Five Essential Songs
In 2019, everything is going Tank and the Bangas' way. The New Orleans band, winners of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert back in 2017, releases its major label debut, Green Balloon, on May 3 via Verve Forecast. Frontwoman Tank Ball writes about what she loves about her NOLA's unique music in her "Five Essential New Orleans Songs," ahead of her band's appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 4.
Tank and the Bangas (photo by Alex Marks, PR)
Beloved New Orleans trumpeter and singer Kermit Ruffins teaches and preaches the gospel of the city's music — and he picked "Five Essential New Orleans Songs" for FUV Essentials.
Kermit Ruffins (photo by Braden Piper, courtesy of Basin Street Records)
Lucy Wainwright Roche released her sixth album, Little Beast, in 2018 and she's also been a frequent opener for Indigo Girls' Amy Ray and Emily Saliers over the last handful of years. Roche says that five-song limit of FUV's "Five Essential Indigo Songs" was "tyranny" — so she bent the rules a little and picked six songs she loves, written by her friends and inspirations, Saliers and Ray.
Lucy Wainwright Roche (photo by Jess Griffin, PR)
Patty Griffin (photo courtesy of Big Hassle, PR)
"Discovering the music of Björk when I was a teenager changed the course of my life," writes Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak in her "Five Essential Björk Songs" for FUV Essentials — just in time for the Icelandic musician's 53rd birthday on November 21.
Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack (photo by Shervin Lainez, PR)
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls (photo courtesy of Propeller Publicity, PR)