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Live Concerts

Amos Lee - FUV Live at Hill Country Live - 2013

by Carmel Holt
Amos Lee, photo by Laura Fedele

Amos Lee headed to Nashville to make his new album Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, and the night before its release, he came to Hill Country Live to perform an FUV Live show for us. The full-band set featured most of the new tunes plus a couple of bonus songs, and the stories behind them ranged from amusing to poignant — especially when Amos explained the inspiration Levon Helm provided for the title track and life in general.

The Lone Bellow - FUV Live at Rockwood Music Hall - 2015

by Rita Houston

There's always a lot of pressure making the follow-up to a successful debut album. The Lone Bellow met that challenge by changing a few things, and building on what makes them so special: a whole lot of heart and soul. After the release of the new album Then Came The Morning, the band returned to where it all started for this exclusive FUV Live show. Their debut was recorded at Rockwood Music Hall and it's where the band took shape. What a treat for FUV Marquee members to be in the room for this passionate performance.

Natalie Merchant - Holiday Cheer for FUV - 2014

by Kara Manning
Photo by Neil Swanson/WFUV

One of Conor Oberst's labelmates on Nonesuch Records is Natalie Merchant, who released her sixth solo album, self-titled, in 2014. This quietly powerful and thoughtful record, rich with exquisite character studies and sunbeams of soulful reverie, marked Natalie's first collection of new, original songs in over 13 years.

We are so pleased that Natalie joined Holiday Cheer for FUV with Conor Oberst and Friends at the Beacon Theatre, since she's always been beloved by this station and our listeners. She was a part of the extraordinary lineup which also included Suzanne Vega, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow, The Felice Brothers and Jonathan Wilson.

The Lone Bellow - Holiday Cheer for FUV - 2014

by Kara Manning
Photo by Neil Swanson/WFUV

A Brooklyn trio with a heroic take on country soul and the sweetest harmonies in the borough, The Lone Bellow has been on WFUV's radar for a long time. A favorite of our canny program director Rita Houston, she brought them to FUV Live at Zankel Hall in 2013 for their Carnegie Hall debut. In fact, The Lone Bellow's Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist were originally slated to be part of FUV's Holiday Cheer back in 2012, but were sidelined at the last minute due to illness.

Happily, The Lone Bellow returned for Holiday Cheer for FUV 2014 with Conor Oberst and Friends at the Beacon Theatre, joining a stellar lineup that also included Natalie Merchant, Laura Marling, The Felice Brothers and Jonathan Wilson.

Jonathan Wilson - Holiday Cheer for FUV - 2014

by Kara Manning
Jonathan Wilson (photo: Neil Swanson/WFUV)

A shaggy-haired troubador who mines the rich Laurel Canyon sound of the late '60s and '70s, Jonathan Wilson was aboard 2014's Holiday Cheer for FUV with Conor Oberst and Friends not only as a solo artist, but as part of Conor's band. Wilson, who produced Conor's 2014 album Upside Down Mountain, has produced records for Father John Misty and many others, and in 2013 released his very own second solo album, Fanfare, on Bella Union.

The Felice Brothers - Holiday Cheer for FUV - 2014

by Kara Manning
The Felice Brothers (photo: Neil Swanson/WFUV)

The Felice Brothers are not only longtime favorites of WFUV, but the prolific New York folk rockers are good friends of Conor Oberst. They've toured with him and recorded their 2014 album, the rollicking Favorite Waitress, at Omaha's Arc Studios, co-owned by Conor and Mike Mogis. So it made perfect sense for The Felice Brothers to join Holiday Cheer for FUV with Conor Oberst and Friends.

Laura Marling - Holiday Cheer for FUV - 2014

by Kara Manning
Laura Marling (photo: Neil Swanson/WFUV)

An astonishing singer-songwriter and guitarist, Laura Marling pens cathartic, conversational songs that deftly shift between ferocity and fragility. Just 24 years old, she's already released four critically acclaimed albums, three of which have been nominated for the Mercury Prize. She won the Brit Award in 2011 as Best Female Solo Artist and was nominated two other times for that honor.

Woody's Children 45th Anniversary Concert

by Bob Sherman
Grand finale of Woody's Children 45th Anniversary Concert; © Steve J. Sherman


Every five years, we try to do something special on Woody's Children, and for our 45th birthday, we really hit the jackpot. The late, dearly loved Pete Seeger had planned to be there, and of course was deeply missed, but with us were such music masters as David Amram, Tom Chapin and The Chapin Sisters (Abigail & Lily Chapin), Emma's Revolution (a.k.a. Pat Humphries and Sandi O), Christine Lavin, Holly Near, Tom Paxton and Noel Paul Stookey. Special guests Nora Guthrie and Doug Mishkin added other highlights, as did our wonderful "house band" of Jon Cobert and Michael Mark.

It leaves me very nervous about how we can possibly top those incredible two hours when it comes time for our 50th birthday; meanwhile, I'm proud and pleased to have the show alive and well and living here in the WFUV Archives.