Jon Batiste (photo by Sasha Israel, PR)
The music that Sam Beam has been making for the past 15 years as Iron & Wine is born of a multitude of traditions — Southern blues, jazz, folk, gospel, bluegrass, country and more. The elemental core of his artistry is visceral, tender and wise, like something mined from the earth, and with every year, it has developed character, boldness, sweetness, and a refined complexity. Iron & Wine's Sam Beam is one of our FUV Essentials.
Sam Beam of Iron & Wine (illustration by Andy Friedman)
Nobody tells Neil Young what to do. Famously headstrong and opinionated, the determination that drove him to change gears so many times in his career is the very thing that made him a world-famous musician in the first place. For his triumph over adversity, his steely vision, his sweet heart, and for the sweat and tears he put into becoming a transcendent artist, Neil Young is one of our FUV Essentials.
Neil Young (illustration by Andy Friedman)
For Sarah Cracknell of Saint Etienne, one of those most significant watershed moments in her young life was discovering was this week's FUV Essentials artist, Kate Bush. Here she shares her picks of "Five Essential Kate Bush Songs."
Saint Etienne's Pete Wiggs, Sarah Cracknell and Bob Stanley (photo by Rob Baker Ashton, PR)
An inimitable artist who has the rare ability to heal, electrify and inspire with every song she's ever released, Kate Bush, is one of our FUV Essentials. From her very first single, 1978's "Wuthering Heights," to her astonishing 22-date "Before The Dawn" residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo in 2014, Bush remains one of rock and art-pop's most innovative, influential artists.
Kate Bush (illustration by Andy Friedman)
Joe Henry is on the brink of releasing his 14th studio album, Thrum, on October 27, and he happens to also be an enthusiastic admirer of this week's FUV Essentials artist, John Prine. When FUV asked Henry if he might like to choose "Five Essential John Prine Songs," he not only agreed, but wrote a loving and long assessment of the man and his music:
Joe Henry (photo by Glen Hansard, PR)
In the vast annals of this country's great builders of songs, John Prine is an indisputable master. An American songwriter of understated genius, his astute grasp of character and story defines nearly his 50-year output of recordings. Prine is an FUV Essentials artist.
John Prine (illustration by Andy Friedman)
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Our FUV Essentials... include you. (illustrations by Andy Friedman)