets
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