Five Essential Albums
The octet St. Paul and the Broken Bones has a crafty way of writing retro-soul songs, like the fervent "All I Ever Wonder," but the band is no nostalgia act. They take a fresh look at a vintage sound first laid down by musicians like this week's FUV Essentials artist, Ray Charles. Lead singer Paul Janeway found the time to give us his picks of "Five Essential Ray Charles Songs" for FUV Essentials.
Paul Janeway (front) and his bandmates of St. Paul and the Broken Bones (photo by David McClister, PR)
A bold storyteller, Margo Price looks directly at her own life on her auspicious 2016 debut, 'Midwest Farmer's Daughter.' Price has expressed her affection for equally candid, hard-living songwriters like Lucinda Williams, and for FUV Essentials, she reflected on her "Five Essential Lucinda Williams Songs."
Margo Price (photo by Ford Fairchild, PR)
As a New York punk ambassador, Jesse Malin kickstarted his career with Heart Attack and the legendary D Generation, and the road he's taken as a solo artist and songwriter has followed many different directions including transforming songs by Bruce Springsteen, the Clash and the Replacements into fiercely personal testaments. Malin has a close friendship with the Replacements too, so it's not unusual that Malin would have a unique view the band's songs, which he writes about for FUV Essentials.
Jesse Malin (photo by Illaria Conte, PR)
Garrett Borns, who records as BØRNS, has covered David Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" extensively in his live sets—a supple, tender take on that song from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. So when we asked BØRNS if he'd compile his Five Essential David Bowie Albums for us, we weren't too surprised to find that album in his top five picks.
BØRNS, aka Garrett Borns (photo by Lauren Dukoff, PR)
When we asked Guster's kinetic drummer (and bongo sensei) Brian Rosenworcel to write about his Five Essential R.E.M. Albums, he turned in this terrific, thoughtful list that gives special insight into fellow man-with-sticks Bill Berry's contributions too.
Guster with drummer Brian Rosenworcel to the far left (photo by Zoe-Ruth Erwin, PR, Nettwerk)
Steve Gunn, who released the critically acclaimed 'Eyes on the Lines' earlier this year, is a faithful fan of Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko. In Gunn's "Five Essential Songs of The Band," he writes about the quintet with warmth, keen observation and deep respect.
Steve Gunn (photo courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR)
Nicole Atkins admires the lyrical grit and grace of FUV Essentials artist Ryan Adams, whose music has served as a soundtrack of her early years as a musician. Fresh off of a tour, she pulled together a list of her "Five Essential Ryan Adams Songs" which includes some inspired rarities.
Nicole Atkins (photo by Shervin Lainez, PR)
Sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe not only have a fine career of their own — they released their bluesy, rocking second album Reskinned earlier this year (and did an FUV Live session too) — but for the past handful of years, the Atlanta duo has also regularly toured and collaborated with Elvis Costello since meeting him at North Carolina's Merlefest in 2007. Larkin Poe also have an insightful perspective on his songs as frequent observers and participants, so the sisters kindly pulled together their "Five Essential Elvis Costello Songs" for FUV Essentials.
Larkin Poe (photo courtesy of Big Picture Media, PR)