Five Essential Songs
Deep in heart of Sylvan Esso's "Radio" lurks a clue to one of Amelia Meath's favorite David Bowie songs, "Blue Jean." Since Meath has already confessed to one of her most beloved Bowie tracks, FUV wondered if she had four others she might want to write about for "Five Essential David Bowie Songs" for FUV Essentials. She most certainly did!
Sylvan Esso (photo courtesy of Loma Vista, PR)
NPR Slingshot artist Jade Bird dazzled with her confident 2017 debut EP, Something American. Her boisterous cover of Johnny Cash's "I've Been Everywhere" is a joy, and for #FUVEssentials, she rounded up her "Five Essential Johnny Cash Songs."
Jade Bird (photo by Francesca Allen, PR)
Brittany Howard, the dynamic singer and guitarist of Alabama Shakes, Thunderbitch and Bermuda Triangle, finds solace in the music of one of her most beloved influences, Nina Simone. Howard's "Five Essential Nina Simone Songs" includes striking covers of tracks by Bob Dylan and Janis Ian.
Brittany Howard (photo by Eric Ryan Anderson, PR)
For FUV Dance Floor Essentials, Django Django's Dave Maclean offers up a DJ's perspective on what works in a set, and what first catapulted him into his love of dance music in his "Five Essential Dance Songs."
Left to right, Django Django's Vincent Neff, Tommy Grace, Dave Maclean and Jimmy Dixon (photo by Fiona Garden, PR)
Valerie June's lyrics reflect a storyteller's rich sensitivity, colored with innate compassion and a keen social awareness, and they reveal not only her own journey, but the early impact of the musicians she loved as a child, like our FUV Essentials artist, Bob Marley. She wrote up her "Five Essential Bob Marley Songs" as FUV celebrates the Jamaican icon's legacy.
Valerie June (photo by Jacob Blickenstaff, PR)
As an innovative, adventurous musician, one who deftly brings activism and bold theatricality to her work, it's not surprising that Merrill Garbus, who records as tUnE-yArDs, would find a strong kinship with Radiohead. Garbus and her bandmates have released a fourth album, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, in January 2018.
tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus and bandmate Nate Brenner (photo by Eliot Lee Hazel, PR)