Courtney Barnett, who just played the Season 41 finale of "Saturday Night Live" (and rocked out a blistering "Pedestrian At Best" and "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party"), kindly found time to pull together a list of her Five Essential Bob Dylan Songs for FUV. Her selections stretch from 1964 to 1970 and shed light on her own songwriting process too:
Courtney Barnett (photo by Danny Clinch)
[May 2019 update: Three years ago, upon the release of Bob Dylan's Fallen Angels and his 75t
Bob Dylan (illustration by Andy Friedman)
Frightened Rabbit's frontman Scott Hutchison and his bandmates are longtime admirers of the The National. When time came for the Scottish band to record its tempestuous and tender fifth album, Painting of a Panic Attack, they reached out to The National's Aaron Dessner to produce. Hutchison has always found solace in The National's rich catalogue of songs, and while he firmly believes that it's pretty impossible to pick a few favorites, he managed to pull together his Five Essential National Songs for FUV.
Frightened Rabbit (courtesy of the artist, PR)
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)
From child prodigy to elder statesman of American pop, soul, R&B, jazz and funk, Stevie Wonder's masterful musical journey has already stretched a remarkable 55 years and continues to evolve while marking major mileposts
Stevie Wonder (illustration by Andy Friedman)