Steve Gunn, who released the critically acclaimed 'Eyes on the Lines' earlier this year, is a faithful fan of Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko. In Gunn's "Five Essential Songs of The Band," he writes about the quintet with warmth, keen observation and deep respect.
Steve Gunn (photo courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR)
Sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe not only have a fine career of their own — they released their bluesy, rocking second album Reskinned earlier this year (and did an FUV Live session too) — but for the past handful of years, the Atlanta duo has also regularly toured and collaborated with Elvis Costello since meeting him at North Carolina's Merlefest in 2007. Larkin Poe also have an insightful perspective on his songs as frequent observers and participants, so the sisters kindly pulled together their "Five Essential Elvis Costello Songs" for FUV Essentials.
Larkin Poe (photo courtesy of Big Picture Media, PR)
When Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson was recording the band's critically acclaimed 2015 album 'Multi-Love,' one of his big influences during the making of the record was Steely Dan. When FUV asked Nielson if he might have time between gigs to write about some Steely Dan tracks that meant a lot to him, he sent along this discerning list that included some deeper album tracks.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra with Ruban Nielson in the center (photo by Neil Krug, PR)
When FUV decided to celebrate Van Morrison as one of our FUV Essentials, we reached out to Hozier, wondering if he might write about Morrison, an artist he deeply admires. Charmingly, the first of Hozier's "Five Essential Van Morrison Songs" is a song he once poignantly covered.
Hozier (photo by Alex Lake, PR)
London-born singer and songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, the solo artist and founding member of The Soft Boys, was in his late teens and twenties when Van Morrison released some of his most influential albums, like 'Astral Weeks' and 'Veedon Fleece.' Hitchcock came up with a list of some of his "Five Essential Van Morrison Songs" for FUV Essentials.
Robyn Hitchcock (photo by Laura Partrain, PR)
Esperanza Spalding's shapeshifting and erudite command of the many fusions between jazz, soul, rock, pop and gospel is a reminder of the versatility of one of her favorite musicians, Aretha Franklin. And as Esperanza Spalding enthuses in her observant and ebullient "Five Essential Aretha Franklin Songs" for FUV Essentials, "[Aretha's] whole musical spirit speaks to me."
Esperanza Spalding (photo by Holly Andres, PR)
Liam Finn might call New Zealand home, but the singer and songwriter has a pretty canny sense for American bands. Notably, he has worked and toured with one of the finest: Wilco. Finn admits that he's especially fond of two Wilco albums in particular, both of which he discussed in detail in his attentive assessment of "Five Essential Wilco Songs."
Liam Finn (photo by Tchad Blake, PR)