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Pop Quiz

WFUV Pop Quiz with Patti Smith

by WFUV Staff
Edward Mapplethorpe

With her outstanding career in the arts, Patti Smith has solidified her standing as a modern renaissance woman. A New Jersey native, Patti became a staple in the emergent punk rock scene in 1970s New York with her debut album Horses. After spending a lifetime of creating various works of literature, visual arts, and music, Patti still remains as prolific as ever with the recent release of her eleventh studio album, Banga. While doing an interview with WFUV's Eric Holland, she squeezed in some time to answer some WFUV Pop Quiz questions.

WFUV Pop Quiz: Paula Cole

by Laura Fedele

A Massachusetts native, Paula attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied jazz singing and improvisation. Her single "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1997 and the following year she won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. She took a seven-year hiatus to raise her daughter as a single mother, then returned with Courage in 2007.

WFUV Pop Quiz with Todd Snider

by John Platt

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Todd Snider has a stoner image, but he’s got it all together, with sharp-witted songs that talk about real life. He visited WFUV recently for a conversation with Darren DeVivo, and while he was here, he shared a few secrets with the WFUV Pop Quiz.

Aside from your gear, instruments or your band, you do not go on the road without?
My weed.

WFUV Pop Quiz: Joan Osborne

by Laura Fedele

Originally a Kentucky girl, Joan Osborne came to New York a little over 20 years ago to study film at NYU. Her career path took a different direction when she started singing in the New York City clubs. Eight diverse albums later, she’s proved she can sing just about anything. On her most recent, Bring It On Home, she tackles a collection of blues, R&B, and soul covers with, if you’ll forgive the expression, relish.

Aside from your gear, instruments or your band, you do not go on the road without?

My yoga mat.

WFUV Pop Quiz: Crystal Bowersox

by Laura Fedele
Cynthia O'Connor

Born in Elliston, Ohio, with a passion for music, Crystal Bowersox spent her days performing in local taverns and train stations. At 17 she traveled to Chicago, where she performed in a variety of places hoping that she'd one day be discovered. In 2009, she auditioned for the ninth season of American Idol and got her big break. She impressed the judges, made it through to Hollywood, and ended as runner-up to winner Lee DeWyze.

WFUV Pop Quiz: Ron Sexsmith

by Laura Fedele

Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith started his own band when he was just 14 years old. His first recordings were in 1985 and today he has 11 albums. The most recent, Long Player Late Bloomer, in early 2011. In 2005 he won the coveted Juno Award (Canada's prestigious music awards) as Songwriter of the Year. His inspirations include Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Ray Davies and John Hiatt. On a visit to WFUV he agreed to take the WFUV Pop Quiz.

Aside from gear, instruments or your band, what don't you go on the road without?

WFUV Pop Quiz: Steve Earle

by Laura Fedele
Laura Fedele

For more than three decades, Texas-born Steve Earle has been one of the most respected songwriters of country and folk music, first in Nashville and for the past few years in New York City, where he lives with his wife, Allison Moorer, and their son John Henry Earle. He's never been shy about expressing his opinions, so it was natural to ask him to take the WFUV Pop Quiz. True to form, his answers were anything but predictable.

Aside from gear, instruments, your band, you don't go on the road without…?

My computer.

WFUV Pop Quiz: Rodney Crowell

by Laura Fedele
Alan Messer

Long before he became a Grammy winning songwriter and member of Emmylou Harris' Hot Band, Rodney Crowell was introduced to music by his father. He also experienced the unpredictable fireworks of his parents' marriage. He's recounted his childhood experiences in autobiographical albums like The Houston Kid and now a memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks. In a recent visit to WFUV with John Platt he shared some more personal insights in The WFUV Pop Quiz.

Aside from gear, instruments or your band, you don't go on the road without?

WFUV Pop Quiz: David Bromberg

by Laura Fedele

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Bromberg was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Tarrytown, New York. He began playing the guitar when he was 13 years old and later enrolled in Columbia University as a musicology major. He got his real education in Greenwich Village, studying guitar with Reverend Gary Davis, and found himself in demand as a studio sideman for everyone from Bob Dylan to Carly Simon to The Eagles. He began releasing his own albums in the 1970's, but gave up performing in the '80s to learn violin making in Chicago.

WFUV Pop Quiz: Erin McKeown

by Laura Fedele

Erin McKeown spared some time to take the WFUV Pop Quiz with Darren DeVivo. Here she talks about her recently developed love for Bob Dylan, her dependence on striped tube socks and her former love affair with Chef Boyardee.

Aside from gear, your instruments or your band, you don't go on the road without...
My iPhone. Does that count as gear? What's something to me that's indispensable? Tube socks.
The ones with stripes on the side?
That's right.
What song do you wish you had written and why?