Five Essential Albums
Augustines Billy McCarthy, Eric Sanderson and Rob Allen (photo courtesy of the band, Facebook.com)
Margaret Glaspy's dynamic full-length debut, Emotions and Math, is a thrilling joyride of sinewy, bluesy rock and pretty, robust ballads. She has been compared to Joni Mitchell by a lot of music critics and in truth, Mitchell's Blue has always stood out for Glaspy as an embodiment of great songwriting craft.
Margaret Glaspy (photo by Ebru Yildiz, PR)
Derry-born Bridie Monds-Watson, who records as Soak, was born in 1996, two years after Joni Mitchell released Turbulent Indigo, but the Northern Irish songwriter discovered the elder musician's albums thanks to her parents. Read Monds-Watson's carefully considered list of her "Five Essential Joni Mitchell Songs" for FUV Essentials.
Soak's Bridie Monds-Watson (photo by Joshua Halling, PR)
Car Seat Headrest's Will Toledo (photo courtesy of Matador Records, PR)
Britt Daniel, the lead singer and guitarist of Spoon, is a longtime admirer of Paul Simon's songwriting. When FUV asked Daniel if he could find the time to write about Simon for FUV Essentials, he swiftly sent on this wonderful assessment of his favorite Simon songs:
Britt Daniel (in the shades) and his Spoon bandmates (photo by Tom Hines, PR)
Joseph Arthur's album The Family was released on Real World Records in June, marking a nearly twenty year relationship with Gabriel and his label. Not surprisingly, Arthur deeply admires his longtime friend's music and drew up an insightful, personal list of "Five Essential Peter Gabriel Songs" for FUV Essentials.
Joseph Arthur (photo by Ehud Lazin, PR)
One of Laura Mvula's kindest supporters, especially as she first navigated the whirlwind of early fame, was Prince. Mvula discusses Prince's wise advice and more in her thoughtful and lovely assessment of "Five Essential Prince Songs" for FUV Essentials.
Laura Mvula (photo courtesy of Columbia Records, PR)