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Natalie Merchant: FUV Holiday Cheer 2014

by Kara Manning
Natalie Merchant (photo by Dan Wilson)

One of Conor Oberst's labelmates on Nonesuch Records is Natalie Merchant who just released her sixth solo album, self-titled, earlier this year. This quietly powerful and thoughtful record, rich with exquisite character studies and sunbeams of soulful reverie, marks Natalie's first collection of new, original songs in over 13 years.

We are so pleased that Natalie will be joining Holiday Cheer for FUV with Conor Oberst and Friends at the Beacon Theatre on December 8, since she's always been beloved by this station and our listeners. She will be a part of the extraordinary lineup which also includes Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow, The Felice Brothers and Jonathan Wilson.

Laura Marling: FUV Holiday Cheer 2014

by Kara Manning
Laura Marling (photo courtesy of Ribbon Music)

An astonishing singer-songwriter and guitarist, Laura Marling pens cathartic, conversational songs that deftly shift between ferocity and fragility. Just 24 years old, she's already released four critically-acclaimed albums, three of which have been nominated for the Mercury Prize. She won the Brit Award in 2011 as Best Female Solo Artist and was nominated two other times for that honor. Laura Marling will bring her beautifully etched songs to Holiday Cheer for FUV with Conor Oberst and Friends at the Beacon Theatre on December 8, joining Natalie Merchant, The Lone Bellow, The Felice Brothers and Jonathan Wilson.

The Lone Bellow: FUV Holiday Cheer 2014

by Kara Manning
The Lone Bellow (photo by Jim O'Hara)

A Brooklyn trio with a heroic take on country soul and the sweetest harmonies in the borough, The Lone Bellow has been on WFUV's radar for a long time. A favorite of our canny program director Rita Houston, she brought them to FUV Live at Zankel Hall last autumn for their Carnegie Hall debut. In fact, The Lone Bellow's Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist were originally slated to be part of FUV's Holiday Cheer back in 2012, but were sidelined at the last minute due to illness.

Happily, The Lone Bellow are returning this year for Holiday Cheer for FUV 2014 with Conor Oberst and Friends at the Beacon Theatre on December 8, joining a stellar lineup that also includes Natalie Merchant, Laura Marling, The Felice Brothers and Jonathan Wilson.

The Felice Brothers: FUV Holiday Cheer 2014

by Kara Manning
The Felice Brothers (photo by Nick D'Agostino)

The Felice Brothers are not only longtime favorites of WFUV, but the prolific and buoyant New York folk rockers are good friends of Conor Oberst. They toured with Conor last year (and will join him again for an Australian tour this winter) and recorded their most recent album, 2014's rollicking Favorite Waitress, at Omaha's Arc Studios, co-owned by Conor and Mike Mogis. So it seemed perfectly logical for The Felice Brothers to join Holiday Cheer for FUV with Conor Oberst and Friends. Natalie Merchant, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow, and Jonathan Wilson also round out the starry lineup for our upcoming benefit concert on December 8 at the Beacon Theatre.