Live on the Green: Week 4, Day 1
Featuring Johnnyswim, Delta Spirit, & Cage The Elephant
I walked into Week 4 of Live on The Green completely underprepared for what was about to go down. The lineup, on paper, seemed unassuming enough; former Nashvillians Johnnyswim would open, followed by Delta Spirit, ending with headlining act Cage The Elephant. I thought I was ready, but, having not seen any of these bands live in the past, I really didn’t know what to expect… And there was certainly no way for me to know that this night would be my favorite of the six-night festival.
As I arrived to the festival grounds in downtown Nashville, the music of Johnnyswim began to roll like waves through the park. While the band’s folky pop melodies were pleasant, nothing gripped me quite like husband-wife duo Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez’s powerful vocals.
Interview - Sugar & The Hi-Lows
Amy Stroup and Trent Dabbs
9/4/14 by Cathy Wagner
Cathy: You’ll be playing the final night of Live on The Green on September 6th. Do you plan on sticking around all day to catch all the acts playing, or will you just be coming in for your performance? If the former, who are you most looking forward to seeing?
Amy: I love all the bands that are playing on Saturday, we definitely plan on sticking around and enjoying the day. We both are good friends and have toured and recorded with Ingrid [Michaelson] and her band, it will be great to see them again… like a big old family reunion. Really looking forward to Jake [Bugg], never seen him! We are thankful to be part of the killer line up.
C: What should LOTG audience members who will be seeing you for the first time know before attending a Sugar & The Hi-Lows live show? Anything special they should expect?
A: We are going to play some of the songs from our Johnny Cash album, Wild Desire, that we just released, and we are working on a brand new record and will be trying out a couple of songs from that as well. Also, we LOVE all the people in our band, it’s always wonderful to get to play with some of our Nashville friends that don’t always get to come on the road with us.
Interview - Phin
9/4/14 by Cathy Wagner
Cathy: How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?
Toby: We sound like Synth-Pop in a blender.
C: You’ll be performing at the final day of this year’s Live On The Green, on September 6th. If you could collaborate with any artist performing at Live on the Green 2014, who would it be and why?
T: We would choose to collaborate with Cage the Elephant because we could start a side project and call it Cage the Ele-Phin-t.
C: You got on the lineup for LOTG by winning this year’s Music City Mayhem contest. When you initially entered MCM, did you think you had a good shot at winning?
T: Being such a new band, we definitely did not think we had a chance at winning at all. We were just hoping to make it to the Final Four, so that we could play the Final Four show with some amazing bands. Once we made it to the Final Four and saw how amazing the bands we were competing against were, we were sure that we weren’t going to win. We are definitely glad we were wrong and can’t wait to play Live on the Green.
Interview - G. Love & Special Sauce
8/22/14 by Cathy Wagner
Cathy: You’ll be performing the second to last night of the Live on the Green Music Festival in Nashville on 9/5. How does your prep for a festival show differ from a standard headlining show? Does it affect your setlist choices?
G. Love: Yea for sure. When you get to play a festival, of course you want to play for your hardcore fans, but it’s a good opportunity to turn on some new people. We have a thing we call “festival rules,” which just means basically bring your ‘A’ game to the table, pull out all the stops, play all the hits and other stuff you’re really feeling, and just really get out there and get after it. I don’t know what it is, but we’ve always really loved those type of shows, and that little bit of extra pressure never hurts to bring out a little bit more energy and edge. It’s a good time, and we’re really happy to have been invited.
C: You’ve come to Nashville on tour a number of times over the last two decades - do you have any favorite spots in town that you like to stop by when you’re here?
G: I’m trying to remember this place I ate lunch at twice. It’s right on a corner in this cool part of town. It’s a foodie type place, kind of farm to table, hipster… There’s definitely a good food explosion happening in Nashville, and has been happening. There are a lot of great places to eat down there and there’s a lot of good food there, and I’ll be eating it. We’re getting there the day before the show, so we’ll get some good grub and have a rehearsal that night and then get ready to fire it up the next day!
The Black Cadillacs
8/24/14, 3rd and Lindsley
Prior to seeing them perform, I’d heard good things about the unrefined blues-infused rock ‘n’ roll band known as The Black Cadillacs. I’d even listened to some of their tracks, loving what I had heard. But nothing truly prepared me for the inspired intensity that this band packs into their live show.
The first two songs, one of which was a number called “Run Run,” were a perfect introduction to the Black Cadillacs’ talent and showmanship; they quickly grabbed the audience’s attention and activated some magnetic force, pulling us all towards the music. Next, they hit everyone with a seductive, blues-infused standout called “Find My Own Way.”