Five Essential Albums
Grammy-nominated singer, rapper and songwriter Aloe Blacc, who was born Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, has long admired another man who changed his name for his music: Stevie Wonder. When FUV asked Blacc if could write about his Five Essential Stevie Wonder Albums, he immediately agreed. But, as Blacc explained, picking just a handful of wonderful Wonder releases was pretty difficult.
Aloe Blacc (courtesy of the artist, PR)
Like this week's FUV Essentials artist, R.E.M., a band that spiralled from the University of Georgia in Athens, the three founding members of Boston-bred Guster also met in a college town, while students at Tufts University in the early '90s. When we asked Guster's kinetic drummer (and bongo sensei) Brian Rosenworcel to write about his Five Essential R.E.M. Albums, he turned in this terrific, thoughtful list that gives special insight into fellow man-with-sticks Bill Berry's contributions too.
Guster with drummer Brian Rosenworcel to the far left (photo by Zoe-Ruth Erwin, PR, Nettwerk)
As frontman of New Jersey's own Gaslight Anthem, Brian Fallon knows something about the rock and roll heritage of his home state—and Bruce Springsteen. Fallon's fine solo debut, Painkillers, sets him off in a slightly different direction, a journey that he discussed on FUV Live when he recently visited. We asked him if he'd also write about his Five Essential Bruce Springsteen Albums and he quickly agreed.
Brian Fallon (photo by Danny Clinch, PR)
Before joining forces with her husband Derek Trucks, the Boston-born Susan Tedeschi was also on her own as a solo performer, nominated back in 2000 for a Best New Artist Grammy, opened for the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and B.B. King, and studied the transcendent and spirited blues styles of guitarists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, and one of her major influences, FUV Essentials artist, Bonnie Raitt. While on a short tour of Japan this spring, Tedeschi emailed FUV her choices of Five Essential Bonnie Raitt Albums.
Derek Trucks with Susan Tedeschi (courtesy of Concord Music, PR)
Garrett Borns, who records as BØRNS, has covered David Bowie's 'Moonage Daydream' extensively in his live sets—a supple, tender take on that song from 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.' So when we asked Garrett if he'd compile his 'Five Essential David Bowie Albums' for us, we weren't surprised to find that album in his top five picks.
BØRNS, aka Garrett Borns (photo by Lauren Dukoff, PR)
Producer, engineer and archivist Steve Rosenthal sadly had to close his 28-year-old recording studio, The Magic Shop, earlier in March 2016, falling prey to voracious New York rents. David Bowie recorded his last two albums at The Magic Shop, The Next Day and Blackstar. We reached out to Steve and asked if he'd write about his Five Essential David Bowie Albums as we celebrate Bowie as our first FUV Essential artist.
Photo of David Bowie by Jimmy King and photo of Steve Rosenthal by Brian Silak (photos courtesy of Steve Rosenthal).