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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.