Five Essential Songs
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)
Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Segarra writes from the sharp perspective of a native New Yorker, traversing a similarly socially outspoken, urban path as Lou Reed. Segarra has found inspiration in Reed's fearless lyricism, as she eloquently writes in her "Five Essential Lou Reed Songs."
Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff (photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media, PR)
New York punk ambassador Jesse Malin, of D Generation and Heart Attack, has been friends with the Replacements for a long time, touring with them too. He has a special affection for the "bourbon-soaked country side" of the band and wrote affectionately about his friends' songs for FUV Essentials.
Jesse Malin (photo by Illaria Conte, PR)