So many variables determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history. On-air and online, we celebrate the musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack for the past fifty years. Let’s love these FUV Essential artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.
From the ornate grandeur of "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" to one of the most stirring protest songs ever written, "Ohio," it's hard to imagine a soundtrack of the late Sixties and early Seventies without the songs of David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and Neil Young. For galvanizing a generation to rise, protest and hope for a better world, CSNY and CSN are FUV Essentials.
Neil Young (left), David Crosby (second left), Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash (right), pose for a photograph before the premiere of their film "CSNY Deja Vu" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum (photo by Cara Robbins, PR)
Since Courtney Barnett first offered up her "Five Essential Bob Dylan Songs" two years ago, she's released a second solo album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, as well as a collaboration with Kurt Vile, 2017's Lotta Sea Lice. Barnett plays a benefit concert for BRIC! Celebrate Brooklyn this Wednesday, July 25, broadcast live on WFUV 90.7FM and streaming live via the website.]
Courtney Barnett (photo by Pooneh Ghana, PR)