World Party has created some of the most melodic and meaningful songs since their start in 1986, and in this FUV Live broadcast from City Winery many of their best ones come to life. Karl Wallinger, backed by a duo of violin and guitar, was in great voice and chipper spirits. Joking with the crowd between songs and treating us to a set list of classics including "Put the Message in the Box," "Ship of Fools," "Is It Like Today" and my fave, "Sweet Soul Dream."
Iris DeMent is set to release her first album in 16 years, called Sing The Delta, on October 2nd, but she treated us to a live preview of a few of the new songs in an FUV Live show at The Living Room. She also spoke with me about the wait between albums, where the Delta factors into the sound and spirit of her songs, and why she and husband, Greg Brown, keep their songwriting separate.
The multi-talented Clarence Greenwood has spent the last 20 years perfecting his poetic and soulful approach to rock, and as Citizen Cope he's gained one of the most dedicated audiences around. Cope's fifth album, One Lovely Day, is out today, and to celebrate Clarence and a string quartet recently performed a fantastic FUV Live set at Electric Lady Studios.