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Nickel Creek - FUV Live - 2014

by Darren DeVivo
Nickel Creek photo by Brantley Gutierrez

The “indefinite hiatus” of this talented trio has officially ended. Nickel Creek's new album A Dotted Line was released earlier this year and it marks 25 years since Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins started making music together. Chris, Sara and Sean spoke with host Darren DeVivo and performed a few live songs ahead of a big Beacon Theatre show this spring, and they'll continue the tour into the summer with stops at Celebrate Brooklyn and the Newport Folk Festival.

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.

John Grant - FUV Live - 2013

by Russ Borris

In the early '90s, John Grant formed the Denver based group The Czars. The band enjoyed a fair amount of success and critical acclaim, but they never sold enough records to keep keep the project going, so the band eventually dissolved in the early 2000's.

John took some time off from music but came back to it a few years ago when he released his solo debut, Queen Of Denmark. He's now on his sophomore solo release, called Pale Green Ghosts. The album is deeply personal, delving into some very tough subjects but it never becomes overwhelming due in large part to the dark humor he infuses into the lyrics and the musicality of the songs.

Samsaya - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

Effusive, cheerful and self-determined, India-born, Norway-raised and Sweden-based pop singer Samsaya paints a crimson heart over her eye before every performance. It's a talisman of sorts, reminding the singer (and her fans) of her deep love of music, a passion that guided her through some lonely years as a child and teenager trying to bridge two very different cultures.

Marco Benevento - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Marco Benevento has been gracefully blending his jazz roots with indie rock, jam bands, and several other genres for more than a decade. His latest studio album, Swift, is his most musically consistent and thematic record yet and sees him singing for the first time. Marco Benevento recently stopped by Studio A to play some of the new songs and talk about his new album. We’ll hear that conversation and performance during this episode of The Alternate Side in Session.

 

Future Islands - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

Future Islands has spent a decade releasing albums that mix eclectic genres, from synth-splashed pop to harder-edged rock with a hip-hop heart. Yet after three albums, tireless touring and relocating from their native North Carolina to Baltimore, the trio erupted into mainstream consciousness this year with their fourth release, Singles, and via a galvanizing appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman." The video of that performance quickly went viral, propelled by the mighty vocals and endearingly earnest dance moves of front man Samuel T. Herring, and it changed Future Islands' fortunes. After years of hard work, Future Islands—Herring, bassist William Cashion and keyboadist Gerrit Welmers—are finally receiving the attention they deserve.

Jeremy Messersmith - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt

This quirky Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter likes to have a theme when writing batches of songs. He considers his first 3 albums a “pop life cycle trilogy” which starts with adolescence on the album The Alcatraz Kid and ends with death on the album The Reluctant Graveyard. Messsersmith followed those albums with a mostly instrumental EP called Paper Moon and is now on his fifth record, Heart Murmurs. As the title implies, the album explores the topic and concept of love.

Honeyblood - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

Scotland votes for (or against) independence this week, but in the realm of rock music, Glasgow's Stina Tweeddale and Shona McVicar of Honeyblood have seized upon their own ferociously indie spirit as a winning ticket. The pair—singer/guitarist Tweeddale and drummer McVicar—met serendipitously when they were both in other bands. They found common ground in a mutual affection for artists like PJ Harvey, Best Coast, the Breeders and Elastica, eschewed recruiting a bass player and began writing and recording together. Their first release was a lo-fi two-track cassette, the Thrift Shop EP, which they recorded with a single microphone and a 4-track tape deck in a bathroom. Shortly after that release, Tweeddale and McVicar nervously played their first live show in February 2012 where they caught the eye of FatCat Records founder Alex Knight, who not only bought the pair's handmade merchandise but began the process of mentoring them, eventually signing Honeyblood to the label.

Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin - Sunday Breakfast - 2014

by John Platt
Jeremy Rainer

It was love pretty much at first sight when Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt met at Folk Alliance in Memphis. It took these busy musicians about 7 years to record an album together, but it's a beauty, with a fitting title - "For Keeps." The soon-to-be newlyweds, one of Austin's favorite couples, visited me in Studio A to share a little of their love story and a few songs from the album.

Robert Plant - FUV Live - 2014

by Dennis Elsas
Robert Plant photos by Phil King
Robert Plant keeps moving forward with his musical choices, without abandoning or ignoring his glorious past. Since Led Zeppelin ended in December 1980 (following the death of their drummer John Bonham) Plant has recorded numerous solo albums, reunited with Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page for several projects, and ventured into Americana and world music. He successfully and surprisingly teamed up with bluegrass star Alison Krauss in 2007 and then joined Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller for Band of Joy in 2010.