So many variables determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history. On-air and online, we celebrate the musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack for the past fifty years. Let’s love these FUV Essential artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.
Friend and co-member of The Both, Ted Leo, has written an affectionate assessment of his "Five Essential Aimee Mann Songs" for FUV Essentials. (Okay, there might be more than five).
Ted Leo (photo by Matias Corral, PR)
We celebrate great artists as our FUV Essentials, and we thank WFUV Members for making it possible with their essential support.
Our FUV Essentials... include you. (illustrations by Andy Friedman)
The music that Sam Beam has been making for the past 15 years as Iron & Wine is born of a multitude of traditions — Southern blues, jazz, folk, gospel, bluegrass, country and more. The elemental core of his artistry is visceral, tender and wise, like something mined from the earth, and with every year, it has developed character, boldness, sweetness, and a refined complexity. Iron & Wine's Sam Beam is one of our FUV Essentials.
Sam Beam of Iron & Wine (illustration by Andy Friedman)